Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #167. Today we are reading chapter 59 of the novel “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop III” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.” – I Peter 5:6
Jonathan and Monica spent a few days with their families. Although it was a sad occasion, it was great to see Stacy and her family who had traveled down for the funeral. Matt and Trisha Gurber were pleased to announce Trisha’s pregnancy. Sandy was moving full steam ahead in completing her course of study at TCU; Solomon was growing healthy and strong. Sister Mills and Brother Harold were still going strong. The New Mt. Zion Christian Academy’s school body had grown in number; plans were being made for the expansion of the building or to move the high school to another area close by.
Jonathan spent much of his time with his father as they looked back on the wonderful days spent with Pastor Richardson.
“I tell you, he was like a father to me,” Brother Reynolds said. “He had a genuine love for all people and you felt that love.”
“He was the epitome of humility,” Jonathan said. “I just don’t feel worthy to fill his pulpit.”
“None of us should ever feel we are worthy to fill any position in our service to God. I believe that’s where God wants to bring each of us: to that point where we honestly don’t feel we are worthy to do anything for Him, and that whatever little we do accomplish for Him is all because of Him working in and through us. That, to me, is true humility.”
“You’re right,” Jonathan said. “I’ve been praying about it. I don’t know if I told you this or not, but Pastor Mooney will be coming on staff within another two weeks as assistant pastor. We’re solidifying his housing. I can’t leave him like that.”
After thinking, his father said, “Why don’t you just turn the senior pastor position over to him and give your most trusted deacon the assistant pastor position?”
“That’s a thought. I haven’t said anything to anyone about taking over the pastorate here except for Monica. It’s going to come as a shock to the church. I’ll probably have to take leave within a month’s time.”
“We haven’t said anything to the church family here yet,” Brother Reynolds said. “But don’t you worry about a thing. Brother Montague, myself, and the deacons will hold the fort down until you get here. A young man like you will get the energy going here what with all the young people we have attending.”
Jonathan and Monica joined in the Wednesday night Prayer meeting at New Mt. Zion. They sensed the people’s loss and at the same time listened as the congregants expressed curiosity as to who would replace their beloved pastor.
“All I know is whoever replaces him has to be the real deal,” one member said.
“He also has to be a preaching machine,” another said.
“He cannot be a compromising, ear-tickling, back-scratching preacher,” another said.
“He can’t be a prosperity preacher, more concerned about money than souls,” someone else said.
“Definitely one who has his wife and children under control,” another church member added.
“Seems to me like you fit the bill,” Monica said to her husband in the privacy of their bedroom.
Long after his wife fell asleep, Jonathan lay awake praying and thinking.
Lord, I have some great plans for Ninth Street. I’ve come to love the people there. If I leave them now, I’ll feel like I’m leaving a job unfinished.
‘I’ll send someone to pick up where you left off,’ he felt God was saying to him.
You’re asking me to fill a tall order here at New Mt. Zion. I don’t believe anyone can fill Pastor Richardson’s shoes—especially not me.
‘I’m not calling you to fill his shoes. I’m calling you to humbly continue the work there and take the church in the direction I want you to take it in. You keep your eyes on Me and step out in faith.’
Lord, I just don’t have the firepower Pastor Richardson had. The people are used to his preaching.
‘I’m not asking you to preach like Pastor Richardson. The same Holy Spirit that gave him that fire power is the same Holy Spirit that will give you an equal amount or more fire power.’
Oh, Lord, I pray even as Elisha prayed when Elijah was taken up into Heaven, ‘let a double portion of the Spirit that was upon Pastor Richardson be upon me.’ I humbly present myself for Your service.
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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.