Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #148. Today we are reading chapter 40 of the novel “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop III” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.” – Psalm 71:1
Jonathan glanced across the lawn to see Rhea Montgomery and Mike the cameraman stepping on to his front lawn. Mike was filming. The soft rattling from the garage door caught his attention. He stepped out onto the patio with a sheepish grin on his face as he watched his wife drive the van into the garage.
“There you go,” he said to himself thinking she was parking the van inside the garage to avoid the TV crew. “Hey, Rhea,” he shouted as he waved to them. He shifted his attention back to the garage to see his wife skillfully maneuver the van at an angle while backing out of the garage and swinging it beside his car. What the heck is she doing? He thought. Monica stopped long enough to close the garage door and to give him a call on his cellphone which he pulled out of his shirt pocket.
Pulling out on to the street she said, “It is what it is. Now you explain that one to your friends on the Young Preachers Club,” she said, taking the van out of reverse.
“Monica, you cannot do that. We signed a contract,” Jonathan said between gritted teeth with a forced smile still aware that the camera was rolling.
Putting the car in drive, Monica pressed on the gas pedal. “No, you signed a contract—not we.”
Click. Monica hung up and turned the phone off.
Monica dismissed the thought to check her phone as she stopped at McDonald’s to get the children and herself something to eat. She allowed them time to play on the playground before continuing their journey. After about three hours of driving she decided to check into a hotel mainly to watch that evening’s report on the upcoming episodes of the Young Preachers Club show. I’m curious to see what they will air tonight, she thought as she paid for the room. After ordering pizza, breadsticks, and salad for delivery, they settled down in front of the television.
“This is Rhea Montgomery, host of the Young Preachers Club reality show. Pastor Jonathan Reynolds of the Ninth Street Baptist Church has allowed us to take a tour of his house to share with viewers a typical day for his wife and four children. I am sure tonight’s program will be of interest to you because we keep it real here on the Young Preachers Club.”
The program started with Jonathan giving an excuse for the absence of his wife and children.
“We’ve been very busy here at the church so I’m giving her some time away to get some rest. Being in the pastorate is not an easy profession as you can imagine.”
Excuses, excuses, lying excuses, Monica thought as she took a bite of her pizza. Man up and tell the truth. I didn’t agree to this crap.
They took viewers on a tour of the house and ended with the confrontation outside.
“Even pastors and their wives have tough days,” Rhea said. The program ended with Monica backing the van out of the garage and driving down the street. “Looks like they were having a confrontation to me. We’ll let you, our viewers, decide. Have a good night. This is Rhea Montgomery signing off.”
Looks like they were arguing to me, too, Monica thought as she and the children finished their meal. She turned her phone back on.
After cleaning up and preparing the children for bed, Monica received another phone call from Jonathan.
“Did you make it safely to your parents’ house?”
“No. I haven’t gotten there yet.”
“What’s the hold-up?”
“Tell me you’re on your way back after realizing how ridiculously you acted on camera,” Jonathan said.
“I wish I could, but the children and I are relaxing in a hotel. I’m not playing, Jonathan. I’m very serious about this. By the way, I watched the show tonight and you let me down. You need to be a man and tell the truth. Real men tell the truth no matter what.”
“What are you talking about?”
“Listen carefully as I quote: ‘We’ve been very busy here at the church, so I am giving her and the children some time away to get some rest. Being in the pastorate is not an easy profession.’ Need I say more?”
“Well, if you had just stayed put rather than trying to create a scene, this fiasco would have never taken place for the whole world to see,” Jonathan said.
“Oh, so now you’re blaming me for you choosing not to come clean to the American public as to why your wife was headed to her parents’ house? Come on now. I told you more than once that I wanted no part of it. I told you not to let them come by the house much less in the house, but the ‘young preacher’ would not listen—not to his wife, not to the older saints, not to the folks back home—’cause he’s big time now.”
“Don’t you talk to me like that!” Jonathan said. “You’re not a pastor. You don’t know what I am doing.”
“You know what? You’re so full of yourself it’s enough to make a person nauseous,” Monica said. “Anyway, say goodnight to the children and we’ll be heading to my parents’ tomorrow.”
“What hotel are you in, and what time do you plan on arriving at your parents?”
“Don’t worry about the hotel and we’ll arrive some time tomorrow. I plan on sleeping in actually because I’m in no hurry to get there since we only have three more hours to drive. Here’s Mitch.” Monica handed the phone to her son.
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.