As a reader of “Business by the Spirit” you have a right to know:

Why was this book written?

For whom was it intended?

How it is organized?


Why Was This Book Written?

In the spring of 2001, while leading a group of American businessmen on a mission's trip to the Urals region of Russia, a series of events occurred which caused me to commit to the tremendous time and energy required to organize and publish the spiritual success principles which are included in the pages of this book. Both capitalism and Christianity had been forbidden in Russia for nearly seventy years, and the average Christian in the churches we visited had been born again for only four to five years.  Most Russian Christians had never been involved in a private business.

Our first stop was the city of Perm, an industrial community of a million people located in the Urals region of Russia. Upon arrival in that city we found that the largest evangelical church in the city had arranged for us to teach an eight-hour “business seminar” to the cities with struggling Christians. While all of the men traveling with me had been in business for many years, none of us had ever taught a business course.  We were totally unprepared to teach the scheduled eight-hour seminar. Thus we had to hurriedly outline our notes and develop our teaching material the evening before the seminar that was planned for the next day. The following week in the city of Izhevsk, another large industrial city located several hundred kilometers southwest of Perm, we found that the church in that city had rented a theater seating a thousand people and had also scheduled our team to teach a two-day, twelve-hour business seminar.

Traveling as I do in countries with third world economies, I also become acutely aware of the need for sound biblical business teaching to the struggling Christian businesspeople in those nations. I found that many young Christians were being misled by secular business motivation books and seminars that sounded amazingly Christian, but in fact were filled with new age, mind-science principles. In Nigeria in 2004, and a year later in Russia, I observed secular success motivation books which I knew contained cultic practices being sold by Christian booksellers. They were displayed on the book seller’s tables alongside Christian books dealing with biblical prosperity. When I inquired as to why they were selling these secular books, the book seller replied, "These authors teach Christian principles.”

Perhaps the final experience that congealed my decision to compile the principles included in Business by the Spirit occurred when our son asked me to teach some business principles to a small group of young people from my own church. During this seminar, I observed that while many of these young people had a desire to be successful and even go into business for themselves, they had little or no practical knowledge of either the spiritual or financial realities of a successful business life.

Few Christian businessmen have been exposed to “success principles” taught from a biblical perspective. I have, for the most part, learned the principles which I share in Business by the Spirit in the college of hard knocks, in the heat of the difficult problems which I have faced in my world, the world of small business. Sure I had heard many of the principles shared in this book taught by Bible teachers over the years, but I had to learn how to apply them in the business world by trial and error. It is these biblical success principles tried and tested over the thirty years that I have been a Christian businessman that I hope to share with you on the following pages.

For whom was it intended?

How it is organized?