Monthly Archives: December 2007

Matthew 2:1-23


(1) Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

(2) Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

(3) When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

(4) And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

(5) And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

(6) And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

(7) Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

(8) And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

(9) When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

(10) When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

(11) And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

(12) And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

(13) And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

(14) When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:

(15) And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

(16) Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.

(17) Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying,

(18) In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

(19) But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

(20) Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.

(21) And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.

(22) But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee:

(23) And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

POINTS TO PONDER:

1: As wicked as he was, Herod knew that the time was right for the Christ to come.

2: Archaeologically easy to confirm names of historical places, times and figures are given.

Soooo…ya wanna be a model railroader, eh?


This probably isn’t the place to start. I practice the hobby on a different level then the one touted on The World’s Greatest Hobby website.

While I enjoy many of the new innovations, models and technologies that are available, I prefer to keep it simple. Life is hard enough without pondering whether the Santa Fe owned that particular model freight car, whether it has the proper doors and ends or whether the wheelsets are the right diameter and in the right type of truck. I am not really itching to fork over $42.95 for a freight car either—out of 55+ locomotives in my stable, only 2 have cost me more than that.

With that in mind, I offer up these suggested readings, all out of print but fairly easy to find on Ebay. I bought three of them at a swap meet for $1 each, two came to me through Paperback Swap.com. They will take you thoroughly through the basics of track, locomotives, cars, benchwork, wiring and scenery, and will do it without suggesting a second mortgage or doctorate in history.

The first is “The Model Railroading handbook” volumes I, II, and III. Written in the mid 70s by Robert Schleicher and published by Chilton (yup, the car repair guys), you will find no more complete work on the hobby.

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The other two, “HO Primer” and “N Scale Primer”, will depend on your scale of choice and were offered by Kalmbach Publishing back in the late 60s/early 70s. They are more abbreviated but no less valuable to a newcomer to the hobby.

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Avarice can be a nasty thing…


…and apart from the indwelling spirit of God guiding me, would be an easy thing to fall prey to in this hobby. I am blessed with an understanding bride who fully supports my interests. I do my best to spend very little on it. I despise those I’ve known in the past who wink at me and say, “It’s easier to get forgiveness than permission…” as they plunk down four bennies for the latest creation from Broadway Limited. No hobby is worth that kind of grief in the house.

Still, there are some items on my wish list. This O scale Westside Models Virginian 2-8-8-8-4 Triplex from 1979 would sate my thirst for big brass, though it’s highly unlikely I will find it on a yardsale table for $25.

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Another locomotive on my list of beasties I would like, should the Lord tarry and the Gospel is preached unfettered financially, is this N scale Con-Cor Veranda Turbine with fuel tender. Con-Cor’s equally impressive model of the U50 would also be welcome. That they cared little about prototype paint jobs make them all the more desirable…would’ve been a hoot to see one in Auto-Train white, red and purple.

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Should you happen upon one of these fine beasties at a yardsale in the $20-30 dollar range, I’d be much obliged if you’d pick them up and mail them to me…I would be most grateful.

Kitbashing 101…


Rule #1: Do what you can with what you got.

My son can be rather hard on his toys. When he came to me some time ago with his newly received Crayola truck bank that was found unable to withstand the rigors of boyhood, Dad had to make up his own episode of “Monster Garage”. With bits from another victim long since cast to the dung heap of toydom, I came up with this. Needless to say, I reached new levels of esteem in my son’s eyes with this rescue.

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