Blogs by Leland Maples

By Leland Maples
August 12th, 2011

One of the descriptions given to the cartoon character, Superman, at the opening of his television program was that he was “faster than a speeding bullet.” Today Superman has a rival in the speed in which apostasy (a total departure of one’s faith and religion) is taking over churches, Christian institutions and ministries. What an unusual time in which we live. Many of the Bible believing churches are dying or shrinking fast. Others have sold out to a contemporary god, changed their name and format and keep asking for funds.

“For I am the Lord, I change not…” Malachi 3:6

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
July 15th, 2007

James, the Lord’s brother, in writing to the twelve tribes of Israel scattered everywhere, said,

“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” James 1:27

You will notice that this statement has nothing to do with Christianity. The verse is not speaking of religion in general because many religions are built upon hate and warfare. If you want to find the true nature of any religion or belief you must evaluate them in their dominance. If you want to learn the...

By Leland Maples
July 15th, 2010

David, the second king of Israel was in a literal fight for his life. His favorite son, Absalom, had attempted to usurp David’s kingdom for his own. Absalom knew that he must kill David to do so and was in the process of hunting David down and killing him in battle. God intervened, snagged Absalom by his long hair with one of His trees, where one of David’s men killed Absalom. David was a fugitive from his own throne while Absalom was designing his demise.

This saga is found in 2 Samuel 17-19. Note the response of the people in 2 Samuel 19:10,

“And Absalom, whom we...

By Leland Maples
March 15th, 2012

In our weekly Bible class, we are doing an overview of the sixty-six books in the Bible. We have finished the major prophets and are in the middle of the minor prophets at this time. What stands out about all of God’s men is their preaching against sin. You could really call them “negative” preachers. They cry out against and point out the sins of their own nation. They identify and point out the sins of their religious leaders. They call a spade a spade and mince no words. Before we attribute such goings-on to the Old Testament, note many of Christ’s messages. Some of today’s...

By Leland Maples
May 15th, 2008

In the same vein as “The DaVinci Code,” a new movie is scheduled in theaters this month entitled “Bloodline.” “Bloodline” will seek to prove that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and they had a son. Men just cannot tolerate a pure God, a just God or an honest God. Men want God to be limited to a God of love only and that love to be of their own definition. They want God’s love to be lax and indulgent toward sin and rebellion. They want God’s love to be void of justice and to never be absolute, only relative. Would you like God’s “take” on these things? The Bible that men hate always...

By Leland Maples
November 26th, 2012

Dr. McCain used to say that “compromise” was the worst word in the English language. Have you ever wondered how “compromise” gets started? Compromise begins the moment our desire for man’s praise exceeds our desire for God’s praise. Compromise occurs when our hunger to gain respect in men’s eyes outweighs our hunger to please God.

Fifty years ago, every American understood that killing a baby was wrong. Today, that subject is too argumentative and political.

Fifty years ago, homosexual behavior was unacceptable with the populace. Today, any preaching against homosexual...

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
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
September 15th, 2007

The current fad among hip-hop Christendom is “reaching the youth.” Maybe we should ask ourselves, “For what purpose are we trying to reaching them?” Are we trying to get them saved? Are we trying to get their lives changed for Christ’s sake?

It is interesting that Peter, Paul, John or Jesus never had a “youth movement.” They ministered to all ages and cultures. Peter never started a Fisherman’s Church nor did Paul start an Ex-Pharisee Church. Actually the church placed more emphasis upon the older than on the younger. The churches ordained “elders,” not “young’uns.” The command to “...