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Food for Thought

"And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

John 8:32 NKJV

Christian History

  • In 64 A.D., (July) the Great Fire of Rome began. To divert attention from himself, Emperor Nero blamed the Christians for the fire. This resulted in severe persecution of Christians.

  • In 70 A.D., in the month of August, Roman soldiers broke through the wall and destroyed Jerusalem as Jesus prophesied. According to tradition, this destruction happened on the same day of the year that Solomon's temple was destroyed circa 587 BC.

  • In 1492, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, commissionrd Christopher Columbus to find a western passage to India. Several months later, Christopher Columbus sailed west. Columbus was a devout Christian who deired to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

  • In 1492, in the month of August, Christopher Columbus set sail on a western passage to India.

  • In 1507, Martin Luther was ordained as a priest in Germany. Martin Luther wrote 95 Theses that urshered in Protestantism. His theses changed the world.

  • In 1512, (November) Michaelangelo unveiled his painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican in Rome, Italy. This masterpiece spans more than 5,5000 square feet.

  • In 1565, (September) the first Roman Catholic Parish in the United States was formed by Spanish settlers in St. Augustine, Florida.

  • In 1607, English settlers in Jamestown, Virginia established the first Anglican parish there.

  • In 1620, (September) Puritans from England (later called Pilgrims) set sail to America. They came seeking religious freedom.

  • In 1660, (November) John Bunyan was arrested and sentenced for "unlicensed preaching". While in prison, Bunyan wrote The Pilgrim's Progress and Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners.

  • In 1661, Isaac Newton was admitted to Trinity College in Cambridge England. Isaac Newton wrote more than 13 million words on Biblical subjects. (Food for Thought: One can be both a scientist and a theologian.)

  • In 1741, in the month of August, George Frideric Handel began composing Messiah. He created this mastrpiece while secluded in his home for 24 days. Of these days, Handel said, "Whether I was in the body or out of my body when I wrote it I know not".

  • In 1748, in the month of March, John Newton was converted to Christ. Before his conversion, John Newton had been a slave trader. After his conversion, John wrote the beloved Christian hymn, Amazing Grace.

  • In 1789, (September) the United States Constitution was amended to Prohibit the establishment of a state church or governmental interference with the free expression of religion. The US Congress executed the amendment.

  • In 1844, English philanthropist George Williams founded the Young Men's Christian Association.

  • In 1863, (November) Thanksgiving was celebrated in spite of the Civil War being fought in the USA.

  • In 1865, J. Hudson Taylor, an English missionary, founded China Inland Mission.

  • In 1880, in the month of March, Commissioner George Scott Railton and seven female ministers arrived in Castle Garden, New York and began preaching theGospel of Jesus Christ there. So began the ministry of The Salvation Army in the United States of America.

  • In 1899, (July) three traveling businessmen, John H. Nicholson, Samuel E. Hill, and Will J. Knights, formed the Christian Commercial Men's Association of America, at the YMCA in Janesville Wisconsin. This group was later renamed the Gideons. Nine years later their first Bibles were placed in hotels.

  • In 1925 in the month of April, Eric Liddell debuted as an evangelist. Later he returned to the mission field in China and also ministered in an internment camp after the Japanese invasion.

  • In 1944, the National Religious Broadcasters association was founded to build credibility and provide a platforn for evangelical Christian broadcasters. Many Christian broadcasters had been banned due to a lack of a denimination [affiliation].

  • In 1953, in the Month of March, Dr. Billy Graham held his first integrated revival in Chattanooga, Tennessee , ending a Southern tradition of segregation. Dr. Graham would go on to conduct 417 crusades in 185 countries and territories on six continents. He reachedover 200 million souls for Jesus Christ.

  • In 1954, on Flag Day, President Dwight D. Eisebhower signed a bill that added the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance.

  • In 1956, (July) the words "In God We Trust" became the USA's official motto by a unanimous vote without debate by the US House of Representatives and the signature of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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