Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #43. Today we are reading chapter 43 of the novel “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“Open rebuke is better than secret love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” – Proverbs 27:5-6
The drug bust had gone smoothly, maybe too smoothly.
Bro. Montague was sent home the same evening but was told to stay put until the court date which was set for Tuesday, March 4th at 10:00. Richard and some of his ‘customers’ had been in jail for about three weeks now. Bro. Montague had to go in and testify against Richard, which he did not particularly care to do, but had to. Mr. Pembleton would be his lawyer. Richard did not refute anything Bro. Montague said in court. In fact, Bro. Montague was almost certain he saw a sign of relief on Richard’s face who gave him a quick nod of the head when their eyes met as though some mutual understanding was exchanged. Because Richard had cooperated, he was given a light sentence—four months in jail and six months of community service.
Bro. Montague and Richard had often talked about the Bible and God and the truths of Christianity. Richard, surprisingly, could quote just as much Scripture as Bro. Montague and quote them quite well. He often talked about having grown up in the church, taking part in youth activities, going on men’s retreats and even helping to teach the young boys group. But something happened that pulled him away from the church. He came close to sharing it with Bro. Montague a few times, but always changed his mind. He seemed a little bitter at times. Bro. Montague knew he still had an interest in the church because almost every Monday he would greet Bro. Montague with a “Well, what did the preacher have to say yesterday, Terrence?” Or “Got any good news from yesterday for me?” On Thursdays he would ask Bro. Montague, “Did you pray for me on last night, brother?”
Bro. Montague prayed for him every day since he got the job. He hated to see him put away like this. Thank God it was only for ten months. Maybe he could continue his computer business (minus the drugs) after he was released. Richard is a good brother and maybe I could help him out by keeping the business open and run it clean until his ten months are up so he’ll have something to fall on once he’s released, Bro. Montague thought. Bro. Montague put the whole matter in God’s hands, thanking Him for delivering him out of that situation. He could begin his own business. He had the know-how and a small amount of cash to invest. He could, on the other hand, take the job at the church and would, in a sense, “run” the church through the computer. That would come quite easy to him.
Pulling up into the parking lot of his old job, he wondered what direction God would have him to go in. Seeing it was 2:00 p.m., he decided to stop by to see Pastor Richardson and talk things over with him. As usual, Pastor was happy to see him. “What can I do for you, Bro. Montague?”
“Well, Pastor, I want to thank you once again for coming through for me. But I wanted to ask your advice on a few things.” Bro. Montague shared with him his dilemma and the three options before him.
Pastor was excited. “Brother, I believe with all my heart that God pulled you away from those two jobs to place you here. The position here is open, if you really want it. Right now, Bro. Reynolds, with the help of his son, is doing all the computer work for us. I have to pull him away to do other things, and especially with the church steadily growing as it is, I need him full-time in other areas. Don’t give up this opportunity. It’s still open. It pays well and you have other benefits that come along with it,” added Pastor with a smile.
“Don’t I have to fill out any paper work?” asked Bro. Montague.
“The job is yours. I’ll have the secretary to give you the paper work. You can fill that out and give it back to her. But consider the job yours,” assured Pastor.
“Just like that?” Bro. Montague could not believe it.
“Well, unless you want me to have them check your criminal record,” Pastor Richardson said jokingly. “Don’t worry about that. We only check criminal records for anyone who wants to work in the nursery, day care, or school.” Pastor Richardson paged his secretary to have the papers ready for Bro. Montague.
“Since I know your situation, you don’t have to worry about that. My thing is, you came clean on your own. You can begin on Monday, and you’ll have your own personal office and any computer software or other equipment that you need. I trust your judgement. Just let me know and I’ll give the okay. I’m sure your wife and daughter will be glad to help you fix it up; you know, give it a feminine touch. If they are like Sis. Richardson, they’ll probably take over your office.” Both men agreed with a laugh.
“Pastor, they will be glad to take it over. I can’t wait to let them know.”
“You have already filled the requirements for working at this church: make sure you are saved and are attending services regularly and you will be required to pass out Gospel tracts in the neighborhood and give a report, and of course attend men’s prayer meeting on Saturdays.”
“Pastor, you’re ringing my doorbell now. Ever since you got us back on track about telling people about Jesus, I feel bad if one day goes by and I don’t tell someone about Jesus. There is a joy I cannot explain when I tell someone about the Lord.”
“Brother, you hit it right on the head. That is what I want the people of New Mt. Zion to experience. Right now, the soul winning fire is shining brightly and as long as I am pastor I’ll do everything I can to keep it burning. And I want a staff who loves telling people about Jesus.”
“That’s what it is all about. As for your other two options: Don’t you dare go near that job of yours. Right now, you can help your boss by praying for him. The police will have the place under surveillance for a while. I’ll be more than happy to help you begin your own computer business. We might even invest in it to help you get started when you decide to open shop. I know you already have a customer base right here at the church.”
“You don’t have to, Pastor. Plus, it may be a while before I even get started.”
“It’s no problem. As Christians we are supposed to help each other. The world is helping the world. Pembleton might be able to help you with whatever paperwork you may need or at least guide you in the right direction. He specializes in just about every aspect of the legal field. Or the Better Business Bureau should be able to help you. Keep me abreast of your decision. But whatever route you go, I still want you to remain on staff here.”
“Well, I’ll not keep you any longer especially since I came on the spur of the moment.”
After the men prayed, they shook hands and parted ways. Bro. Montague was at complete peace now, especially since he was in God’s will for him and his family.
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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.