Blogs by Leland Maples

By Leland Maples
May 15th, 2009

I was thinking about all the new gimmicks modern day preachers and churches are employing to attract people. Our old flesh is much more interested in gimmicks than the gospel. In the vernacular of the day, they are trying to “reinvent the wheel.” The wheel remains as one of the most important inventions in history.

The first mention of the wheel in scripture definitely pertains to our subject and is found in Exodus 14:13-29. Pharaoh and his Egyptian army were chasing Moses and the Israelites. The Israelites came to a dead end…the Red Sea in front of them; Pharaoh’s army behind them…...

By Leland Maples
April 15th, 2009

We can only evaluate things by what we have read and by what we have experienced. From those two perspectives, it seems we may be living in the greatest time of magnified stupidity since Noah.

Think with me for a moment…let’s just look at some simple evaluations. Highly educated people can look at something, like a rock, a child or a rose and say with confidence, “It just happened.” Are you listening? It just happened or evolved? Nobody with the capability to reason would come up with that answer honestly. Everybody knows that everything and anything made had a Maker. (Nobody at any...

By Leland Maples
March 15th, 2009

The debates continue to rage in regard to evolution and creation in our schools. What is interesting is that the evolutionist does not tolerate both sides being presented…this coming from the liberals who are always talking about tolerance! This group has already gotten the Bible out of schools. This group fears the Bible more than anything. They would rather give our children condoms, aid them in abortions and embrace homosexual perversion rather than let the Bible be free in the classroom. You talk about Bible phobia!

One editorial stated, “It is imperative to abide by the...

By Leland Maples
February 15th, 2009

Recently I listened to a 23 year old junior high school teacher speak of how drastic things had changed since she was in junior high…which was only 10 years ago! The changes of which this young teacher spoke were not good. She considered the students’ attitude much worse than 10 years ago. The same was said about the parents’ and school administration’s attitude. It doesn’t take a Greek scholar or seminary graduate to see that 2 Timothy 3:13 is taking place:

"But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived."

Every Bible believer who reads...

By Leland Maples
February 15th, 2009

In our weekly Bible study, we are studying II Timothy, the apostle Paul’s final epistle. Paul knew his time was short on earth. He experienced the loneliness and ridicule of “sticking to his guns” in his spiritual beliefs. When he was saved, he was ridiculed and hated by his peers, the religious leaders of Israel. Now, in his final months, those he had befriended with the gospel of Christ had also forsaken him. Paul was not what you would call a rough or physical man, like Peter, but he was mentally and spiritually tough, yet it is obvious from his writings that he hurt when men turned...

By Leland Maples
January 15th, 2009

By the time you receive this, the election will be over. Emotions will have subsided and most of us will be back in our “rut.”

Americans have been changing rapidly (not just Americans but the people of the world.) These changes seem to have increased in speed. One does not have to be aged to recognize how fast things are changing. My children have seen them and some of my grandchildren are aware of them. While changes in technology and manufacturing have improved our living conditions, waning moral and spiritual convictions may soon jeopardize those same living conditions. I really...

By Leland Maples
October 15th, 2008

Sometimes we need to be reminded by God why people think like they think and do what they do. Without God’s word explaining the reasons for such actions, our world can get extremely frustrating.

It is frustrating to see educated, successful and knowledgeable people (by world standards) think and do stupid things. Most of our problems, whether deemed financial, political, scientific or social are actually spiritual ones.

Why would so-called good citizens promote murdering innocent babies (abortion) and protest the death sentence for child molesters?

Why would these same...

By Leland Maples
September 15th, 2008

What a fascinating time in which to live. In my short lifetime I have seen some 180 degree turns in America’s culture, philosophy, politics and religious beliefs. I can remember when most of the aforementioned were pretty much black and white. There were little, if any, gray areas. In matters of faith today, most are ecumenical, i.e., meaning “one size fits all.”

Recently the U.S .Religious Landscape Survey Report II (6-23-2008) was released. That survey, which interviewed 35,000 Americans, revealed some vast changes over the past few years.

For instance, only 51% believed in...

By Leland Maples
August 15th, 2008

“Remember Lot’s wife.” Luke 17:32

What a strange command for Jesus to give; especially since her name is never given to us. Why should she be remembered? What benefit would her remembrance achieve?

Lot was Abraham’s nephew who left Mesopotamia with Abraham when God called him to relocate. There is no doubt that Lot was a believer.

“And delivered JUST Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: [8] (For that RIGHTEOUS MAN dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his RIGHTEOUS SOUL from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)” 2 Peter 2:7-8 (caps mine...

By Leland Maples
July 15th, 2008

“…there is no new thing under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9

We live in rapid changing times…and whatever the old way was, it is now obsolete. This is especially true about computers and churches. While computer technology is progressing, churches seem to be regressing. Every religious survey reports that major denominations are losing members. On the one hand, we hear about mega churches increasing, yet membership as a whole is dwindling. May I insert here that growth or lack of it is not a barometer for spirituality or dedication to truth. I do not understand any Christian that would...

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