Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #127. Today we are reading chapter 19 of the novel “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop III” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.” — Proverbs 12:15
Jonathan’s monthly visits to the jail to visit Kirby provided him with the information he needed to wisely move forward in handling Cam.
“I believe the real reason he left was not because of what took place between me and Sandy. He wanted more recognition in the church. He really wanted to take over as senior pastor because he saw how fast it was growing,” Kirby told him. “He kept asking me to let him preach more and wanted to preach along with me at preachers’ conferences. He’s not as interested in the spirituality of the church as he is in its finances.”
Kirby seemed pleased when Jonathan mentioned Joshua Kessler.
“Yes, you take Joshua Kessler on board. He’ll be a great help to you. He was fresh out of college when he offered me his services,” Kirby said. “I decided to give him a chance and I was pleased with his work. He kind of left suddenly though, stating he had some personal matters to take care of. I never found out why. Have you heard from Kristy?”
“Monica spoke with her. She’s still upset, but Monica is trying to talk her out of filing for divorce.”
Kirby was silent for some seconds. “Could you or your wife kind of check in on Sandy and make sure my son is doing well?”
“I’ll have Monica or Carmen to talk with her if Cam will allow them to.”
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“Cam is a fraud,” Deacon Travis told Jonathan when Jonathan sought his and the other deacons’ advice on moving forward with Cam. “I was so glad when he left the church. Every now and then he and Kirby would have it out.”
“He called me and asked me to come over and help him get his new church going and that I was free to come back here to Ninth Street once things got up and running,” Deacon Youngblood said. “I declined his offer.”
“He knows better than to call me,” Deacon Travis said. “Don’t trust him.”
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Cam made a beeline to his computer after eating his dinner. With telephone in hand, he pulled up a list of names with email addresses, telephone numbers, and physical addresses.
Have I got something for you, Jonathan, he thought as he dialed the first number. I helped to build Ninth Street so I have a stake in it.
“Hello, Gary. This is Brother Cam. How are you, my brother? I’m calling to invite you to come join me as I build my new church—the sister church to Ninth Street Baptist. I have already spoken with your new pastor, so he knows about our new church. He fears with the scandal surrounding Pastor Kirby that Ninth Street is probably going to go down; we’re in a sense slowly but surely transferring the members over without making it public. You’ve probably noticed some empty seats already. So consider joining me now before you’re left without a church home.”
Mitzie and Sandy, who were cleaning up the kitchen, listened intently. They both glanced at each other as Cam dialed the second number. Running the faucet water as quietly as they could, they listened as Cam made his presentation to John Childress.
“Brother John, it’s been awhile since we spoke, but I am calling…”
Mitzie walked over to where Cam was seated and peered over his shoulders at the computer screen. The file read ‘Membership at Ninth Street.’
“I don’t believe this,” she muttered. As soon as Cam said goodbye to John Childress, Mitzie tapped him on his shoulder. “You can’t do that, Cam!”
“I can and I am,” Cam replied.
“How in the world did you get the phone numbers?”
“Remember, I used to be assistant pastor there. I could have been pastor if Kirby had just listened.”
“That’s no longer your church; it’s Jonathan’s. Whatever you’re still disgruntled about, don’t take it out on Jonathan,” Mitzie said balling up the dish towel in her hand.
“Who says I’m disgruntled,” Cam said. “I warned Kirby over and over but he would not listen; now he’s paying in more ways than one.”
Sandy stood aghast as she listened.
“Isn’t it enough you told on him? Isn’t it enough you brought the media in on it to help drag his name through the mud?”
“Correction. He dragged his own name in the mud. I only made the mud thicker. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have about eighteen more calls to make. I think twenty a day is good enough. Don’t you?” Cam dialed the next number. “Don’t interrupt me,” he said to his wife who stood glaring at him. “Finish off in the kitchen and … yes, Lanie, how are you this evening?”
Sandy rushed off to her room. Mitzie followed her. After some silence, Sandy said to her aunt, “I’ve made my decision. I’m returning to Texas—permanently. Please don’t tell Uncle Cam who I’ll be staying with,” Sandy said after sharing with her aunt the conversation she had with Monica. “I just can’t stay here anymore.”
“Uncle Cam,” Sandy said shortly after he got off the phone, “I can’t stay here any longer. I can’t go through this. I appreciate you keeping my name anonymous, but what you’re doing to the Ninth Street Church family is not right. You’re the one who’s trying to destroy that church.”
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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.