27 April 2017

Good Fortune: Okyo's Cranes Now on View | Unframed (Reblog)

Good fortune and longevity? Every culture should and probably does have something that symbolizes this. In Japan it's the crane. Would be interesting to research the symbols of other countries. Or ... ??? Maybe we could ask Robert Langdon. :) Jokes aside, click the link because this artwork is exquisite!

 

" ... Maruyama Okyo (1733–95), a painter who revolutionized the practice and taught or influenced generations of Japanese painters."



Good Fortune: Okyo's Cranes Now on View | Unframed




(NOTE: At the time of the posting the paintings were on exhibit; not at the time of this reblogging.)



The Okyo artwork motivated me to search for more pictures, photos, and illustrations of cranes. Found this beautiful photograph of Grey Crowned Cranes and wanted to share it.





Should Churches be Tax-Exempt? | HUBpages Contributor Catherine Giordano

It seems the U.S. laws regarding tax exemptions for churches, other religious institutions and non-profit organizations is a carry over from the days of Emperor Constantine. 

But is it really a good idea?


This matter was and is being discussed thoroughly.  
Click link below.

Should Churches beTax-Exempt?




These are only partial comments submitted by me and approved by the author.  Completed comments are a bit "windy".  :)
Fair? Unfair? Tax? No tax? Interesting discussion but for the faithful, it's just “much ado about nothing”. Speaking with respect to Christians. Can't speak for the mission of other religious organizations and non-profits, but the mission of the body of Christ is clearly spelled out in Matthew 28: 19 – 20 (and other scriptures). If you don't tax the church, we'll carry out the mission. If you tax the church, we'll carry out the mission. Jesus left the example. He didn't argue about paying taxes. He paid the tax and carried on with His work. (Matthew 22: 21) So the question has already been answered. Whatever the government in any country decides to do ... i.e. taxing, imprisonment, etc, ... the “laborers” will continue God's work until “The Harvest”. Christians don't need government support or approval to know and to do what is right.

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