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“It’s Out of My Hands now!”

Lou Coleman

Lou Coleman

By Lou Coleman

It’s too late… There is nothing more I can do!  I want you to know that one of the most tragic phrases in the English language is “too late.”  It indicates something that once held promise now is without hope.  The tragedy of being “too late” is the implication that there was a time when it wasn’t too late.  There was a time when options were still available, an escape was still possible, a remedy was still viable. The parable of the ten virgins is a tragic story of being “too late!”  The parable of the ten virgins is a direct parable with a terrible consequence following a foolish decision.  In the parable Matthew 25 Jesus compares the coming of the kingdom of heaven to a wedding feast.  The parable concludes with the arrival of the bridegroom.  The time has arrived.  The celebration begins.  The great banquet is open.  The five wise bridesmaids with oil in their lamps enter the house, while the five foolish bridesmaids went wandering around the dark village streets looking for oil.  Jesus sternly said, “And the door was shut” verse 10.   And who were going to enter had already entered.  No one else would be allowed in.  It was too late! The five foolish bridesmaids finally showed up.  They shouted out “Sir, Sir, Open the door for us!” verse 11.  The bridegroom responded to their desperate pleas with an unflinching resolve, “I tell you the truth, I know you not” verse 12.   It’s a terrible word.  It’s a final word.  There is no room for negotiation. It’s too late! The sad part about it….The foolish virgins knew the bridegroom was going to get married, they knew he would come to the banquet, and they knew they needed oil for their lamps. It wasn’t a matter of a lack of information or having the wrong information. All ten virgins started with the same facts. The five foolish virgins just weren’t ready. Don’t do it…. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

Of course some will argue that it is never too late to mend, but the Bible says in Hebrews 6:4-6, “It is IMPOSSIBLE for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good Word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance.” I do not speak to you as an originator or discoverer of this tremendous truth—the impossibility of certain souls to be saved after they have reached a certain point; my business is to be faithful first to God, then to His Holy Word. Yes, people say, “It is never too late to come to Christ. It’s never too late to change my ways.  I can come at any time.  It’s never too late to be saved…” My friend, the idea that you can go just as far as you please, then turn back; the idea that you can descend into the well of sin and climb out again is a very comforting creed for those who believe it. But the question is, is it true? Will it stand the test? On the authority of the Bible, I do not think so; I say to you, it is False. I want you to know that the parable of the ten virgins reveals the awful truth that the kingdom of heaven has a door and it does close. I cannot tell you when the door will shut, only that it will shut one day.  I cannot tell you who will be allowed into the kingdom of heaven but only that Jesus is the gatekeeper.  And according to the gatekeeper’s own testimony, there will be those who will be left outside, the foolish ones, the ones who were invited but rejected the invitation or were so negligent and casual about the invitation they failed to prepare properly for it. Don’t do it… Don’t wait until it’s too late! Come to Christ now and let Him save you.

In Ezekiel chapter 33, God says, “As I live, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked” verse 11. That’s the heart of God, a God who pleads with His people, Repent, Repent. I don’t want to judge you. I don’t want to damn you to Hell. I don’t want you to come under My chastening hand of discipline as believers. Turn, Turn.”… I beg you my friend, I plea with you, don’t do it… Don’t wait until it’s too late! “Too late” is the heartache of sin. “Too late” is the history of missed opportunities. “Too late” is the heat of a burning hell, and Hell is real!  Don’t do it… Don’t wait too late!

The Results are In!!!


By Naomi K. Bonman

The votes are in the tallies have been marked and read for the November 2015 San Bernardino County Election. It was a great race with amazing candidates. The overall precinct turnout was 7,721 and the vote by mail turnout was 36,314, giving the election a grand total of 44,035 votes. Here’s a recap of the winners for those who missed the results:

For the Chaffey Community College District the winners were Gloria Negrete Mcleod (9,388), Lee C. McDougal (9,129), and Gary Ovitt (9,458). In the Baker Valley Unified School District the winners were Linda D. Maria (30.83%) and Kelly Fisher (30.00%). The San Bernardino City Unified School District winners were Margaret G. Hill (19.57%), Gwen Dowdy-Rodgers (14.24%), and Scott Wyatt (15.77%).

Next up are the City of San Bernardino Wards and Council Seats. In the Third Ward the winner and only candidate that ran was John Valdivia. In the Fifth Ward the winner was Henry Nickel (66.67%). The Sixth Ward was a very close call between Roxanne Williams (36.22%) and Bessine Littlefield-Richard (37.64%). Bessine Richard took it for the Sixth Ward. The Seventh Ward winner was Jim Mulvihill (29.10%). The City Attorney winner, which only had one candidate, went to Gary D. Saenz; and the City Clerk went to Georgeann “GiGi” Hanna. Lastly, the City Treasurer went to David C. Kennedy (71.16%).

Other winners included: Morongo Valley Community Services District, Johnny G. Tolbert (34.18%) and Matthew M. Campos (39.26%); Newberry Community Services District, Paula L. Deel (47.42%) and Larry W. Clark (27.96%); Phelan Pinon Hills Community Services District, Alex Brandon (23.52%) and Mark W. Roberts (22.80%); Chino Valley Independent Fire District, Brian Johsz (31.23%), John Demonaco (24.28%), and Sarah Evinger (24.70%); East Valley Water District, David E. Smith (29.24%) and Chris Carrillo (26.15%); West Valley Water District, Alan G. Dyer (17.90%), Greg Young (18.69%), and Don Olinger (14.15%); Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency, Michael H. McBride (44.59%) and J. Larry Coulombe (36.49%); and the Crestline-Lake Arrowhead Water Agency, Ron Kelly (54.34%).

For more results, please visit www.sbcounty.gov/rov/elections/Results/20151103/default.html.

Covered California Launches New Marketing and Outreach Game Plan to Boost African American Enrollement

SACRAMENTO, CA- Covered California officials kicked off a new marketing and outreach campaign to increase African-American enrollments in the state’s health coverage program. The campaign focuses on informing African-Americans about the affordability of quality health insurance, and the exchange will place particular emphasis on specific geographic areas across the state where higher numbers of uninsured and subsidy-eligible African-Americans live, work, play and pray.

Covered California is using a new data-driven approach to target specific ZIP codes across the state, pinpointing where higher numbers of uninsured and subsidy-eligible African-Americans live.

Research conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago in the spring of 2015 revealed that while California’s African-Americans are aware of Covered California, they lag behind other ethnicities when it comes to awareness of the financial assistance that is available only through Covered California and that helps consumers pay for their monthly insurance premiums. Data can be found at www.CoveredCA.com/news/PDFs/AAEI-slides.pdf.

New data show that active enrollment among subsidy-eligible African-Americans is at 2.4 percent while African-Americans constitute 5 percent of the state’s subsidy-eligible population. The exchange’s focused efforts to increase the enrollment percentage begins with the third open-enrollment period, which runs from Nov. 1, 2015, through Jan. 31, 2016.

The campaign centers around establishing enrollment storefronts at highly familiar and visible locations; conducting marketing and outreach that is specific to African-American consumers; and engaging businesses, schools, churches and community organizations. The exchange will encourage uninsured Californians to stop coping with a lack of health coverage and instead enroll in a health insurance plan through Covered California.

“Changing our state from a culture of coping to a culture of coverage is a long-term proposition,” Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee said. “We’ve made great progress in helping African-Americans gain the coverage they need and deserve, but we recognize there is much more to be done to prove to the remaining uninsured the value of having health coverage.”

Outreach materials will advise African-American consumers that their health and well- being is worth insuring and that many Californians are receiving thousands of dollars each year to help with the cost of health insurance premiums — money that African-American consumers should not walk away from.

Covered California is targeting specific areas in Los Angeles and San Diego counties and the Inland Empire, where two-thirds of California’s 130,000 subsidy-eligible African-Americans reside, as well as targeting areas in Northern California in parts of Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano and Sacramento counties.

Covered California will push enrollment through service channels like storefronts in African-American communities where Certified Insurance Agents and Certified Enrollment Counselors will be on hand to assist consumers. With support from Covered California community partners, the agency will sponsor education and outreach campaigns, with resources for pastors at church enrollment events, informational materials for barbershops and hair salons, and “enrollment block parties” in high-priority African-American neighborhoods.

In addition, enhanced social media and marketing campaigns will be launched to reach African-Americans, and Covered California will have partnerships with local schools, businesses and community-based organizations that serve African-American communities.

“We’ll reach out to consumers where they live, work, pray and play,” Lee said. “Covered California will continue to focus on reaching the state’s diverse population and enrolling consumers in all communities during its upcoming open-enrollment period. We want to make sure we see the enrollment numbers in our African-American communities rise.”