“Is life’s span so dear and are home comforts so engrossing as to be purchased with my unfaithfulness and dry-eyed prayerlessness? At the final bar of God, shall the perishing millions accuse me of materialism coated with a few scripture verses? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me revival in my soul and in my church and in my nation…" —Leonard Ravenhill
I’ve always wanted a running model of a typical Burro crane, models of which are usually in brass and quite pricey. I’ll let the pictures do the explaining. It requires a Train Miniature 25 ton Brownhoist crane (later offered by both Life-Like and Cox) and the power truck from a Bachmann Cable Car.
Test run…amazingly, the flatcar outweighs the crane by a full ounce–1 1/2 oz. as compared to 2 1/2 oz.
…yet another item received in exchange for the aforementioned track lot. It reminds me of the Camaro used in one of my favorite cinematic guilty pleasures, 1985’s “Better Off Dead“, starring a young John Cusack…
How about a little something from Muddy Waters to close?
I’ve grown weary of what is called Christian today. When I look around, I’m reminded that there are three people in the Bible…the Children of God, that’s those that are washed in the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and walk accordingly…there’s the Children of Wrath, that’s what the lost who don’t know Christ as Lord and Saviour currently are–and if He isn’t your Lord…He isn’t your Saviour–…then finally, there are the Sons of Hell…and they’re easy enough to figure out, maybe you’re even one of them.
You’re happy where you’re at in your walk in today’s Christianity. You “accepted” Him as your Lord with a little trite babbling guided by an equally misguided babbler with “pastor” in front of his or her name…never mind that Jesus doesn’t give a wit about that…He is Lord, King and Saviour regardless of whether you accept that or not. If your every moment of every day walk doesn’t line up with that, in the eyes of a Most Holy God, you are no better than that hopeless crack addict you keep lording your good works over.
—or—you just don’t care. Even now you’re angry because you didn’t come here to get preached at. You might even want to work to ban such “intolerant hate speech” from off the face of the earth because you’re the fittest example of what a tolerant attitude is. That’s OK because God says all creation proclaims His Gospel so that folks like you can go screaming off into eternity with the full knowledge that you had no excuse not to believe otherwise. Until then, whatever it is that turns your clock…do it with all the gusto you can muster because that clock is ticking.
You see, Sons of Hell are what the old King James calls “reprobate”, basically worthless pawns who live only at the behest of God Almighty, under control of the Devil himself to do his bidding, until such time that God cuts that thin cord that holds their soul to this earth, so that they can go on to the reward they so eagerly sought. Today’s Christianity just makes church folks nice, unoffensive branches that bear no fruit and justify everything the worlds holds against the Church, fit only to be cast into the same fires as the tares. Being reprobate means also that they’re unredeemable–they couldn’t be saved if they wanted to, though they seek it with many tears.
So…which are you?
If Paul, the guy who wrote most of the New Testament, was always concerned that he himself would be a castaway (same word as “reprobate” in the Greek), how firm is your footing?
For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you. Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.—(1Co 9:19-27)