Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #351. Today we are reading chapter 42 of the novel “All the Bishop’s Children” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
When Dwight returned home Rosalind was sitting up in the bed with her Bible on her lap and a notebook in hand.
“So how do you like the new sign?” she asked.
“Who says I went to look at the sign?” Dwight said.
“Come off it,” Rosalind said with a smile. “That’s the only place you could have gone.”
“Since you asked: I must say I love it. My question is: how much did it cost? And where did you get the money to pay for it?”
“You worry too much about how much things cost,” Rosalind said. “Can’t you just enjoy the sign? But since you asked: Deacon Saunders gave the okay and paid for it out of the church funds.”
“What? Now you know you can’t do that! We have to call a deacon’s meeting and get their consent before any money can go out of the church funds. And I have to be involved in it as well. For something like this, we may even have to have the entire church involved; some may not want the name changed,” Dwight said. “Are you trying to run the church into the ground like you tried to do Apostle Dunbar’s and like you expressed dissatisfaction at some of the things we did at Mt. Providence?”
Rosalind sighed. “Most people don’t know what they want, so if you lead them they’ll follow you. Besides, Deacon Saunders is the head deacon; he’s the final decider. He’s been around long enough to know the heartbeat of the other deacons to make a decision without them. He also knows the heartbeat of the people of the church. Just don’t worry about it; you just preach.” Rosalind picked up her Bible, read a little and started scribbling in her notepad. “If you’ll excuse me, I have to get my next lesson ready for the women’s meeting. You might want to do the same and not wait until Saturday or Sunday to get your sermons ready.”
Lord, am I going to have problems out of her going forward? Dwight wondered as he got ready for bed.
* * * * *
Dwight was not only known as the ‘Song Bird,’ but he also became known as the ‘Love Pastor.’ “That’s what it’s all about,” he shared with those who had gathered at his house for an after-church love feast. “Jesus was all about love.”
“You got that right,” Mildred Magan said.
“The Bible says love covers a multitude of sins,” Deacon Saunders said casting a glance at Rosalind.
Rosalind blushed and excused herself to go to the kitchen to bring in the food.
“Mom,” DJ said after following her to the kitchen, “may I please get my food first and go eat in my room?”
“Now you know our guests get served first; that’s just good hospitality. And you’ve always sat out here with us. Are you feeling sick or something?” Rosalind asked.
“No. I feel fine.”
“Then what is it?”
“It’s just that after they all dig into the food I hardly get any. The last Sunday they came over I only got one piece of chicken and I don’t like eating with a bunch of people,” DJ said.
“Well, that bunch of people happens to be your church family. You can sit with your brother and talk with him like you normally do,” Rosalind said.
They may be your family but not mine, DJ thought as his mother fixed his plate. I’m so tired of having all these people over here every Sunday eating up all the fried chicken and collard greens and cornbread and drinking up all the Kool-Aid. “Mom, you forgot the apple pie,” he said as his mother handed him his plate.
“Another thing,” Rosalind said as she cut him a huge piece of pie, “haven’t I told you not to ever go to sleep in church especially while your father is preaching?”
“Yes, ma’am. I couldn’t help it this time; I was so bored.”
“DJ, you’re twelve years old. You can’t be falling asleep in church. That’s disrespectful to your father and to God. I told you to stop staying out late with your friends especially on Saturday nights, but you refuse to listen.”
“Well, Deacon Wilson always falls asleep in church.”
“That’s because he’s an old man.”
“And grumpy, too,” DJ said, then added with a laugh, “Maybe if he stops using all his energy to hide that alcohol bottle in that brown bag he’s always turning up to his mouth as soon as he steps out the church door, he might be able to stay awake.”
Rosalind stifled a laugh. “I am serious. If you fall asleep again, you’re going on the mourner’s bench so we can lay hands on you and cast that sleeping demon out of you.”
“Yes, ma’am,” DJ said as he hurried out of the kitchen and headed to his room. “The mourner’s bench is the last place I want to be.” I don’t know why people want to sit around and talk when there’s a football game on, he thought as he turned his television on loud enough to block the laughter coming from the living and dining room. He had claimed Mama Tess’ twelve inch television for himself after she died. Ah, this is the life, he thought as he took a bite of his chicken.
He had barely swallowed his first bite when Kennedy pushed his bedroom door open.
“I see you’re trying to disappear from the church crowd too,” Kennedy said. “Need some company?”
DJ nodded. “As long as football is on your mind. Come in and make sure you lock the door.”
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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.