E.M. Bounds is one of the names that graces the lips of people when great men who sacrificed greatly just so the name of the Lord will get to the nations. He left his very promising career in Law for the work of the Lord. This is a little something about the man we all fondly know as E.M. Bounds.
On August 15, 1835 Edward McKendree Bounds was born the fifth child of Thomas Jefferson and Hester A. Bounds in Shelbyville, Missouri, named after the evangelist, William McKendree; the fourth bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Being one of the original settlers of Shelby County, Thomas Bounds served as the first Justice of the Peace and later named County Clerk then appointed as County Commissioner in 1835. At age 14 when his father passed away, he moved with other relatives to Mesquite Canyon, California in a quest for gold which they gave up on after four years of unsuccess. He returned to Missouri and studied Law in Hannibal, Missouri and came out as the youngest practicing lawyer in that state at age 19.He closed down his Law firm and enrolled in the Centenary Seminary in Palmyra, Missouri after a revival meeting with Evangelist Smith Thomas which finally convinced him though he felt the call to Christian ministry in his early twenties during the Third Great Awakening. At the age of 24 in 1859, after two years of enrolment, he was ordained by his denomination and named Pastor of the Monticello, Missouri Methodist Church nearby.
E.M. Bounds was first married to Emma Elizabeth Barnett from Washington, Georgia on September 19, 1876, a union that fruited two daughters; Celeste and Corneille Bounds and a son;Edward Bounds. Twenty months after his wife died in February, 1886, Bounds married Harriet Elizabeth Barnett; his wife’s cousin and sired three sons viz. Samuel, Charles and Osborne Bounds, and three daughters viz. Elizabeth, Mary and Emmie Bounds. He lost two of his sons, one from each of his wives in their early ages of six years old (Edward) and eight days old( Charles).
Bounds was against slavery but being a pastor he was added to a list of people who were to take an oath of allegiance and post a $500 bond which he opposed to and was arrested for it in 1861 by Union troops and was released a year and half later. After some time, he pastored the Methodist Episcopal Church, South and established weekly prayer sessions which later grew throughout the country. For eight years he served as an Editor for the St. Louis Christian Advocate and moved on to Associate Editor at The Nashville Christian Advocate which lasted for four years. In Washington, Georgia he developed the habit of waking up at 4am to pray till 7am. Bounds had a passion for lost souls and backslidden Christians. In his lifetime, only two of his books we published, the rest saw the daylight after he passed on. He well known for his books on Prayer. E.M. Bounds died at the age of 78 on August 24, 1913 and was buried at Resthaven Cemetery.
BIOGRAPHY OF E.M. BOUNDS by Wikipedia
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