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It Happened Today: Simeon, Bishop of Seleucia, Died a Martyr (341)

Threatened with torture, Simeon showed no fear and would not plead for mercy.

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Devotional (2016 church year): Sins Are a Barrier to Prosperity (1862)

He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper —Proverbs 28:13 (NASB).


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Death of Lettie B. Cowman, pioneer missionary to Japan, co-founder of the Oriental Missionary Society (now OMS International), and author of the devotional Streams in the Desert.

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Harold John Ockenga, Charles E. Fuller, and Wilbur Smith meet to discuss founding an evangelical seminary, one of the crucial meetings and  contacts that leads to the establishment of Fuller Theological Seminary.

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Larsen, Timothy T., David W. Bebbington, and Mark Noll. Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals. IVP Academic, 2003


Repose (death) of Archbishop Makarius at the hermitage of St. Peter in Chios. Metropolitan of Corinth, he had been a mystic and a spiritual writer who sought to revive the Orthodox Church under Turkish rule.

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William Law is suspended from his pulpit for non-conformist views. He will become famed as the author of a Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life, but his book Power of the Spirit will be more evangelical. Authority for the date: Overton, John Henry. William Law, Nonjuror and Mystic. London: Longman, Greens and Co., 1881.

Repose (death) of Zosima, one of the founders of the famous Solovetsky monastery on the White Sea in northern Russia.

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On a Sunday morning, Donnan and fifty-three other monks on the Hebrides Island of Eigg are massacred at the command of a Pictish queen.

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Baptism of Augustine of Hippo on Easter Eve. According to his writings, Italy observed Easter on the 18th that year. (Under the rules of the Council of Nicea it should have been observed April 25th.)

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Death of St. Alexander of Alexandria whose appointment as Patriarch of Alexandria ensures that the heretic Arius cannot fill the spot. Alexander treats Arius with consideration, but supports the orthodox position. Authority for the date: Encyclopedia Americana.