Pastor Steve is teaching from Daniel 12
Burial masks like King Tutankhamen's were designed in the image of the pharaoh. It was believed that this would help identify them in the afterlife so the soul recognized the right body. The mask weighs twenty-five pounds, is two-feet tall, and is made of a variety of gemstones and two shades of gold (18k and 22k). Ancient Egyptians associated gold with the sun god Ra.
In the second chapter of Matthew’s Gospel account we meet some wise men from the east bringing gifts (next week we will look at the gifts). We do not know if they can properly be called wise men, since the word Matthew uses actually means “great (or powerful) ones,” and it indicates high position or influence. Nevertheless, these men were truly wise, and we would be wise to remember them and learn from them.
How were these men wise?
This is a clip from an Apologetics.com show from 30 Sep 2017 entitled "Culture & Apologetics: A Continuing Conversation" Jon Noyes and Harry Edwards are co hosts and they strike up a conversation with a caller named Glen. This is really a beautiful display of being lovely while we oppose culture and different opinions. Wouldn't it be amazing if we could have a disagreement with people who don't believe what we believe, and still be friends?