This part of the story of Nehemiah is about the rebuilding of the gates of Jerusalem. We learn here about the meaning this can have for us, as we contemplate the 'ruins' in our lives and our world, and God's plans to make us part of his rebuilding effort.
Our reflection this holidays on the story of Nehemiah begins with Nehemiah chapter 2, where as the cupbearer to the King, Nehemiah is faced with the challenge of how to be courageous enough to stand up for his people and their home city of Jerusalem.
What does it mean to be generous with our money? Luke 21:1-4 has the story of a widow giving to the offerings in the Temple, and Jesus explains how this tests our ideas of financial generosity. Tim Johnson is the preacher for this final sermon in our series.
In Luke 14:1-14, Jesus probes our attitudes towards hospitality, and unveils a new way of thinking about generosity - an open heart that gives to others out of the love we have received from God.