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Friedrich von Bodelschwingh

It Happened Today: Birth of Philanthropist Friedrich von Bodelschwingh (1831)

On the spot he dedicated himself to God’s use.

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Daily Prayers as Used in the Domestic Royal Chapels

Devotional (2016 church year): A Prayer for the Fourth Sunday in Lent (1844)

Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that we, who for our evil deeds do...

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1993

Death in Ghana of Solomon Enoch Yaw Opam, a Seventh Day Adventist leader, who had rejected kingship when his people tried to force him to assume the throne. He said “My kingdom is not of this earth.” He had been a pastor, educator, translator, and evangelist among his people.

Authority for the date:

Dictionary of African Christian Biography.

1984

Death of Lutheran pastor Martin Niemoller, a founder of Germany’s Confessing Church and an opponent of the Nazis, who imprisoned him for many years.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.

1933

Death of Christian educator and hymnwriter Amos R. Wells,  editor of Peloubet’s Notes for the International Sunday School Lessons and  editorial secretary for the United Society of Christian Endeavor.

Authority for the date:

Cyberhymnal.

1919

Death in Peoria, Illinois, of hymnwriter Julia Harriette Johnston who had directed a Presbyterian Sunday school for forty years and written a book of missionary lives. Her best-known hymn was the popular “Grace Greater than Our Sin.”

Authority for the date:

Cyberhymnal.

1916

Russians slaughter the Turkish 3rd Army, giving no quarter to the men held responsible for the recent massacre of Armenian Christians.

Authority for the date:

New York Times.

1901

Amy Carmichael shelters her first temple runaway, a young girl dedicated to the Hindu gods and forced into prostitution to earn money for the priests.

Authority for the date:

Houghton, Frank. Amy Carmichael of Dohnavur. Christian Literature Crusade, 1953.

1883

Death of Norwegian editor and hymnwriter, Elevine Heede. Altogether she had written or translated more than two hundred hymns.

Authority for the date:

Cyberhymnal.

1830

The New York Evangelist is founded with the assistance of Charles G. Finney for the express purpose of representing revival interests and will soon command a large circulation.

Authority for the date:

Wright, G. Frederick. Charles Grandison Finney.

1642

Pope Urban VIII forbids the reading of Augustinus, a Jansenist book.

Authority for the date:

Ott, Michael. “Pope Urban VIII.” Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Appleton, 1912.

1609

Philip III, King of Spain, issues the Cedula Magna (Great Decree) that says Indians should be as free as Spaniards. Under this and other decrees, Jesuits work among the Indians of Brazil and Paraguay to protect and train Indians.

Authority for the date:

Huonder, Anthony. “Reductions of Paraguay.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Compan

766

Death of Chrodegang, an eminent French bishop who had labored to bring the French liturgy into conformity with the Roman Catholic; had promoted Gregorian chant; restored and founded churches, abbeys, and other religious institutions; elevated the standard of learning among the clergy; urged use of the Benedictine Rule by monks; and encouraged Pepin (king of the Franks) to protect Rome.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.