Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #389. Today we are reading chapter 29 of the novel “All the Bishop’s Children Book 2” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“So you’re big time now,” Speedy said to DJ as they rode the bus to school. “Done gone and got you a job making your own money. What are you going to do next? Get you a car?”
“Yep. That’s my plan,” DJ said. “That way I can come and go as I please and I do not have to wait to borrow somebody else’s car.”
“Do you know how long you’d have to work to save up enough to buy a car,” Speedy said. “My parents are still paying on the two cars they have had for the past two years and both of them are working.”
“Well, you the Bishop’s son. You shouldn’t have to work to get a car. The church should buy you a car or anything else you need,” Slow Poke Pete said.
“That’s right. Don’t Bishop Jacobs make enough money?” Ryan said.
“To live in a big house like that he’d better be getting paid big money from the church,” Speedy said. He then laughed. “I don’t know why you even got a job at Sonic. You ought to be sitting at your father’s feet receiving instruction on how to be a preacher.”
“Over my dead body,” DJ said.
“Over your live body,” Speedy said laughing even more. “You’re going to be a preacher like your father.”
“Says who?” DJ said taking on a more serious tone.
“Says me. I see it in the stars. I read it in the horoscope this morning,” Speedy said waving his hands while chanting: “Fellow students, meet the next bishop of Love and Peace Holiness Church, Bishop Dwight Jacobs Jr., known to his classmates as DJ.”
“Cut that out, Speedy,” DJ said.
“He is the spitting image of his father. He cannot deny it. No one can deny it. And I, Speedy Mitchell, predicts it.”
“Cut it out, man,” DJ said.
“We gonna start calling you ‘Young Bishop Jacobs’,” Slow Poke Pete said
“Young Bishop Jacobs. Young Bishop Jacobs,” Speedy chanted.
Slow Poke Pete and Ryan picked up the chant as did a few others who had overheard their conversation.
“Over my dead body!” DJ shouted. “I’ll tell you what my life job will be: I’ll be driving the bus to hell!”
“Whoa! That’s bad,” Speedy said as the chanting subsided.
DJ settled back in his seat. So how do you like me now, he thought. There is no way I’m going to be identified with Dwight Kensington Jacobs, Bishop of Love and Peace Apostolic Holiness Church.
DJ found favor in the eyes of his manager within a few months. When the manager had to make a quick errand run, he would ask DJ to oversee things at the restaurant. He even allowed DJ to use his car to pick up some supplies from the supply store every now and then or to drive to the other Sonic across town to make sure things were running well.
Dwight came in late one evening to the sound of loud music and laughter coming from DJ’s room. He pushed the door open to see DJ reclining on his bed with his eyes glued to the television which was turned up louder than necessary. Accompanying the noise from the television was a small stereo in which a record was playing. He reached over and turned the stereo off, then the television.
“Are you trying to go deaf? And do you know what time it is?” he said.
“Hey, Dad,” DJ said.
“You know I do not want that loud music in here. And certainly not that type of music. How in the world can you watch television and listen to whatever it is you were listening to at the same time?”
“There’s an art to it,” DJ said with a grin.
Dwight shook his head from side to side. “Be considerate of your siblings and the neighbors. I’m sure you are disturbing them. And I’d like some peace and quiet now that I am home.”
“Okay, Dad. I’ll keep it quiet.”
“My generation did not play all this loud unintelligent music when we were your age. The loudest we got was making a joyful noise unto the Lord in church on Sunday mornings,” Dwight said. “That’s why I still have my hearing.”
My generation cannot understand all that loud confusing noise you all make in the church every Sunday, DJ thought of saying. He chuckled instead. “Okay, Dad. I need to be going to bed anyway. Hey, Dad, may I please use your car tomorrow?”
“Don’t you have to work tomorrow after school?”
“Well, I was thinking I could use it to drive myself to work and back. That way you won’t have to get up out of your easy chair and come pick me up. I’m sure you would rather rest after putting in a hard day’s work taking care of the church folks.”
“Cousin Ella let me . . .”
“Finish your statement,” Dwight said.
“Cousin Ella’s been letting me use her car some Saturdays,” DJ said.
“How long were you planning on keeping that a secret?”
“I wasn’t trying to hide it. She kind of made the offer so I accepted it,” DJ said.
“I really don’t like you driving someone else’s car. But we’ll see about you using mine,” Dwight 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:
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 GospelLightSociety.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.