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308 – Nov. 04 – This Day in Baptist History Past

Christ the greatest Treasure of all 1870 – Henry Novotny entered seminary, and in his continuing studies of scripture, he arrived at Baptist convictions. He was immersed on Feb. 12, 1885, by Pastor Charles Ondra in the largest Baptist church in Europe in Lodz, Russian Poland. However, Baptist work in Yugoslavia has never featured much success in the way of…

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302 – Oct. 29 – This Day in Baptist History Past

“Greatness is measured by usefulness” 1865 – Was the day that William Harris went to be with the Lord.  For a year   his health had been failing but he continued to conduct his family worship until paralysis deprived him of his ability to speak. He even then insisted that his family should gather to pray and read the scriptures. On…

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282 – Oct. 09 – This Day in Baptist History Past

Three “Mighty Men” of Evangelism  1843 – Robert Compton, Pastor of the Beulah Baptist Church in Russellville, Penn. wrote to fellow pastors, “[We are] now enjoying a precious revival-the effects of a protracted season…which commenced Oct. 9…We held the meeting every afternoon and night for three weeks…Last Lord’s day…the house was crowded to excess-the aisles, pulpit and every corner. The…

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280 – Oct. 07 – This Day in Baptist History Past

William Carey Evidence – roots of cremation is pagan 1801 – Gokool, the second believer from the ministry of William Carey and Dr. John Thomas in India, after Kristno, entered into the arms of Jesus. His testimony was simple, Gokool said that before the missionaries came, he had spent years in searching for happiness, in poojahs, holy places in the…

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265 – Sept. 22 – This Day in Baptist History Past

Shubael Stearns They planted small groups for Bible study 1850 – Elder Devin, the Pastor of the Grassy Creek Baptist Church of Granville County, N.C. baptized fifty ‘happy’ converts in that noble stream, by the same name, that flows by the church. The church historian claimed that the pastor had, perhaps, plunged a thousand in the creek in the same…

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261 – Sept. 18 – This Day in Baptist History Past

Nearly every house a house of prayer 1842 – Elder Jabez Smith Swan preached the last Sunday of a five week evangelistic effort that began on August 14 in Mystic, Conn. Those present said that he was truly ‘in the Spirit on the Lord’s day’, as he preached with great power. After the first baptism, there were daily baptisms in…

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250 – Sept. 07 – This Day in Baptist History Past

Knibb – Center He Helped Defeat the Slave Code 1803 – William Knibb was born in Kettering, England, eleven years after the first missionary society in modern history was founded in the same place in 1792. His father gave no indication of salvation, but his mother took the children to Sunday school at the Independent Chapel. William moved to Bristol…

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243 – Aug. 31 – This Day in Baptist History Past

Judson Birth Place A Baptist by Conviction 1817 – Rev. Adoniram Judson, Sr. and his wife Abigail were immersed by Dr. Thomas Baldwin into the membership of the Second Baptist Church of Boston, Mass. They were the parents of Adoniram Judson, Jr. who was the renowned missionary to Burma. The elder Judson had graduated from Yale in 1776 and held…

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240 – Aug. 28 – This Day in Baptist History Past

Rev. Jesse Mercer A Presbyterian becomes a Baptist 1835 – James Armstrong, 59, died with a painful disease during the severe winter of that year. He was born March 20, 1776 but orphaned when his father, along with 22 others were killed by Indians. James was taken in by a loving Presbyterian family who raised him in the Christian faith…

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234 – Aug. 22 – This Day in Baptist History Past

A Dull Scholar in Christ’s School 1751 – Rev. Isaac Backus, one of the outstanding pastors of a Separate (Conservative Congregational) Church at Middlebourgh, Massachusetts was baptized by Rev. Benjamin Pierce. This was at a time when the Baptists (only fifty churches total in America) being small in number, were also divided and persecuted.  Backus would later write, “After renewing…

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