Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #78. Today we are reading chapter 23 of the novel “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop II” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“Have faith in God.” – Mark 11:22
Sister Wilmington continued to work faithfully with Trey, and little by little, everyone started to notice his much-improved behavior. As the school staff poured more of God’s love on him, he became a better student and a better son. “I don’t know how you folks do it, but he hardly takes off in the evenings now,” a happy Mrs. Caldwell reported. “He’s even asking to do the dishes and is making an effort to pick up after himself.”
“It’s all because of Jesus,” Sister Campbell told her as she proudly showed off Trey’s improved test scores to his mother. “He’ll be an honour student before he graduates from this school.”
Trey often remembered Sister Wilmington’s words that God allows certain things to happen to us so that we will depend on Him. He listened more closely as Sister Campbell explained the story of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.
“All you have to do is believe on Jesus Christ. John 3:16 says, ‘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.’”
Trey asked Jesus to save him as he silently prayed with the class: “Heavenly Father, I know that I am a sinner. Please forgive me of all of my sins. Based on Your Holy Word that tells me that whoever believes on You will be saved, I believe that Jesus died for my sins, was buried, and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and save my soul. In Jesus Christ’s name I pray, Amen.” After the “Amen,” he quickly added, “And, Lord, please bring my Dad back?”
Brother and Sister Campbell continued to spend time with Trey. On one particular Sunday, Trey and Brother Campbell went to the store to pick up some dinner rolls, a pecan pie, and some butter pecan ice cream to complete their dinner meal. Trey was allowed to pick up an extra item of his choice. “Meet me at register seven,” Brother Campbell told him. As Trey was turning the corner out of an aisle swinging a six pack of Gatorade, he bumped into a middle-aged, bald-headed man.
“Excuse me, Sir,” he said reaching down to pick up the loaf of bread that had fallen out of the man’s hand. “Here you go.” The man reached out to take the loaf of bread.
Their eyes met. “Dad? Dad?” Trey said.
The man stared down at him with a surprised look. “Trey?” he asked.
Brother Campbell who had been watching from the checkout line noticed what was taking place with great interest. He saw as Trey reached out to seemingly hug the strange man, who took an apprehensive step back.
“Trey, where’s your mother? Who are you here with?”
“I’m here with Brother Campbell from the church. He’s over there by the register. Come and meet him. He’s been a good friend to me and mom.”
Mr. Caldwell followed his son out of curiosity. Who is this Mr. Campbell? How much of a friend is he to my son and wife? Is my wife dating him? Does Trey see him as a father figure now?
Trey introduced his father to Brother Campbell.
“How are you, Mr. Caldwell?” Brother Campbell extended his hand. “I’m glad to finally meet you.”
Mr. Caldwell shook the offered hand hesitantly, then he turned abruptly and headed for the express checkout lane.
“Dad, when are you coming home?” Trey called after him. He received no answer as he watched his father walk away.”
“Come on, Trey. We have to get home,” Brother Campbell said laying his hand on Trey’s shoulder.
Why didn’t he answer me? Trey thought angrily. I thought God was answering my prayers. These questions and others bombarded Trey’s mind as they drove back to the Campbell’s home. He told his mother about meeting his father in the store.
“We’ll continue to pray for God’s will, Trey,” his mother told him.
“I believe God is setting things up, Mrs. Caldwell,” Brother Campbell shared with them. “Too many of us are praying for your family to be restored for God not to intervene.”
Mr. Caldwell left the store in a hurry. Trey? I can’t believe it’s been almost two years. My, he has grown taller. And what is he doing with this Brother Campbell? And where is my wife? Mr. Caldwell and his wife had never officially gotten a divorce. Surely she’s not seeing this Brother Campbell.
Sitting in the grocery store parking lot, he drank deeply from a beer bottle as he watched Trey and Brother Campbell exiting the store. Why is Angie allowing our son to go places with this man alone? He was determined to get some answers.
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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.