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Samson Occom

It Happened Today: Native American Believer Samson Occom Is Ordained (1759)

The grandson of a Mohegan chief was a notable and longsuffering ambassador for Christ. 

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Devotional (2016 church year): Effectual prayer requires the Holy Spirit (1865)

Prayer is not a work of nature, but a gift of grace; not attained by human...

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Death of John Joseph Williams, who had been the first Roman Catholic archbishop of Boston.

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Standard encyclopedias.

Boxer rebels in China execute missionaries Willie and Helen Peat, their children and associates. Authority for the date: Rusten, E. Michael and Sharon O. Rusten. One Year Christian History. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2003.
Baptism of William Paley, who becomes a famous Christian apologist, noted for his argument of watch and watch-maker. Authority for the date: Dictionary of National Biography.

A synod is called in Cambridge, Massachusetts to deal with Anne Hutchinson, who is charged with “traducing” (i.e., degrading) the ministry.

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Winslow, Ola Elizabeth. John Eliot; Apostle to the Indians. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1968.


Repose (death) of Alexander the abbot of Svir. He had led a saintly existence as a hermit and had built a church dedicated to the Trinity.

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