Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #326. Today we are reading chapter 17 of the novel “All the Bishop’s Children” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
Ketura Dunbar drove home in deep thought after the meeting. Maybe they are right. Maybe they do need to hear from me as the pastor’s wife or some other female on Sunday mornings. It shouldn’t take much. I don’t know if Robert’s going to go for that. He’s kind of old-fashioned.
“Robert, I’m home,” Ketura said as she entered the front door of their house.
“Hey, Ket. How’d everything go?” her husband asked.
“Are you sure there was no problem? You sound kind of hesitant.”
“Robert, you ask me that after every meeting. Why would there be a problem?” Ketura asked.
“You know how it can be sometimes when a group of women get together,” her husband said, “especially when they lose focus on why they are meeting.”
“One thing did come up,” Ketura said. “There was a unanimous vote for me to say a word from the Lord from the pulpit to the women on Sunday mornings.”
“Oh, really? And what was your response?”
“I just listened to what they had to say. They spoke as if I was not even in the room.”
“Did they want this word from the Lord for women before or after the worship hour?”
“During,” Ketura said.
“How much word did they want you to say?” her husband asked. “And who brought this up? Because I know it wasn’t you.”
“They just want me to give an encouraging word from the Lord to the women being that many who come on Sunday mornings cannot make it out on Tuesdays when we have our regular meetings or on Wednesdays for prayer.”
“Who brought this to your attention?”
“Rosalind first asked me. I guess she mentioned it to a few others. That was the main thing we discussed tonight,” Ketura said.
“I should have known,” Robert said. “Are you going to go along with the majority?”
“Well, to be honest with you, I don’t see anything wrong with it. I probably won’t be the one to give the word though; you know how nervous I get when I stand before a crowd,” Ketura said. “Rosalind did say she was more than willing to speak to the ladies.”
“I see. Did anyone else offer to step into that position?” her husband asked.
“Rosalind kind of suggested Tammi. She’s very articulate. Has good brain to mouth connection. Tammi never said she would take that position, though; then again, she never said she wouldn’t take it either,” Ketura said.
“I see,” her husband said.
“It seems to me they may have already been discussing it among themselves. I may be wrong so don’t hold me to that,” Ketura said. “Anyway, I think you should give us about five minutes each Sunday, not counting when we read the announcements and welcome the visitors.”
“You can have seven minutes if you’re the one giving the Word to the women because I know you’ll do exactly as I tell you. But as you indicated, you are not ready for anything like that. And as I shared with you, I have plans for a great women’s ministry starting at the beginning of next year,” Robert said. “As I think about it, I don’t know where we have gotten the notion that the pastor’s wife must be the one to speak to the women, the pastor’s wife must head the women’s ministry, or sing the special song, or read the announcements and welcome the visitors. I just want you to be my wife and that is all I want you to be.”
“I’m satisfied being just that,” Ketura said.
“I never told you this, but I have being wondering why Rosalind comes to our church every Sunday and has been coming here for some months now, but her husband only comes on second and fourth Sundays. I’ve asked myself: What’s up with that? Especially since he does not have a Sunday job. I did my own investigation and I talked with Pastor Helton at Mt. Providence Baptist where Dwight attends church the other two Sundays. Pastor Helton says Dwight is a good man, but his wife is the domineering type. He lets her have the last word. Because she refuses to go to church at Mt. Providence with her husband, it seems he has compromised and now he is split between two churches. It’s only a matter of time before he leaves Mt. Providence altogether. You watch and see.”
“I didn’t know all that,” Ketura said.
“A lot of things you don’t know. Remember she said she used to go to St. Paul Apostolic Church up in New York with Apostle Relick. We worshipped there a couple times a few years back when we’d go up to New York. Remember I told you that what turned me off from attending that church whenever we go up to New York was the women taking up much of the worship time talking, sometimes about nothing—getting all emotional and bordering on confusion. I cannot have all that confusion and playing on people’s emotions in my church. We are strictly a Word church and as long as I am overseer, we will remain a Word church.”
“I wondered why the name St. Paul Apostolic sounded so familiar,” Ketura said.
“Another thing that she’s been doing is this—and don’t you mention a word of this to anyone—and that is, the two Sundays her husband doesn’t come, she pays one of the teenagers to keep her children in another room during the services. She does that on Wednesdays also.”
“Oh, my soul!” Ketura said.
“I know because one Sunday I asked Tay-Lyn, why she had Rosalind’s children while services were going on and she told me. I left the matter alone, at least for right now. And that’s only because Tay-Lyn says Rosalind pays her a little money which is a help to her grandmother. Her grandmother is barely making ends meet having to take care of all her grandchildren. I am thinking of confronting Rosalind about it, though.”
“I’ve never really paid any attention to what she does,” Ketura said. “I’ve only noticed she has her children along with her husband when I do see them. I just don’t think about it when I see her by herself.”
“Well you’d better think about it and pay closer attention to what’s going on with the people of the church—especially the women,” her husband said.
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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:
- 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.
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May God bless you until next time.