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Juanita Barnes
Alan Riley wrote about incarnation: “WHAT INCARNATION MEANS TO YOU AND ME.” Have you ever noticed that we church folk are sometimes infatuated with our own vocabulary. (Sometimes referred to as “Christianese”) is full of humongous words that are used to describe faith.

Words like justification, atonement, and my all time favorite, prosperity. Karl Barth was a complicated German Theologian whose work in Christian dogmatics is widely known as the most important theological treatises of the last 250 years. When lecturing at Princeton University in 1962 a student asked him. “Dr. Barth, What is the most profound thing you have ever heard?”

As he thought for a moment. Sometimes the most simplest thing expressed. The meaning is really quite simple. Have you ever heard the word “Incarnation?” Or that Jesus is “God Incarnation?” Sounds mysterious and obscure, dosen’t it?” The meaning is simple. It means “embodied in flesh.” A pastor of mine put it even simpler than that. Incarnation means, “God with
skin on .”It makes you think of his birth and why this is the reason for the season we celebrate.
Just think about it and study.

Where Dreams Soar

The Eastern Municipal Water District is scheduled to pave Cactus Street between Elsworth Street and Heacock Street January 5, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. The paving work will continue into the late afternoon of January 6, 2009. The contractor will temporarily close one of the eastbound
lanes on Cactus to all through traffic until the paving work is completed.

Construction of the asphalt concrete berm will begin January 7, 2009 and will impede eastbound traffic intermittently. Local traffic will be permitted in the area of work, but drivers may experience delays on a limited basis. For information call Moreno Valley’s Land Development Division at (951) 413 –3120.

The Moreno Valley Black Chamber of Commerce’s Community Foundation, is putting together a “PROGRAM FOCUSING ON ADULT READING SKILLS.”

Classes will be held Tuesdays and Saturdays starting January 6, 2009 though March 31, 2009 at the Chamber office and also the applications are available at 22445 Alessandro Blvd. Suite 116. For more information call Linda Wright at (951) 697 – 7772.

The Moreno Valley Black Chamber is looking for “VOLUNTEERS” to help with its annual Black History Celebration and Parade on January 17, 2009. They are asking that you would meet with them at the next committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the offices, please call (951) 697 – 7772 for
information. Go by and see the beautiful new office.

This is the last part of the story I started last week: “Love Is Where The Heart Is.”

The heart even replaces the word “love” in slogans and on T-shirts, bumper stickers and coffee mugs. While the heart shape doesn’t look much like the human heart, it seems to be intrinsically pleasing to the eye, says Linda Smith, director of design at Hallmark. “Americans are especially fond of hearts,” says Smith. “American folk art, as early as the 1600s, is filled with the heart motif.” Artists painted hearts on birth certificates and furniture; tinsmiths pierced
hearts on foot warmers; potters etched hearts on plates; stonecutters carved hearts on tombstones; and girls stitched hearts on samplers and quilts. Smith says the heart is a popular design on Hallmark cards all year long. It has become the symbol for religious and secular love, courage, friendship, warmth, hospitality, loyalty and fidelity.

And for lovers, Smith says the heart will always stand for romance. May you have a very Merry Christmas and a “heart” felt safe & blessed New Year.

Be Blessed

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