Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #249. Today we are reading chapter 19 of the novel “I Need Someone to Pray with Me” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
On Friday evening, Kelvin was hurrying to another party at Corey’s house.
“Are you sure you don’t want to join us?” he asked Alphonse. “The last party was off the chain. The deejay was really throwing down.”
“No, man,” Alphonse said. “The things I used to do, I don’t do any more. The songs I used to sing, I don’t sing any more. My song now is ‘Jesus Saves’.”
Kelvin waved his hand, indicating he didn’t want to hear anymore.“All right, you’re sounding just like one of those preachers now. I hear you,” he said.
“Seriously though, Kelvin, the Bible says to avoid the appearance of evil, and as a follower of Christ, I have to stay away from that which looks evil,” Alphonse said.
“Aw, come on. You’ve been to our parties before,” Kelvin said. “Nothing really evil goes on—some music, some beer, a little dancing, a whole lot of talking, and you might even get hooked up with a fine sister, like I did last time with Keron.”
Alphonse shook his head. “Let me pray with you before you take off,” he offered.
Kelvin reluctantly bowed his head as Alphonse prayed for God’s protection over them both and for Kelvin to one day turn his life over to the Lord.
After picking Keron up, Kelvin headed for Corey’s house.
“Where is the Reporter?” CJ asked when they arrived. “Still at church?”
“No, he’s at his apartment. He’s already been to church and back,” Kelvin said.
“I see you have Keron with you tonight,” CJ said. “I thought you were with Simone?”
“Nah, she got religion, too. Same as Alphonse. We had to go our separate ways.”
“Aw, man,” CJ said. “She was a good person. Well, anyway, let me introduce you to someone.”
Just then, someone called out to Kelvin from across the room. It was Billy Jr. “Kelvin, good to see you,” he said. “I thought you’d never make it. Let’s go, CJ.”
Billy Jr. led Kelvin and CJ into a hazy, smoke-filled room. With the smoke and the low lighting, Kelvin could hardly make out who else was in the room, but he figured it was about a dozen people. CJ introduced him to someone standing by a long table that ran along the wall. He had a syringe poised, ready to prick his arm.
“Kelvin, this is Roger,” CJ said.
“You’re the Roger I met in the parking lot at Billy Jr.’s Bar-B-Q, right? You were there with my friend, Aubrey.”
“That was me,” Roger agreed. “It’s good to see you again. Want a shot of this? There’s plenty.”
“Naw, man. I don’t do drugs,” Kelvin said.
After chatting with Roger for a few minutes and grabbing a cold drink afterwards, Kelvin returned to the main room to see another man with his arm around Keron’s shoulders. Now, Simone would have never let that happen, he thought as he quickly walked over to them.
“What’s going on here? This is my girl, man.”
“Sorry, bro. I thought she was alone. She never let on,” the man said, backing away.
“Well, now you know,” Kelvin snapped, taking Keron firmly by the arm and leading her over to an open window. “Look, when you’re with me, you show me some respect. I don’t want you all up in other men’s faces. You got that?”
“Mmm. Jealous, huh? Or are you just insecure?” Keron smirked.
“Neither,” Kelvin said, then added, “Simone would never have done that.”
“You’re here with me and not Simone. And if she’s so good, why aren’t you still with her? You need to make up your mind. What’s it going to be: me or her?” Without giving him a chance to answer, Keron continued, “I don’t know what you’re here for, but I’m here to party and that means getting down with whoever will get down with me.” Keron strutted off and disappeared onto the dance floor.
Kelvin returned to the smoke-filled room. Roger was now rolling a marijuana joint. It disturbed Kelvin that Roger, who was a friend of Aubrey, was doing drugs.
“You may want to go light on that, Roger. I know Aubrey wouldn’t approve.”
“Oh, yeah? And just what do you know about Aubrey?”
“She and my girl, Simone, hang out together. She’s a good person,” Kelvin replied.
“That’s what you know, huh?”
Kelvin ignored Roger’s abruptness. “Everything’s cool with me and her. Me and the boys used to hang out with her husband before he died.”
“Well, you stay away from her and you and I will get along just fine,” Roger said, taking a huge puff on the joint and blowing the smoke out between his teeth.
When Kelvin returned to the kitchen for a beer and some potato chips, he caught sight of Keron staggering drunkenly from the dance floor to the front porch. Even though she had disrespected him, he felt bad having to watch her embarrass herself throughout the night. When it was time to leave, he thought of letting her catch a ride with someone else, but decided against it. He had to almost drag her to the car.
“You are stone-drunk, Keron,” he said, securing the seat-belt around her. “You shouldn’t have drunk all that alcohol if you knew you couldn’t handle it.”
“I can handle it,” Keron slurred as her head flopped back against the headrest.
“You think you can. You’ve been embarrassing yourself all evening. I don’t even want to be seen with you anymore,” Kelvin said. “Simone has never done that to me and she never would.”
“S-Simone, S-Simone. That’s-s all you ever talk about. Who’s-s she again?”
“Oh, shut up,” Kelvin said. I don’t know why I even bothered with you.
As he drove to Keron’s house, he thought of how things between him and Simone had come to an end. I really miss her. She was the best thing that ever happened to me.
While he was deep in thought, Keron turned uneasily in her seat. A low moan escaped her lips. Without warning, she reached over and grabbed the steering wheel, yanking it to the right.
“Whoa!” Kelvin shouted as the car skidded, nearly making a complete U-turn. A couple waiting at the corner to cross the street scrambled to get out of the way.
“My soul!” Kelvin cried out. The side of his vehicle scraped an oncoming car as he finally regained control of the vehicle. “Are you trying to get us killed?”
Keron reached for the steering wheel again, but Kelvin blocked her arm. “You’re going the wrong way,” Keron slurred.
“I’ll be glad when you get home,” he said, “if we can make it there in one piece.”
Kelvin managed to get Keron safely into her apartment. After locking the door behind him, he headed for his place. He thought about Alphonse praying for God to keep him safe just before he had left for the party. Maybe God had answered Alphonse’s prayer and kept him from what could have been a serious accident.
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:
- 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.”
- Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
- 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.”
- 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.”
- 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.”
- 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.