Blind or Enlightened?

Blind or Enlightened?


Isaiah 6:5 “Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”

“The immediate effect upon Isaiah of seeing God was a profound sense of his own unfitness. “Woe is me”, he cried. He that has seen God has also seen himself: and he that has not seen himself has not seen God. Whoever trusts his own righteousness thereby proclaims to the world that he has seen neither God nor himself–that he is blind.”
Isaiah: The Gospel Prophet, page 17, by M.L Andreasen

A New Paradigm

A New Paradigm


This morning a very keen reality hit my soul during my quiet time; the tears flow freely. It is with no small regret that I am realizing how blithely I sin–just “little sins”, you know, nothing “big”. Like impatience or evil-surmising. Stuff maybe no one really sees–heart sins, hidden sins.

How little I see my Jesus, and how my sin hurts Him. Yes, He is God and the Savior. Yes, He is merciful, and died to redeem us. Yes, He is willing to forgive. But it costs Him. Not only on Calvary, but now! It costs Him NOW for me to sin. It hurts Him. I see him again, gripping His chest, His heart, Head bowed, tears streaming, as He is again betrayed by one who has, Peter-like, pledged undying allegiance.

After all He has done to “keep me from falling” (Jude 24), for me to choose to sin (for this is what sin is, a choice) is nothing less than ugly, heinous selfishness. I have to see it for what it is. How could I, could we, casually continue to hurt someone we love? LOVE!!!???

Could I, could you, casually slap a loved one in the face and walk away uncaring? This is what sin is. My sin. It’s me. Yes, it’s you too, but I see ME.

Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” John 14:15 This morning, I am praying for that love. I am praying for that new heart. “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and ye shall keep My judgments, and do them.” Ez 36:26,27. Join me?

Chimney Kit Installation for Beginners

Chimney Kit Installation for Beginners

Why on earth would a website devoted to bringing closure for Jesus post such a video as installing a chimney?  Well, we believe in the call to leave the cities and live in rural locations.  We believe that this lifestyle will aid people in understand the need in the heart of Jesus just now; that our minds will be clearer to understand the Bible, and our hearts more tender to the Holy Spirit.  And so, we want to share some of the steps in our journey with the hope of encouraging others!

A Bit of Interesting History

A Bit of Interesting History

Shared with permission from Fulcrum7


This Day in History –Tyndale Executed by the Inquisition
October 6, 2016 David Read
Four hundred eighty years ago today, William Tyndale was executed by the Inquisition.

William Tyndale was born around 1494, near Gloucestershire, England, to a family of the landed gentry. He was educated at Magdalen College of Oxford University. After completing a Master of Arts in 1515, he began to study theology, a course which included very little study of Scripture, causing Tyndale to complain that:

“They have ordained that no man shall look on the Scripture, until he be noselled [nursed, trained] in heathen learning eight or nine years and armed with false principles, with which he is clean shut out of the understanding of the Scripture.”

A very gifted linguist, Tyndale become fluent in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, French, German, Italian and Spanish, in addition to English.

Tyndale was to help complete the work started by John Wycliffe, who had translated the Bible into English in the late 14th Century. Wycliffe’s New Testament was translated from a corrupted Latin text, not from the original Greek, and had never been printed, but hand copied, making it much more expensive than common people could afford, even had the authorities been disposed to allow it to be circulated.

As a scholar, Tyndale could read the New Testament in Erasmus’s Textus Receptus, the unadulterated Greek version. But Tyndale realized that the overwhelming majority could not access the gospels, and felt a burden to translate the Bible into English. He also formed the Protestant conviction that Scripture should be the rule of faith and practice, not the Catholic Church’s multiple councils and synods.

Regarding the Roman Church’s claim that it had given Scripture and it alone could interpret Scripture, Tyndale responded: “Do you know who taught the eagles to find their prey? Well, that same God teaches His hungry children to find their Father in His word. Far from having given us the Scriptures, it is you who have hidden them from us; it is you who burn those who teach them, and if you could, you would burn the Scriptures themselves.”—D’Aubigne, History of the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century, book 18, chapter 4.

When a Romanist scholar told Tyndale, “We would be better off without God’s laws than without the pope’s,” Tyndale replied, “I defy the pope and all his laws; and if God spare my life, ere many years I will cause a boy that drives the plow to know more of the Scriptures than you do.”—Anderson, Annals of the English Bible, p. 19.

Tyndale taught justification by faith, the visible return of Christ, the non-immortality of the soul, and the bodily resurrection of the dead at the Second Coming of Christ. Consequently, he denounced the practice of praying to saints supposedly in heaven. “Ye, in putting them [the dead] in Heaven, hell, and purgatory, destroy the argument wherewith Christ and Paul prove the resurrection.” “If the souls be in Heaven, tell me why they be not in as good case as the angels be? And then what cause is there of the resurrection?”

Tyndale completed his translation in 1525, and within the next decade, 50,000 copies had been printed. He was forced to travel to the Protestant areas of Germany in order to do his work of translating and printing his Bibles, which then had to be smuggled into England.

He also worked and lived in Belgium, which was then part of the domain of the very Roman Catholic Hapsburg emperor, Charles V. While Tyndale was in Antwerp, he was betrayed to the Inquisition and imprisoned in a castle near Brussels. In 1536, he was convicted of heresy and condemned to burn at the stake. On October 6, he was led to the place of burning. His final words, spoken at the stake “with a fervent zeal, and a loud voice” were reported as “Lord! Open the King of England’s eyes.” He was then strangled to death and his body burned.

Tyndale’s prayer was answered. Within four years, four English translations of the Bible were published in England, including Henry VIII’s authorized Great Bible. All were based on Tyndale’s work, which also formed the core of the later 1611 translation, the King James Version. It has been estimated that 80% percent of the KJV New Testament and 75% of the Old Testament came straight from Tyndale.

Why are we called Closure for Jesus?

Why are we called Closure for Jesus?


One definition for the word closure, and the one we are using in the name of our ministry is: “a feeling that an emotional or traumatic experience has been resolved.”

When we are delayed in our plans, we long for closure. When we are disappointed in our expectations, we long for closure. When we are exiled from those we long to be with, we long for closure. When we are grieved because our friends or loved ones work at cross purposes with us or don’t understand our needs, we long for closure. We long for sympathy. We long for someone to do something to relieve us. When we are hurting we long for closure!

Jesus is experiencing all of the above because of our selfish preoccupations with our sin, our “other lovers”. We don’t see Him. If we could look with sanctified vision into the Most Holy Place above and see that He is yet dealing with our sin–all this in the face of having done so much to enable us to be overcomers! What would we see? If we could listen to Him right now, suffering long because of our indulgences, what would we hear? I’ll tell you what we would hear: Jeremiah’s tears tell us: 10:19-20 “Woe is me for my hurt! my wound is grievous: but I said, Truly this is a grief, and I must bear it. My tabernacle is spoiled, and all my cords are broken: my children are gone forth of me, and they [are] not: [there is] none to stretch forth my tent any more, and to set up my curtains.”

And what would we see? “Those who think of the result of hastening or hindering the gospel think of it in relation to themselves and to the world. Few think of its relation to God. Few give thought to the suffering that sin has caused our Creator. All heaven suffered in Christ’s agony; but that suffering did not begin or end with His manifestation in humanity. The cross is a revelation to our dull senses of the pain that, from its very inception, sin has brought to the heart of God. Every departure from the right, every deed of cruelty, every failure of humanity to reach His ideal, brings grief to Him.” Ed 262

What would we feel if we were there with Him–seeing and hearing Him now? Would our hearts be as calloused as they are right now? Would we weep with Him or walk away? Would we express sympathy for the Savior? Would we strive to bring relief to Him?
We seek Closure for Jesus. Won’t you join us?

2 Peter 3:12 “…hastening the Day!…”

Work Bee at Closure for Jesus Ministries

Work Bee at Closure for Jesus Ministries

We had our work bee Oct. 2, and WOW, what a blessing!  We had a good turnout of 18 workers, and every one came with a mind to work.  Each person fit into the puzzle and the job was done after about 10 hours.  We are so grateful for each one who turned out to help, and praise the Lord for touching your hearts to do so.  Here’s how it happened: