Blogs by Leland Maples

By Leland Maples
March 15th, 2016

Super Bowl 50 has come and gone. It was a great defensive football game which thrilled the real aficionados of the game and was boring to those who just want see touchdowns. As usual, there were private celebrations after every big play with either the offensive or defensive player drawing great attention to himself as if he won the game. This game also revealed that some who can celebrate their wins cannot handle their losses too well. Grown men drawing millions of dollars, pouting, whining and blaming others. This attitude has marked the biggest change in sports in my lifetime. 
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By Leland Maples
January 15th, 2016
In the final days of Christ's earthly ministry, Jesus stood in the Temple at Jerusalem and said:

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!" Matthew 23:37

For three and one-half years Jesus had preached to and prayed for His people. 

"...He came unto His own, and His own received Him not." John 1:11

He came to "His own" nation, Israel. He came to "His own" city,...
By Leland Maples
December 15th, 2015
What chaos our world is in today!  We are completing the seventh year under the most wicked president to have ever served our country. He has tried his best, morally, economically and spiritually to ruin this nation. The only reason America is not totally destroyed is because:

"... the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will." Daniel 4:25

Common sense has left our nation. Courage has departed in preference to popularity and economic security. Politics has taken precedence in sports, business and religion. 

In all of the...
By Leland Maples
November 15th, 2015

Thanksgiving is here again and many are saying that it seems that every day we have less and less for which to be thankful.  As we look around us we see problems and perversions engulfing us.  Everywhere we turn we can see those deliberately destroying our nation and for what it once stood.  Biblical principles and morals are passé, while perversion triumphs.  We are repeating the days of Isaiah:

"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"  Isaiah 5:20

Our unborn...

By Leland Maples
October 15th, 2015
News reports and headlines report that the moral and spiritual plummet in the United States are increasing daily. In the midst of the problems the Roman Catholic Pope comes to America and speaks of immigration, global warming and unity, totally ignoring the bloodshed and miscarriages of justice all around us. Prior to his visit here, he signed a treaty with the "State of Palestine" saying he hoped this recognition would stimulate peace with Israel and Israel said it would do the opposite. 

The Supreme Court's sanction of gay marriage has created a firestorm among God's people....
By Leland Maples
September 15th, 2015

What part did local churches play in the Supreme Court's decision on gay marriage?

Have the people who claim to be Christians been for or against such action?

"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?"  1 Peter 4:17

Before we attempt to answer the question, we need to define the "the house of God."  When Jesus referred to it in Matthew 21:13, He obviously meant the Temple:

"And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house...

By Leland Maples
August 15th, 2015

Can you believe how stupid some highly educated people are becoming?  The Supreme Court of the United States takes it upon themselves to reverse nature.  For 6000+ years marriage has been between a man and a woman.  They are the only two beings that could obey God's commandment:

"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over...

By Leland Maples
July 15th, 2015

Every religious survey in the past 20 years has shown a downward spiral in church attendance.  Granted, there are some mega churches that have been started and are showing growth, but these are more due to population growth than leadership.  The truth of the matter is that their growth has not kept up with the population growth.  Others have grown, then plummeted when their "rock star" pastors were unmasked.

Another astounding statistic is that 85% of the unchurched are actually "de-churched," i.e.,  they used to attend church on a regular basis and quit!  Why did they quit?  In...

By Leland Maples
June 15th, 2015

The best students of prophecy are confused.  By all calculations, Jesus should have come by now.  Even for the unschooled, the year 2000 marked a milestone of something calamitous…yet nothing happened!  Is it like the scoffers said?

"And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation."  2 Peter 3:4

Peter's answer to this group referred back to Noah and the flood:

"For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth...

By Leland Maples
May 15th, 2015

I was thinking about the church where I was saved in 1953.  We had Sunday School (Bible teaching) and a preaching service on Sunday morning.  On Sunday night we had Training Union (Christian training) and a preaching service.  On Wednesday night prayer meeting and preaching.  Most everyone, children included, brought their own Bible.  We could even have what they called "Responsive Reading" (a person would read a verse of scripture and the congregation would read the next verse in response.)  Wouldn't that be something today?  It would sound like Babylon with everyone having a different...

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