Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #128. Today we are reading chapter 20 of the novel “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop III” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.” – Proverbs 12:15
The Montagues welcomed Sandy and Solomon into their home. Sandy picked up where she left off in her attendance at New Mt. Zion and in college at TCU. She said nothing to them about her uncle’s schemes against Ninth Street.
On her first Sunday back at New Mt. Zion, Pastor Richardson announced that he and some of the men would be at a Preacher-Leadership Conference in Oregon state for that entire week.
“Are you sure you’re up to it,” Sister Richardson asked, “especially with your health as it is?”
“They’ve had me scheduled to preach for about a year now; I can’t cancel at the last minute,” Pastor Richardson said.
Pastor Richardson, accompanied by a few of the men of New Mt. Zion, made it safely to the four-day meeting. They were richly blessed and encouraged to keep on serving God. When Jonathan was introduced as one of the speakers and as he took his place before the microphone, the men from New Mt. Zion were not only surprised, but elated.
“We’re surprised to meet up with you here,” Jonathan’s father said to him after Jonathan finished preaching his message entitled, “What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do.”
“A timely message,” Pastor Richardson said. “The only thing you can do when you don’t know what to do is pray. I didn’t know you were scheduled to preach.”
“I didn’t know either until a month ago. Kirby was on the roster to preach. A letter came in the mail reminding him of the meeting. I called Pastor Necee and explained everything to him and he asked me to fill in.”
“I’m so glad he did,” Pastor Richardson said. “How is the family and church family doing?”
“Monica and the children are doing great,” Jonathan said. “By the way, this is Joshua Kessler. He specializes in doing PR work with churches. I hired him on staff to help us. You know we lost about a quarter of our members.”
“That’s what your dad told me. But that’s expected when a church undergoes something as serious as Ninth Street did. But you just hang in there and don’t hesitate to call us if we can be of help to you,” Pastor Richardson said.
“In fact, I need your advice on something,” Jonathan said. He shared with them Cam’s underhanded work.
“Talk about fleecing the flock,” Mr. Montague said. “That’s the devil for you.”
“Just do what you preached tonight—just pray,” Jonathan’s father, Brother Reynolds, advised him. “You stick to the Word and God will make even your enemies to be at peace with you.”
“I would tell the congregation what he’s up to and tell those who want to join him to go ahead and leave and not make a scene out of it, and those who wish to remain to keep on coming,” Pastor Richardson said. “There is nothing more frustrating than trying to minister to a group of people who sit in the pews—just waiting—waiting to see which direction the wind is going to blow. If it blows east they run to the east; if it blows west, they run to the west. Like Jesus, I hate these ‘straddle-the-fence’ Christians. Either jump on the bandwagon and stay on, or jump off and give me a lighter load to carry.”
The men all agreed.
They had a tremendous time of fellowship encouraging each other throughout the conference. On the way home, Pastor Richardson shared with Brother Montague and Brother Reynolds, “As you know I’ve been praying for the person the Lord would have to replace me at New Mt. Zion as I believe I’ll be checking out of here soon. Jonathan keeps coming to my mind. After how I heard him preach the other night, I’m believing more and more he’s the man. Since Brother Reynolds insists on remaining as assistant pastor, then I have to look somewhere else. Are you sure you don’t want that position?” he asked Brother Reynolds.
“No, no. I’m right where God wants me until I die. Plus, I just don’t feel worthy enough to fill your shoes.”
“No, brother. Only by the grace of God, have I accomplished what I have accomplished,” Pastor Richardson said. He then turned to Brother Montague.
“Don’t look at me,” Brother Montague chuckled. “I am quite at peace being the IT man of the church, and helping every now and then in Wednesday Prayer Meeting. I am staying in my calling.”
“Well, just pray about it with me,” Pastor Richardson said. “As I shared with my wife, I am ready to go; but I am willing to hang around a while longer to bring more people to Jesus.”
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.