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.

At 50,000 Views— Top 5 L4G Posts

The Lights-4-God blog: short biographies of Christians God greatly used who’ve gone to their reward. That idea grew to be the stories of 77 men and women who were mostly missionaries, hymn writers, authors, and business leaders. At the recent … Continue reading

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WILLIAM CAREY’S 255th BIRTHDAY

Today is the birthday of William Carey, “The Father of Modern Missions.” At first, his superiors wouldn’t confirm his call. Nor the need to send missionaries at all. Driven to spread the gospel overseas, William preached and wrote about it … Continue reading

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ERIC LIDDELL

Originally posted on Lights 4 God:
Born JANUARY 16, 1902 The gun went off. The runners launched forward on the track. Someone tripped Scotland’s favorite sprinter. Eric Liddell lunged onto the grass. Image: courtesy of The Eric LiddellCentre- http://www.ericliddell.org/. Up to that moment…

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Eliza Hewitt’s 165th birthday

Eliza graduated class valedictorian and became a school teacher. She also dedicated her life to learning about God and writing poems about her faith. Others added music to her words, turning “Sunshine in My Soul,” “When We All Get to … Continue reading

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David Wilkerson’s 85th Birthday

    Today, David Wilkerson—founder of Teen Challenge–would have turned 85. I read his book The Cross and the Switchblade, about the dramatic origins of the Teen Challenge ministry, while in high school. It captivated me. When I later watched the … Continue reading

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Johnson Oatman Jr.’s 160th Birthday

Prolific hymn writer Johnson Oatman Jr. gave us enduring songs. Among the 5,000 hymns he wrote are “Count Your Blessings” and “Higher Ground.” Today, on Johnson’s birthday, read the Christ-centered lyrical messages behind five of his most-sung songs today. Celebrate his contributions … Continue reading

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH: 3 SONG WRITERS WORTH KNOWING

     (1874-1955) His gospel themes and children’s songs live on today. Thoro’s lyrics capture both the sense of deep-felt need and the internal peace of Jesus’ provision in songs like “Hide Thou Me” and “All that Thrills My Soul is Jesus.” … Continue reading

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