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“Let It Go!”

Lou Coleman

Lou Coleman

By Lou Coleman

Harboring unforgiveness in your heart. Don’t you know the Bible says, “If you do not forgive others, God will not forgive you?” You don’t want to put yourself in the position of God not forgiving you just because you are too prideful to forgive someone else. That’s a dangerous place to be in, and it’s not worth it. Let it go! I tell you, you cannot afford to hold on to an unforgiving spirit. Harboring unforgiveness is like getting bit by a rattlesnake. It releases a poison to the soul. It will eat you up from the inside out.  It will destroy you like a growing cancer and worst of all it will make it impossible for you to live a victorious Christian life. Let it go, forgive, and move on! If you don’t, you are in Sin. It is that simple!

If I can get one point across to you today let it be this, “Forgive… and Set YOURSELF Free!” Release the hatred, bitterness and resentment. You may not feel like forgiving, but do it anyway for it is in your own best interest to forgive. You are the one who God is trying to protect. You are the one who receive the most benefit from forgiveness, not the other person. When you forgive others there is a freedom where you are no longer shackled by your own anger. Decide today that you are not going to go through another year plagued by the curse of a bitter spirit that robs you of your peace, robs you of your joy, and robs you of your power. It need not be anymore! Even though it goes against every fiber of your being! Even though every pore of your body screams, “No, I can’t, you don’t understand!” Even though you want the other person to know the pain they inflicted on you, I will say to you as [Booker T. Washington] said, “… Let no man make you lower yourself by hating him.” Extend to them what God has extended to you, forgiveness. Besides, there is no caveat that says to forgive only when the other person deserves it or to forgive if they ask for forgiveness. God has been very clear about forgiveness. He has given us specific direction in numerous Scriptures, all of which can be summed up in just one word — Forgive! [Mark 11:25; Luke 6:37] Now if you think you have been wronged so badly that you can’t forgive, I want you to consider Jesus’ own story.

While Jesus was hanging on the cross, after being abused, spat upon, beaten, and mocked, He cried out: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” [Luke 23:34] This passage is an example of the beauty and wonder of forgiveness. It may have been a parent, an ex-spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, a sibling, a friend, a relative, or perhaps a stranger. It may have been a hurt that came from some violent or reckless act. It may have been something that somebody should have done, but didn’t. It may have been something that took place over many years. Either way, forgiveness is not an option. All of us have been hurt by people. Sometimes they hurt us on purpose. Other times, people can hurt us when it’s not intentional. The point is that we have been given a command, and the command is to forgive. You have to be very purposeful in forgiving. Ask God to show you how to forgive anyone you may be holding unforgiveness against. It’s not going to be easy, but the rewards are so worth it!  “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

Phat Inc. Magazine and Subaru of San Bernardino Support Santa with 4th Annual Red Carpet Toy Drive

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- Local celebrity Vincent Ayon aka Invinceable, the publisher of Phat Inc. Magazine, is once again donning his Santa hat. With the support of Subaru of San Bernardino, the former hip-hop artist proudly presents his 4th Annual Red Carpet Toy Drive. Hosted by Albert Ricks of Subaru San Bernardino and Phat Inc. Magazine, the 4th Annual Red Carpet Toy Drive takes place on Sunday, December 18 at 2 p.m. at the San Bernardino Auto Center, located at 645 Auto Center Drive in San Bernardino. The Red Carpet Toy Drive has become a staple in the Inland Empire community and is recognized as one of the area’s most entertaining and charitable events. Over 200 toys were collected and distributed last year.

“We are thrilled to once again partner with Subaru of San Bernardino for our annual Red Carpet Toy Drive,” says Invinceable, founder and publisher of Phat Inc. Magazine. “It’s an honor for Phat Inc. Magazine to be able to continue to bring cheer during the holiday season to so many wonderful kids. This is a great opportunity for the community to come together in the Christmas spirit while making a difference in the life of a child.”

The Red Carpet Toy Drive is free to the public and promises to be a day filled with music, courtesy of the Inland Empire’s own Chris Loos of Old School 104.7 FM, live music performances, special guest celebrities, raffles, giveaways, and free goodie bags to the first 100 guests. Attendees who bring an unwrapped toy will receive a complimentary taco plate and a free beverage.

As with previous Christmas events, proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of the San Bernardino Mountain Communities. According to a report by the U.S. Census Bureau over 28.5% of children in the Inland Empire are living far below the poverty level. For over 20 years the Boys & Girls Club of the Mountain Communities has been helping these young people to reach their dreams and realize their full potential.

Invinceable has always strived to make his community proud. The rap music artist first made national headlines with the release of his single, “A Soldier Never Dies.” The touching anthem was dedicated to the memory of Invinceable’s cousin, Anthony Hector Vargas, a Marine who lost his life in a San Bernadino neighborhood home after returning from battle in Iraq.

For additional information regarding supporting or attending the Red Carpet Toy Drive, contact Invinceable at hello@phatincmag.com.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Hosts Kwanzaa Celebration in High Desert

VICTORVILLE, CA- The High Desert Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will host a Kwanzaa Celebration on Saturday December 17.  The celebration will be at Victor Valley College downstairs in the Student Activities Center from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  This event is for all ages and free to the public.  Come learn about Kwanza and participate in this event.
The Alumnae Chapter will also sponsor the 11th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Peace March Monday January 16, 2017.  The location is the corner of Seneca Rd. and Civic Drive in Victorville (Victorville Courthouse).  The March begins at 10 a.m.  This event is free and open to the public.
For more information on both events, call 760-951-0680 or 760-240-7147.