Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #327. Today we are reading chapter 18 of the novel “All the Bishop’s Children” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
After Wednesday Prayer meeting, a group of ladies—Rosalind, Tammi, Coralee, Molly, and a few others—corralled Ketura as she was hurrying out of the auditorium.
Oh, brother! I was trying to do the disappearing act, Ketura thought.
“So did you talk with your husband yet?” Coralee asked. “We’ve decided Rosalind and or Tammi would be the best; we agree with Rosalind: you do need a vacation.”
“What are you all talking about?” Ketura said.
“Rosalind, I thought you said you told her,” Coralee said glancing at Rosalind who smiled and raised her eyebrows but remained silent. “Anyway, we agree with Rosalind: you need a vacation; we’ll hold the fort down while you take a break.”
“We’re not talking vacation like going on a trip for any length of time or anything like that,” Tammi said. “We’re talking more like a sabbatical from church duties. Rosalind and myself can split the Tuesday meetings and the Sunday Word from the Lord for Women—that’s what we decided to call it. Rosalind will be the main speaker.”
“I got you,” Ketura said thoughtfully.
“So what do you say to that?” Molly asked.
“I don’t think I need a vacation, but–”
“Sure you do,” Tammi said after Rosalind gently nudged her in the side. “You’re tired and you don’t even realize it. You’ve been losing weight and you have been looking a little tired lately. Sometimes the body can be tired but the mind defiantly says, ‘Keep going. Keep going. You’ve got more to do.’ Before you know it, you fall out too tired to move.”
“So we want to prevent that from happening,” Molly said.
“That’s so thoughtful of you all,” Ketura said. “Let me go say, ‘hello’ to Genevieve before she leaves. If you all will excuse me.” Ketura slipped over to Genevieve ignoring their stares.
“I think Apostle Dunbar should hear this directly from us,” Rosalind whispered. “Ketura is not going to do anything about this.”
“Let’s go talk with him now,” Coralee said. “I think he just went back to his office.”
Coralee and the group marched out the auditorium through the side door towards Apostle Dunbar’s office.
“Come on in,” Apostle Dunbar said after hearing the knock on his office door. Just as I expected. “How can I help you ladies?” he asked.
“Apostle Dunbar, we have something we would like to talk with you about,” Coralee said standing sure-footed before his desk. Tammi and Molly stood on either side of her. Behind them stood Rosalind, Marybeth, and a few others. “We’ve already spoken with your wife about it.”
After stating their purpose for stopping by his office, Tammi said, “Rosalind says at St. Paul Apostolic Church up in New York where she used to worship the pastor lets his wife or any of the women say a word or two during the services—a lot of it on the spur of the moment.”
“Is that so?” Apostle Dunbar said looking at Rosalind who returned his look with a smile. “Tell me a little about St. Paul, Rosalind.”
“It’s a big church; in fact, it’s the biggest church in the area. I’m surprised you’ve never heard of it. Pastor Relick is a preaching machine. He’s known all over, and his preaching has greatly impacted many,” Rosalind said.
“What position did you hold in that church?” Apostle Dunbar asked.
“I sang in the choir, and every now and then I’d do the welcome and the announcements.”
“Now, did you say a word to the ladies as well?” Apostle Dunbar asked.
“Yes. After I gave the welcome I would share a word of encouragement from the Lord with them, and they loved it,” Rosalind said confidently.
“See, she knows all about it,” Coralee said.
Just as I thought. I also know there will be nothing but confusion, Apostle Dunbar thought.
“We’ve decided to call it, Word From the Lord for Women,” Tammi said.
“Is that so?” Apostle Dunbar said. “Well, the only word from the Lord that you will be hearing at this time will be those coming through my lips. Is there anything else you ladies wish to discuss?”
The women looked at each other before turning to leave.
“Nothing more for right now, Apostle Dunbar,” Coralee said. “I know the Lord wants us to do this. What’s our next move, Rosalind?”
Rosalind, the instigator, Apostle Dunbar thought. There’s a Rosalind in every church. I’m ready to face all the Rosalinds who stop by here.
“I say we start our own church,” Rosalind said quietly once she was sure they were out of Apostle Dunbar’s earshot. “No one can stop us from doing that.”
“Do you know anything about starting a church? We don’t even have a building,” Marybeth said.
“Somebody could offer us the use of their spacious living room,” Rosalind said casting a glance at Coralee. “After all, we’re supposed to be doing this for the Lord.”
“Don’t look at me,” Coralee said. “I may have a big living room, but we only have about ten of us. I’m not going to any church with only ten people.”
“Don’t you worry about that. We’ll recruit some women. Once the women begin coming, they’ll bring their children, then their husbands will have no choice but to come with them,” Rosalind said with calm confidence.
“I thought this was supposed to be a women’s only church,” Marybeth said.
“It is; but we cannot help it if the men come to hear us. Now can we?” Rosalind said.
“You can use my living room,” Tammi said. “It’s pretty big; it extends into the dining room.”
“Where are we going to recruit the other women from?” Coralee asked.
“Think, Coralee,” Rosalind said. “Just privately mention our new church first to the women here at Pillar of Truth and invite them to join us if they are so inclined. Mention how we will meet their needs that are not being met there. You can also mention it to the women on your job and to others in passing. We must do this discreetly so people won’t know what we’re doing.”
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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.