Blogs by Leland Maples

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...

By Leland Maples
June 15th, 2008

This past month another child died of diabetes because her parents refused medical treatment. Her parents prayed for her to get better; they expected God to heal her and certainly did not want her to die. The mother stated that the family believes in the Bible, which says that healing comes from God. What heartache this family must be enduring. What guilt feelings the mother and father must be experiencing. What questions they must be asking themselves. How will this affect their faith? They obviously believed until their daughter’s last breath that God was going to heal her, so no one can...

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
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
March 15th, 2008

We moved our offices after the first of the year, which turned out to be a far greater chore than we had anticipated. It is amazing how much paper and things one can accumulate. When you start sorting through papers, pictures and memorabilia, you really get a chance to tread down memory lane.

We were reminded of those ex-inmates who have gone on to meet the Lord; Stanley Lee, Dr. Bob Earl, Jerry Sanders, Guy Tatum.

Those men who’s memory still encourage us to continue on: Dr. C.E. McLain, Charley Jones, Joe Russell, Chuck Palmer, Coach Jack Brewer…

What is such a...

By Leland Maples
December 31st, 2007

One more year closer to His coming! What a great year this has been. We have watched as the Father called some close friends home to glory. We have also watched as He decided to heal some because their job was not finished here. In both cases, we remember Abraham’s words “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Genesis 18:25)

The Angel Tree program went great. While many programs in Midland/Odessa were still begging for money right up to the day before Christmas, our kids were covered way ahead of time. When God’s people give for the right purpose, God will supply (...

By Leland Maples
November 15th, 2007

Every month I promise myself that I will just write about good things, try not to be controversial and be positive like the popular preachers are. Something always jars me back to reality and the seriousness of God’s calling. Five years ago doctors diagnosed me with a rapid growing lung cancer and gave me a year to live. God Almighty changed that, gave me additional duties and this year the doctors announced me cancer free. Seven times each week God lets me stand before different classes and tell them about His Son. I get to serve as a jail chaplain and a police/fire chaplain. Sometimes I...

By Leland Maples
October 15th, 2007

Paul spoke of the “simplicity” in Christ.

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” 2 Corinthians 11:3

God made things simple for man, but man chooses to complicate them. Adam’s first orders were extremely simple:

“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: [17] But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”...

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 “...