Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #339. Today we are reading chapter 30 of the novel “All the Bishop’s Children” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
Dwight marched into the house behind her.
“If you must know,” Rosalind said, “I traded in the car Mama Tess gave me. She said it was mine to do whatever I wanted to do with it. To add to that, I’ve been saving up some of the money you’ve been giving me. Mother gave me some money, and Eli gave me some money as well, and a friend gave me some.”
“So now you owe a whole lot of people money,” Dwight said.
“I already had planned on buying a car if I got a job so you don’t have to worry about how I’m going to finish paying for it. By the way, I started my first day today. I’ll be working a full eight hours each day except for Sundays.”
“Over my dead body,” Dwight said. “And just who is going to take care of the children while you’re gone? I hope you realize I am not going to let you put that burden on Mama Tess.”
“It will be no burden to her at all. I already spoke with Eva about it. She says she’ll help keep an eye on them for a few dollars,” Rosalind said. “She’ll be good to have around, especially with Mama Tess’ health failing as it is.”
“And just how do you plan on paying back your mother and brother and friend? I’m sure you plan on paying them back, right?” Dwight asked.
“I have already calculated it all out in my head,” Rosalind said. “I figured if I just got a job that brings in a certain amount and add that to the money you’ve been giving me, we won’t even notice the added expense. Plus, I don’t have to be in a hurry to pay Mother or Eli back. They’re family.”
“If you continue to buy things on the spur of the moment like that then we will be scraping for pennies, and you cannot keep borrowing money to buy stuff,” Dwight said leaning forward in his chair. “And this is not the first time you’ve done this. I told you if we can’t pay cash for it then we don’t need it. You are going to take that car back, and you’re going to quit that job. I did not tell you to do either of them. And what’s more important to you: getting a job and driving around in a new car that you’re still paying on and leaving your children with their grandmother who’s already weak in body, or being content with the car you already had, and staying home with your children as a mother should?”
“The children will be fine,” Rosalind said. “They know I love them, and they will appreciate me sacrificing to do this when they understand I am doing it so they will have a lot of things I did not have and could not have when I was growing up. You don’t want them to begin feeling inferior because their friends have new clothes and they have to wear hand-me-downs, do you?”
Dwight drew in a deep breath and let it out slowly.
“Getting a new car isn’t the only reason I got this job. I’ve always dreamed of having my own spacious house that I can fix up the way I want to with each of the children having their own rooms, plus a guest bedroom with its own bathroom,” Rosalind said. “I want all my dreams to come true.”
“The problem is, you’re dreaming over your head,” Dwight said. “It’s okay to dream, but your dreams must be based in reality. Here’s what I mean: we’re living here free of charge. Mama Tess already said the house is ours after she dies. It’s big enough. What more could you ask for? On top of that, she gave you her car. You just don’t appreciate what God blesses you with.”
“It’s not that I do not appreciate it. I would just like to have our own house that I can fix up and beautify the way I want to. In spite of what you think, this house it too small. Right now, the children are sharing a room. What are we going to do when they get bigger? Plus, this is not my dream house; I want a big two-story house with columns surrounded by a spacious yard, and instead of a picket fence, hedges surrounding it. Is anything wrong with that dream?” Rosalind said.
“I guess the next surprise you’re going to spring on me is telling me you bought a house, huh?” Dwight said.
“If you keep on jumping out there and making these huge purchases you’re sure enough going to put us in the poor house. We cannot have it all. Don’t you know that by now? Like I said, take the car back first thing tomorrow and get your money back, and don’t even turn up at the pharmacy. We are doing quite well without you getting a job.”
“I believe God wants us to have things,” Rosalind said.
“Oh, so now you’re presuming upon God,” Dwight said. “He wants us to do things the right way. As long as I am breathing and have my health and strength, we will always have a place to stay, there will always be food on the table, and we will have clothes to wear. It may not be fashionable, but it will cover us up.”
Rosalind shook her head and smiled. “I want to do more than cover up. My children are not going to go out of the house looking like who-dun-it.”
“Look, Rosalind. I’m making enough to take care of all our needs. We may not have too much of the extras of this life right now, but we can live honestly and not get into debt,” Dwight said. “Are you trying to say I can’t take care of my family?”
Rosalind chuckled. “I did not say anything about not living honestly, and neither did I say anything about going into debt. I have it all figured out, and you do not have to help me out with anything.”
“We’ll see,” Dwight said, eying his wife as she walked off toward the kitchen. “We’ll see. Just don’t come crying to me when you can’t finish paying for the car and they come and take it back. How did you even know there was an opening at the pharmacy?”
“If you’ll excuse me, I need to get something cooking.”
“See what I mean: this is the first day on your so-called job and we’re already eating late,” Dwight said. “The next thing you’re going to do is to come home complaining about how tired you are—too tired to even cook. I tell you the truth. You don’t need to bother going down to the pharmacy tomorrow; just call them in the early morning and tell them you can’t take the job. Do you hear me?”
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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.
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According to CBN News, As President Biden plans to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the year, some religious freedom watchdogs are sounding a warning about how Christians will face severe persecution once the U.S. military leaves the country, especially if the withdrawal is anything like the fiasco in Afghanistan. Rev. Johnnie Moore, the president of the Congress of Christian Leaders and a former commissioner for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, along with conservative host Glenn Beck are sending a warning to Christians in the Middle East. Beck shared part of Moore’s interview on Twitter where he asked Moore, “Should we be trying to convince those people…get out right now. Is this a time for a clarion call for all Christians in the Middle East?” Moore explained, “I’m always hesitant to say ‘Get out right now.’ But these are decisions for these people to make. But I’m telling you, if I were sitting there in northern Iraq, watching the exact same people in Washington, D.C. do the exact same thing with another country. And Glenn, everyone seems to have forgotten that Joe Biden said on July 27… just a few weeks ago that he wants all of the U.S. soldiers out of Iraq too, by the end of the year. So if I’m a Christian or Yazidi or another threatened community sitting in Iraq, yeah I would be getting out of there as quickly as I could. The fact of the matter is we could see it all over again,” Moore added. “But once this genie is out of the bottle, you thought ISIS was bad five or six years ago, you haven’t seen anything yet.”
According to PEOPLE magazine, A Detroit couple died within hours of each other earlier this week after contracting COVID-19. Their health issues began in mid-August, when Troy Green, 44, felt too unwell to go on a family trip to Florida, according to Fox 2 News. Two days after arriving in Florida, his wife Charletta, also 44, was hospitalized with COVID-19 — and Troy was hospitalized back home the following day. Troy’s sister, Tiki Green, told the outlet that the pair were unvaccinated, but had been considering getting the shot before they fell ill. While Troy’s health eventually seemed to improve, things took a turn after he learned of his wife’s worsening condition. “Her lungs were severely damaged and … they just couldn’t do any more for her,” Green told Fox 2 News. “When he realized that his wife, you know, maybe [was] not getting better, after he hears she’s on a ventilator and she’s on it 100 percent constantly, he just basically couldn’t take that. He just started having chest pains and eventually a couple of hours later he passed.” Troy died from a heart attack on Tuesday, hours after his wife died in Florida. The pair, childhood sweethearts who had been married for 22 years, leave behind seven children, the youngest of whom is 10 years old. A GoFundMe created to help cover funeral expenses has raised over $5,000 as of Friday.
According to CNN, Florida’s 1st District Court on Friday reinstated a stay on mask mandates in schools, blocking local school requirements for now, court documents show. Lawyers for Gov. Ron DeSantis filed the emergency appeal after a judge ruled on Wednesday that the state must stop its enforcement of a mask ban. The latest court ruling comes amid a showdown between the state and some local school districts that have insisted on requiring students to wear masks as Covid-19 infections surge. On August 27, Second Circuit Judge John Cooper ruled against DeSantis, allowing Florida schools to institute mask mandates while the case was appealed at a higher level. Cooper ruled that DeSantis had overreached when he issued an executive order in late July directing the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Department of Health to issue emergency rules giving parents a choice on whether their children should wear masks in class. The state threatened to withhold funding from districts that violated the order and required masks, but 13 Florida school districts have implemented mask mandates without a parental opt-out, in defiance of the governor. DeSantis tweeted he was not surprised by Friday’s ruling. “The 1st DCA has restored the right of parents to make the best decisions for their children. I will continue to fight for parents’ rights,” he added.
According to Mission Network News, Persecution is taking a toll in northern Nigeria. Pastors in Plateau state tell Morningstar News they’re burying church members on a near-daily basis. Twelve children were burned beyond recognition in the latest attack on a Christian village. Last month, Fulani herdsmen killed 36 believers between August 4 and August 28. “I’ve talked to leaders and they say, ‘We used to go out for a meeting and if we had to travel across the country, we would be fearing for our safety,'” Greg Musselman of Voice of the Martyrs Canada says. “Now they’re saying, ‘We’re fearful even in our own homes.'” Attacks like this often leave believers without food or shelter. Believers have suffered tremendously in the past 15 years. Islamic militant groups Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen are working together to purge Nigeria of Christians. According to persecution watchdog Open Doors, “more Christians are murdered for their faith in Nigeria than in any other country.” Nonetheless, hope remains. “It’s a difficult situation each and every day. They’re living under constant fear and threat. But it doesn’t stop believers from sharing the message of Jesus with their Muslim neighbors,” Musselman says. “They (Christians) feel so vulnerable, but in many cases, [believers say], ‘We’ve got nowhere else to go, our family is here. Their only hope is God, and [that He will] protect them. That’s how we need to be praying for them – that they don’t get overcome by fear, and they would be able to live peaceful lives.”
According to NBC News, Two teenagers were arrested Thursday after authorities said they plotted to commit a mass shooting at a Florida middle school. The 13- and 14-year-old boys were charged with conspiracy to commit a mass shooting after a student told a teacher that one of them had a gun in his backpack Wednesday at Harns Marsh Middle School in Lehigh Acres, about 15 miles east of Fort Myers, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said during a press conference. “This could have been the next Parkland massacre, but we stopped them in the planning stages,” Marceno said, referring to the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead. Marceno continued: “We were one second away from a Columbine here. I’m certain that my team of dedicated deputies and detectives acted promptly, investigated thoroughly and prevented a very violent and dangerous act from being carried out.” Investigators searched an eighth grader’s bag after they were tipped off, but did not find a gun, the sheriff’s office said. Instead deputies found a map of where the school’s security cameras were located. An investigation determined that the teens were allegedly studying the April 20, 1999, Columbine massacre that was planned by two troubled students who murdered a dozen classmates and a teacher before they killed themselves, Marceno said. Authorities also accused the teens of trying to learn how to construct pipe bombs and how to buy firearms off the black market. Deputies executed search warrants at both students’ homes and found a gun and several knives, according to the sheriff’s office.
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Over 100 students walked out of their Friday morning classes at Colleyville Heritage High School to show their support of James Whitfield, the high school’s first Black principal who was placed on paid administrative leave last month. They want answers from school administrators as to why Whitfield is on leave. Students carried signs and wrote “We stand with Dr. Whitfield” in chalk on the sidewalks at the high school. They also marched around the school chanting, “Dr. Whitfield’s here to stay.” Sunehra Chowdhury, a senior at Colleyville Heritage who helped organize the walkout, said she and other students are not backing down or giving up on supporting Whitfield. She said the school board has contributed to the criticism and hostility toward Whitfield and his family. At issue are claims that Whitfield introduced critical race theory to Colleyville Heritage, which Whitfield has denied. Whitfield could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon. However, Whitfield retweeted his attorney David Henderson who told WFAA that the superintendent will recommend during Monday’s board meeting that the principal’s contract should not be renewed.
According to the New York Daily News, An initial cause of death has been determined for the 6-year-old girl who died Sunday night at a Glenwood Springs, Colo., adventure park. The girl, identified Wednesday as Wongel Estifano, suffered “multiple blunt force injuries” on the Haunted Mine Drop ride at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, according to the Garfield County Coroner’s Office. Officials have still not revealed how the girl sustained the injuries or what happened on the ride. Glenwood Caverns employees performed first aid until paramedics from the Glenwood Springs Fire Department arrived at the park and pronounced the girl, who had been on vacation with her family from Colorado Springs, dead. A family friend wrote on a GoFundMe page, “Wongel was a beautiful, caring, and cheerful girl who loves Jesus so much for a 6 year old girl. Her life was cut short in this tragic accident.” The park, which was originally supposed to reopen Wednesday, will now be closed until at least Friday.
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In closing, remember, God loves you. He always has and He always will. 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.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
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