Blogs by Leland Maples

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...

By Leland Maples
February 15th, 2012

“Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” Psalm 127:1

It is interesting to observe all the different plans and schemes on how to build a church. You would think that everyone would be speaking about prayer, Bible study and soul winning. Those were the simple methods that worked well until people quit using them. As long as I can remember, men have been trying to do it some other way. Men just have a real problem with doing things God’s way.

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we...

By Leland Maples
September 15th, 2013

I wonder if man has outsmarted himself. With technology continuing to improve, the world-wide web, Facebook and Twitter; tablets and exquisite cell phones, interplanetary travel, the ability of friend or foe to know where you are and what you are doing at all times, can the mark of the beast be far behind?

"Thou answeredst them, O LORD our God: thou wast a God that forgavest them, though thou tookest vengeance of their INVENTIONS" Psalms 99:8 (caps mine) "Thus they provoked him to anger with their INVENTIONS and the plague brake in upon them." Psalms 106:29 (caps mine)

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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
August 16th, 2007

In Acts 15 we have an account of a harsh conflict between two of God’s children, Paul and Barnabas. Barnabas first appears in Acts 4:36 as one who sold his land and gave the proceeds to the apostles. The next time he appears is in defense of Paul’s conversion (Acts 9:27.) In Acts 11:22-26 Barnabas was sent by the church at Jerusalem to disciple new converts at Antioch. He thought of Paul and brought him to join in this ministry. For the next few years, it seems Paul and Barnabas were inseparable, facing tribulation, victories, joys and defeats. Barnabas took his nephew, John Mark, on one...

By Leland Maples
July 15th, 2013

"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD." Amos 8:11

Most apply this verse to our present age and culture. I am not so sure about that. A famine of bread and water would cause people to do anything they could to satisfy their hunger and thirst. They would go to whatever extreme was required to get something to eat or drink. If anything, our present culture is the opposite. The "hearing of the words of the Lord" is certainly not in demand in our churches...

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
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...

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