Whyte House Family Spoken Novels #19: 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 #19. Today we are reading chapter eighteen of the novel “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”
I Corinthians 13:13
Wednesday night Bible study was a blast. Most of those present had either verbally told someone about Jesus or had given out most or all of their Gospel tracts. All over the auditorium one could hear such phrases as:
“Pastor, telling someone about Jesus brings a joy like no other.”
“I feel good.”
“There’s a new excitement in here tonight.” There was definitely a new spirit in the church. Everyone seemed genuinely happy. Bro. Reynolds and his wife with some input from their older son, Jonathan, told of a couple they met when they, on purpose, went knocking on doors in their neighborhood. The couple was watching television when the wife said out of the blue to her husband that they should begin going back to church to which the husband agreed. They were actually looking through the phone book when the Reynolds knocked on their door. After sharing the Gospel with them, Ron and Rebecca Campbell, a mixed couple, both asked Jesus to save them and they were in church that same Wednesday night for Bible study.
“That’s what I mean, folks,” Pastor Richardson said. “Tell them about Jesus and bring them to church. Notice I did not say ‘invite them to church,’ I said ‘bring them to church.’ Now love on Bro. and Sis. Campbell while they are here and Sis. Reynolds, I give you the honor of being their shepherd.” Prayer time was very touching. Special prayers were still going up for Sis. Richardson that God would bless them with a child. Added to the prayer list was special protection for those beginning college. Rather than a regular study, Pastor Richardson preached a mini-sermon on love based on First Corinthians chapter thirteen:
“Love is a choice, people. Because we are a sinful people, we do not naturally love each other as we should. Ask your mother and father, ask Sis. Richardson—sometimes you love each other and can’t get enough of each other; other times it is like you can’t stand to be around each other, but those unloving times are when a husband and wife have to choose to love each other or have chosen to love each other. Why do marriages survive four, ten, thirty years? Because both have made the choice to do the mature thing to love each other no matter what.”
“Amen!” Bro. Harold shouted. “I made a lot of those choices” to which the church burst out in ripples of laughter.
Others were nodding their heads in agreement. Sis. Mills gave Bro. Harold a sharp jab in the side. She would have kicked him if she could.
“Parents, when your child begins to smell him or herself and just decides to be rebellious and stubborn and go against everything you stand for and everything you have taught him or her, what do you have to do? Just love them.”
“Amen, Pastor. You’re telling the truth now.”
“And for you young ladies who are beginning college, and even some of you in high school (which is much too young for you to be thinking about having a male friend), but when that sweet-talking fellow comes telling you that jive about how much he loves you, I’m here to tell you, he does not love you. He loves the way you look; he loves the way you talk; he loves your lips, hips and tips; and he especially loves what you can do for him in the bedroom. I say to you: Stay away from him! Run! Run! Run as fast as you can! Love is a choice and it is not a choice to give in to the pressure to have sex before marriage either from this lust hound or even your girlfriend who may be telling you to try it.”
“Run fast!” This sent uncontrollable laughter within the walls of the church.
“No marriage, no sex. You talking my language, Pastor.”
“No matter how nice he seems, I say RUN!” Monica and Stacy high-fived each other amidst laughter. For the most part they sat together for Bible study.
“And young ladies, if he ever, and I repeat, if he ever says, ‘If you love me you would do this or that,’ don’t wait for him to finish that statement. As soon as you hear, ‘If you love me…’ RUN!”
“Say it, preacher. Say it loud and clear,” Bro. Montague said.
“And you boys, there are some treacherous young women out there. The Bible calls them ‘strange women,’ ‘the stranger which flattereth with her words.’ If a young lady comes batting her eyes at you and is all up in your face, trying to force you to talk with her, I say, RUN! Run for your life! The Bible says because of such a woman, a man (young or old) is brought to a piece of bread—brought to nothing. I say RUN!”
Sister Montague was doubled over with laughter.
“That is not true love. True love waits. True love does not seek its own pleasure at your expense. First Corinthians thirteen says, True love is patient; it is longsuffering. In other words, it waits a long time. True love is kind. True love does not envy others. True love is not full of self. True love behaves itself. True love always puts the other first. True love does not think evil. True love does not get upset easily. College bound student, remember love is a choice and true love waits. Shall we stand for prayer.”
After prayer, Pastor Richardson challenged everyone, but especially the college bound, singles and high schoolers to read through the book of Proverbs before beginning the new school term. People replenished their supply of tracts. He gave Stacy a goodbye hug and prayed a special blessing upon her and likewise, Monica.
After the meeting was over with, a group of men congregated near the front exit. As Monica and Stacy approached the door on their way to the vestibule area to wait for their parents, Jonathan’s eyes met Monica’s eyes, and he acknowledged her with an affirmative nod of the head. Monica smiled.
“You ladies have a wonderful evening,” Bro. Johnson, one of the older deacons, and head of the boys’ group said. “And remember, RUN!”
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.