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MoneyWise

Christian talk radio with Rob West

November 28, 2019

Gratitude was on the minds of those at the first Thanksgiving in 1621. But who were those people at this celebration at the Plymouth Colony almost 400 years ago? Why were they there and just what were they celebrating? It's a shame that the word Puritan has taken on negative connotations today, but those people were on a noble mission trying to purify unbiblical influences within the church. Today on MoneyWise, our host, Rob West, shares a brief but fascinating history lesson with us. The Puritans were in a struggle for religious freedom, and that's something else believers in Christ should be thankful for - we get to worship as we choose. For several reasons the Puritans' voyage was delayed! The Atlantic crossing itself was much rougher and took longer than expected. They didn't arrive in the New World until November, so planting crops was out of the question that first year. This was known as the starving time for the colonists, losing almost half of their number that first winter due to disease and lack of food. The Puritans established good relations with the Native Americans in that area. William Bradford, Governor of the Plymouth Colony, cited Hebrews 11:13-16, "All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country - a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them." In today's show we also answer your questions: -I have the opportunity to transfer some privately-held company stock into the stock market. How do I diversify this stock there and into other places? Is it possible to directly roll my annuities and a 401(k) into a Roth IRA? What tips do you have for my husband and me to manage our finances? Do I need to tithe? How do I do that properly? To ask your questions, call (800) 525-7000 or email them at [email protected] Also, visit our website, moneywise.org, where you can connect with a MoneyWise Coach, purchase books, and even download free, helpful resources. Like and Follow us on Facebook at MoneyWise Media for videos and the very latest discussion! And remember that it's your prayerful and financial support that keeps MoneyWise on the air. You can help us continue this outreach by clicking the Donate tab at the top of the page.

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