H.K.W.H.T.A.- HMS Richards, Sr.

Two Powerful Quotations–

“If you will read the Conflict Series [Patriarchs and Prophets, Prophets and Kings, The Desire of Ages, Acts of the Apostles and The Great Controversy] along with your Bible through every year for four years, it will change your life.”

“A great many people look down upon revivals, but the entire history of the Bible is a history of revivals. I have heard preachers say, “Well, they are temporary.” Surely they are. So is a bath, and so is a meal, but very necessary. The whole story of this blessed Book, my friends, is one of apostasy and revival. And if there was ever a deeper apostasy than today, and a greater need of revival, I do not know where it was or where it will ever be…. Nobody knows what tomorrow will bring forth. The world of crying need tells of the necessity of a revival in our own lives…. (Read the Complete Article)


                               — H.M.S. Richards (1894-1985), a Seventh-day Adventist biblical scholar and evangelist, pioneered the use of radio to present the gospel more than 75 years ago-when many of his colleagues thought the new device was the devil’s playground. His Family Worship programs were first aired in 1929. Radio headquarters was a renovated chicken coop at the back of his garage. The broadcast’s name was changed to the Voice of Prophecy in 1937. Richards often said that perhaps the greatest thrill of his entire ministry was his first coast-to-coast broadcast over 89 stations on Sunday, January 4, 1942. The next month the first Seventh-day Adventist Bible Correspondence School was begun, a ministry that has blessed millions. Lessons are currently available in more than 75 languages. And today dozens of affiliated Voice of Prophecy and Voice of Hope studios worldwide produce radio broadcasts that are aired by more than 1,000 stations.

                       Richards was a prolific reader, writer and speaker, who always put the highest value on reading the Bible through at least once or twice a year. He found great inspiration in reading the writings of Ellen White as well. During his lifetime he was arguably the best known Seventh-day Adventist in the entire world. He Knew What He Talked About (H.K.W.H.T.A.)

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