Leland Maples runs the LOOP’s Ministries (Loved Ones Of Prisoners) and leads a Thursday night bible study held in the Rec Room at Life Change Baptist Church in Odessa Texas. The Rec Room message on Thursday, October 20, 2011 was entitled “Higher Power” and was given by Leland. Special music was by Charles Reynolds.
In this message, Leland provides a comparison of the “higher power” in Alcohol Ananymous and the Bible. A power may be a force or a thing; electric power, nuclear power, wind power, etc. A power is not a person, God is.
- A power cannot judge, God does. Matthew 10:28
- A power cannot love, God does. John 3:16
- A power cannot save, God does. Luke 19:10
The scriptures referenced during the message were from:
Genesis 1:1 KJV “1 In the beginning God created the Heaven and the earth.”
Exodus 3:13-14 KJV “13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? 14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.”
Daniel 3:25 KJV “25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”
Acts 9:5 KJV “5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.”
Matthew 10:28 KJV “28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
John 3:16 KJV “16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Luke 19:10 KJV “10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”