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It Happened Today: Celebrating Mesrob, an Armenian Monk (441)

Mesrob's worth was recognized even during his life.

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Thoughts on Christ

Devotional (2016 church year): Beware this Danger Signal

The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing , 1...

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1954

Death of evangelist Lionel Bale Fletcher in Sydney, Australia.

Authority for the date:

Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.

1948

Father Butrus Sowmy conveys the first of the Dead Sea Scrolls to American John Trever, whom he had contacted the day before. Trever requests permission to photograph them and sends the photographs to famed archaeologist William Albright, who will confirm the value of the manuscripts.

Authority for the date:

The Dead Sea Scrolls (six videos) I: “Secrets of the Caves.”

1896

Death of Xi Shengmo. After years of bondage to opium, he had become a Christian and the Holy Spirit freed him after an agonizing battle. He then adopted his last name which meant “conqueror of demons.” He went on to establish fifty opium refuges in four provinces where prayer was a major factor in treatment of the addicts. Many became Christians and applied his methods to other addicts.

Authority for the date:

Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity.

1882

Death of Methodist minister Egerton Ryerson who had been a notabale educator in Canada.

Authority for the date:

Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.

1869

Death of Elizabeth Clephane. A Scottish orphan, she wrote two memorable hymns: “Beneath the Cross of Jesus” and “The Ninety and Nine.”

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.

1812

The Caravan sails from Salem Harbor with America’s first foreign missionaries aboard: the Judsons and Newells.

Authority for the date:

Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.

1735

Death of Alexander Mack, leader of America’s German Baptists.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.

1716

Death in Bergen, Norway, of Dorothe Engelbretsdotter, once highly regarded for her Christian verses, which included an evening and a morning hymn.

Authority for the date:

Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary Handbook.

1672

(or 1671) Death of Charles Chauncy, eighteen years the president of Harvard College. A Congregational clergyman, his insistance on full immersion for baptism had been controversial in New England.

Authority for the date:

Wikipedia.

1414

Death of Thomas Arundel, archbishop of Canterbury and chancellor of England. He had been a violent persecutor of the Lollards, Wycliffe’s reform followers.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.

842

Icons are restored to eastern churches with solemn processions on the first Sunday of Lent following the iconoclast wars, an event that will later be observed as the “Feast of Orthodoxy.”

Authority for the date:

Fortescue, Adrian. The Orthodox Eastern Church.