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“You Can Fool some of the People some of the Time….BUT!”

Lou Coleman

Lou Coleman

By Lou Coleman

Consider the text God’s warning to anyone who’s “Playing Church!’ I ought to just finish right there with that one statement, for the text says it all. You can fool man, but you can’t fool God! Man is easy to fool because man’s assessment and evaluation of people is based on what man sees “outwardly,” but there is an “unseen eye” that sees all we do and an “unseen ear” that hears all we say. That unseen eye and that unseen ear belong to God, and God sees stuff and knows stuff about you that nobody else knows.

Tares are going to be found among the wheat. Goats will be found among the sheep, but the day will come when the Lord distinguishes between the wheat and tares, the goats and the sheep. In that day there will be no more hiding and masquerading as Christians. The question you must ask yourself is, “What will that day expose about me?” Are you playing Church?

People of God we need to “Stop Playing Church” and “Be the Church.” So many today put on their Sunday best, go to Sunday morning meetings, but have nothing; they are void inside of Christ. They are “Playing Church,” but “Aren’t the Church.” They look like good Church folks; they carry a Bible; they wear a cross, and sometimes they have on a robe, but they are not the real deal. It’s time that we realize that this is not a game, we must take Christ seriously. “Stop Playing Church!” Stop pretending to be living in obedience to God. Stop pretending to truly love God. “Stop Playing Church” the way little children play “house” or “doctor.” Stop Playing with God!

We have to wake up from our slumber and be about our Father’s business. {Galatians 6:7} “Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked) by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.” “For whatever a man sows, that shall he reap.” {1 Peter 4:17-18} For the time has arrived for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the end of those who do not respect or believe or obey the good news, The Gospel of God?

I believe that Jesus is calling “His Church” to stand up, share the truth, and be a catalyst of change.  God made us for greatness, not pettiness.  God gave us the best and greatest gift of all, His son Jesus.  It’s time to “Stop Playing Church and Be the Church.”  It’s time to get serious about this thing because time is winding up. I don’t know when He’s coming, but this one thing I am sure of, it’s just a matter of time. “Stop Playing Church and Be the Church.”

Warnings are an act of grace. The clearer the warning, the more abounding in the grace of God. God acts graciously when he gives warnings, for by such warnings there is given the opportunity to repent and seek the grace of forgiveness and eternal life in the infinite loving act of God in giving His Only Son to be the propitiation for our sins. We need to take this to heart. If we do not listen and turn from our evil ways, and so suffer awful judgment, then it is not the grace and love of God that is lacking, but the fault of our unrepentant hearts which refuse to heed the revelation of God, and spurn His love. Let us believe God. Let us not deny the truth, but warn people to flee from the wrath to come. Let us make sure that we ourselves have repented and hidden ourselves in Christ alone, so availing ourselves of the one and only escape from God’s wrath, faith in Christ.

Men of Distinction Award 2014 Nomination Form

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown is seeking nominations to identify and honor outstanding men whose successes and contributions to the community have set the standard for future generations to emulate. A selection committee will use the nomination forms and independent research to make final selections to be recognized by Assemblymember Brown.

Residence – Men of Distinction nominees must reside within the boundaries of the 47th Assembly District. These cities include: Colton, Fontana, Rialto, Grand Terrace, the southwest parts of San Bernardino, and the communities of Bloomington and Muscoy.

Submitting Nominations – Please submit your completed nomination form to: jon.gaede@asm.ca.gov. If you have any questions, please contact Jon Gaede at (909) 381-3238. Deadline for entries: Friday, May 30, 2014. Please direct any questions to: Jon Gaede 909-381-3238, Jon.gaede@asm.ca.gov.

Mail, or FAX, nominations to:
Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown
Father of the Year Award 2013
290 North “D” Street, Suite 903
San Bernardino, CA 92401
FAX: 909-885-8589

Download Application (below):

Nomination for – ‘Men of Distinction’ – 2014

Ontario City Councilmember Jim Bowman Endorses Gloria Negrete McLeod for Supervisor

MONTCLAIR, CA – Ontario City Councilmember and Retired Ontario Fire Chief Jim Bowman announced his endorsement of Gloria Negrete McLeod’s campaign for County Supervisor today.  Bowman joins a growing list of local elected leaders that are supporting Negrete McLeod.

“Gloria Negrete McLeod is a no nonsense local leader that brings people together to get things done,” said Bowman.  “She understands that government should be an ally to small businesses, not a roadblock and she works as hard as anybody on the issues that matter most to San Bernardino County families.  I’m looking forward to continuing to work with her as she continues her legacy of local leadership.”

Bowman has served 6 terms on the Ontario City Council and is a former Fire Chief in the City of Ontario and the City of Upland.  He has lived in Ontario for 68 years.

A 44-year resident of San Bernardino County, Negrete McLeod has an unparalleled record of winning elections in San Bernardino County.  She won election to the Chaffey College Governing Board in 1995 and 1999, State Assembly in 2000, 2002, and 2004, and State Senate in 2006 and 2010.  In 2012, she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.  Negrete McLeod currently serves over 68% of the Fourth Supervisorial District in Congress.  She previously represented large portions of the district in the State Assembly and State Senate.  She served all the communities in the district on the Chaffey College Governing Board.

Throughout her two decade career in public service, Negrete McLeod has distinguished herself as an effective advocate for creating quality jobs, reforming government, strengthening neighborhood safety, and improving local schools.  She and her husband Gilbert McLeod, a retired police lieutenant, have 10 children, 25 grandchildren, and 29 great grandchildren.