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Jesus, the Unwelcomed Lover


Joe Quatrone, Jr.

red-love-rejectionHave you ever had your love rejected? It hurts when someone rejects your love, whether you are 13, 23, or 73 years old. Oh, the pain of rejected love!

In today’s passage, I want you to see how Jesus’ love is often unwelcomed and rejected. But before we read our text, let me review the context and setting. Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem to be crucified (v. 22). The opposition against Him was growing stronger and more vocal. The common people loved Him and heard Him gladly, but the religious crowd hated Him because He exposed their hypocrisy and wickedness. Let’s pick up with Luke 13:31-35:

At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to Him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill You.”

He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people…

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(Originally posted June 16, 2012)

While many of us will remember our fathers this Father’s Day, we need to honor another father, the Father of all fathers- our Father God in heaven.  It is God, our Father, who  loves us with an Enduring Love.  Unlike our earthly fathers, God knew us and loved us from before we were born (Jeremiah 1:5).  And when our fathers leave this earth and they can no longer care for us, our Father in heaven will continue to love and care for us.  Some children have not had good earthly fathers.  Some have had absentee fathers or fathers that they have not had a very good relationship with.

This is not the case with our Father God in heaven. It says in 1 Peter 5:7, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.  Isaiah 59:1 tells us, “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened at all, that it cannot save, nor His ear dull with deafness, that it cannot hear.” And He said, “… I will never leave you, nor forsake you”  (Hebrews 13:5).  God has plans for each of us, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).

In the New Testament, Jesus taught us about our Father in heaven when He said to pray, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name” (Mt 6:9). Jesus spoke about God many times as ‘your Father which is in heaven’ or ‘your heavenly Father’, using the personal pronoun ‘your’ meaning ‘ourFather!

In the Bible, God, our Father is revealed as a loving and merciful God. 

  • Psalm 46:1 states, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
  • John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal  life.”

God is our Heavenly Father– if we believe in and accept Jesus as our Saviour.  There is a popular song among the youth called ‘One Way’ which emphasizes this fact.  There is only one way to  have eternal life with God in heaven.  It is through Jesus.  Jesus said I am the way, the truth, and the lifeno man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John14:6).  He said “For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God” (John16:27).

The Bible says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved”  (Rom 10:9-10).  If you believe in your heart that Jesus was sent from heaven by God to save you from your sins, and to show you the way to heaven, then God is your Father, and you are His child.  He is your Father God!  So on Father’s Day and EVERY day, let us honor God, our Father in Heaven!

Listen to Don Moen ‘Our Father Who Art in Heaven’

Is It Possible to Lose One’s Identity?

What’s Going On Anyway?!  Who wrote this post?  Who is commenting now?

SHOFAR has 2 blogs.  SHOFAR comes from the name of my eBook- ‘Sounding the Shofar- Exhortations for the End Times’.

This is my blog:   ‘God’s Enduring Love’  

This is the other blog:  ‘God’s Hidden Nuggets for the Endtimes- Revealing Truths From the Word of God’  See his ‘About’.

We’re not blog savvy in the administrative aspects, but have been fortunate to have kind people to advise us like Rommel, told me to ‘Put your personal links with your gravatar’.  That was MOST HELPFUL!   If you’re new to blogging, you must do this to have anyone get to your blog posts!

Thank you to Shekinah, who introduced the ‘kitchen sink’ to us, the second row in the Tool Bar.  We LOVE the new looks to our posts and have since learned how to use different size headings, color and a few other features.

I was searching for inspirational Bible verses and found Darrell Creswell, with scriptures in pictures to use on my blog.  Thank you, Darrell for your inspirational stories, too!

Then there’s Robin, who suggested that I add a Visitor World Map to my side bar.  It’s so easy to do that I haven’t been able to do it yet!  Mainly because there’s the IDENTITY PROBLEM I’m working on right now.  Actually it’s Karen A., who’s now trying to get the right names and gravatars to the right HIM and HER blogs!

This is the story behind the present IDENTITY CRISIS:

My partner, Drgold has become the Teacher-Administrator-Missionary and I suppose I am now the retired meteorologist-missionary!

Our gravatars got switched a few days ago and he got my gravatar and became me, and so I lost my identity to Drgold!   He wasn’t happy about that, but it wasn’t my fault.  Actually he no longer had his, but mine instead!  I didn’t do anything when that happened!

We started out with both of us having our own gravatars.  A few months passed and I found out that he was listed as the ‘administrator’ and I was now an ‘editor’.  I have no idea what happened.  I tried to switch it back.  After all, I got both blogs going myself and thought I knew a little more than he did at that time.  

That’s when things began to get messed up.  I lost my gravatar, my user name and email address to Drgold!  Then we ended up using the gravatar that was left, which was Drgold’s gravatar and I managed to give ourselves a new gravatar name that both of us could use.  After that he said, “Just leave everything the way it is.”

But I thought I should have back my own gravatar because whenever either of us commented on posts, we had to remember to sign our names, and sometimes one of us would forget!   Shekinah was the first one to figure out that SHOFAR was 2 people writing 2 distinctively different blogs.  She even mentioned that on one of her posts!

Don’t be surprised if you see Drgold’s gravatar on the bottom of some of my posts saying that he is me- the teacher-administrator-missionary.  We won’t even talk about getting each other’s Notifications and emails!

Well, Karen A. from Word Press Support has been so helpful with her clear instructions and has gotten my gravatar back for me- with my own name!  HURRAH!  And I have back my own email address.

But Drgold still has my gravatar with my name and we’re waiting for him to have his restored so he can make comments on his own blog to his viewers.

I hope you’re not thoroughly bored or confused by now.  We have learned a lot about what caused our problems.  Things ought to improve in a few days because has a staff of ‘Happiness Engineers’ as they are aptly called, and we will be HAPPY BLOGGERS once again!

God So Loved the World- Blog Update

To all Shofar viewers of God’s Enduring Love and ‘God’s Hidden Nuggets’, all 78 visitor countries and recent new countries: Colombia, Algeria, Qatar, Serbia, Somalia and Panama-

GREETINGS in the name of Jesus Christ, who is LORD of all, and is EMMANUEL- God with us!  We love you and God loves you! ♥ ♥ ♥

This is a message from Jesus to us:

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:  no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.             (John 14:1-7)

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. . . (John 14:27-28a)

Jesus intercedes for you and I as He spoke to His Father when his work on earth was done:

Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. . .and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.  (John 17:20-21, 23b)

Jesus came to seek and save the lost.  (Luke 19:10)

God is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”                (2 Pet 3:9b)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  (John 3:16-18)

WELCOME to New Viewers! God Be Praised!

WELCOME!   to the latest viewers from ‘the uttermost part of the earth’!  (Acts 1:8)

Shofar has gained viewers from:

  • Brazil
  • Israel
  • Russia 
  • Trinidad and Tobago, islands in the Caribbean Sea

There are 100 posts between the two blogsites ‘God’s Enduring Love’ and ‘God’s Hidden Nuggets for the Endtimes’.

God’s Word and faith testimonies are going out into the world!  Praise the Lord!  We have really reached ALL the continents of the world now.  I mistakenly thought Guatemala was in South America, but it is in Central America, and the viewers in Brazil are in South America!  I am learning geography through this blog!

There are many more folks living in island countries of the world’s seas and oceans still to connect with-   God is reaching out to us and to everyone in the whole world with His love and mercy!  Praise the Lord!


Dr. Gold has just posted ‘America’s Coming Fiscal Cliff of Jan. 2013’.   Here’s a very short excerpt:

“America is heading for a financial disaster such as never happened to any nation in the world before, and it will affect every man, woman and child in our once great country.  Like a ship going over the precipitous cliff of the mighty Niagara Falls in New York, with tons of water plunging every second, America is surely heading for the Fiscal Cliff of January 2013.  It is now impossible to paddle up the rapids to safety as America is caught up in a maelstrom of mounting and deadly debts.” . . .

With Aloha from Hawaii,


Dream of Mom in Heaven, STS eBook

I dreamt about my mom being in heaven.

A few years ago I had a vivid dream that I saw my mom in heaven.  I tried to capture the scene in a small oil painting.  She stood in a clearing in a white dress. There were trees on both sides of a path that led to a cottage at the end of it.  It was so beautiful and serene that I could only attempt to convey the mood in the picture with my limited artistic skills.

My mom knew Jesus as her Savior; she knew that God was her Father and she was His child, His daughter.  She lived a life that was pleasing to God.  And when she died she went to heaven where I will see her again one day.  When my dad passed on we had a private family graveside memorial.  Dad honored God his whole life.  Wyman told our family and friends to say their “Good bye,” or “I’ll be seeing you later”  if they accept Jesus into their hearts.  Many said a simple prayer of faith that day to assure themselves of their salvation, simply by believing Romans 10:9:

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

John 3:16 tells us:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

(Continuation of STS eBook, CHAPTER 1, GOD IS FAITHFUl.  Note: I have highlighted some words and phrases.)

Having a Relationship With God

To know God and receive all of the blessings that He has for us requires a knowledge of who God is and finding out what it means to be a child of God.  This is why we need to learn to apply our faith to believe and obey God’s Word, as we enter into a relationship with Him.  Our relationship with God depends upon our love and obedience in following His commandments.  We accept the authority of the Bible as Truth and allow the Holy Spirit to give us understanding and clarity.  We accept it WHOLE and not pick it apart since God said that

“Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin,  for correction of error and discipline in obedience, and for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action).  So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work”  (2 Tim 3:16-17 Amplified Bible).

We have to know what the requirements are to be in a relationship with God, and then we can receive the blessings and rewards of our obedience to Him.  Everything we do in obedience to God’s Word in our families, our jobs and businesses, whatever we set our hands to do, will have God’s blessings in abundance, and we will be respected (paraphrased from  Deuteronomy 28).  But on the other hand, if we don’t follow God’s ways, curses and calamities, everything that could go wrong will happen to us because we have left the protective care and promises of God

The only way to be accepted by God and for us to have a relationship with Him, is to fully believe that God is who He says He is: He says what He means and means what He says, i.e. believe that HIS WORD IS TRUE! 

Numbers 23:19 says,

“God is not a man, that He should tell or act a lie, neither the son of man, that He should feel repentance or compunction (for what He has promised). Has He said and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken and shall He not make it good?” (Amplified Bible)

The reality of this is that a non-acceptance of God’s Word is a rejection of God Himself. This is the issue that confronts most folks today, even in the Church. So many folks want to accept God on their terms according to what they find agreeable with them or what meets with their approval.  God’s Way is the only way to eternal life. God sent Jesus to point out HIS WAY for us:  Jesus said (to Thomas and to us),

I am the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE: no man comes to the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).

Since God reveals Himself and His plan and purpose for our lives in His Word  it is important to do serious Bible study, not just simply read it, but read and expect God to reveal His truth to our hearts, to make it real to our hearts and lives.  We need to STUDY to have God’s approval, to understand and interpret the scriptures correctly and not be ashamed by being ignorant of basic Bible principles; we bring reproach upon ourselves and do not bring glory to God if we present ourselves as poor testimonies of our  Christian faith (paraphrased from 2Timothy  2:15)