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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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Daily Meditations

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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1968

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.

Authority for the date:

http://www.shc.edu/theolibrary/resources/medjust.htm

1958
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: http://www.efs.nu/efs_nu/tidningar/budbararen/arkivbudis07/0D49BD1FC6F04C5BB67138E9C1DCE557
1955

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

Authority for the date:

Ware, Timothy. The Orthodox Church.

1860
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.
1837
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: http://beatl.barnard.columbia.edu/students/his3464y/iyobe/higher4.htm
1837

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

Authority for the date:

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

1806

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.

Authority for the date:

Oriental Christian Biography.

1748

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

Authority for the date:

https://www.bampton-history.org.uk/members/Archbishop_Gibson.html

1620

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

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.

1529
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.
1320

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.

Authority for the date:

http://oca.org