It is this author's contention that God has several principles, which if followed can lead to success either in business or in life itself. He further contends that although many of these same principles may be found among the motivational speakers and thinkers of today, that they were originally derived from Holy Scripture, whether or not these modern spokespersons are aware of it. He points to Jesus' teachings on the growth and inclusiveness of the kingdom to show that not everyone who preaches or practices Kingdom principles will be found to be in the Kingdom at the end. The seventeen chapters of this book contain seventeen articles relating to seventeen of these principles with quotable quotes and examples from the author's novel, Of Such Is The Kingdom, A novel of Biblical Times. For a list of the principles included in this work, check the Table of Contents.
I, was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on June 8, 1943 to a Christian family and accepted Jesus at an early age. In Jr. High School, I became interested in writing and drama. I wrote poems, articles and a few short stories, and plays. In college, I won second prize in a contest with a Biblical short story, which now forms part of my first novel, “Of Such Is The Kingdom, A novel of the Christ and the Roman Empire,” published in 2003.
In 2010, I wrote the sequel, “Of Such Is the Kingdom, Part III,
Power and Persecution, A Novel of the early Church and the Roman Empire.”
I also wrote a Sci-fi novel, “Impossible Journey, A Tale of Times and Truth” and a non-fiction book, “Principles of the Kingdom."
I graduated from Clearwater Christian College in 1970 with a B.A. degree in Bible-Literature, and from Biblical School of Theology in 1974 with a M. Div. Ordained in November, 1974, I served as assistant pastor/Bible teacher in several churches. I also served in a foreign-student ministry, where I met my wife, Berenice Carett from Venezuela.
In 2014 I wrote an American historical novel, called "The Christmas Victory."
I offer here a final excerpt from Chapter 3 ("The Greatest Love and Self-Image") of my Biblical self-help book. This excerpt actually covers some of what I included in the previous excerpt, but, I extended it to the end of the chapter. I could have started it with the 2nd paragraph, but I wanted those who may have missed the last one to understand the context, as the second paragraph in this excerpt relates only to those who are redeemed as represented by the little boy's boat. That may be enough to raise some of your curiosity. The 2nd paragraph is talking about sanctification and Spiritual gifts. Then, finally, I cover 5 steps to bring our self-image in line with the Word of God..
Principles of the Kingdom (God's Success Principles)
We are of great value both because of our creation and also because of the price paid for our redemption. There is an old story which illustrates this perfectly. A Young boy made a beautiful toy sailboat and took it to a lake to sail, but a gust of wind blew the boat out into the lake. The boat was lost. Several weeks later, the boy saw his sailboat in the window of a toy store. When he asked for his boat, the store owner said, “I own the sailboat now. If you want it you will have to buy it back.” The boy sold all he had to buy back his boat. After paying the store owner, the boy took his boat to his heart and said, ”Little boat, you are twice mine. I made you and now I brought you.” Like that little boat, believers are twice the LORD’s. He made us but we wandered away from Him, so, He bought us back with the blood of His only beloved son, Jesus, who died a criminal’s death on a cruel Roman cross for our sin. (He had NO sin of His own but took ours upon Him.) It is the desire of my heart that you would know how great God‘s love is for you, and that you would receive His unspeakable gift by asking Him to be your Savior and Lord. The Bible says in Romans 5:8 that “God commended His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.” And in John 3:16, Jesus says, “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him might not perish but have everlasting life.” The preposition in the original Greek is “into.” (“Whoever believes into him”). It doesn’t make much sense in English, but it shows that it’s talking about more than just a head belief—more than just believing that Jesus lived, or even that He was God’s son. It goes a step further. It means placing the full weight of your confidence and trust in him (the way you do a chair when you sit down.) The last part of that verse gives the assurance that if you do that, you “shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” That‘s life which begins here and now, and is also what He referred to in the 10th chapter of John as “life more abundant.” Once we accept God‘s great gift of salvation through His Son, He accepts us and we become His dear children (John 1:12). That should do something for the old self-image. Think of it—to be a son of the Most High God. And this is where the road to real success begins. The apostle, John, writing to new believers, says in I John 3:2: “Beloved now are we the Sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be.” Paul tells us that we are “predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son.” (Rom.8:29). That‘s a process which happens in the spiritual realm no matter what we do and whether we‘re aware of it or not. You may say .I don‘t feel like a son of God.. That doesn‘t change the fact that you are one. Then there‘s the matter of the Spiritual gifts God endows us with. In Rom.12:3, when Paul that we should not “think too highly of ourselves,” I believe he may also have had in mind the opposite—thinking too lowly. His answer is to “think soberly according as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith.” So how can we bring our self-image in line with the Word of God? I offer the following 5 steps: 1) Understand the source of your self-image. The image you have today exists because of the experiences of the past and not necessarily from God. To refer again to the example from my novel, Of Such Is The Kingdom, Pontius Pilate didn‘t even know God, but it is clear that his low self-image and poor self-esteem came from his past, as he is always referring back to what he did wrong in the past (e.g., p.35-38). The experiences of the past have not made you the way you are, but have made you believe you are the way you are, and it is the believing that made you indeed the way you are. By 14 years old most of us have a well-developed sense of inferiority. But, once we identify the source, we need not dwell on it. Part of Paul‘s goal in Philippians 3:13 was “forgetting those things which are behind.” 2) Believe your self-image can and will be changed. (In the novel, Pilate‘s wife was always trying to change his.) You are not locked in. In fact, God is at work in you every day to make you into the image of His dear Son (Phil.1:6; Romans 8:29) That‘s a process which will happen no matter we do. But we can hasten it by co-operating with God. 3) Search the scriptures to find out what God says about you, now that you are his son. 4) Allow the Word of God to change you (James 1:25 IICor.3:18). As you read it and meditate on it daily, picture yourself fulfilling its requirements and pray it back to God in positive statements. 5) Be patient with yourself. (You did not become like you are overnight.) If you fail, confess it (I John 1:9) and try again.