Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #92. Today we are reading chapter 37 of the novel “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop II” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his goings.” – Proverbs 5:21
The Ninth Street Baptist Church grew steadily as word got around about the two fired up young preachers — Kirby Rollins and Jonathan Reynolds.
“I haven’t heard such powerful preaching in a long time,” Leanne Rider said to Anise Caverly one Sunday after services, “and from such fine young men.”
Both ladies had gotten saved some years earlier through Pastor Rollins’ witnessing efforts.
Leanne, at fifty-one years old, had experienced enough of the good, the bad, and the ugly of life to now live in a state of contentment. She was striving to live for the Lord and enjoyed hearing the Word preached. As she often shared with others, “I thank God for Pastor Rollins taking the time to talk with me on that rainy day I came to know Jesus. I almost lived my whole life without making the most important decision ever.”
Anise, at thirty-four years old, was a knockout. She had curves in all the right places. She knew it and she flaunted it at every opportunity she got.
“Brother Jonathan is right, Anise,” Leanne continued. “We women really need to watch our eyes, and how we walk and talk. Like he preached today, we can’t place all the blame on the men; women have to shoulder some of the blame when men disrespect us.”
“You’re right, Leanne,” Anise said with some reservation. She had her eyes on a few of the men in the church, but one in particular, and despite Pastor Jonathan’s insightful preaching on “Lustful Men and Loose Women,” she harbored more and more of a desire to thoroughly check this man out—and soon. Her and her husband’s marriage was increasingly becoming just for show. As she shared with one of her single friends, Valorie, right after she got married, “I may be married now, but come what may, I am going to live like I am single.”
“I don’t know if that will work, Anise,” Valorie had told her. “When I was planning on marrying Earnest, my mother told me that if I was not willing to make some sacrifices, I would just be getting married to make his life miserable. She said Earnest would not have to sacrifice as much in the marriage as the man of the house. Girl, I was not ready to give up some things I was used to doing. My mentality was, you put in your fifty percent and I’ll put in my fifty percent. So I canceled our wedding. I had to be fair to Earnest, plus I did not want hell in my marriage.”
“Your Mama and my Mama are from the old school,” Anise said. “Anyway, how did Earnest take it?”
“After I told him why I canceled the wedding, he said he appreciated my honesty.” Anise did not see things that way. When she was single she wanted to get married; now that she was married, she wanted to continue living as though she were single and not having to answer to any authority.
Leanne broke into her thoughts. “You know, when I think about it, Anise, married women ought not to come to the church house without their husbands; there are just too many temptations with the opposite sex.”
“How so, Leanne?”
“As Christians we all share the most important thing on earth,” Leanne said.
“And what’s that now?” Anise dreaded the answer. She was beginning to feel uncomfortable with the direction of the conversation.
“We are all saved now and we fellowship together to encourage one another, but as we encourage one another, we begin to share our weaknesses, struggles, and temptations. This intimate sharing draws us closer together creating a bond. I want to say ‘spiritual bond’ but I don’t think that’s a fitting word,” she said with a chuckle. “I didn’t just start coming to church now; I’ve been in the church for some time. I may not have been saved, but I have been attending church since I was a child and have been around church people for a long time.”
Anise had an uncomfortable feeling as she listened to Leanne. They were close friends and sometimes, Leanne seemed to be able to read her mind.
“You must admit though, Leanne,” Anise said. “Pastor Jonathan is one handsome man, and we must do what we can to protect him from some of the silly women in this church who don’t have their minds in the right place — especially those too eager to give out holy kisses.”
“His wife seems to be doing a great job at that. I can tell they love each other, so we don’t need to worry about that; we just need to pray for them and keep a respectful distance.”
Leanne’s comments put a stop to anything else Anise wanted to say.
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 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.