Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #348. Today we are reading chapter 39 of the novel “All the Bishop’s Children” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
Apostle Morton waited for Dwight to digest the news. Dwight gladly accepted the offer but with some internal reservations. I just don’t see how Apostle Dunbar could even recommend me what with my wife almost ruining his church. I wonder has he said anything to Apostle Morton?
“You’re probably thinking you may have to discuss it with your wife and get her opinion and all that before you fully come on board. But here’s what I believe: I believe when God calls a man, that man does not need to have his wife’s endorsement. If the wife has her heart right, she will go right ahead and fall in place, after all, she’s supposed to be a help-meet and not the final decider.” Apostle Morton said. “Is that not right?”
Those final words solidified everything for Dwight thus setting his mind at ease. “That’s alright with me,” he said.
“That’s why I want you to worship with us tomorrow. I’ll be announcing your acceptance to the church family,” Apostle Morton said. “You don’t know this, but I spoke with your pastor, Rev. Ezra Helton at Mt. Providence Baptist, and he says that you’re one of those members he would hate to see leave.”
“It’s only by the grace of God he can say that because I say with Paul: I am what I am by the grace of God,” Dwight said.
The New Hope Apostolic Holiness Church family received Dwight Kensington Jacobs with a standing ovation coupled with resounding Amens and applause. Mother Randall was elated. “Dwight, I’m so happy you took the call. Apostle Morton shared with me he had you in mind and I just prayed and I just prayed that you would see it as God’s will for you and Rosalind and the children. He asked me how you were as a son-in-law. I had nothing but good words to say about you. Then he asked me about Rosalind. Well, you know she being my daughter, I didn’t want her or myself to look bad, so I told him she had her issues as all of us do but that she’ll be an asset to you as she’s a leader. Ooo! I’m so happy. And to think you all will be living closer to me.”
Dwight let his mother-in-law ramble on as it was warranted this time.
Rosalind almost lost control of herself. “I’ve been claiming it for years now. You’ve finally seen the light. Oh, praise the Lord! New Hope, here we come. First Lady Rosalind Kezia Randall-Jacobs has a certain ring to it. Doesn’t it?” Rosalind said to her mother and to Mama Tess. “You just wait until I tell Tammi and Coralee and the others as soon as we get back. They are going to be shocked.”
“There’s no need for you to go rubbing it in,” Dwight said. “Let them hear from someone else.”
“He’s right,” Mama Tess said
“Wait till I tell Ketura,” Rosalind said seemingly unaware of her mother-in-law’s words.
“Ketura already knows as does Apostle Dunbar. In fact, Apostle Dunbar gave his full endorsement despite what you did to him,” Dwight said. “I’m just keeping it real.”
Rosalind fell quiet and turned her mind in another direction. The things I will do with this church. Renovations, especially to the auditorium. We’re going to have the biggest, most beautiful church in this town—even bigger than First Baptist Church. Ladies, we’re going to soar high and wide. We buy that lot next to us and move the parking over there we’ll have room to expand our building. We’ll have a rich color scheme. Burgundy, royal blue, or crimson red. The first thing we’ll do is change the name of the church.
Dwight was in the pulpit at the New Hope Apostolic Holiness Church as its new overseer a month later.
“Just look at that sign,” Rosalind said beaming as they pulled up into the parking lot. “The Reverend Apostle Bishop Dwight Jacobs. It certainly has a ring to it.”
“I don’t see any ‘Reverend Apostle Bishop’,” Dwight said.
“Oh, it will be there before the week is over with,” Rosalind said.
“As you already know, a title means nothing to me. All I want is ‘Bishop’ before my name. The other titles you have to earn and that comes after years of preaching,” Dwight said. “Apostle Morton and I have already discussed the name change, so leave it as it is.”
Rosalind smiled as they climbed out of her car. “Another thing is, we have to get you a newer model car, one that fits your new status.”
“And get us into more debt,” Dwight said.
“Apostle Morton has him a new car.”
“That’s because he’s earned it. After almost forty years of faithfully serving the Lord in this location, what do you expect? He deserves everything: new house, new car, new clothes. He’s earned whatever new thing he gets,” Dwight was quick to say.
“A church of this size is doing well financially, I’m sure,” Rosalind said.
“In case you’re thinking you have a lot in this, I’d advise you to slow that thinking down because you’re just my wife—supposed to be my help meet. Right now, I’m the only one who’s been called to preach,” Dwight kindly reminded his wife as he headed to his office to look over his sermon.
The Lord allowed Mama Tess to bask in her son’s glory for two more months. She passed away in her sleep. By the grace of God, Dwight kept his composure as he delivered the eulogy.
“This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do as I feel I have just lost my best friend. But I am glad she lived to see me answer God’s call on my life. Mama Tess, as we affectionately call her, was always talking about God’s love. She would want me to tell you that you can only experience God’s love if you come to Him through Jesus Christ, so come to God right now.”
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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.