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."
Having given the example of Pilate's wife in my last excerpt, I now follow it with a few more examples, only one of which is from my Biblical novel "Of Such Is The Kingdom." In addition to this one, John the Baptist, I also offer the example of Edison and Col. Sanders. I tie it in with purpose in the last sentence of the paragraph.
Principles of the Kingdom (God's Success Principles)
John the Baptist, a minor character in my novel, was told his purpose from birth (to prepare the way of the messiah) and he kept the vision until he was thrown into prison by Herod. Then he sent his followers to ask Jesus if he was really the one. Examples of people from real life who did fulfill their vision are Thomas Edison, who after over 1,000 tries, did manage to create the light bulb, and col. Sanders after 1001 rejections of his secret recipe, finally sold it and started the chain of restaurants we have to today. Just how these two examples tied the vision to purpose, I‘m not exactly sure, although they must have realized that they were meant to bring good to the world, the former through his love and knowledge of science and the latter through his love of creative cooking. To use our natural talents and abilities and our spiritual gifts whatever they may be is to please God and thus fulfill his purpose for us.