Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #356. Today we are reading chapter 47 of the novel “All the Bishop’s Children” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“I can’t believe how my grand-babies are growing,” Mother Randall said when she stopped by to visit Rosalind and the family on Friday evening. “I’m so proud to hear you’re all doing well in school. And I’m so proud of you, DJ, for being the first of your siblings in getting baptized. You went down under the water like a young boy, but came up like a man. Rachel, you’re next, right?”
“Mother, I’ve been telling Dwight that we don’t need to keep using the baptismal pool at First Baptist. It’s time for us to get our own pool,” Rosalind said. “Don’t you think so?”
“What’s wrong with using the pool at First Baptist? As far as I know there hasn’t been a problem. We’ve been using it since before Apostle Morton left,” Mother Randall said.
“No, there’s no problem—yet,” Rosalind said.
“What do you mean by yet?” Mother Randall said.
“As thick as racism has been in this area and still is, do you really think all the folks at First Baptist are pleased with us using their baptismal pool? It’s only a matter of time before some disgruntled person says something about it. You watch and see,” Rosalind said. “Anyway, to prevent that from happening we need to get our own pool installed. We need to make progress. I’ve already started looking into the cost and all that it would entail, and –”
“And it’s going to cost a lot,” Mother Randall said. “Have you spoken with Dwight about this?”
“Let’s just say it’s another surprise that’s in the hat for him. Like I told him, he does not need to worry about the everyday management of the church. He just needs to focus on studying and preaching the Word,” Rosalind said. “Don’t say anything to anyone about this. I’ll need to talk with Deacon Saunders and the deacon board first.”
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“Yes, Mrs. Rosalind. What’s so important we had to steal away from the crowd to talk about?” Deacon Saunders said with a grin as he met with Rosalind in one of the church classrooms after morning worship services. He closed the door behind them once they were inside the room.
“Just something that I need for you to put into play for me without any hesitation whatsoever,” Rosalind said setting her purse on one of the tables. She pulled out two sheets of paper and unfolded them.
“Anything for the first lady of my church,” Deacon Saunders said still holding his grin.
“I want you to look into how much it will cost to get our own baptismal pool installed with hot and cold water,” Rosalind said matter-of-factly. “Something similar to First Baptist except we don’t want the sliding doors. We want thick curtains that we can either raise or draw to the side. And, we would like chandeliers hanging from the ceiling right in the center. That way we can have a heavenly ambiance when we baptize our folks.”
“Who’s we?” Deacon Saunders asked. “And do you know how much this is going to cost?”
“Don’t worry about the ‘we,’ and don’t worry about the cost. Just have faith in God,” Rosalind said. “I already know that there is more than enough money in the church budget to take care of it.”
“Mrs. Rosalind, we’re already putting all that money into the expansion of the church building so that we can accommodate our ever-growing crowd.”
“I wouldn’t say ‘all’ our money. I believe if you just add that as part of the expansion and renovation that is being done, then the people will continue giving and may actually increase their giving,” Rosalind said. “And when you get up next Sunday to give an update just mention the baptismal pool being added to the renovation that’s being done. And don’t mention my name. I’d rather remain in the background. I don’t want anyone thinking I’m pushing myself forward because I’m Bishop Jacobs’ wife. I’m sure you can understand that.”
“Mrs. Rosalind, we took the plans for the renovation of the church before the congregation after the deacons, Bishop Jacobs, and myself agreed on them, and the congregation gladly stood with us because they felt it was something good. They don’t want us springing any surprises on them, especially when it involves their money,” Deacon Saunders said.
“You can just tell them you forgot to mention it and give them a few reasons why we need to have our own pool installed,” Rosalind said. “You’re not head deacon for nothing. We’re paying your salary.”
Deacon Saunders eyed Rosalind. “Mrs. Rosalind, that would be lying. You know that. The talk never came up before about installing our own baptismal pool. Plus, for something major like that, all of the deacons and Bishop Jacobs have to agree before we even bring it before the church,” Deacon Saunders said in a serious tone.
“Is there anything wrong with us getting our own baptismal pool?” Rosalind asked. “I think not. Anyway, I figured you would balk at this, so I went and spoke with the foreman of the construction company,” Rosalind said. She plopped the two sheets of paper on the desk they were standing next to. “He already gave me an exact quote and we drew up an addendum to add to the other contract. See for yourself. I already co-signed. He just needs for you to sign as head deacon just as you did the original contract.” Rosalind took her pen out of her purse and held it out to Deacon Saunders.
“Have you talked with your husband about this?” Deacon Saunders asked.
“The Bishop and I have already talked about this some. But we agreed when he took over the church that I, along with others in the church who have a position of significance like you do, would take care of the daily operations of the church while he focuses on preaching the Word and prayer,” Rosalind said. “Go ahead and sign your name just above mine. I told the foreman I would bring the papers back to him on tomorrow.”
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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.