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."
Here's a little more about purpose from my Biblical self-help book, "Principles of the Kingdom," with an illustration about Barabbas from my Biblical novel, "Of Such Is The Kingdom."
Principles of the Kingdom (God's Success Principles)
A knowledge of our purpose is what should motivate us and thus, energize us. A character who was motivated by a purpose, albeit a wrong one, was Barabbas, as I present him in .”OF SUCH IS THE KINGDOM.” Before the stranger‘s challenge, he was simply accepting the Romans and their high taxation, although complaining about it. After the stranger‘s 2nd visit, he had a purpose and soon a vision and then he was on a mission to form a group to go against Pilate. His purpose prepared him only for earthly conflict which was doomed for failure. By contrast, knowing our true God-given purpose prepares us for eternity, because we were made to last forever. In Ecclesiastes, Solomon says the God has put eternity in our hearts (Eccl.3:11). Pardon the preaching for a moment, but I can't get away from it--when you stand before God, He will ask you two questions: 1).”What did you do with my Son, who died to save you?” and 2) ”What did you do with what I gave you?”