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First Prayer in the Continental Congress

It Happened Today: First Official Act of the Continental Congress (1774)

“Plead my cause, O Lord, with them that strive with me.”

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Devotional (2016 church year): God’s Spirit expects our cooperation (1873)

And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes...

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Latin American bishops gathered in Medellín, Colombia, issue a document titled “Justice,” which calls for a more equitable distribution of goods, decrying both Marxism and capitalism, the former because of its totalitarianist tendencies, the latter because it puts profits above people.

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Anna-Greta Stjarne, thirty-two year-old missionary, is shot and killed by bandits as she rides in a car in Ethiopia. Her funeral will be held four days later. Authority for the date:

Muslims in Instanbul riot against Christians and Greeks, gutting or sacking sixty of the city’s eighty Christian churches.

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Ware, Timothy. The Orthodox Church.

Three preachers collapse from fatigue, unable to cope with the overwhelming number of inquirers in a Glasgow revival. Authority for the date: Orr, J. Edwin. The Second Evangelical Awakening. London: Marshall, Morgan and Scott, 1949.
Mary Hosford, Mary Kellogg, Elizabeth Prall, and Caroline Rudd are accepted into the regular course of Oberlin’s Collegiate Department. Their matriculation marks the beginning of college level coeducation. Authority for the date:

Death in Combaconum, India, of Pastor Visoowasanaden, whose integrity, meekness, and knowledge of Scripture won many of his countrymen to follow Christ.

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Carey, W.H. Oriental Christian Biography. Calcutta: J. Thomas, 1850.


Baptism of Pran Krishna, a recent convert from Hinduism. About this time, he writes a hymn that begins, “Being in great fear, I came and sat at your feet.” He will eventually be driven from his village and he, his wife, and children will have cow dung hurled in their faces. He becomes a successful evangelist throughout India.

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Oriental Christian Biography.


Death at Bath, England, of Bishop Edmund Gibson, who had produced a definitive and scholarly work on English ecclesiastical law, Corpus Juris Ecclesiastici Anglicani.

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The Mayflower sails from Plymouth, England, with Pilgrims aboard.

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Standard encyclopedias.

Anabaptist leader and evangelist George Blaurock is burned to death for “heresy” in Hapsburg, Germany. He had established congregations in the Austrian Tyrol till caught. Authority for the date: Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation.

The remains of Saint Michael, Prince of Tver (Russia), martyred by a Khan, are placed in a church he had built in honor of the Transfiguration.

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