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 is more of Chapter 5 ("Purpose and Use") of my Biblical self-help book, "Principles of the Kingdom." I refer here to Pat Robertson's concept of "the law of use" and also to Jesus' parable of the talents as I further explore using our God-given talents for His purpose. Toward the end I also tie in my example from my Biblical novel "Of Such Is The Kingdom," about Pilate. This example refers to and explains the excerpt I posted yesterday about "Pilate and Herod."
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Principles of the Kingdom (God's Success Principles)
Our purpose should be tied to our God-given talents and Spiritual gifts and knowing our purpose should compel us to use what you have to the fullest. I felt compelled to add something here about the law of use after listening to a message in a series by T.V. preacher, Pat Robertson. Understand, I'm not endorsing Pat Robertson blanketly, though I feel that God has given him insight into certain areas of practical Biblical interpretation. Thus, it struck me like a ton of bricks when he mentioned "the law of use" and illustrated it by explaining compound interest (adding interest to principle so that the added interest also earns interest) and by relating that to Jesus’ parable of the talents (Matthew 25:1-30). In the case of compound interest, you are using the money you have to gain more money by causing it to earn interest and adding the interest to it so that the total, in turn, can earn more interest, and so on. In the parable of the talents, the ones who invested and used the talents they were initially given, were given more, while the one who hid his had it taken away and given to the one who had most. I had never thought of it like that before, but it also applies to all areas of life, including our gifts and talents. What we don't lose, we use. Physically speaking, if you don't use certain muscles, they atrophy. If you have a talent, whatever it is, for singing, acting, writing, or whatever and you don't use it, you will, to some extent, loose it, or lose the ability to function in it to your fullest capacity. Use, on the other hand sharpens and hones whatever talent or gift you have. As the saying goes, "practice makes perfect." Thus Pat's advice and mine would be to use whatever talent you have to the fullest. In doing so you may not only improve your existing gift or talent, but also gain more gifts or talents in the process. I can't think of any examples from my novel, because actually none of the characters did use even their natural talents to the fullest extent. As perhaps a negative example, Pilate failed to use his strong leadership ability to the fullest, so that, finally, when prodded by his wife to use it more, he misused it and ended up in trouble for doing so.