“The real sermon is made in the closet. The man-God’s man-is made in the closet. His life and his profoundest convictions were born in his secret communion with God. The burdened and tearful agony of his spirit, his weightiest and sweetest messages were received when alone with God. Prayer makes the man: prayer makes the preacher; prayer makes the pastor. The pulpit of this day is weak in praying. The pride of learning is against the dependent humility of prayer. Prayer is with the pulpit too often only official-a performance for the routine of service.” ~ E.M. Bounds in “The Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer”

“The preacher is more than the sermon. The preacher makes the sermon… The man, the whole man, lies behind the sermon. Preaching is not the performance of an hour. It is the outflow of a life. It takes twenty years to make a sermon, because it takes twenty years to make the man.” ~ E.M. Bounds in “The Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer”