Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #150. Today we are reading chapter 42 of the novel “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop III” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“Do all things without murmurings and disputings.” – Philippians 2:14
“Pastor, you and your wife certainly put on one classy act on the last episode of Young Preachers Club,” Leanne Rider said as she shook Jonathan’s hand after services. “Is everything alright with you two?”
Jonathan chuckled uncomfortably.
“When will Monica be back?” Anise asked as she and her husband walked up behind Leanne.
“I kind of left it up to her,” Jonathan said. “I told her to take as long a rest as she needs to. She deserves it.”
“She sure does. I was thinking of giving her a call, but I’ll just let her rest,” Leanne said. “You all have a blessed evening.”
After most of the members had left, Jonathan headed to his office to pick up a few books to aid in his study that week. Lord, forgive me for not coming clean with the people; but she’s going to have to learn that she can’t have things to always go her way when it comes to the ministry.
Guilt immediately fell upon him. Your wife has never demanded her way, and the few times she did it’s been for the well-being of the family. She’s sacrificed her time, energy, and even her career for the good of the family.
Jonathan cast the chiding voice aside as Joshua, who had been waiting for him by his office, greeted him.
“Pastor Jonathan, things are looking great: ever increasing crowd; great reality show; more pastors inviting you to preach at their church meetings, conferences and so on. God is blessing.”
“He sure is,” Jonathan said as he unlocked his office door and invited Joshua in.
“You and your wife need to put on more scenes of conflict like you did for your last show. We had quite a number of visitors today and I believe that had something to do with the show. I eavesdropped on some of the conversations after church and those ladies loved it. As you know, conflict and drama is what it’s all about. When others see how you come through your conflict, it gives them hope for whatever they may be going through,” Joshua said.
“You’re right,” Jonathan said absentmindedly.
“Is everything alright, pastor? You seem depressed especially after preaching such a dynamic sermon.”
“Oh, nothing. Just thinking. How long is this contract with the Young Preachers Club show?”
“Six months. Are you ready to sign another one? That can be easily arranged,” Joshua said with a grin.
“Oh, no, no. Not yet. Six months is fine for the first time.”
“Well, I’m going to let you go. You look beat. Don’t forget you have another conference in about two weeks,” Joshua said.
“Thank you, Joshua. Keep up the good work you’re doing for the Lord.”
Drama. Conflict. Classy act. I wish that’s all it was. I’d do anything for a home-cooked meal right now, he thought as he parked in front of the Chinese food restaurant for the fourth time that week. I wonder what Monica and the children are up to. Separation. This is one thing I never thought would happen to our family.
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Mrs. Montague was surprised when she opened her front door to see her daughter and grandchildren standing before her. She was even more surprised when Monica left to go retrieve the suitcases from the van along with the children’s book bags.
“I know there’s an interesting story behind those suitcases,” she said after helping Monica place them in one of the bedrooms. “For you to drive six hours—just you and the children—and without calling ahead to let us know you were coming, I hope you have a valid explanation.”
The house phone rang while mother and daughter were preparing a late lunch and conversing.
“Hello . . . Yes, Jonathan, they made it in safely about thirty minutes ago . . . No, we haven’t had time to talk, but don’t worry, we’ll keep them here until you two smooth things out . . . I’ll have her give you a call later once they settle down. Bye. We love you,” Mrs. Montague said.
Sitting down to eat with the children, Monica related to her mother all that had been taking place. “I refuse to subject the children and myself to that. It’s an embarrassing show that does not glorify God at all.”
“Don’t you think you’re overreacting?” her mother said with a smile. “Seriously now. What’s wrong with him advertising the church via a television show like that? We ought to use every medium possible to share the Gospel. If he humbly stands for what he believes, it should be a success spiritually speaking.”
“Mother, I understand that. It’s just that every pastor who’s been on that show has made himself, his family, and thus the cause of Christ look foolish,” Monica said. “Even I have had some good laughs at their stupidity. It seems to me that their wives get caught up in the so-called ‘glory’ of being on television, but realize it is too late for them to pull out when it gets stale; so they put on an act to help save face. People are not stupid; you can tell some of them are not even into it. I’m not going to put myself or the children through that.”
Brother Montague was disappointed to hear that his daughter and Jonathan were having problems. “Are you sure it was just the show?”
“Well, there’s more to it,” Monica admitted. “It’s a building up of things. He’s trying to attract the younger crowd—our age group—so he’s watered down his sermons to attract them and to keep them.”
“Is he still emphasizing this speaking in tongues as evidence of salvation?” Brother Montague asked.
“Thank God he toned that down,” Monica said. “The deacons gave him a tongue-lashing about that along with some other things. They can tell him what to do; he just needs to listen.”
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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.