Sunday, May 20, 2018

MUST SEE: Russian Born Artist Hand Paints Biblical Iconic Art in Orthodox Church - CBN News Steve Warren

MUST SEE: Russian Born Artist Hand Paints Biblical Iconic Art in Orthodox Church
CBN News Steve Warren
Russian Orthodox church buildings are known around the world for their beautiful classic artwork 
or icons painted by Russian masters.

Now an Orthodox church in East Green Bay, Wis., will also be added to the list of church buildings 
containing classic icons designed, painted and installed by Russian born artist Dmitry Shkolnik.

The seven large canvas paintings were designed by the artist in his California studio and brought to 
Saint Matthews where the final paintings are being added to the church building's interior, according 
and the step-by-step of the old masters," Shkolnik told FOX 11.

According to Father Eugene Wozniak, the church's priest, the hand-painted iconography inside 
Orthodox churches is an essential expression of beauty and revelation in worship and faith.

"They are a proclamation of the gospel. But along with that, they represent our doctrinal teachings, 
and they are a source of spiritual inspiration," Wozniak told FOX 11.

And what does Rev. Wozniak think of the final presentation?

"The icons are more beautiful than I could possibly imagine," he said.

The local Fox television affiliate has compiled a series of videos showing Shkolni and his team 
working on the icons. You can watch the work-in-progress here.

An Artist with a Seminary Degree

According to his online bio, Shkolnik was born in Moscow, Russia in 1960. While studying in 
high school, he developed a keen interest in Russian religious art. Upon graduation, he pursued 
a higher education in the field of architecture. Concurrently, he cultivated a knowledge of Russian 
craft art in the form of lacquer miniatures and icon restoration.

In 1979-80, Shkolnik began to work for the Russian Patriarchal Workshops (now known as 
SOFRINO). In 1981 he immigrated to the United States with his family. He enrolled in the 
Theological Seminary at The Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY in 1983. In his time 
there, he apprenticed under the well-known iconographer Archimandrite Ciprian (Pyzhov) 
for many years. In 1988, Shkolnik completed the Seminary with a Bachelors in Theology.

Since 1981, Shkolnik has written over 3,000 icons, completed more than 20 iconostases, and 
painted numerous church frescos, murals, and wall ornamentations. His work can be seen in 
churches and private collections all over the United States, Canada, Central and South America, 
France, Australia, Japan, Russia, Greece, and many other countries.

Visit Shkolnik's website to see his Iconographic Studio Gallery containing the works he 
has created.

Yet Another Embassy Moves to Jerusalem - Israel Today

Yet Another Embassy Moves to Jerusalem

Sunday, May 20, 2018 |  Israel Today Staff
The ball is now rolling.
US President Donald Trump's fulfillment of a decades-old congressional decision to move America's embassy to Jerusalem has prompted a growing number of other nations to do the same.
Last week, Guatemala followed close on Trump's heels by moving its embassy to the Holy City, and this week Paraguay will become the third nation to thus cement its recognition of the Jewish state's right to choose its own capital city.
Paraguy's president, Horacio Cartes, arrived in Israel on Sunday for the inauguration of his country's new mission, which will open in Jerusalem on Monday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Paraguay President Horacio Manuel Cartes Jara at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on July 19, 2016. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)
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Redemption Song ✡ "In That Day, This Song Shall Be Sung" - Israel365

In that day, this song shall be sung In the land of Yehuda: Ours is a mighty city; He makes victory our inner and outer wall.
Isaiah 26:1 (The Israel Bible™)

בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא יוּשַׁר הַשִּׁיר־הַזֶּה בְּאֶרֶץ יְהוּדָה עִיר עָז־לָנוּ יְשׁוּעָה יָשִׁית חוֹמוֹת וָחֵל
Hear the verse in Hebrew

ba-YOM ha-HOO YU-shar ha-SHEER ha-ZEH be-e-RETZ YE-hu-da EER az la-NU ye-SHU-ah ya-SHEET kho-MOT va-KHEL

Do Not Complain About Godlessness, Increase Faith

Which song is the Prophet Isaiah describing in the above verse? The Prophet continues his prophecy with the lyrics to the song that will be sung in the land of Yehuda (Judea): "Open the gates, and let a righteous nation enter a nation that keeps faith" (Isaiah 26:2). Israel's first Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, explained this line of poetry: "The purely righteous do not complain about evil, but increase justice. They do not complain about godlessness, but increase faith. They do not complain about ignorance, but increase wisdom. Let us strive to become purely righteous by increasing justice, faith and wisdom in this world."
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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Be Blessed Prince Harry & Princess Meghan

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Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog: Speaker Ryan is a good man in a cynical town. He deserves tremendous credit for his historic conservative achievements.


New post on Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

Speaker Ryan is a good man in a cynical town. He deserves tremendous credit for his historic conservative achievements. And he’s absolutely right to put his family first. A few thoughts.

by joelcrosenberg
(Washington, D.C.) -- Life can be funny. You never know who you're going to meet along the way.
In 1993-1994, Paul Ryan and I worked together as policy analysts for a conservative organization called Empower America. He worked out of one cubicle, primarily as an aide to former Housing Secretary Jack Kemp. I worked in the cubicle next to him, primarily as an aide to former Education Secretary and Drug Czar Bill Bennett.
Everyone in the office could see that Paul -- only 23 at the time (I was only 25) -- was smart as a whip, creative, highly energetic, devout in his Catholic faith, and the definition of "Midwestern Nice." There was no question this guy was going to make a major impact if he chose to stay in Washington. I can't say, however, that in our crystal ball any of us saw he was going to go on become the Vice Presidential nominee in 2012 or unanimously drafted (against his will, mind you) to become the Speaker of the House.
But that's where he is today -- the third highest-ranking elected official in the American government, second in line for the presidency only behind Vice President Mike Pence.
At only 48, Paul deserves tremendous credit for his historic conservative achievements:
  • passing the largest tax cuts and tax reform in U.S. history
  • passing budgets to dramatically rebuild the U.S. military and pay our troops and veterans more
  • creating an environment of true free market reform and economic growth
  • helping reduce unemployment for all Americans — especially black and Hispanic workers — to record lows
  • creating enterprise and empowerment zones in America's inner-cities;
  • passing some of the strongest pro-life legislation in history;
  • defending religious freedom at home and abroad; and
  • always working tirelessly to strengthen U.S. critically important ties to Israel and our Sunni Arab allies.
That's just to name a few -- and it should be noted that he actually helped craft and pass far more sweeping reforms through the House that were, unfortunately, not passed by the Senate (including the repeal and replacement of ObamaCare.)
What's more, he helped conservatives retake the House of Representatives from the liberals and hold the majority for several cycles. He's worked closely and effectively with President Trump even while at times disagreeing with him. He's set an example of working closely with Democrats whenever he could. And -- less noticed -- he's made it a point to consistently visit inner cities, build relationships with black, Hispanic and other minority communities, listen to their concerns and seek ways to empower them in a way that reveals his deepest convictions.
Is there more we could have asked for in a Speaker? I submit the answer is no. Paul would be the first to say he's made mistakes and this hasn't been a perfect ride. But the naysayers are asking for perfection and will never be satisfied.
Recently, Paul announced he will retire in January. He's not just stepping down from being Speaker; he's leaving Congress altogether. His reasons are clear and admirable: he's a husband and father first. He's gotten almost everything done he set out to do when he came to Congress two decades ago. Now his kids are teenagers. He doesn't want to be a "weekend dad" any longer. He wants to make his wife, Janna, and their kids the center of his life. He wants to move back to Wisconsin to be with family and friends. He wants to travel less, hunt more, and see what God would have him do next.
Bravo. He is absolutely doing the right thing and I couldn’t be happier for his decision or more grateful for the service he's given the country.
What a joy it was, therefore, to be invited to come over to see him in the Capitol yesterday. I introduced him to my 19 year old son, Jonah; presented him with a copy of my latest political thriller, The Kremlin Conspiracy; and we caught up a bit on old times and what has happened since.
The Speaker is a good man in a cynical town. He's a humble and honorable leader doing a brutally tough job in an often thankless environment. I was glad to be able to tell him thank you, and honestly tell him that I pray for him and his family and team daily. I hope he’s in your prayers, as well.
God bless you, Paul -- finish well -- I'm eager to see what the next chapter of life holds for you and your dear family!
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