Well for one thing, I don't see a first line indent in the style. If your first three paragraphs are first-line indented, I don't think this style did it.
Not sure I understand the purpose of the 0pt rules either.
To be honest, I did not create these styles, they were done by editors in the past, and I am just trying to utilize them.
Do you have any suggestions to accomplish what I am attempting?
can you send the document or post it in dropbox?
the indent should appear in the description of the style, and is not there...
maybe there are soft returns before the paragraphs not working,
maybe the indents you see are hand made tabs
maybe there are overrides in the paragraph style
there are other reasons for that, this ones the more usual for me, but if you can post your indd or a simple page of it with some paragraph ok and other not working, we can find the problem