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Happy Thanksgiving!
November 25, 2008
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Pilgrim's Faith & Patience
Salt & Light Volume I, Issue 10 by D. Scott Prindle

"Instead you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God's promises because of their faith and patience."
Hebrews 6:12

The Pilgrim story is a great example of faith and patience leading to your inheritance. These "Puritan" Christians were seeking the Kingdom of God. They were called "Separatists" because they separated from the corrupt Church of England. They had faith from the Word of God and put that faith into action.

Persecuted and imprisoned, they sought refuge in Holland. For a decade they patiently made plans to start a new colony in Virginia. The task was daunting. William Bradford wrote in his journal,

"The dangers were great, but not desperate; the difficulties were many, but not invincible... their ends were good & honorable... and therefore they might expect the blessing of God."

By faith they purchased a ship called the Speedwell, but it leaked too much to make the journey across the Atlantic along with the Mayflower. They turned back and left some behind. They set out again on September 16, 1620 with 102 on board. They missed Virginia and made shore at Cape Cod.

Finding a better place to winter across the bay in Plymouth, they lost half their number to starvation and disease. Yet none made the return trip to England on the Mayflower the following spring.

They persevered. They put their trust in the Lord. One year later the 53 survivors had a three day feast that has become our Thanksgiving holiday.

More important, they lived out their faith. Today we can see the result of the blessing of God they were expecting. As you live your faith through the work you do, you too can "expect the blessing of God."

Happy Thanksgiving!

Love Never Fails,
Scott & Laurie Prindle
http://www.christian-business-opportunities.org

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