Katrina Pelt, the daughter of a pastor was bright and well educated according to her friends, at the university she attended. Many knew her as, a lively individual quick with a smile. Who had a three year old daughter , but hardly hear her talked about her parents?
Many felt she had her reasons, and after all it wasn’t any of their business. If she did or didn’t. While the community knew Pastor Nathaniel Eric,Pelt, as being the senior pastor, of Good Faith Community Worship Center. Along with the their first Lady Joyce Diana Pelt.
They were known to help anyone in need by being good shepherds, of the Lord. What they didn’t know when he spoke of loving your neighbor, as you love God? This wasn’t something he practice concerning his eldest child. Like many ministers kids ,commonly called “preachers kids” they are held to certain standards. Which is another word for don’t embarrass the pastor.
While Nathaniel Eric, Pelt Junior, was obedience of the words, of his father. He felt that his eldest child was in the world just because she got pregnant, at seventeen. Which goes against the grain of bringing life into the world without marriage in the picture.
If, it wasn’t for the love, of her grandmother Emma Anna, Pelt. Katrina might have had put education on the back burner. But they motivated each other to succeed, where others would have failed to adjust? When Katrina Pelt was kicked from her father’s house. It was her grandmother to her rescue.
She try many ways to get her stubborn son to direct his hurt into other direction to heal his heart. But, it was to no avail because he were concern about image before his community and worshipers. Even, when church members asked about his eldest. He smile and say things with her was fine. Least with him they were fine or so it seems.
Like many in the pulpit. Who pretends? Nathaniel Pelt, was no different. They preach the message for others to follow but don’t themselves adhere to the word. Especially in their own family. Who needs love, kindness and understanding?
Sunday, at Good Faith Community Worship Center, a visiting minister is their to pay honor to their pastor. A friend, he attended seminary school with, as a student. He’s Apostle Robinson Jones, a dynamic messenger of the scriptures. Who address all his sermons , on the subject love?
To him there’s nothing else to speak about if love isn’t in God’s house. He wrote a book called God Is Love, So, Why Aren’t We? Which has had him traveling to many congregation with this message. Except, he was invited not by Nathaniel Pelt, but by the first lady, of his church.Who quietly keep in touch with her first born?
It was she, who wanted Apostle Robinson Jones, personally to be the lead ministers honoring her husband. While, he didn’t know her motive he figure there must be a reason. When he arrived and only see half, of his friend’s family present.
This man of God didn’t need to get into why? Because in his sermons, he brings out stories for people to think about. He greets, the leadership, of Good Faith, and visit his friend. While congratulating him for being the messenger, of God’s word for thirty years.
He’s personally led to the pulpit, from the pastor’s office, by Nathaniel Pelt personally. Instead, by others, assigned to operate in this capacity. He’s giving, a great introduction by his friend and senior pastor, of Good Faith Community Worship Center.
“This brother in Christ and I , goes back many years.” He speaks , to his members and invited guests, about the many days they study the scriptures and attended classes together. While drawing laughter from the congregation. Listening to Nathaniel Pelt speak, you would think he was living the faith he addressing.
“So, with no further delay..here’s my friend in Christ, Apostle of Bright Light Worship Church, Robinson Jones. Who greet the congregation with “Peace Be Unto You Saints?” He follow up on his relationship with the senior pastor, of Good Faith Community Church.
“Your Pastor, and I have travel many journeys and path in teaching the word, of the Lord.” He preach to the members, who seems amused by his stories about their minister. Then , he gets serious with his message of Love.
“Saints, I’m not going to keep you long..but, I’m going to teach a message that’s going to hit some of you close to home.” He states, while looking over the congregation. He extorts that those, who know him knows the path his messages usually follow. He advises them with humor and directness.
“Children of God, turn your bible to Matthew and Chapter Seven.” Which they proceed to do even advising those without one to join up with someone. Because the words has a major message within it to learn from. Even saying, if God were speaking wouldn’t no one forgotten their bible.
“We got to do better Saints?” “We have got to get connected to our Lord and Savior through his word.” The dynamic Apostle harshly address the church members. After asking, if they have found the assigned scriptures. He hear an agreed “Amen”, from them.
“Friends, we see the first line states, Judge not, that ye be not judged!” He repeats the line once more to the members, of Good Faith Community church. And looks directly at his close friend Minister Nathaniel Pelt, who even sense the message is concerning him.
“You see, what it say next in verse two…that what judgment ye judge. ye shall be judged!!” His tone rises in delivery. And with, what measure ye measure..it shall be measured again accordingly.” He goes into his subject. of loving those that needs it the most.
“How can I be, a man in Christ trying to educate you. If God , knows I’m not following his rules, of commandments?” He preach again looking, at his friend and pastor seated behind him. “I can’t !” He states loudly over the microphone system in the church.
“We have leaders, in church picking around the requirement the Lord, words dictates that we must follow. We personally is going to have some of our own children’s make human mistakes.” Which the congregation agree completely with.
“Being the child of , a preacher carry burdens that they never asked for. We assign it to them expecting no mistakes to be made.” He preach seriously to the Good Faith ministry. “But saints…our children’s human too and like many , of us fall into making bad decisions.” He speaks, as he look in the direction, of Reverend Pelt.
“If God is Love, than that must be seen in all of us.” He advise the members, he has more to address but think his message was heard by those willing to listen to the message within his sermon. He thanks the saints for their time and patience. Especially inviting him to speak, at their pastor’s anniversary.
At the podium stands the man of honor. The minister of Good Faith Community Worship Center, the honorable Nathaniel Eric, Pelt. Who thanks his long time friend in Christ? Who evidently left his message in the heart, of Reverend Pelt. Who sincerely touched, by what was said on this special occasion.
“Saints, I need to address you with my mistakes about judging.” Minister Pelt preach to his members, about his relationship with his eldest child. Who he quick speaking too because she became pregnant and wasn’t marry?
“Don’t get me wrong..I’m not forsaking the belief in marriage. It’s a foundation founded , on the words, of God. But, I forsake my child not because , of the word. But under the impression that she wasn’t marry and it would reflect on my status, as your leader, of Good Faith.”
Tears rises in his eyes. Tears rises in the congregation eyes. He see tears, within his wife eyes, who stood by his decision which sometimes led to disagreements? But, on his mother Emma Ann, Pelt, he see a wide smile , of a mother. Who’s very proud of her son , at the moment?
He see his eldest daughter seated next to his mother and ask her to come to the pulpit. While they were estranged she never stop going to the church that was pastor-ed, by her father.
“Faithful, she was when I was walking blind in faith..just pretending. Church I ask for your forgiveness as I, also ask my lovely daughter to forgive me.” He states to Katrina Pelt, who reach out for a warm and lovely hug , from the father she has been missing?
Many preachers wouldn’t be brave enough to admit mistakes, of their personal making. But, minister Nathaniel Pelt learned, a lesson from Apostle Jones. Who accepted the invitation to speak at Good Faith, while hoping his lesson, of love would hit home with his friend?
If home is, where the heart is? Then all churches should be trying to live it within the house, of God.