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."
Since Valentine's day is here, I thought I should share something about love from Chapter 3 of my Biblical self-help book. This excerpt first of all gives, in a nutshell, the meaning of the 3 main Greek words for love. Our English word "love" is too broad, covering many meanings, while the Greek language, in which the New Testament was originally written has several words, these 3 being the most widely used. Following a brief look at the 3 Greek words, I then quote an extended passage from Mary Ellen Grisham, as an illustration and application of agape love as it applies to marriage. The main thing I wanted readers to get from this was the selfless doing of agape love. Toward the end of the quote she applies the concept of doing to the other forms of love, but, to be clear, that doesn't mean that agape relates to the other forms--only that the evidence of any form of love is seen in the doing. My last sentence in this excerpt relates agape specifically to God.
Principles of the Kingdom (God's Success Principles)
The Greek language had three words for love. First, there was “eros,” from which we get “erotic.” This was, of course, a purely selfish love. Then there was “Phileo.” From which was derived “Philadelphia,” or “brotherly love.” This is the love of one family member for another. But the Bible added a new one—“agape.” “Agape” is a giving love, entirely unselfish. By way of both illustration and practical application, let me quote the following note from Mary Ellen Grisham, publisher of Eternal Link: After counseling young couples for years, a minister I know suggested that .love is what you do….. Young couples frequently have adjustments to make to the differences in romantic courtship and the realities of day-to-day living with the rigorous requirements of work, children, house and yard keeping, and all the many tasks required to maintain a good home and marriage. Young wives, in particular, experiencing the stress of many new responsibilities, worried that their feelings for their husbands were not always so tender and romantic as they had been during dating. Even with a basis of sincere love, rushed schedules and economic necessities dimmed the glamour of marriage. With the advice that ‘love is what you do,’…., the women could concentrate less on romantic feelings and more on positive doing—showing their love in practical and effective ways. The active elements of good will and faith helped the marriages to retain the zip and spice. of a well-balanced interaction in the homes—what old-time couples used to call .give and take. That selfless love called agape that causes each of us to focus on the needs of others with no thought of return for ourselves is a high ideal of Christian love. While it takes all kinds of love and loving to make a good home and marriage, the common element of .what you do. runs through all the forms that love takes. From romantic love to brotherly and family love, the outer evidence shows in “what you do.” This last Greek word, “agape,” is the word used to describe the love God has for us.