Archive for August, 2011

Who Do You Trust?

By Rev. Rick Robinson

Everybody lives by some form of faith. Many people have more faith in themselves, their job, or the government (other people) for example, than they do in God. The difference between the Christian and the unconverted individual is not if they have faith, but where is their faith. The subject of faith can be a difficult thing to understand. What hinders God from working in our life is not his lack of power or desire, but our lack of faith.

Matthew 13:58
And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.

When people place their trust in anything other than God, that thing (or person) becomes an idol. The people of Israel did just that when they turned their back to God instead of their face.

Jeremiah 2:5
Thus says the Lord: “What injustice have your fathers found in Me, That they have gone far from Me, Have followed idols, And have become idolaters?

If you place your trust in other things, God may leave you alone to allow those things to meet your needs. That is a choice we all make for ourselves.

Jeremiah 2:28
But where are your gods that you have made for yourselves? Let them arise, If they can save you in the time of your trouble; For according to the number of your cities Are your gods, O Judah.

The state of America concerns me when our President states “America is not a Christian nation”. He may change his god, but he does not get an endorsement to change mine. Only I have the power to change where my trust is.

Jeremiah 2:11
Has a nation changed its gods, Which are not gods? But My people have changed their Glory For what does not profit.

What about you? Have you decided to change gods? How can you know you are living by faith? Let me give you a few basic guidelines to check your faith by.

First ask yourself if you are making the decision to glorify God or to please yourself. Those two answers may or may not match. If you are asking the Lord to do the impossible, it will bring much more glory to Him when it happens.

Matthew 19:26
But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

The next thing has to do with God’s timing. Am I rushing ahead  or am I willing to wait? If you can be honest with yourself and say you haven’t got the patients to wait, be cautious. This comes from the fear of being overcome by disappointment, and you make an emotional decision instead of a spiritual one.

Romans 10:11
The Scriptures say that no one who has faith will be disappointed,

Always ask yourself if you can defend what you are doing from the Word of God?
I see people make comments on social network places like Facebook that do not line up with God’s word, yet they claim He is involved. That is not possible since God will not violate His own word. (Don’t cut me off your social networks now!) Remember that true faith is always found in line with scripture.

Romans 10:17
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

After you come this far towards making a decision, consider if there is joy and peace within? Don’t skip to this one too fast, or you may be emotionally deceived, the other guidelines must line up first. When you have the heart of God on something, you will have peace available to you.

Romans 15:13
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

There is hope for you in your situation because He is the God of hope. The peace and joy comes through faith by the power of the Holy Spirit and is not depending on anything else. You will also find giving praise and thanks to God is an important part of God’s peace. This is one of my favorite scriptures and has sustained me through many trials.

Philippians 4:4-7
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

I pray this will help you to see if you are living by faith or if you have changed your gods, and how you can obtain true peace while you wait on the Lord.

Copyright 2011 Church Growth Associates, Inc.

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Buckmobile 1902-1905

W.H. Birdsall built the first prototype Buckmobile in 1901. The introduction of the car was announced in the June, 1902 Horseless Age and the Buckmobile was one of 114 exhibitors at the November, 1902 New York Auto Show.

The first Buckmobile factory was located in the old Utica Automobile Company plant (which Buckmobile succeeded) at the intersection of John and Catherine streets in Utica, NY. When production exceeded plant capacity Buckmobile relocated to 708 Genesee Street at the intersection of Shepherd Place in Utica. The Utica Automobile Company building remained in operation as a retail automobile dealership offering Wintons, Oldsmobiles, Locomobiles, Electrics and Buckboards.

Childs Company in Utica (just a few blocks away) built the wood coachwork for the Buckmobile roadsters and runabouts from 1903 to 1905. The car was built with leather seat and aluminum fenders. The gasoline capacity was 6 gallons that allowed the 2 cylinder vertical engine to run the car 100 miles with a top speed of 25 miles per hour. The engine was under the seat until 1905, the hood was only for style. The Buckmobile was a single chain drive vehicle with two speeds forward and one reverse controlled by one lever. The wheels could be ordered as either wire or artillery wood construction and either lever or wheel Steering could be ordered. The car listed for $1,850.00 in 1904.

In June of 1904 Motor Age announced the Black Diamond Automobile Company of Geneva, New York would consolidate with Buckmobile and had also purchased the Remington automobile plant to produce practically the same machines being made by the Buckmobile. In November  of 1906 “The Automobile”  reported the Seaton Automobile Company, of Utica, was organized and had purchased the plant of the Black Diamond Automobile Company on Sunset avenue. Legal documents show it was purchased at the Sheriff’s sale on October 17 by the former president of the Buckmobile Company, A. J. Seaton.

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Open Your Eyes

By Rev. Rick Robinson

When you are looking for God’s direction, do you prefer to see open doors? How certain is an open door when it comes to discerning God’s direction? While open doors can be a sign from God, they can also be a distraction from God’s best. I was recently thinking back in time about things God has done in my life and how God provided needs as well as direction for me.

Years ago I had a 1929 Pontiac, a 1941 Oldsmobile and a 1965 Chevy truck that I drove every day. We were struggling financially and we decided to sell my truck since we needed money more than I needed three antique vehicles. I took one of my wife Victoria’s lipsticks, wrote a price on the windshield and parked the truck on the street. Shortly, a man came by and offered to pay the price on the windshield for the truck. What seemed like an open door, I turned down because I did not have peace about the sale. You might ask if I was thinking straight or did I perhaps love the truck too much to part with it? Only a few days later another man came by and offered to purchase the truck. His offer had a condition I must agree to before he would buy the truck. He wanted to only use the truck on weekends, but did not want to leave the truck all week without being used. If I would drive the truck Monday through Friday, he would pick up the pick up on Friday night and bring it back on Sunday. It looked like I would be able to sell my truck, and drive it too. The first weekend, everything went fine except the man said he was too busy to transfer the title and we would do it later. The second week he called and said he was too busy to use the truck that weekend. The third weekend, he called to say he didn’t know what he was thinking buying an old truck. He told me to keep the truck and keep the money too. Open doors are not as useful as open eyes, to see things the way God does.

I am reminded of the story of Elisha, when his servant was frightened about the soldiers that had them surrounded. He was afraid, thinking he and Elisha were going to die. Elisha told him not to fear, and asked God to open his eyes that he may see what God sees. The servant saw angels that out numbered the soldiers encamped all around them.

2 Kings 6:15-17
And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Are you going through a situation right now that seems hopeless? Are you frightened by what you see? Maybe it is time to relax and meditate on all the things God has done for you in the past. Perhaps it is time to ask God to open your eyes that you may see what He sees, because when it comes to faith, seeing is not believing–believing is seeing.

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Copyright 2011 Church Growth Associates, Inc.

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Buggycar 1908-1909

Some sources say the Buggycar Company started in 1907, but they are not listed in the 1907 edition of vehicles sold in the United States. Motor Age reported in 1908 that “Cincinnati capital has purchased the plant of the Postal Auto and Engine Co., of Bedford, Ind., and moved it to Cincinnati. Those interested have incorporated under the name of the Buggycar Co.”

The Buggycar was built with a two cylinder air-cooled engine under the seat rated at 14 horsepower according to the advertisements. Final drive to the rear axle was by cable and the vehicle was equipped with solid rubber tires. Motor Age also reported for 1909 The company will make improvements with an 18 horsepower friction-drive car with only three working parts and equipped with 36 and 38-inch artillery “wheels with solid rubber or cushion tires.

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Cleveland Motor Car Company

Cleveland Motor Car Company  was started in the early 1900’s by E. J. Pennington in Cleveland, Ohio. Certainly not to be confused with the Cleveland Automobile Company started by F.C. Chandler in 1919–the two companies are not related. It is not clear to me when he actually built his cars, maybe 1903-1908 (?). Above is the 1907 Cleveland and below is the 1905 Cleveland ad. I have seen many conflicting reports each stated with confidence, so I have used dates that have been published in periodicals of the time and advertisements. Very few cars were advertised that were not built such as the Davis, advertised from 1930-1932 in hopes of re-opening the factory that had been foreclosed.

Before the Cleveland Motor Car Company, E.J. Pennington built The Tractobile from 1900-1902 in Carlisle, PA. The steam-powered device could be attached to any horse drawn carriage to make it into an automobile. The steam motor was connected to a removable frame built between two bicycle wheels with a tiller connected to the right wheel. The Tractobile advertisements used an acrostic for Steam Engine.
Simple, Trusty, Economical, Ample power, Mechanical, Efficient, Noiseless, Gearless, Interchangeable, No complications, Exhaust invisible.
The Tractobile sold for $450.00 by itself, or a complete car could be ordered for $625.00 ($650.00 with rubber tires). There is a photo below.

When estimating production numbers for automobiles in the New Year, the January 7,1904 issue of Motor Age stated, “A new and unknown quantity in the local field is the Cleveland Motor Co., a concern headed by E. J. Pennington.”  In the same issue it was reported that “Only one Cleveland retailer failed last season”. This is why I used 1903 for a start date. That seems to fit with the discontinued idea of the steam engine device as well. The ad at the top is a 1905 Cleveland model.

The July 6, 1905 issue of The Automobile reported Pennington was working on a huge 208-horsepower road juggernaut with a locomotive “cow-catcher” in front. Below is a photo of the Pennington built car from 1895 with a cow catcher attached, most likely his original idea, not the model reported he was working on in 1905. (208 horse on this ride would be frightening.)

Motorized baby carriages were also mentioned as one of the ideas Pennington had in other publications. E. J. Pennington certainly had a history of coming up with ideas to make money that didn’t work out, and cost his investors a great deal of money. The New York Times reported June 28th 1904 that E.J. Pennington was arrested for fraud at the St. Louis World’s Fair. After his death on March 10, 1911 the New York Times article Claimed his life was out of the adventures of the get-rich-quick variety. It also stated he was married again hours after his wife was buried.

Horseless Age January 1908 said “the Cleveland Motor Car Company began making important changes in its organization. It disposed of its factory in Cleveland, and made arrangements to build a new factory at Milwaukee. Early last summer At the same time the main office and sales department were removed from Cleveland to 1659 Broadway, New York, where all the business of the company is now transacted. The company decided to build 300 cars during the coming year, and to dispose of its product entirely through branch offices.” Below is a scan of the specifications for the Cleveland out of a book with all the vehicle specifications for all cars and trucks sold in the United States in 1907.

I have found no other mentions of a Cleveland factory in WI, so I have used the 1908 for an end of production. By 1913 there was a tire store located in the NY office address listed earlier.

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