Friday, February 27, 2009

Blow Your Trumpet!

Are you a trumpet blower? Does your trumpet blow a tune of warning to the lost? I think my trumpet needs repairing. What?

I read in Ezekiel 33 this morning. Ezekiel is telling about the watchman, who should blow his horn to warn the people of the approaching enemy. In that day, if the watchman fell asleep and allowed the enemy to invade, he would be executed.

Are we not responsible for telling others about Christ? Shouldn't we be blowing our trumpet to warn the lost about hell. The enemy is not just approaching our camp. He is here and actively seeking to devour the citizens of this world.

Although we wont be executed for failing to tell others about Christ, we will stand someday before a holy God. We will be held accountable for those we should have told.

God has really convicted me this morning. I have failed to witness many times even when I felt the Holy Spirit moving me to do so. I also let fear keep me quiet; always afraid I will say the wrong thing or turn someone the other direction.

Give me the courage to witness to the lost. Help me to remember that my strength comes from you. I want to allow the Holy Spirit to work through me and lead me to tell others about you and their need for salvation. Amen.

But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and and the sword comes and takes the life of one of them, that man will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood.
Ezekiel 33:6

Blessings to all,

Leigh Anne

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Jesus is Coming!!!!!!

The IBC choir sings a great song arranged by Mike Speck called Jesus is Coming. Wow how I love to sing that song. I hope my new church choir will sing it as well. It has a powerful message and reminder that Jesus is coming back!

Peter also reminds us in 2 Peter chapter 3. He warns us to be ready for Christ return. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. 2 Peter 3:10

I have often heard preachers say we should live everyday like it was the day of Christ return. Because it has been over 2,000 years we tend to not expect it when we should be looking for it.

I don't want to be caught off guard and living an unholy life when he comes back. It is my prayer that I will always live a life pleasing to him.

So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 3 Peter 3:14

Leigh Anne

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

False Teachers

I read this morning from 2 Peter chapter 2. In this chapter Peter gives warning against false teachers and their destruction.

My Bible notes that false teachers often camouflage their lies with truth, making it difficult to catch their errors. I think we are seeing this more and more today. Some religions claiming to be Christian are using common language of Christianity but underneath are teaching far from Biblical truths.

Sadly, many Christian churches are watering down the truth. They are not preaching sin and not preaching the consequences of sin. We see the New Age religion that teaches freedom in believing what is "right" for you. This belief is filtering into many denominations causing church and denominational splits.

How do we protect ourselves from false teachers? We must have a firm foundation. We need to walk daily with God and daily in his word. Being saved will get us to heaven, but we also need protection from the evil one who wars against us every day.

If we are not firmly planted in God's truths, we can be easily mislead by the false teachers of this world. Knowing His word and praying for wisdom will help us be prepared to recognize the lies presented to us even when camouflaged by familiar teachings.

Leigh Anne

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them - bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 2 Peter 2:1-2

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Happy Birthday Christina

Twenty two years ago at this moment I was half way through a long labor which proved to be worth every minute. At 1:40 in the afternoon I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. She weighed 8 lbs 13 oz and was 21 1/2 inches long. She was given the name Christina Lynn Hayes. Christina was named after both her grandmothers. Marty's mom's middle name being Christine and my mom's middle name being Lynn. Needless to say the grandmothers were extremely happy with this decision.

Christina was the only girl in a nursery of six babies and she was biggest of all. She didn't have much hair, but what she had was obviously red like her dad's hair. And can I just say she also (and still does) had the temper to go with it. I could hear her coming down the hall when they would bring her to nurse. She was mad and ready to eat!

Since Christina was the first granddaughter and great granddaughter you can only imagine how spoiled she was right from the start. That K. Tilley was there everyday. She contributed often to her spoiling!!

While Christina was spoiled with much love, she still remained to be the sweetest child. She always had an eye for the best, but rarely ask for it. She never demanded name brand clothes but got them when possible on sale. I did splurge for prom. She always had the best and always looked beautiful.

Christina enjoyed school and always did very well. She was always very socialble, loved activities and loved her friends. I know a couple of guys (Greg J and Alan T) who would have never made it through school without her mothering them. She would bring home their pens at night so they would be sure to have one the next day. LOL LOL

My daughter has brought me so much joy over her lifetime. She has made me so proud. I know she will be a great wife and teacher. Being a mother has come natural to her since Amanda was born. Some day she will be an awesome mom to her own children.

Happy Birthday Bama Girl.

I love you very much,


Monday, February 23, 2009

Humble, I Need To Be

Please don't see me,
Don't see the things I do.
The words I speak ,don't listen,
Unless He speaks to you.

I don't want to be a distraction,
that you might fall away.
I want to be a vessel
filled by Him each day.

Call me if you need me.
I want to be a friend.
I need to show you love,
not mine, but what comes from Him.

Humble, I want to be,
so He will sure use me.
I want to do His will,
So others too will live.

I want you to see Him
in everything I do.
Please see the love of Christ
not the pride of man.

Leigh Anne

...All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." 1 Peter 5:5