Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #158. Today we are reading chapter 50 of the novel “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop III” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.” – Proverbs 11:2
On the return trip home to Oklahoma, Jonathan expressed his wish to Deacon Travis and Joshua. “If you all don’t mind, could we take a detour through Dallas and stop by my in-laws so I can pick my wife and children up?”
“Sure,” Deacon Travis said.
“I’m thinking of staying for a day or two, then we’ll drive up in our van so you all don’t have to wait on me,” Jonathan said.
Monica was surprised to see her husband as was everyone else.
“What happened to you at the meeting? You were dead. You sounded like you were searching your way through, trying to pick the right words; it was choppy,” Monica said once they were alone.
“You’re right; it was choppy. I feel choppy right now. Monica, we can’t go on like this. The marriage. The children. The church. The ladies are beginning to ask when will you be back. They really miss you. I really miss you. I stopped by to take you home,” Jonathan said.
As much as Monica wanted to rush into his arms and say “Yes, yes, I’ll come home with you,” she restrained herself. “Have you been released from the contract yet?” she asked.
“Joshua’s working on it. Can’t you ride back with me while he works on it? Look at what’s at stake?” Jonathan said.
Jonathan spent the night with plans to pull out early the next morning and drive the family van back to Oklahoma City. While kissing the children good bye his cell phone rang. It was Carmen.
“Pastor Jonathan, sorry to disturb you, but I was checking the church’s emails and there’s a rather disturbing email. It was sent to the church family, I believe. I know you’re probably on your way back from the conference, but I felt you should know right away.”
Using his wife’s laptop, he checked the email. It read:
Dear Ninth Street Church Family,
Some of you may have been wondering how long First Lady Monica Reynolds is going to be away on her so-called vacation. Her and her husband, Pastor Jonathan Reynolds, are on the verge of getting a divorce. Her so-called needed vacation is a cover-up. Give them another week or so and he’ll be bringing it to your attention; that is, if it’s not confirmed by others before then.
A Concerned Former Member
“Now who would do such a thing as that?” Monica said more to herself after Jonathan showed her the email.
Jonathan shrugged his shoulders. “I do not know what’s going on,” he said as they shared the email with his in-laws.
“One thing I do know,” Mother Montague said, “and that is, you two need to get yourselves together and get back together. That is the only thing that is going to squelch this. We’ll keep the children for you.”
Monica hurried upstairs to pack her things.
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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.