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Frank Laubach

It Happened Today: Frank Laubach, Apostle of Literacy (1915)

When we ask Christ, “What next?” we tune in and give Him a chance to pour His ideas through our enkindled imagination.

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T. De Witt Talmage

Devotional (2016 church year): Satan Gets You into Trouble but Won't Help You Out of it (1875)

The sailors were trying to escape from the ship , Acts 27:30 (NASB).


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Murder of Mahfouz Rashid Bacilious, one of several Christians targeted for killing within a few months in the Egyptian city of City of Malawy.

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Bistawros, Baheg T. The Coptic Christians of Egypt Today Under Threat of Annihilation.


Death in Danvers, Massachusetts, of Lucy Peabody who had devoted most of her life to the practice and support of mission work. Her second husband left her a fortune that she applied toward mission endeavors.

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Arrest of Russian Orthodox theologian and scientist Pavel Aleksandrovich Florensky. Held in concentration camps, he will die a martyr in 1937, shot by agents of the People’s Commissariat of Internal Affairs (NKVD).

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Thérèse of Lisieux writes down from memory her poetic masterpiece “To Live by Love” which she had composed during Eucharistic meditation.

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Brahmabandhav Upadhyay, a Bengali Brahman attracted to the uniqueness of Christ, receives Christian baptism and will later issue a series of articles attempting to demonstrate Christian theology is compatible with indigenous thought in India.

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Christian History 87 (2005).


Francois Colliard and Christina Macintosh marry in Cape Town. They were supposed to meet in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, but through miscommunication she landed at Cape Town. He rode the five-hundred miles pellmell to join her. Both were highly refined people for whom working in the bush of Africa was a deep sacrifice. “Our prayers for the evangelization of the world are but a bitter irony so long as we give only of our abundance, and draw back before the sacrifice of ourselves,” he wrote.

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Mackintosh, Catharine Winkworth. Coillard of the Zambesi. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1907. 


Ranavalona I, Queen of Madagascar, forbids the newly established Christian faith. In spite of severe persecution that she unleashes, the church will grow tremendously.

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Robert Drury, a Catholic priest, is hanged, drawn, and quartered in England for refusing to condemn his faith.

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Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton, 1909.


Pope Vigilius, a virtual prisoner to Emperor Justinian in Constantinople, announces to the Western bishops his adhesion to the decisions of the Second Council of Constantinople that he had formerly rejected regarding the errors of the Three Chapters. This is widely seen as a concession to monophysitism.

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Kirsch, Johann Peter. “Pope Vigilius.” Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Appleton, 1912.


John Chrysostom (golden tongue) becomes bishop of Constantinople.

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