3 NEW MAY MINI-BIOS

AUDREY MIEIR (born May 12, 1916)

Audrey Mieir

A 1973 album cover

December 25 fell on a Sunday that year. Inside a small, California church, children in bathrobes acted out the Christmas story. An organist softly accompanied them with carols. A solemn reverence filled the air. The pastor stood to his feet, raised his hands, and declared, “His name is wonderful!”

Hearing the reference to Isaiah 9:6 in that atmosphere moved Audrey Mieir to open her Bible and begin jotting down phrases. What she penned that night became a worship song sung in churches year round.

Expanding on the words of Isaiah, Audrey’s lyrics include, “He’s the great Shepherd, the Rock of all ages, Almighty God is He. Bow down before Him, Love and adore Him, His name is Wonderful, Jesus my Lord.”

Years before, the vivacious Leechburg, Pennsylvania native had moved to Los Angeles, California. There she joined the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. The former church pianist began conducting choirs. In the 1950s she worked with evangelist/composer, Phil Kerr. Then became the music director for Rex Humbard’s Cathedral of Tomorrow television program.

Audrey wrote a handful of other songs that were well accepted. One of them, “To be Used of God,” describes Audrey’s life’s goal: “To be used of God, to sing, to speak, to pray. To be used of God to show someone the way. I long so much to feel the touch of His consuming fire. To be used of God is my desire.”

Audrey recorded with the Manna Music company. She died in 1996.

Resources—-(songs by Audrey Mieir on YouTube)————–

` “His Name is Wonderful”   `To Be Used of God”   `  “It Matters to Him About You

Bibliography————————————————————————————————————–

  • Davis, Paul. Inspirational Hymn and Song Stories of the Twentieth Century. Greenville, SC: Ambassador Publications, 2001
  • Terry, Lindsey. I Could Sing of Your Love Forever. Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2008.
  • “Manna Music: ‘Audrey Mieir'” 2016,  http://mannamusicinc.com/writers-songs/audrey-mieir.html.

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ROBERT MURRAY McCHEYNE (born May 21, 1813)

Robert Murray McCheyne

Robert Murray McCheyne

In 1836, the northwest area of Dundee, Scotland had a reputation for sinfulness. One man described that part of the city as “given to idolatry and hardness of heart.” But that would change. The man who made the statement—Robert Murray McCheyne—began to pastor there on November 24, 1836.

He wasn’t always serious about God. But his older brother David was. Robert highly respected David’s Christianity. He later cited the day his brother died as the turning point in his conversion.

At St. Peter’s Church in Dundee, Robert thrust himself fully into pastoring the community. In Sunday services, he oversaw vigorous singing and brought the Bible to life in descriptive, down to earth preaching. He led his congregation to reach outside the church walls. He also developed a thorough Bible reading plan for his parishioners that is still used today.

The secret of Robert’s success was a consistently strong devotional life. It helped him raise his congregation’s spiritual level and prepare them for a special visitation of God’s presence. Robert was visiting Israel when it happened. His church became the epicenter of a spiritual awakening in Scotland. Afterward, he traveled and spoke on the topic of spiritual renewal.

Robert contracted Typhus during a ministry visit and died in 1843 at the age of 30. Below are a few of his statements that reveal the depth of his devotional life.

Beginning the day with prayer: “I feel it is far better, to begin with God–to see His face first, to get my soul near Him before it is near another.”

Preparing to preach: “Get your texts from God–your thoughts, your words, from God.”

Serving God: “It is not great talents God blesses so much as great likeness to Jesus.”

Resources———————————————————————–

` Here are additional resources about Robert Murray McCheyne.

Bibliography————————————————————————————————————–

  • Larsen, Timothy, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals. Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2003.
  • Wiersbe, Warren. 50 People Every Christian Should Know: Learning from the Giants of the Faith. Baker Books: Grand Rapids, MI, 2009.

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PETER MARSHALL (born May 27, 1902)

Peter_Marshall

Peter Marshall

There was no trace of light that night from moon nor stars. On that coal black evening, 22-year-old Peter Marshall took a shortcut across the moors, trying to avoid a limestone quarry. Rising above the sound of a slight wind, he heard a voice call his name. Peter paused and asked who it was. Only the wind answered. So Peter continued. He again heard in a compelling tone, “Peter!” This time in stopping, he stumbled to the ground. He felt around before standing to discover that the mysterious voice had prevented him from falling to his death into the quarry.

Peter spent his life trying to understand God’s voice and to make it clear to others. He moved from his native Scotland to the United States in 1927. After graduating from seminary, he pastored churches in Georgia where his preaching filled the pews. While leading Westminister Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, he met and married Catherine Wood.

As Catherine Marshall, she would later write her husband’s biography, A Man Called Peter and books containing his sermons and prayers. They moved to New York, then to Washington D.C. where Peter pastored large congregations, also serving as the U.S. Senate Chaplain from 1945-1947. He became famous for his prayers that opened sessions of the Senate.

Peter died from a heart attack on January 4, 1949.

Resources———————————————————————–

` You can hear audio versions of a few of Peter’s sermons  (in his strong Scottish accent) at Sermonaudio.com.

` Find clips and the full-length Hollywood movie of A Man Called Peter on YouTube.

Bibliography————————————————————————————————————–

  • Larsen, Timothy, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals. Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2003.
  • Marshall, Catherine. A Man Called Peter. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 1951.

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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.
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