Trustworthy Wisdom@Work

A Repository of Wisdom from Trusted Sources

Edward McKendree Bounds was born on August 15, 1835, in a small, northeastern Missouri town. He attended a one-room school in Shelbyville, where his father served as a county clerk, and he was admitted to the bar shortly before he reached the age of nineteen. An avid reader of the Scriptures and an ardent admirer of John Wesley's sermons, Bounds practiced law until the age of twenty-four, when he suddenly felt called to preach the Gospel. Armed only with an unquenchable desire to serve God, Bounds traveled nearly one hundred miles on foot to join General Pierce's command in Mississippi. Soon afterward he was made chaplain to the Confederate troops in Missouri. After the defeat of General John Hood's troops at Nashville, Tennessee, Bounds was again among those who were captured and held until swearing loyalty to the United States.

The Birthplace of Revival

“From one point of view, and that not the least important,” wrote Principal Lindsay, in The Church and the Ministry in the Early Centuries, “the histo...
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Wonderful Results of Prayer (3)

Prayer is mighty in its operations, and God never disappoints those who put their trust and confidence in Him. They may have to wait long for the answ...
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Wonderful Results of Prayer (2)

The purpose of asking is to receive. The aim of seeking is to find. The goal of knocking is to arouse attention and get in. This is Christ’s iterated ...
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Wonderful Results of Prayer (1)

The man who truly prays gets from God many things denied to the prayerless man. The aim of all real praying is to get the thing prayed for, as the chi...
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Prayerless Praying (3)

Prayerless praying . . . divorces praying from living; it utters its words against the world, but with heart and life runs into the world; it prays fo...
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Prayerless Praying (2)

Prayerless praying lacks the essential element of true praying; it is not based on desire, and it is devoid of earnestness and faith. Prayerless prayi...
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Prayerless Praying (1)

Prayerless praying by lips and hearts untrained in prayer, by lives out of harmony with Jesus Christ; prayerless praying, which has the form and motio...
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The Possibilities of Prayer

The possibilities of prayer run parallel with the promises of God. Prayer opens an outlet for the promises, removes the hindrances in the way of their...
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Praying Men and Personal Purity

Men of [William] Wilberforce’s character are needed today—praying men, who know how to give themselves to the greatest task demanding their time and t...
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Secret Prayer

“Men ought always to pray, and not to faint” (Luke 18:1). . . The always speaks for itself. Prayer is not a meaningless function or duty to be crowded...
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