Author Archives: William E. Richardson

About William E. Richardson

I'm married to a wonderful woman named Deb. We're the parents of a son and daughter who bring great joy to our lives. I currently pastor the Assembly of God church in Afton, Iowa.

LEW WALLACE

Born APRIL 10, 1827 In 1876, former Civil War General Lew Wallace and other Union veterans were on a train on their way to a soldiers reunion. A man who, like Lew, was also a lawyer, invited him to a conversation. That man, … Continue reading

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40 FAVORITE QUOTES

The Christian leaders I’ve written about the past couple of years had plenty to say. I recently reviewed all the quotes I included in their biographies. I chose what I consider the 40 best. Here they are on a single page. To learn more … Continue reading

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CHARLES SHELDON

Born FEBRUARY 26, 1857 The sermon ended. Singers prepared for the final song. A voice from the back of the church startled the congregation. The stranger in shabby clothes talked his way up the center aisle to the front of the church. … Continue reading

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YOUR FAVORITE IRA STANPHILL SONGS

The results are in. On February 3, 2014, I posted a poll on this blog, on Facebook, and through e-mail, asking for your favorite songs written by Ira Stanphill.  I listed 8 songs, also allowing for write-ins. The most votes … Continue reading

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IRA STANPHILL’S 100th BIRTHDAY

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2014: THE LIST CONTINUES

(Revised January, 28, 2014) I want to introduce you to some people. They are Christians whose words and actions  touched thousands for God. Not only while they were alive; after their journeys ended, their positive influence lived on. You know some of … Continue reading

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AMY CARMICHAEL

Born DECEMBER 16, 1867 It began with Preena. The 7-year-old girl fled the Hindu temple in Tamil Nadu, India in fear. She found Amy Carmichael, an English missionary. Hearing Preena’s story and learning the truth about female temple slaves gave Amy’s ministry new … Continue reading

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C. T. STUDD

Born DECEMBER 2, 1860 To some in England, the very thought of it was a social scandal. How could seven talented young men of wealth and influence set aside their social privilege to go to China as missionaries? Among the young men dubbed the “Cambridge … Continue reading

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ALBERT BRUMLEY

Born OCTOBER  29, 1905 Most hymn writers are remembered for one or two songs. A few have been blessed to write a handful that survive and thrive. One of gospel music’s most popular hymn writers of the 20th century is Albert Brumley. The majority of his songs that are still sung today were … Continue reading

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HENRIETTA MEARS

Born October 23, 1890 Should she enter full-time Christian service? The single, 39-year-old Henrietta pondered that question in 1929. When she and her sister, Margaret, visited Hollywood First Presbyterian Church, the pastor offered Henrietta a job: overseeing the church’s Christian Education Department. She took that … Continue reading

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