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 another excerpt from Chapter 3 ("The Greatest Love and Self-Image") of my Biblical self-help book. I use here a well known story of a boy and his boat to illustrate God's love for us as shown both in creation and in redemption. I included this story and this chapter as a way of making the way of salvation clear as well as relating it to the concept of self-image. Read it and see if you don't agree.
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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, we are twice the Lord‘s - He made us, and Christ bought us back by paying the price for our sin with his own blood. 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 inners 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 on Him might 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.