Monthly Archives: August 2011


For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.—(Hebrews 4:12-13)

***People are disturbed and troubled by the real Gospel: under the false gospel they can sleep unto destruction. Bring out the Sword: it is meant to wound; let it exercise its salutary sharpness. The Gospel has two edges so that none may play with it.

When they think to run their fingers along the back of it, they will find themselves cut to the bone. Whether we regard its threats or promises it cuts at sin. Let us therefore know that the power of the Church does not lie anywhere but in the Word as Jesus Himself speaks it.Charles Spurgeon

***With our loss of the sense of majesty has come the further loss of religious awe and consciousness of the divine Presence. We have lost our spirit of worship and our ability to withdraw inwardly to meet God in adoring silence. Modern Christianity is simply not producing the kind of Christian who can appreciate or experience the life in the Spirit. The words, “Be still, and know that I am God,” mean next to nothing to the self-confident, bustling worshiper in this middle period of the twentieth century.

This loss of the concept of majesty has come just when the forces of religion are making dramatic gains and the churches are more prosperous than at any time within the past several hundred years. But the alarming thing is that our gains are mostly external and our losses wholly internal; and since it is the quality of our religion that is affected by internal conditions, it may be that our supposed gains are but losses spread over a wider field.A.W. Tozer

Mantua hook/loop couplers…

…pretty much an HO industry standard until the introduction of horn/hooks…look carefully at pictures in any pre ’65 or so model mag and you’ll see that many folks used them….



You opened them by pushing these uncoupling pins up from underneath with a ramp or a tool called a “spoon”…

This box I purchased at last week’s train show was pristine from one end to the other, the metal looks brand new. It’s bare zinc, as I prefer it over other peoples paint jobs when I buy old school stuff like this, so I can show newcomers their hobby’s roots.

Note that this Mantua 0-4-0 Booster has 2 wheel pick up—2 WHEELS…the other two being nylon. You had to be pretty faithful to the hobby to keep with it as balky as this thing had to be on that old school brass track…note the solid metal saddletanks to aid in power pickup. Even then, there was no way it could make it through Atlas Tru-Track with its plastic switch frogs…as soon as one wheel touched, the current flow would stop immediately.


The full valve gear would have been purchased as an aftermarket kit…an item I knew about but, until now, had never seen an original one, though there have been plenty of copies made by a variety of manufacturers since.


The Great Train Show…

…came to town last weekend. Looking to move into another market, it was important to attend if for no other reason than to show the organizers that there was a market to cater to. I bought a couple of trinkets…


…an HO scale AHM/Rivarossi 2-8-4 Nickel Plate Road “Berkshire”, in excellent condition…and…


…this nice vintage lot containing a 1953 Mantua 0-4-0 Booster, two assembled Mantua flat cars and a 4 wheeled bobber from 1960-62, as well as an Ulrich two bay hopper from 1959. Note that they have the older Mantua hook/loop couplers that were pretty common at around that time, and that the bare zinc metal and brass looks like it hasn’t seen air for most of their 50+ years of life.

I’ll give more detail reviews of each as time goes on…right now, I’m enjoying a slow day at the house.

It’s only a little sin….


And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed. And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord: Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die: Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.—(Genesis 19:17-20)

Read the whole story, it does not go well for Lot, ending up with an incestuous relationship with his daughters that birthed the fathers of Israel’s enemies to this day…

Why do I point that out?

LSU fans were looking forward to a great season. Traditionally, 2 weeks before the first game of the season, our football team breaks curfew and gets stupid ’til about midnight. They get caught, they run laps, boys will be boys…right? This year has it running ’til the wee hours of the morning and ending up with four players in a fight and in trouble with the law. Now two are out on bail, arrested for felony battery. If convicted, their football careers, their free rides through college are gone…done finished, period, the end.

Their lawyer is already feeding the classic line…“(The police) ruined the kids’ careers.”

Male bovine effluvium…

A conscious decision on their parts—a wrong one—snowballed, leading to other conscious decisions on their parts that led to the final decisions that ruined their lives…period. This is yet another classic example of “The Garden Syndrome”…Adam busily blaming God for the woman He gave him, whilst Eve blames a snake…it’s always someone else’s fault, never mine. Go ahead and plan on standing before the Great White Throne on that one…

Your sin ripples through life and eternity like a stone tossed in a pond, ever spreading out and affecting anyone and everyone around you. Picture it this way…two boneheads won’t yield on the Interstate, ending up in a fender bender that ties up traffic for miles. Before God, they are accountable for all the gas, all the lost wages, all the business expenses, all the wear on the vehicles, all the cost of clearing the road and posting law enforcement, all the resulting road rage, all the missed appointments, all the grief that anger generated from this event inflicts on the lives of others, all the pollutants, all the lost commerce…shall I go on?

Whatever it is, get it right…now…before you find out how you look in a tangerine jumpsuit…and ultimately, whether Hell is real or a Victorian concept created to keep the masses under control—a place you could have avoided, if you had repented of…

…those little sins.


James 1:12-26

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.