DIVINE CORRECTION FOR DISTRACTION Volume 1
The Remedial Impact of Focus
This is volume one of the book "Divine Correction for Distraction." Owing to the fact that this is a commentary on the book of Colossians, we recommend the books (volumes one and two) be purchased as a set.
For the Christian, this is the day of distraction. Many voices are calling out for our allegiance. For those en route to heaven, this circumstance is most dangerous, for dwelling in the house of the Lord requires a singular and consistent focus.
This book is an exposition of the remedial effects of proper focus. It is a commentary on the Biblical book of Colossians. The particular church to whom this letter is directed was experiencing distracting influences. The spiritual rationale of maintaining a proper focus is declared with great power.
It is also an expose of the erroneous "how-to" approach to "the Christian life" that is being hawked by religious opportunists. For the believer, a completeness is found in Christ that cannot be augmented. There is no such thing as something that assists in the improvement of spiritual life that is not directly related to Christ, being revealed in the Scriptutres -- particularly by means of apostolic doctrine.
This book is dedicated by my dear wife, June Ellen. As of 2009, we have been married for twenty-nine pleasant and profitable years. After I was widowed in 1979, I doubted that I would ever enjoy the benefits of marriage again. This was compounded by the loneliness that attends being widowed after twenty-five years. I asked the Lord for mercy to live above my own circumstances, never realizing how marvelously He would answer my prayer. Through His loving providence, He crossed my path with a fine Christian lady, and we soon were married. Sister June is an excellent wife and mother, bearing four children to us: Adah Lael, Jonathan David and Benjamin Seth (twins), and Eva Christine. From 1993 through their graduation from high school, she homeschooled them in a most excellent way. While they were young, she also fulfilled the role of a nurse, as one of our twin sons, Benjamin, had brain cancer. At the age of nine, a massive tumor (4" x 5") was removed from the front left lobe of his brain. At that time, there was no medical guarantee of his continuance in the body. June was trained to care for him, and she nursed him through a very critical period, administering medication, taking blood samples, and a host of other things associated with the kind of care Benjamin required. Today, 2009, he is a fine young man and is cancer free. From the practical point of view, this is largely owing to the faithful care of his mother.
In addition to the key role she plays in our home, Sister June is also an excellent minister of the Word of God. She teaches frequently in our various assemblies and is an indispensable companion in the good fight of faith as we journey together to the glory. She has an extraordinary grasp of the truth and has been gifted by the Lord to effectively communicate what she has been given to comprehend. She is also the proofreader of most of my writing and is a most profitable minister to my own spirit.
Because of my love and respect for her, owing to her indispensable contribution to my own faith, and in gratefulness to our great God, I dedicate this volume to her.
Minister of the Word of God since 1953. Founded and pastored "The Church at 78th and Independence," Merrillville, IN (originally called "The Church at 26th and Colfax") for 32 years (1960-1992). As of 2008, ministers at a house church, held in his home, hosting 50+ regular members, a significant number of which are active in the preaching and teaching ministry.
Edits and manages The Word of Truth website, an extensive site developed for thoughtful believers, and containing over 17,000 pages of brother Blakely´s writings. Click here to go to brother Blakely´s website
Author of "A Thought for the Day," a daily email devotion designed to strengthen the faith of committed believers in Christ.
Author and Editor of The Word of Truth magazine, published since 1960. Originally published under the title "The Salt Shaker," from 1956-1958.
Editor of "The Builder," a monthly magazine for Christian ministers and leaders in Pakistan. This publication is printed in the Urdue language.
Has written extensive commentaries on the Books of First John, Hebrews, Romans, Revelation, Colossians, Daniel, Second Corinthians, Hosea, Nehemiah, Mark, First Peter, First Thessalonians, Second Thessalonians, and Philippians. As of July, 2008, brother Blakely is writing a commentary on the book of Acts. As of that time, it is approximately 50% completed, and may also been seen on brother Blakely´s website. Click here to go to brother Blakely´s Commentaries.
Brother Blakely is the regular speaker on The Word of Truth radio broadcast. Sample messages can be heard on-line on brother Blakely´s website.Click here to go to brother Blakely´s Radio Page.
The author is also completing another book, to be released sometime in 2009: "Satan´s Fabricated Church." This will be a delineation of Satan´s strategy to penetrate and corrupt the church for which Jesus died. His methodologies are specified, together with the prophecies of them and their nature, as they are presented in the Holy Scriptures.
Brother Blakely was widowed in 1980, having been married to Adanna LaDean for twenty-five years. They had six children: Pamela (Brewer), Michelle (Trycha), Rochelle (Day, Michael, Leah, deceased (Oney), and Mark. He is presently married to June Ellen, having celebrated their twenty-seventh anniversary in June 2008. They have four children: Adah (Hutchcraft), Jonathan, Benjamin, and Eva.
After serving thirty-two years as a manager in the manufacturing industry, brother Blakely retired in 1992. During that time he was also the pastor of The Church at 78th and Independence, in Merrillville, IN. After retiring, he moved with his family to Joplin, Missouri, being employed until 1997 by Ozark Christian College. During those years one of their twin sons, Benjamin, was discovered with brain cancer. At the age of nine he underwent extensive surgery during which a rare 4" X 5" tumor was removed from his brain. Benjamin lived on the edge of death for one year, but has recovered, and is a fine young man today (2008).
In addition to this somewhat trying experience, during the same period of time, one of brother Blakely’s daughters (Leah) died of the same disease that took her mother (ALS, or Lou Gherig’s Disease). Shortly after that, his mother, Rubye Blakely, also passed away. At the same time, and owing to dishonesty in a local contractor, brother Blakely lost most of his life savings.
None of these things, grievous though they were, deterred brother Blakely and his family in their quest to live for the Lord, and serve Him with grateful hearts. These things are shared with you to confirm that the perceptions reflected in this book – “God’s Everlasting Kingdom” – have been forged in the crucible of human experience. They have been lived out, and proven to be true in the day-to-day of the Blakely family. Further, we acknowledge that we do not regret a single hour that we have lived for the Lord, and are grateful for the great mercies He has extended to us.
Seldom in the religious world today will you find such a clear and concise work such as this, it is both edifying and compelling to the soul. If anyone has a desire to understand the eternal purpose of God and how to relate that knowledge to keeping the faith, then this book is for you.
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