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It Happened Today: Rich Young Martyr (306)

Although he could have wallowed in pleasure, he chose to lead a godly life.

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Smith Wigglesworth

Devotional (2016 church year): Christ Quenches Thirst (1999)

If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink —John 7:37 (NASB).

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2011

Death of Tanzanian evangelist Yohana Zebedayo who worked with the Africa Inland Church, preaching Christ-centered sermons.

Authority for the date:

Dictionary of African Christian Biography.

1901

Death of John Stainer, composer of much church music, including the cantata The Crucifixion.

Authority for the date:

Brown, Theron and Hezekiah Butterworth. The Story of the Hymns and Tunes.

1879

Death of Russian Orthodox archbishop John Veniaminov (St. Innocent of Alaska), a missionary evangelist to Alaska and archbishop of the far western territories of Russia. He had also served as Metropolitan of Moscow.

Authority for the date:

orthodoxwiki.org/Innocent_of_Alaska

1836

Death of Anglican bishop Henry Ryder, the first of the 19th-century evangelicals to become a bishop of the Church of England.

Authority for the date:

Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.

1816

Death near Fredericksburg of Francis Asbury, one of the first two bishops of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States. He had preached his last sermon in Richmond, Virginia, just a week earlier.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.

1799

Missionary and physician Johannes Van Der Kemp reaches South Africa. He will study the Xhosa and Khoikhoi languages and outrage European opinion by marrying a young African woman.

Authority for the date:

Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.

1783

On Easter Sunday, Fra Junipero Serra founds San Buenaventura, the ninth Spanish mission in California.

Authority for the date:

Hudson, William Henry. The Famous Missions of California.

1748

Isaac Backus is called to be pastor to Bridgewater, Massachusetts. He will become a notable Baptist evangelist and an advocate of religious freedom.

Authority for the date:

McLoughlin, William Gerald. Isaac Backus and the American Pietistic Tradition. Little, Brown, 1967.

1631

Death of metaphysical poet John Donne, Dean of St. Paul’s. Among his most famous poems, one began with the words “Death be not proud.”

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.

1515

Needing money to rebuild St. Peter’s basilica, Pope Leo X announces a sale of indulgences to run for eight years beginning this day. Albert of Brandenberg, deeply in debt after purchasing his position as archbishop, is allowed to keep half the proceeds, but will not profit as greatly as he hopes because the indulgence will anger the friar Martin Luther, who will post his Ninety-Five Theses in response. The Reformation will result.

Authority for the date:

W. H. T. Dau. Luther Examined and Reexamined. St. Louis, MO: Concordia, 1917.

1492

Queen Isabella, having compelled Muslims to convert to Christianity or leave Spain, now signs a similar decree relating to her Jewish subjects, ordering them to convert to Christianity or face expulsion. It will not actually be issued for another month and will allow three months for compliance.

Authority for the date:

http://legacy.fordham.edu/halsall/jewish/1492-jews-spain1.asp

1376

Gregory XI issues an interdict against the city of Florence, which had joined a league to abolish the pope’s secular power. This interdict gives anyone the right to plunder the city and to make slaves of its people wherever they might be found.

Authority for the date:

Schaff, Philip. History of the Christian Church.