Thursday, November 02, 2006

Anvil Sparks


Last eve I paused beside the blacksmith's door,
And heard the anvil ring the vesper chime.
Then looking in, I saw on the floor,
Old hammers worn out with beating years of time.

"How many anvils have you had," said I,
"To wear and batter all these hammers so?"
"Just one," said he, and then with twinkling eye,
"The anvil wears the hammers out, you know."

"And so" I thought, "The anvil of God's word
for ages skeptic blows have beat upon;
Yet, though the noise of falling blows was heard,
The anvil is unharmed, the hammers gone."

John Clifford


"It is hard to find a Scriptural way to do an unscriptural thing."

"Some one said to a church, 'Nothing is so small but that you can have trouble over it if you want to, and no trouble is so large but that it can be settled if you want to.'"

"If Absalom were living today, he would be in great demand, for he was a great mixer in the kingdom."

"In chruches, as in nations, peace at any price generally results in war at any cost."

Notes taken from Doctrinal Discourses by R.L. Whiteside