Blogs by Leland Maples

By Leland Maples
May 15th, 2010

One of the most familiar stories in scripture is the parable of the “Prodigal Son” in Luke 15. The word “prodigal” is man’s making, the scripture does not use it, but the word fits; he did waste some of his life. The story of the prodigal son is part of a parable, not a complete parable within itself. Luke said that Christ spoke a “parable (singular) unto them,” (Luke 15:3) which consisted of two other events. One event was a lady losing a coin and really freaking out and the other was a man who jeopardized ninety-nine (99) sheep in the wilderness while he tried to find one. The...

By Leland Maples
April 15th, 2010

Probably no argument has been waxed longer or louder than the one over “Once saved, always saved.” Some have said that this belief honors Christ’s work on the cross; others say that it is a license to sin. “If I believed ‘once saved, always saved’ I would do anything I wanted to do,” is a familiar cry. Volumes have been written on both sides of this coin. A few years ago I wrote an article on “Twice lost, always lost;” revealing that if a person gets saved and then loses his salvation, he is forever doomed. There is no such thing in the Bible of a person getting saved twice! This would...

By Leland Maples
March 15th, 2010

In the last book of the Old Testament, God commented:

“For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” Malachi 3:6

In light of today’s preaching and gospel presentations, God should have said, “I am the Lord, but I am going to change and not consume anybody” or “I am the Lord, but I have had a change of heart and everyone is my friend.”

It seems that many of the current religionists have Jesus the Son almost apologizing for God the Father. After all, the God of the Old Testament destroyed all but eight people on earth by drowning them...

By Leland Maples
January 31st, 2010

Those who believe God’s Bible are certainly not surprised that mankind is getting worse. God put it in writing for us:

“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” 2 Timothy 3:13

I think that what is surprising is the speed in which men are doing thus and the pride they take in doing it. Homosexuality is not a new sin. It has been around for thousands of years. The punishment for such is not new either. Sodom and Gomorrah became God’s definitive punishment on sin in which men took pride. Note the Biblical account:


By Leland Maples
December 31st, 2009

When I walked into the Big Spring Federal Prison Camp 25 years ago next month, I had no idea that God was going to change everything about my life. I had no burden for inmates…I was only going to teach a Bible class in prison because I could not get out of it. For six years I drove 120 miles round trip every Friday night for that class. The last two years of the six we drove back over on Saturday afternoon after visitation to work with the families. It was during this time that the prison system began to expand at a rapid pace. When we started into the prison in Big Spring, it was the only...

By Leland Maples
December 1st, 2009

“And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. [7] And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. [8] And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. [9] And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. [10] And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,...

By Leland Maples
November 15th, 2009

Let me take this time and space to thank those of you who write us. Thank you for your comments on our Bible study courses. Thank you for your Bible questions. There is no such thing as a “stupid question” when asked sincerely. There are stupid answers because I have given many of them over the years. I do my best to answer each of your questions personally. It has been my experience that I have never learned anything from someone that always agreed with me. If someone is just asking about our ministry, we will mail them a newsletter and add them to our mailing list. If they have specific...

By Leland Maples
October 15th, 2009

We all know that “last orders supersede all orders,” whether at home, on the job or in scripture. With that in mind lets see what “orders” the apostle to the Gentiles (Paul) gave to the church “which is His body” (Ephesians 1:22-23.) Paul’s last letter was 2 Timothy. The chronology of Paul’s letters are very important due to fact that “last orders supersede all orders.”

In Paul’s fourteen epistles (if you count Hebrews) and I do, he wrote seven epistles before his imprisonment in Rome and seven epistles afterward. From prison he wrote Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon...

By Leland Maples
September 15th, 2009

I would like to take this space this month to pay a tribute to a great friend.

As Jonathan said to David, “…thou shalt be missed, because thy seat will be empty.” 1 Samuel 20:18, so shall I repeat to Joe Bell, who went to be with the Lord August 20, 2009. Joe was a member of the LOOPS Board of Directors, a supporter of this ministry, but more than that he was friend. I met Joe almost 25 years ago. Joe was not an ordinary man, in fact, he was an extraordinary man. He was the epitome of Odessa, Texas; boom or bust; hard and fast on the outside, solid and kind on the inside.


By Leland Maples
August 15th, 2009

The latest Pew Poll is out and again there is more falling away from the “old paths.” America has just celebrated their 233 birthday, farther removed than ever from her founding fathers. Men may debate the Christianity of our forefathers. Were they Deists or Christians, etc? What we all know and is not debatable, is that they all exhibited a tremendous amount of God-consciousness. Every where you look, you find the hand of God recognized by our forefathers. The majority of them recognized Jesus Christ as the Son of God, Who died, was buried and rose again. The footprints of such beliefs...