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Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut … Sometimes You Don’t!

 

Lou Coleman

Lou Coleman

By Lou Coleman

If you live this life of yours like you are going to live this life forever… then you are playing the fool! If you are duped into thinking that there must be another way to Heaven (even amidst the knowledge of Jesus’ words that He is the “Only Way”)… then you are playing the fool! If you come and go service after service, time after time, all the while God extends His saving grace unto you, and you keep resisting His offer of salvation… then you are playing the fool! If you are deceived into thinking you have all of your life to get right with the Lord… then you are playing the fool! And if you think you can have all the pleasure now and think about eternity later… then you are playing the fool!

Listen, life is filled with choices each and every day. Choices produce consequences, and actions produce reactions. Saul life stands as a warning to us that we cannot rebel against God and get away with it. Your choices and actions will catch up with you—maybe not today, maybe not even tomorrow. But sooner or later, the Bible says, “Your sin will find you out unless you repent.”

I don’t think any of us can comprehend the great conflict right now that exists in the Spirit realm. Nor do we realize how determined Satan is to destroy us. In Ephesians 5:15 Paul tells us, to walk circumspectly. “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise.” He warns the Church to wake up from their dead state. The goal of Proverbs is to impart wisdom…To know wisdom and instruction (Proverbs 1:1-3.) One way to learn about something is to consider its opposite… Want to understand what is wisdom? Then know what folly is! Want to be wise? Then don’t be a fool!

Peter warned, “Be sober, be watchful: your adversary the Devil as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Pet. 5:8). BEWARE! The devil is out to steal your soul, and he will use any deceit in his arsenal. (2 Cor 2:11) So be warned and be on guard every single day, and if you should fall for one of his devices, repent and turn back to the Lord. Remember the greatest sin is not falling for the devices of the Devil, but the reluctance to turn from it and back to God.

If you’re tired of living your life being hoodwinked, bamboozled, ran amuck, led astray, tricked and trapped, and/or tied of people leading you down a wrong path, do like Paul did and take the scales off your eyes so you can see! Once you start seeing you become a better person than you were before. Things that you use to say, you don’t say anymore. Things you used to think about, you don’t think about anymore. Things that tripped you up, you walk around them, you step over them, and you go under them now. I hear Jesus saying, “The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy: I come that they may have life and have it more abundantly.”

Look, it is a fact that we are all going to slip up in life. We are all going to make mistakes. We are all going to sin. But you don’t want to look back on your life one day and think I threw my life away by the stupid choices I made. The question is, can you learn from your mistakes? Can you say, “That was such a bitter experience, such a hard pill to swallow, I pray that I will never do that again?” If so, you have learned something. Something good will have come out of something bad. But if you go back and do the same thing again and again, then you are falling backward, and ultimately, you are going to play the fool again. Don’t do it! You can’t trifle with God.

Jesus asked this question in Mark 8:36, 37: “What shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” It is an awful thing to fall into the hands of a sovereign and angry God, who shall consign men to Hell. The rich man woke up, but it was too late. Lots of people are awakened out of their lethargy, but it is too late. He awoke, but it was too late. He came face to face with the inevitable fact that God was taking charge now. “Thou Fool, this night I am going to require thy soul . . .”

Suppose God should say to you, “You have played the fool, and today thy soul shall be required of thee.” What would you do? Where would you spend Eternity? That is the question: Who are you today? Are you a Fool or are you Wise?

 

 

Fourth Annual Shorts at CAAM Offers Independent Filmmakers the Opportunity to Showcase Their Work

LOS ANGELES, CA-The California African American Museum (CAAM) encourages all independent filmmakers to submit their short films to be featured in CAAM’s fourth annual Shorts at CAAM. Directors, producers, writers, actors, and editors will be given the opportunity to showcase their work to new and diverse audiences, and speak about the creativity that sparked each film. Shorts at CAAM begins Saturday, August 16 through Sunday, August 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Submissions accepted will include short films, web-series, narratives, documentaries and music videos which cannot exceed 30-minutes in length.  All films screened are made with an adult audience in mind.

This year’s Shorts at CAAM will feature films by Evita Castine, Dawn Westlake, Moon Molson, David Berget, among others. All film submissions must be mailed to Elise Woodson at 600 State Drive, Exposition Park and must include two copies, by 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 31.  For more information, please contact Elise Woodson at (213) 744-7536.

This event is free and open to the public. CAAM is located at 600 State Drive in Exposition Park. Parking is $10.00 and located at 39th and Figueroa Streets. For more information on CAAM, please visit www.caamuseum.org.

 

2nd Annual Beauty and the Beast SWAG Lounge Celebrates ESPYS, Philanthropy and 10 Years of Service

BATB SWAG Lounge 2014 Team

BATB SWAG Lounge 2014 Team

LOS ANGELES, CA-Last Tuesday on July 15, Westside Story News Editor, Naomi K. Bonman, had the pleasure of working alongside a fabulous group of people Trea Day Management and Publicity and BMB Entertainment held the 2nd installment of the Beauty and The Beast SWAG Lounge in honor of the 2014 ESPYS at Red Carpet Systems in downtown Los Angeles where over 250 special guests attended.

The luxurious event was hosted by Michael Johnson of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Grammy Nominated artist Charli Baltimore, China Upshaw of WEtv’s LA Hair, RaVaughn Brown and the LA Temptations football team. The event also celebrated the 10 year anniversary of producer and founder Trea Davenports boutique PR and reputation management agency, Trea Day PR.

The BEAST and BEAUTY themed party featured celebrities and special guests such as pro athletes, daytime soap stars, reality TV personalities, actors and performers from a variety of entertainment sources. Some of these stars included: Gary Owen, Think Like a Man Too; Claudette Ortiz, former member of City High and TV One’s R&B Diva’s LA; Sundy Carter, VH1′s Basketball Wives LA; Cocoa Brown (OWN’s  For Better or For Worse; actress Nancy Lascala; Kelly Perine, (UPN’s One On One); Cornelius Grant, original member of the Temptations; Glen Davis, LA Clippers; and a handful of others.

In lieu of the red carpet, there were special performances by singer/songwriter RaVaughn Brown; BET Comic View’s Hope Flood; a few indie acts; and 90s R&B royalty Brownstone reunited after 20 years to pay tribute to group founder Nicci Gilbert‘s (Co-creator of TV One’s R&B Divas) lifelong friend, Trea Davenport, noted industry fixer and PR Maven, for a decade of service to her clients.

Other festivities included an awareness opportunity for Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Michael Johnson’s MJ93 Fund, which promotes youth involvement in athletic and fitness activities and educational support programs. Johnson, a long time Trea Day PR client, was honored with 2014 Beauty & The Beast “Savage of Service” Award.

Johnson wasn’t the only one that walked away with something special from BATB 2014. VIPs enjoyed SWAG gifts bags from a variety of sponsors at the event. For more information on TREA DAY PR, please visit treadaypr.tumblr.com.