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Richard DeHaan

Richard DeHaan

Richard W. DeHaan was President of RBC Ministries and teacher on RBC programs for 20 years. He was the son of RBC founder Dr. M. R. DeHaan and wrote a number of full-length books and study booklets for RBC. During his years leading RBC Ministries, Richard had the vision to use television as a way to teach Scriptures—much like his father had embraced radio. The Day of Discovery television ministry was birthed in 1968 and is now hosted by his son Mart. With his keen logical mind, Richard often questioned how a particular idea, sentence, or paragraph contributed to the advancement of the main idea in individual Our Daily Bread articles. His insights helped refine the devotional’s content standards. Often called “the encourager,” Richard was committed to faithfulness to God's Word and to integrity as a ministry. His favorite expression was “Trust in God and do the right.” Richard went to be with the Lord in 2002. Since his passing, he has been joined by his wife, Marge, and one of his four sons, Kurt.

Articles by Richard DeHaan

True Freedom

In 1776, the 13 British colonies in North America protested the limitations placed on them by the king of England and engaged in a struggle that gave birth to a brand-new republic. The infant nation soon adopted that now-famous document known as the Declaration of Independence.

Our Only Hope

An anonymous author wrote, “When I was first converted, and for some years afterward, the second coming of Christ was a thrilling idea, a blessed hope, a glorious promise, the theme of some of the most inspiring songs of the church.

Magnets And Mothers

A teacher gave her class of second-graders a lesson about the magnet and what it does. The next day, in a written test, she included this question: “My name has six letters. The first one is m. I pick up things. What am I?” When the test papers were turned in, the teacher was astonished to find that almost 50 percent of the students answered the question with the word mother.

His Part; Our Part

Whenever the Lord assigns us a difficult task, He gives us what we need to carry it out. John Wesley wrote, “Among the many difficulties of our early ministry, my brother Charles often said, ‘If the Lord would give me wings, I’d fly.’ I used to answer, ‘If God bids me fly, I will trust Him for the wings.’”


A little boy had just been tucked into bed by his mother, who was waiting to hear his prayers. But he had been naughty that day, and now it was bothering him. So he said, "Mama, I wish you'd go now and leave me alone. I want to pray by myself."

The Ascended Christ

Today is Ascension Day—a day that is often neglected. Coming 40 days after Easter, it marks the occasion when the risen Christ ascended to the Father in glory.

The Great Divider

When Jesus died on the cross, He paid for the sins of the human race. Only those who believe on Him, however, can receive His loving provision. The sacrifice of Christ is sufficient for all, but it is effective only for those who place their trust in Him.

The Preeminent One

We can never overstate the greatness of Christ. As the preeminent person in history, He is worthy of our love and our praise.

How To Be Happy

Everyone wants to be happy. But many fail in their quest to find that elusive prize because they are looking in the wrong places.