Whyte House Family Spoken Novels #18: And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop by Daniel Whyte III with his wife Meriqua Whyte.
Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #18. Today we are reading chapter eighteen of the novel “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”
— Psalm 126:5-6
Promptly at eleven o’clock, Pastor Richardson, Bro. Reynolds and the music director took their place on the podium. As the choir sang
Praise God from Whom all blessings flow
Praise Him all creatures here below
Praise Him above ye heavenly host
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
a holy hush fell over the crowd. As the three men knelt down to pray, the entire congregation joined in prayer. Both the adult and the children’s choir joined in singing a couple of specials. The preteens outdid themselves with their mime dance as a way of offering up praises to God. “Amen” and “Praise the Lord” could be heard all over the auditorium. Bro. Reynolds and his family were well received with a standing ovation. As Pastor Richardson took his place before the mic, all movement ceased.
“New Mt. Zion, I thank you for making Bro. Reynolds and his family feel so welcomed. Now, don’t you forget them after this day. Just love on them, and love on them, and love on them some more. Sis. Willis will be their personal shepherd for one week. Anyone who wants to help must go through Sis. Willis. I don’t want all you ladies breaking down their front door. Let them rest another week because as I told Bro. Reynolds, ‘We is a busy church.’ Amen.”
“Yes, Sir.” “Amen.” “We are busy.”
“I know some of you came just to hear Bro. Reynolds preach, but he won’t be preaching until next week so I guess you all are going to have to come back next week.”
Someone yelled, “Pastor, don’t do us like that.” Laughter broke out over the crowd.
“This morning I want to preach from Romans chapter 10:9-17, and I want to focus on verses fourteen and fifteen. Out of respect for the Word of God, let’s stand for the reading of His Holy Word. We’ll read alternating verses.”
Everyone read enthusiastically and after settling down in their seats, Pastor Richardson
emphasized verses fourteen and fifteen:
“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
“The message for this morning is: ‘Each One Reach One.’ If you are wondering: Why is it that we are not growing in numbers? Why is it that we are not seeing any new faces? Why does it seem that the excitement is dying a little in the church? I challenge you to look at yourself and ask yourself: ‘Am I doing my part?’
“For the past two months, I’ve taken over putting tracts in the tract holder. I check it every morning and one or two may be missing, but I am disappointed that most, if not all of them, are still sitting in the rack. Folks, we are not witnessing and telling people we meet each day about Jesus as we should.
“We raise our lying hands with a ‘Me, Pastor. Me, Pastor. I’ll tell someone about Jesus this week. I’ll give someone a tract everyday this week.’ But we’re not doing it, folks. We’re not growing in numbers because we’re not witnessing to folks and telling them about the One Who can make a difference in their life. We do not even invite them to church. One lady told me on Wednesday night, ‘I invited my co-worker the past two Sundays and she did not come.’ I asked her, ‘Did you think to go by and pick her up and let her know that you really, really want her to come to church with you?’
“We’re not seeing any new faces because we’re not telling people about Jesus and inviting them to church. If the excitement’s dwindled a little, if that flame is losing its spark, you are probably not witnessing as you should. I firmly believe that an exciting church, an exciting and truly joyful Christian, is one that is being obedient to God and is telling others about Jesus.
“Whether you want to believe it or not, we are all called to be preachers. You say, ‘What? A preacher? Pastor, you must be out of your mind.’ Yes, we are all called to be preachers.
“Verse fourteen says: How shall they hear without a preacher? How shall the person you sit beside on the bus hear about Jesus if you, the preacher, don’t tell them? How shall your co- worker hear about Jesus if you, the preacher, don’t tell them? How shall your friends at school hear about Jesus, if you, the preacher, don’t tell them? You stay-at-home Moms, when you go shopping, how shall the cashier or the grocery bagger hear about Jesus if you, the preacher, don’t tell them?
“You say, Preacher, that is your job. Oh, no, no, no. That is part of my job and part of your job as a Christian. Lest you haven’t figured it out yet, the only thing you can take to Heaven with you when you die is another Christian, another person you told about Jesus and who started living for Jesus.
“Your friends and the people on the job cannot believe in Jesus if no one tells them about Jesus. If no one told you about Jesus, if no one invited you to this church, would you be in church today? Would you be serving Jesus? Don’t be like the beggar who found a bag of gold, took it and bought himself a house, some fine clothes, cupboards of food and a car, and everyday he drove by his beggar friends and did not even think to help them.
“Some of you may be saying, ‘But, Preacher, verse fifteen says, how shall they preach, except they be sent, and I have not been sent.’ That’s where you are wrong, my dear sisters and brothers. Mark 16:15 is your sending verse and it says: Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
“Matthew 28:19 backs it up: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
“Folks, these are Jesus’ words. This is Jesus telling you to go. Just go! Just go! Don’t worry about what will happen. Just go! My command to you Christians is to GO! Tell at least one person you come across each day about Jesus; invite them to church, pick them up for church.
“And in case you are here and you are not a Christian, meaning you have never asked Jesus to save you from your sins, this is all you have to do: back in our text at Romans ten, verses nine and thirteen: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
“If you are not saved, and you want to be saved, you want to be a Christian, close your eyes and pray this prayer with me:
“Dear God, I come before You as humbly as I know how. I realize that I am nothing without You. I now call upon the Name of Jesus Who died for my sins to save me today and to live with me today and forever.”
Those who prayed that prayer (about twenty people) were led to another room for further counseling. One of the deacons brought a box filled with tracts to Pastor Richardson.
“You heard the message. If you want to tell someone about Jesus this week, walk by the front and we will give you a stack of Gospel tracts to pass out along with ways to start talking to someone. After you get your stack, head on down to the Fellowship hall. God bless each of you. Come Wednesday night for Bible study prepared to share how the tracts worked out. Amen.”
Thank you for joining us for this episode of Whyte House Family stories. You may purchase a copy of this novel and any other Christian fiction books read on this podcast from Amazon.com.
Now, dear listener, please know that God—the divine Author of all things—wants to write a great story with your life as well. But first you must give Him the pen by trusting Him with the life He gave you and surrendering your heart to Jesus Christ as Savior. Here is how:
1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
May God bless you until next time.