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.

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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MY OTHER BLOG

I started a second blog in November of 2015. Titled “Mile Markers,” it’s devotional in nature. My Monday-of-each-week posts emphasize the blog’s sub-heading, “Gaining ground in the Christian Journey.” Why Two Blogs? The purpose of both is spiritual inspiration. Apart from that, … Continue reading

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120th Anniversary of Billy Sunday’s First Revival Campaign

On this day in 1896, Billy Sunday began full-time evangelistic ministry in Garner, Iowa. Here’s a repost of his rise to popularity and the results he accomplished for God. BILLY SUNDAY Posted on 11/19/2012 by William E. Richardson Born NOVEMBER … Continue reading

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3 MEMORABLE, FEMALE MISSIONARIES BORN IN DECEMBER

The faith commitments of three young women born between 1840 and 1867, each in December, eventually led to the transformation of thousands of lives in China, Africa, and India. Lottie Moon (Born DECEMBER 12, 1840)   Lottie’s name became synonymous with foreign missions for an entire denomination. … Continue reading

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