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.

OSWALD CHAMBERS’ 140TH BIRTHDAY

Born JULY 24, 1874 Here are a few things you may not know about devotional author, Oswald Chambers. 1) He didn’t sit down and write My Utmost for His Highest. How it came about is one of Christian literature’s great behind-the-scenes … Continue reading

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90 YEARS AGO: ERIC LIDDELL WON GOLD

It happened July 11, 1924 Ninety years ago in Paris, France, God rewarded Olympiad Eric Liddell for following his Christian conscience. The Scottish runner risked the ire of his countyrmen by choosing not to run in the qualifying heats on Sunday. Because Eric … Continue reading

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WILLIAM CAMERON TOWNSEND

Born JULY 9, 1896  “The greatest missionary is the Bible in the mother tongue. It needs no furlough and is   never considered a foreigner.” Those words became the motto of the man behind Wycliffe Bible Translators,  without a doubt the 20th … Continue reading

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RUTH BELL GRAHAM

Born June 10, 1920   Seventeen-year-old Ruth Bell had to flee her birth country of China. When the Japanese invaded in 1937, it was no longer safe for her to remain. Her missionary parents secured her passage to the United States. The adventure she’d lived so far … Continue reading

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6 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT DAVID WILKERSON

Born MAY 19, 1931 1) God used a picture in an issue of Life magazine to draw David to New York to work with gangs. 2) David began Teen Challenge in 1958 to reach young gang members and drug addicts. 3) Many learned about David’s … Continue reading

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5 MISSIONARY HEROES WHO SERVED CHINA

The things they accomplished for God have become legendary. Their faithfulness to go to China transformed thousands of lives there and inspired hundreds of others to support world missions with finances and with personal commitments to missionary service. In the 92 years between 1853 and 1945, these … Continue reading

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WILLIAM SEYMOUR

Born MAY 2, 1870 No matter how hard William Seymour tried, he couldn’t open the church door. The pastor had padlocked it to keep him out. She had invited William to California to preach. He answered the call, proclaiming to the Holiness congregation … Continue reading

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JOHNSON OATMAN JR.

Born April 21, 1856 Johnson Oatman Jr. of New Jersey followed the foot-steps of his father, Johnson Oatman Sr., in many ways. He accepted his father’s faith, making it his own. They worked side by side in the family mercantile business, Johnson Oatman and … Continue reading

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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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