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Friedrich August Crämer

It Happened Today: Death of Friedrich August Crämer, Founder of Frankenmuth (1891)

Friedrich Crämer answered a call for frontier mission work and became educator to a generation of Lutheran pastors.

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Charles Spurgeon

Devotional (2016 church year): Christ Is Sufficient

A very present help —Psalm 46:1 (NASB).

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Five-thousand Dani tribe members in Irian Jaya (Western New Guinea) gather for a two-day pig feast to celebrate the completion and distribution of a Dani-language New Testament.

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Alliance Life (November 1989) 16f.


Death of William Whiting, master of Winchester College Choristers’ School. He had written the hymn “Eternal Father, Strong to Save” when one of his students sailed for America in 1860. Later writers added stanzas for submariners, airmen and other branches of the military.

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Death of Nathan Bangs, a Methodist minister and theologian, who had authored many books, including a massive history of Methodism in America. He had also been a successful Methodist publisher.

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At twenty-one years of age, Uriah Smith begins fifty years of service at the Seventh-day Adventists’ Review and Herald. In addition to his editorial work, he will write books on prophecy, including the well-known Thoughts on Daniel and the Revelation, and he will patent an artificial leg, having undergone an amputation as a child because of infection.

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Lest We Forget: Adventist Pioneer Library, Vol. 7 No. 1 (1997).


Death of Elizabeth Hervey from dysentery before she could begin mission work in India.

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Robert, Dana Lee. American Women in Mission.


Nineteen-year-old Andrew Bonar, who will later become an influential minister in the Free Church of Scotland, notes in his journal that he is still out of Christ.

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Boreham, F.W. A Handful of Stars.


Death of Anthony Benezet, a Quaker philanthropist and abolitionist.

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Standard encyclopedias.


Assassins surprise James Sharp, Archbishop of St. Andrews (Scotland), a cruel persecutor, at a lonely spot on Magus Moor. They drag him from his carriage, and murder him.

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Standard encyclopedias.


Death of Theodosius, a founder of the Kiev Pechersk Lavra (Monastery of the Kiev Caves). With Anthony of the Caves, he had introduced monasticism to Russia.

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Orthodox America.


Rothad, bishop of Soissons consecrates Hincmar as Archbishop of Rheims. Hincmar will spend his life in battles to hold his position and in clashes with clergymen and kings to keep the church free of corruption and tyranny—at which he will fail.

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Schaff, Philip. History of Christianity. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1910.