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Bernard Gilpin

It Happened Today: Bernard Gilpin, Apostle of the North (1583)

He never recovered from being knocked over by an ox.

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Daily Meditations

Devotional (2016 church year): Endure Hardship (1873)

Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus —2 Timothy 2:3...

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Gaspar Makil, a Filipino missionary to Vietnam, his young daughter Janie Makil and Elwood Jacobson, a missionary from the United States, are killed by the Vietcong while travelling to the Makil home.

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Arizona Republic. (Wednesday, March 6, 1963)


William Seymour, having preached that tongues is the Bible evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit, is padlocked out of the Los Angeles church at which he had been invited to preach. This will force him to continue his ministry in a private home and soon prompt him to rent space on Azusa Street where revival will break out.

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McGee, Gary B. “William J. Seymour and the Azusa Street Revival.” Enrichment Journal, 2013.


Death of American evangelist Daniel W. Whittle, author of several popular hymns including “There Shall Be Showers of Blessing,” “Have You Any Room for Jesus?” “I Know Whom I Have Believed,” and “Moment by Moment.”

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Death of Franz Delitzsch, German Lutheran Old Testament scholar and theologian, a Christian Hebraist. His greatest contribution to biblical scholarship was an Old Testament commentary he published in collaboration with J. F. K. Keil.

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Death in Bethany, West Virginia, of Alexander Campbell, co-founder of the Stone-Campbell movement that later will diverge into Disciples of Christ and various Churches of Christ.

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Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.


Newly-elected president of the United States Zachary Taylor refuses inauguration on Sunday out of respect for the Lord’s day but is inaugurated on Monday.

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“Swearing-In Ceremony for President Zachary Taylor.”


Death of Sheikh Salih, a notable Indian Christian. At his baptism he had taken the name Abdul Masih, meaning “servant of the Messiah.”

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Andrews, C.F. North India. London: A. R. Mowbray, 1908.


President Thomas Jefferson in his second inaugural address requests prayer and recalls divine blessings.

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Raines, Zander Dell. “One Nation Under God: A Layman’s Look at American History.”


Death of Ana de Jesús, a discalced (shoeless) nun who had founded several branches of the Carmelites. She had been a close associate of Teresa of Avila. The church will soon declare her “Venerable.”

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Zimmerman, Benedict. Introduction to A Spiritual Canticle... 


Death of Daniel, Grand Prince of Moscow, the youngest son of Alexander Nevsky. He had received as his inheritance a lowly domain centered on Moscow, which he ruled peacefully. Through wise alliances and a timely defeat of the Tatars, he had raised Moscow to preeminence. According to tradition, he founded two monasteries. He became a monk himself shortly before his death. Three and a half centuries later the Russian Orthodox Church will declare him a saint.

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