i am risen

A Prayer for Easter   Can you see me? I’m helpless here. A clatter of dry bones lying on this sofa. Breathing but dead. Don’t bother to knock. I ain’t getting up any time soon. Just open the door. Come on in if you like. Put your ear right here, close to my soul. Listen. …

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The Raw Material for Beauty

The Raw Material for Beauty An Essay on Suffering, Creativity and Hope By Paul Richardson   This article is written in response to a recent tragedy. A friend ended his own life on Sunday morning, January 22, 2012. He was an artist.   Throughout history, the most enduring creative expressions are most often created within …

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Interview with Paul on 100 Huntley Street (part two)

Here is part two of a powerful interview with Paul Richardson which he recently did on the Canadian TV show, "100 Huntley Street."  In it he tells the harrowing tale of his son's drowning in 1999, miraculous healing and a subsequent encounter with God.  He also talks about the vision for quality Christian eduction that …

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Interview with Paul on 100 Huntley Street (part one)

Hey Faith Activating Friends, Here's part one of an interview with Paul Richardson which he recently did on the Canadian TV show, "100 Huntley Street." It's an interesting discussion on the backdrop on his dad's book, "Peace Child," redemptive analogies, his growing up years in Papua and how our culture tries to insulate us from …

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The Hope of the World

Christmas 2011 East Java, Indonesia Awakened before dawn by the call to prayer, I rise out of bed, dress in the dark and tip-toe up the winding stairway to my rooftop balcony.  My city rests in her cradle between three massive volcanoes.  After awhile, the sound of the mosques’ chanting retreats back into silence, allowing …

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I Hear Voices in Your Head

 Am I nuts? I hear voices. They chatter through the day and worry me awake in the night. They mutter shame and murmer guilt. They invoke my deepest fears. They conjure negative emotions about people I love. Running off at the mouth, they lure me into timidity. Dampening my spirit, they rant impossibilities, and conjure …

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For Josiah On Your 13th Birthday

                        Josiah’s Eyes     What do I see when I see your eyes? I see the pool where you lost your life Enshrouded in a shimmering veil Dead to the horror in your mother’s wail   I hear my voice calling to the …

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More Than All We Ask or Imagine

A decade ago, God moved in my heart to see Indonesian believers transformed in His love, equipped to be leaders, and empowered to become a force of influence for His Kingdom. From the beginning, the dream was to launch a school that would gift the world with world-changers. This school would become a laboratory where …

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What are the Qualities of an Effective Leader?

  Excerpt from interview by Janet Sullivan with Paul Richardson   What are the qualities of an effective leader?   In my perspective, leaders are people who are being drawn by something beautiful and tantalizing that awaits them in the future. Whether it be a prototype school, winning a championship, or experiencing a world without poverty, …

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I Can Make You Happy…Right Now

By Paul Richardson Just saw a blurb on TV about a new book called “God Wants You Happy” by Father Jonathan Morris. Well, I’ve got GREAT news. I can save you the cost of the book, as well as the cost of a self-help seminar, or an hourly fee with a psych. Right here, right …

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