Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #51. Today we are reading chapter 51 of the novel “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.”
Mrs. Herron pulled the envelope off her windshield wiper and placed it on the seat beside Tiffany.
“Mama, I like Sis. Richardson. Can I make her a card when I get home?” Tiffany asked.
“Sure, Tiff. She would love that.”
“But we can’t take it to her now, so how will she get it?” asked Tiffany
“We can get her address and mail it to her. I’ll call Monica as soon as we get home and get the address from her.” Tiffany started on her card as soon as they got to their apartment. Mrs. Herron opened the white envelope after kicking off her heels. “Oh, my goodness. What is this all about.” She lowered herself to the couch without taking her eyes off the typed letter, almost missing her seat.
Dear Mt. Zion church member,
You don’t know me but I am a very close friend of your assistant pastor, Dwayne Reynolds. I am writing this letter to let you know that he will eventually cause problems for your church, so do not trust him. He and his family used to be members of the church I used to attend. The pastor had to ask him to leave because he used to hit on the women there. He made passes at me many times. In fact, one day he called me into his office and proceeded to make a move on me. Of course, he being stronger than me, there is no telling what would have happened if the church secretary had not knocked on his door with some mail. I left both of them there. No telling what happened between them. You ladies stay away from him and keep your daughters away from him. He’s a treacherous man. Give him time and his true colors will begin to show. I don’t see how a sweet lady like Mrs. Reynolds can stay with him. Maybe she does not know him like I do. I tell you this because I love you and I don’t want to see him destroy your lives and church.
Mrs. Herron did not know quite what to make of the letter. She read it again trying to make sense of it. She had never felt threatened by Bro. Reynolds, nor his son, Jonathan, who had been like a big brother to Tiffany. She picked up the phone after deciding to call the Montagues. Sis. Montague answered the phone.
“Sis. Montague, I am sorry to disturb your Sunday evening, but I called for two reasons. Do you have Sis. Richardson’s home address? Tiffany wanted to send her a get well card.” Sis. Montague was back in a short time with the address.
“How have you been doing,” asked Sis. Montague.
“We’ve been doing great. Tiffany is just crazy about Monica. She keeps asking can she spend the night.”
“Well, we can arrange that. How about next Friday evening. She can spend the whole weekend and you can all eat with us after church before she goes home,” said Sis. Montague.
“That would be great. The second reason I called is this.” Mrs. Herron divulged to her the contents of the letter to which Sis. Montague expressed strong disbelief.
“You said it was left on your car? We didn’t get one. Hold on. Let me check with my husband to see if maybe he picked one up and forgot about it.” Sis. Montague came back with a negative answer. “I’ll let you read the note to him.”
In disbelief, Bro. Montague said, “Wow! I don’t know who could have done that. I know we need to tell Pastor Richardson so he can put a stop to it. Is it okay if I come by and pick up the letter to show Pastor Richardson? Whoever placed it on your car overlooked mine somehow.”
“Sure. I have no use for it. It’s probably all gossip. I’ll be home for the rest of the evening.”
Bro. Montague and Monica picked up the letter and at the same time left some fruit and cookies that her mother sent.
“My Daddy’s going to come to church with us on Sunday,” Tiffany said.
“After Pastor Richardson preached on the ‘Push and Pull of Sin,’ I decided I can’t let the devil mess our family up—at least for Tiffany’s sake,” said Mrs. Herron. “I had to humble myself and do some apologizing. It’s amazing how Jesus can change a person’s heart. I know He changed mine. We’ve been talking and hopefully we’ll be back as a family.”
“Praise the Lord, Sister. We’ll continue to pray for you all. Just continue to keep your eyes on Jesus because the devil is slowly hitting some of the families of the church. I believe this is an attack on Bro. Reynolds and his family.”
Mrs. Herron nodded in agreement.
After Sis. Montague read the letter they decided not to say anything to Pastor Richardson until the next day. And not to say anything to Bro. Reynolds either.
They say bad news spreads like wild fire and what the Montagues thought would be a quiet Sunday evening turned out to be an evening of telephone calls far into the night. First Bro. Harold called:
“Bro. Montague, I got this letter on my car about Bro. Reynolds being a womanizer. Is it true, my brother? ‘Cause I never heard any rumor about him. And he does not seem to carry himself that way. I figure you being on the staff would know about it.”
“Just ignore it. The devil is just attacking. I don’t know Bro. Reynolds to be that kind of person. And don’t say anything to Pastor. He needs to concern himself with Sis. Richardson right now.”
After Bro. Harold, Sis. Bettie called:
“Bro. Montague, is it true about Bro. Reynolds? You know we don’t need no assistant pastor like that. Sis. Mills could not believe it either.”
“Sister, don’t worry about it, and don’t discuss it with anyone, not even Sis. Mills. I’m sure Pastor will handle it.” Bro. Montague knew Sis. Bettie had a nose for gossip and her and Sister Mills were always whispering.
Bro. Wilmington also called:
“Bro. Montague, did you get a letter about Bro. Reynolds. Tell me it’s not true. I see nothing questionable in how that brother carries himself since he’s been here. If I recall, he came to us highly recommended. His children are well-behaved and his wife is just as sweet as can be. He must be doing something right.” After Bro. Montague assured him that Pastor would get to the bottom of this as he always did, Bro. Wilmington said goodbye.
Ron Campbell called just before nightfall:
“Bro. Montague, I don’t believe a word of this letter. That man led me to Jesus. If that is something in his past, we need to leave it alone. If he’s still chasing women, then we need to just forgive him. I did some chasing in my time. Who are we to judge another?”
About ten other similar calls came in. No matter the tone of the conversation, Bro. Montague always put Bro. Reynolds in a good light.
Pastor Richardson returned to the hospital to find Sis. Richardson sitting up in bed. She was all smiles. “I should be coming home on Tuesday.”
“That’s what the doctor told me,” he replied giving her a kiss and a hug. “Service was great, I told everyone to leave you alone for the next few days, so don’t expect any calls or any visitors.”
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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.