PODCAST: Whyte House Family Spoken Novels #361: “All the Bishop’s Children II” – Chapter 1

Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #361. Today we are reading chapter 1 of the novel “All the Bishop’s Children Book 2” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.

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It was noon when Bishop Dwight Kensington Jacobs, overseer of the Love & Peace Apostolic Holiness Church checked into the hotel in Louisiana for the first of a two-day Gospel concert at the Blessed Hope Community Church in the center of town. Dubbed the “Song Bird of the South” for the past twelve years, he was still being called on to minister to hundreds of people across the region. After getting five hours of undisturbed sleep, he gave his wife of thirteen years, Rosalind Kezia Randall-Jacobs, a call before heading out to the Blessed Hope Community Church.

“I made it in safely. Pray that God would anoint me and that His presence would be felt,” Dwight said to his wife.

“I will,” Rosalind said.

“How are the boys doing? DJ didn’t seem too pleased when I told him I could not take him with me because his leg had not healed yet,” Dwight said.

The Lord had blessed Dwight and Rosalind’s marriage with four children: Dwight (DJ) Joseph Jacobs now thirteen years old; Rachel Beatrice, eleven years old; Kennedy Ryan, nine years old; and Jessica Katylee, seven years old.

“Oh, he’s doing fine. If he’s sad about not being able to go with you then he’s certainly not showing it. He’s trying to be the man of the house ordering his sisters and brother around and threatening them with his walking stick,” Rosalind said with a laugh.

Dwight laughed. “That’s my boy. He’s taking my words seriously. I told him to be the man of the house while I was gone. Anyway, I have to go. I don’t want to be late on this first night.”

“When will you be back?” Rosalind asked. “I want to have a great meal ready for you when you come in.”

“It’s a two-day concert, so hopefully I’ll be back the day after tomorrow,” Dwight said. “As for what time, I’m not exactly sure.” After talking with the children Dwight said goodbye and headed to the church.

After dinner, with the help of her two daughters, Rosalind made enough buttered popcorn topped with peanuts for them to snack on before going to bed. While they were watching television, the phone rang.

“Hello, Rev. Dorsett. Hold on a minute,” Rosalind said. She untangled the phone cord and stretched it as far as it could go toward her bedroom. DJ strained to listen to the phone call. Rev. Michael Dorsett was the pastor of Pleasant Hope Missionary Baptist Church up in Mobile. He and Dwight had preached in each other’s churches and their two families had gone out to dinner together.

“Yes…he made it in…day after tomorrow…alright,” Rosalind said. “Around ten or ten-thirty is fine…just beep your horn once…the side door is open…Bye now.”

Rosalind hung up the phone and joined her children in the living room but this time she had a more serious tone. “Okay, children, wrap it up now. It’s already nine o’clock. You all have to be in bed and asleep by nine thirty. Eat up. I’ve let you play as long as I can. Remember you have school tomorrow.”

“Awww, Mom,” Jessica and Rachel said.

“Dad would let us stay up longer if he was here,” Kennedy said.

“None of that. You won’t want to get up in the morning,” Rosalind said. “Like your father said, waking you up is like waking you out of a coma.”

“Oh, I always want to get up,” Jessica said.

“Wanting to get up and getting up are two different things,” DJ said shaking his walking stick.

After the girls were in bed and after helping DJ hobble to his room and making sure that both boys were in bed, Rosalind went to her room and shut the door.

Disturbed by the weird phone call from Rev. Dorsett, DJ lay awake long after his brother had fallen off to sleep. He was watching his black and white television on mute—thinking and listening. Ten or ten-thirty is fine. The side door is open.

He thought he heard a car pull into the driveway. Thinking someone was using their driveway to make a u-turn he thought nothing of it until he heard a single car horn blow. Just beep your horn once. He heard his mother open her bedroom dhyoor and go to the side door which led into the hallway running between the bedrooms and bathroom ending in the living and dining room. DJ thought he heard a car door close softly. Shortly after, he thought he heard whispering as someone walked past his bedroom door. He heard his mother close her bedroom door again.

Curiosity drew him to his bedroom window. He peeked through the curtain. There was no mistake. Rev. Dorsett’s car was parked out front. That’s strange. Dad’s not here, so what’s he doing here at this time of the night? Disturbed, he climbed back into bed.

Rev. Dorsett stopped by around the same time the following night. DJ was greatly concerned as he turned things over in his mind.

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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 GospelLightSociety.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.