Blogs by Leland Maples

By Leland Maples
August 15th, 2010

Parents never have to send a child to lying school…they never have to teach children to say “Mine!” Much effort goes into teaching children to obey, to observe correct etiquette, be polite, etc. Why is it that obedience must be taught and disobedience is just natural? Take two young children, place them in the same room with one toy and see how well they share. What we have in the life of every human being is his total depravity. All of the old saints of God knew about it and believed it. My, things are a changing!

“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil...

By Leland Maples
April 15th, 2012

Not too many years ago, subjects like abortion, homosexuality, same sex marriages, children born out of wedlock, adultery, unmarried couples living together and our continued drug problem would have caused our pulpits to be on fire. Those God-called men would have preached loud and clear about God’s judgment. With our morals and convictions hitting an all time low, our pulpits are speaking of developing a better self-esteem and encouraging more tolerance. Preaching about sin is pretty much passé. Now we have communicators and lecturers who ignore God and His evaluation of this world....

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
June 15th, 2007

We live in unusual and interesting times. Never have things moved so fast around us. It took right at 5900 years for transportation to advance from animals to automobiles. In a 100 years man has achieved speed faster than sound, traveled to destinations as far as the moon and changed the English Bible over 200 times. In less than 50 years we have seen the most prosperous and advanced civilizations legalize murdering innocent babies, approve same sex marriages and strive to remove God and the Ten Commandments from our society. Man keeps contradicting himself. One day he is saying that Jesus...

By Leland Maples
July 15th, 2011

The public is being bombarded with conflicting reports on almost an hourly basis. One side says that people are going back to work; their opponents say that jobs are scarcer. One side says that the little man is being helped financially; the other side says that the little man is suffering more than ever. The main line media says we are prospering due to the changes made by this administration and others are pointing out the decline in jobs, income and services. What we know is that both sides cannot be right. They could both be wrong (which is so often the case,) but both cannot be...

By Leland Maples
January 15th, 2013

The greatest king of Israel said:

“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. [2] The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. [3] They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” Psalm 14:1-3

Centuries later, Paul echoed:

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: [11] There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after...

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
April 15th, 2008

With the spring come carnivals, fairs and fun things to do outdoors. The first carnival of the year has just visited our city. Normally, this information would not affect my life, but that was before having a 7 year old granddaughter. She makes me aware of this type of data. Observation of the carnival caused me to draw some comparisons to the “new Christianity” inundating the church.

The carnival is designed solely to appeal to the desires of the flesh; thrilling rides that go nowhere, kewpie dolls impersonating valuable prizes and huge servings of cotton candy containing zero...

By Leland Maples
November 15th, 2006

What is this thing called “love?”

One of the signs of the last days is “misplaced love.”

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves…” 2 Timothy 3:1-2.

Everywhere we turn we find the proliferating of self-love. It is as prominent in Christian bookstores as it is in New Age circles. The “love” word is used in various ways, from God’s love to promiscuous sex. Even the Greek scholars (?) attempting to teach that “agape love” is superior have failed to check out the Greek in Matthew 5:46, 24:12; Luke 6:32,...

By Leland Maples
June 15th, 2010

The following is an excerpt from an article by Joseph A. Califano, Jr. in Americanmagazine.org, May 24, 2010. It contains some very valuable information and statistics.

“Consider these three facts: We in the United States make up 5 percent of the world’s population. We consume 66 percent of the world’s illegal drugs. We incarcerate 25 percent of...

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