Remember the Commission

  Greetings;

God wants all people to know that they are a blessing in this earth. Each person was born to be loved by God as the blessed of God in the earth. Because we are blessed by God we are also the blessing of God in this world. It doesn’t matter where we find ourselves, as long as we find ourselves in our world. We can bring life and change to our world, but we cannot do that if we seek to live in someone else’s world. Life is not fair, it is simply life! As leaders, we must know who we are and live to be a blessing to the world that has been given to us. When we do this, we inspire those we lead to do the same.

Leadership is about multiplication, not addition. We do not lead people to add them to our cause. We lead to further the cause of Christ in the lives of people. There is always a greater corporate purpose to our divine connections in life, but our connections are made of individual members that each contribute in their own unique way to the testimony of Christ. We lead to give greater value to others. When we do this, we inspire the next generation to do the same.

The second thing that God told Abraham was that in multiplying He would multiply Him. The Hebrew writing of this is also a double word for multiplying. It is the word for multiply written twice. This is not just God really multiplying those who believe Him, but those who believe Him living to multiply. It involves the actions of those who believe God. When we believe that we are blessed, we live to multiply. This is not living to add things to our own lives, but living to give our own lives for the sake of others. The actions of our lives must be to give and release life to others in this world. As New Covenant leaders, we must lead to inspire others to seek to multiply who they are in the lives of others. This is the second part of the good news preached to Abraham. Giving value to others is more important than living to be valuable in some ministry cause of our lives. We must be willing to be who we are for the sake of others becoming who they are in Christ.

The third thing that God told Abraham was that his descendants would possess the gates of their enemies. Gates are the places of influence in the earth. They are the powers that affect the minds and hearts of the generations of men. When we know that we are a blessing we live to multiply in the lives of others. When we live to multiply in the lives of others we live for those beyond our own lives. We live for our children and for our children’s children. I call this a 100-year plan. God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Israel. God is the God of Paul, Timothy, faithful men, and others also. He is a generational God and we can expect that the inheritance beyond us is a greater power than what we live in today. The good news preached to Abraham was that the generations of men would destroy the powers of the enemy. The power of God’s inheritance in the earth is greater than the disinheriting powers of the enemy! The imaginations of our hearts and the actions of our hands must be to release the inheritance and the power of life to our children and our children’s children. The gates of Hades (the realm of the dead) cannot prevail against the advancing family of God in the earth. As leaders in the New Covenant we must lead in a way that inspires others to live for their children and their children’s children in the earth.

The fourth thing that God told Abraham was that through his Seed all the nations of the earth would be blessed. This is the transforming power of God’s influence to all the nations of the world. The good news given to Abraham was that the influence of God through the generations of men in Christ would know no limit! It was the power of the likeness and the image of God to change the world! The good news preached to Abraham was all about beliefs, actions, imaginations, and influence. This is the testimony of God’s life within those who manifest the likeness and the image of God in the earth. The image of self would be destroyed by the growing image of God in the earth. As leaders in the New Covenant we must lead with this aim. It is the “really good news” preached to all men in Christ!

Be a blessing, live to multiply, empower your children to empower their children, and live for the generational destiny of the family name. In blessing He will bless us, in multiplying He will multiply us, our descendants will possess the gates of their enemies, and through the seed of our family name the nations will be blessed. This the really good news of Christ in us, the hope of glory!

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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Blessed to Be a Blessing

       Greetings;

As leaders, we must lead for the purpose of the good news of our destiny in Christ. I don’t believe that the message of predestination is about who is predestined in Christ and who is not. I believe it is about everyone’s commission when they find themselves in Christ. The outside of the door has a welcome sign of invitation for all to be saved. God’s desire is that all would be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. Once we enter Christ, we find our focus is changed. No longer do we live for our own needs, our own desires, or our own purposes in life. When we enter Christ, we discover our true purpose in life. We are called in Him to be a blessing by God’s Spirit to others, to live with the desires of Sons of God in Christ, and to fulfill the purposes of God our Father in all things.

Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

We are blessed by God in Christ to be the blessing of God in the earth. When we enter Christ, we discover the place where all are chosen before the foundation of the world. We then live for the glory of the Father’s name in all things. The power of our destiny in Christ is by the working of His grace in our lives. We are accepted in the Beloved to fulfill the purpose of the Beloved in all things. Jesus is the eternal Adam and we are members of the Eternal Eve in Christ. It is only in that that we can fulfill the good news that was preached to Abraham, the father of faith.

What was the gospel (good news) preached to Abraham? I believe that we find this good news recorded in the 22nd Chapter of Genesis. In this story, Abraham had revealed his faith in believing God’s good news by his willingness to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice to God. He expected God to raise him from the dead, because he believed the One who promised more than he believed the promise (Heb. 11:17-19).

Genesis 22:15-18   Then the Angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son— blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” 

There are four key elements in the good news preached to Abraham. Those four things were:

1)  In blessing I will bless you

2)  In multiplying I will multiply

3)  Your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies

4)  In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed

The good news that God gave Abraham was not that He would merely bless him. It was that in blessing He would bless him. The Hebrew word for blessing here is placed in a double. It is the word blessing repeated twice. It can mean great blessing, but it more clearly states that in blessing God would bless. This is the foundation for belief of every human being. Do we believe and know that we are the blessing of God in the earth? When we realize who we are, we will live to be who we are. We are a testimony of God’s likeness and image in this world and we were born to bring glory to His name. As leaders, we must lead people in a way that they know who they are in Christ. They are not only blessed by Him they are His blessing in the earth. While the enemy pronounces “shame on you” words of bondage and death, God pronounces “shame off you” words of freedom and life. Being a blessing starts with believing who God is so you can believe who you are in Him. This is the foundation of the good news preached to Abraham. God’s plan was to make a way for human kind to be restored in the likeness and image of their heavenly Father in the earth. As leaders, we must lead others with a foundation of believing God and believing who we are in Him. It is the power of God’s Word and Spirit conceived in the human heart that establishes a foundation of believing God and believing who they are in Him. As leaders, we must be facilitators of God’s Word and Spirit in the hope of transforming the beliefs of men.

Living to be a blessing is the first step in doing our part in the calling of Christ, as part of the inheritance of Christ, by the power of Christ, for the purpose of Christ in all things.

Ephesians 1:18 …the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power…

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

 

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Life is a Matter of Relationship

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Life is about relationships and relationships are about life. It takes relationships to produce life and life is intended to inspire relationships. Since this is the true, being a leader of others is more about leading them in the way of relationships than it is about leading them into works of ministry. Jesus demonstrated a relationship with God as His Father and then He demonstrated that by giving His life to and for those God had given Him. It was through a relationship with God and humanity that He destroyed the works of the devil. The works of God are a matter of relationship.

As a leader in the body of Christ my number one responsibility is to maintain a healthy relationship with God and with those God has joined me to in life. My relationship with my wife, my children, my grandchildren, and my friends are to be a testimony of the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God is not a matter of doing things or not doing things. The kingdom of God is not a matter of eating or drinking certain things or not eating or drinking other things. The kingdom of God is a matter of relationship with God in my heart. God doesn’t need anything from me. He gives me life, breath and all things. To be able to receive what He gives I must choose to be in a relationship with Him. Without a relationship with Him, I cannot receive what He wants to give. His gifts of life, breath, and all things are a matter of His love for me. This is a matter of relationship. Life is about relationships and relationships are about life.

The most important thing in any community of God is relationship. It is relationship that creates a community. The good news that God preached to Abraham was a matter of relationship. The kingdom of God is a testimony of the good news of God to mankind and that good news is a matter of relationship with God and one another.  That good news is often termed as being the “gospel”, but the word “gospel” is a word that was religiously created to encompass a simple phrase, “good news”.  Unfortunately, when we use the word “gospel” rather than “good news” we can often disguise “bad news” in the cloak of “gospel” and dupe the world in to believing something less than the “good news” of Jesus Christ. The “good news” is not that Jesus died so that we would go to heaven when we die. The “good news” is that Jesus reconciled all men to know God and Jesus whom God sent. This is eternal life (Jn. 17:3). It is now and forever! It is the place where heaven comes to our realities of the earth and where the life beyond this world is an increasing testimony of that heavenly reality. It is the place of forever knowing God! It is a matter of relationship! We have been given really good news in Jesus. He is the door to the eternal reality of the blessings of heaven in our lives and the true blessing is to know God our Father and Jesus Christ His Son. This is the foundation for eternal life in all things.

John 17:3 This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

The good news of Christ is good news of an eternal relationship with God who is life. The testimony of heaven in our lives is a testimony of life and it will bring life to every relationship in our lives. The result will be the glory of God expanding in our world. Jesus was the Seed promised through the faith of Abraham and that Seed was the source of heaven to this world in which we live.

Galatians 3:8 The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “ALL THE NATIONS WILL BE BLESSED IN YOU.”

What was the gospel preached to Abraham? As I have already stated, the word gospel means “good news”. The good news is that an eternal Adam gave His life so that all can find themselves in the family of blessing! The good news is that Jesus Christ reconciled men to God while they were yet sinners so the blessings of heaven could flood the worlds of men. The message of heaven is one of transforming the world, but that transformation comes by way of relationship with God and with one another. It includes life beyond this world, but it brings the life of heaven to the world in increasing measures. This is the foundation for a one hundred year plan that affects the lives of our children and our children’s children in this world.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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The Ingredients of Relationship

    Greetings;

Love is the only solid foundation of our commitments in life. If we don’t have a revelation of love in a relationship, our commitment to the relationship will be easily offended when the natural circumstances of that relationship shakes in life. When we become offended with another we then make a judgment towards them based upon things that are naturally true or perceived to be true in the relationship. Those judgments are birthed in the environment of fear, a fear of our own death in some way in the relationship. Our actions will become ones of judgment and will not be acts of love towards another. When we make a judgment of another we then become defiled in the relationship. Rather than responding to the other partner we seek to isolate and separate from the relationship. We no longer see the need for a testimony as one and thus we seek to protect our own individual identity. When we become defiled it inspires an insubordinate attitude towards the relationship. Submission is lost and a protection of personal agendas is sought. We become negatively expressive towards the relationship. We don’t see the other as a part of us so we are willing to destroy them with our attitudes, words, and acts in life. When we become insubordinate we then become apathetic towards the relationship. We no longer see the need to live to contribute who we are to another. We don’t care about the relationship anymore. We are not awake in our hearts towards them and we no longer see the need for them in our lives. When this happens we become bound to the logic of our own judgments. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil has surpassed any revelation of the tree of life in the relationship. We seek to be separate in our desires, attitudes, visions, and aspirations in life. We find no need for the relationship. The end result is a total destruction of the relationship. Destiny has been laid in the dust and the relationship has been annihilated. There is no more future. Offense has led to judgment, judgment has led to defilement, defilement has evolved to insubordination, insubordination has transformed to apathy, apathy has grown to atrophy, and atrophy has now been revealed as death. The relationship has ended. Its end began with an offense, a refusal to stay in a revelation of love. Love is the foundation and love is the substance in the journey of our relationships in life.

Within a healthy relationship there is a foundation of commitment for the relationship. So, the first key element to a life-giving relationship is a commitment to the other or others in the relationship. This commitment is based upon a divine connection and it is a matter of the heart. It is the source of desire in the relationship. This is why it is very important to consider the possible boundaries for any relationship before allowing your heart to go to a level of commitment. God gives clear direction in His written word that confirms His voice in our lives. If we ignore simple wisdom like “equal yoking”, “godly pursuits”, “godly lifestyles”, “covenant principles” or other things instructed by God we will be inviting a destructive force into the foundation of any relationship we seek. Every relationship will be tested and only those established on God’s word and godly character produce the destiny of God’s will. We won’t get everything right, but we must seek to try to get it right!

The strength of any commitment in a relationship is the heart. Even if you are part of a team that sells a product, you must first be convinced that the product is valuable to those who will buy it. It cannot just be a matter of reasoning of the mind, you must believe in your product in your heart. This is even more true in life-giving relationships. You must believe in your heart that God is good for your commitment to Him to be lasting and true. This same principle carries over into the practical connections of our lives. We must believe in one another before we can believe in our connections to one another. The source of your belief must be rooted in your heart and not merely your head. For a relationship to be birthed and succeed takes a commitment to believe in the ingredients and the purpose of the relationship. The ingredients are its members and the purpose is its destiny.

Offenses lead to judgments, judgments lead to defilement, and defilement leads to separation by differences. The measuring of things in the relationship becomes self-focused and apathy spawns a care for external things above the relationship. Logic and reasoning bind the failing members to a stronghold of atrophy toward the future. The result is a divorce and a loss of destiny in the relationship. Can you see how important that first level of connection is? Offences are not worth taking!

Every God-ordained relationship must have within it increasing measures of commitment, faith, response, submission, contribution, love, and dedication. Let’s not forget that the strength of every relationship is only found at its simplest level of its formation. That simplest level is the point of our commitment. That commitment is based upon a revelation of who the others are in the relationship, not what they can do. As I have stated before, I call it a “first love” level of the relationship. The degree of connection to the “first love” level of the relationship will determine the increasing testimony of every other level that follows.

As leaders in the Church we must understand these things and we must live to demonstrate true relationships within our team connections. This is more important than what we say. Who we are as a team will demonstrate God’s grace and will empower those we lead to live in healthy relationships.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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Givers of Life At The Table

Greetings,

Life-giving relationships begin with a revelation of love and they are sustained through a growing revelation of that love. That love empowered revelation is the strength of true covenant commitments and it inspires acts of love towards one another in our relationships. Those acts of love prompt responses, and responses invoke a submission of one to another. That submission is based upon trust and it is a receiving of life and a giving of life to one another. It is like dancing. One move invites an responding move. It is like giving a drink of water to a thirsty mouth. The mouth must be ready to receive the water, but the hand must be willing to serve the mouth by tipping water in the direction of the thirsty mouth. Submission is not a matter of control or manipulation. It is a relational connection that allows there to be a dance of life that brings life to the relationship and bears the fruit of life to others touched by that relationship.

The trust of our submission determines the focus of our contribution to another. We must each receive a revelation that we were born to reveal something of the testimony of God in this world. Who we are is not for our own gain, but for the benefit of another. We are each part of the fellowship that contributes life to our covenant partners in life. When we have food at a table we don’t just merely experience food for our natural needs. We experience the feast of fellowship. When we willingly bring our best food to the table for the sake of another we create a feast and a celebration of diversity that makes the table a testimony of unity through the unique expressions brought by each one. Each of us has been given a measure of life to contribute to our relationships in life. It is not about what we can get from another, but what we can give so those at the table become a fuller expression of the one covenant expressed there. We must each recognize that those in our covenant relationships in life are contributors of life to our lives. More importantly, we must know that we are a gift of life for the sake of those we relate to. God gives each of us an ability to bring light to darkness and that light is for the glory of our relationship with God and with one another. It is a testimony of who Christ is according to His resurrection life! We must be awake to who you are and to who another is in the relationships of our lives. An ability to do works of righteousness for the sake of others is a testimony of life at the table of our relationships. There is a diversity of food that is given by each one, but there is one salt at the table that brings the unique flavor of who we each are for the sake of our fellowship together in life. Unity is revealed through diversity, not conformity. This can only be true when we know the mystery of living to contribute life to those we are in relationship with in life.

The focus of your contributions determines the value of your community. If we do not see that the contributions of our lives are for the life of others we will seek to take life from others and we will experience less than what God has for us. I believe that true community is the testimony of God’s presence that draws each member of the community to come-to-unity around the presence of Christ’s life. We then live with sacrificial love for one another we make decisions in our hearts for one another based upon love and not law. We become willing to make decisions for those we are in relationship in love and not a logical measurement of whether they deserve our love or not. This is the true testimony of sacrificial love for one another as one community for the glory of the relationship as one.

The value of your community determines the determination of your destiny. If we don’t have a revelation of our community together we will be willing to forfeit our destiny together in life. The purpose of our lives is not simply to live successful lives filled with earthly blessings. We were born to live significant lives that bear the fruit of generational destiny and inheritance. The fruit of our relationships in not merely revealed in our lifetimes, but it is ultimately revealed in the lives of our children and our children’s children.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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Life-Giving Responses and Submission

Greetings;

Life-giving relationships begin with a commitment based upon a revelation of love, continue in the power of that commitment by a revelation of love, and grow in maturity by a revelation of love. When our commitments are based upon a revelation of love our actions towards another are empowered by love. We will even make sacrifices towards them because of our love for them. Commitments and actions are the first two ingredients towards a life-giving relationship. Commitments and actions lead to a level of relationship known as life-giving responses.

Responding to another is not an action we make to prove what we have is worth receiving by them. It is a revelation that what another possesses is of great value to us. Like the tithe given by Abram to Melchizedek in the shadow of the law (Gen. 14:18-23), our response to another is a gratuity of honor to invoke all that can be received from them. Tithe is not something that is limited to our money. It is not meant to be a legalistic ten percent given to God in the hope for His blessing upon the remaining ninety percent of our substance. Ten is a prophetic symbol of ‘totality’, ‘completeness’, or ‘judgment’ (more specifically, ‘a judgment of love’ – as ten commandments reveal a two-fold witness of loving God and loving others). Tithe represents the making of a judgment of love that what another has is of great value in our lives. God gives us a gratuity of who He is and we respond with a gratuity of who we are; thus confessing that we depend upon all of who God is to become all of what we should be.

What about our responses to one another? In a covenant relationship, we respond to another because we know they are of great value in our lives and we want all of who they are in our lives based upon a revelation of love. We make a judgment of love in our responses to our covenant partner knowing that without them we lack the full testimony of who we are meant to be in life. In a marriage, it is a confession of being together as one flesh in life. In a community, it is a confession of being one together as the community. In a team, it is a confession of being one together as a team. Commitments, actions, and responses are essential ingredients of every life-giving relationship.

The willingness of our responses determines the trust of our submission to one another. A revelation of who another is determines our willingness to respond with who we are. Our response to God invites the fullness of who God is into our lives. Our response to one another invites the fullness of who another is into our lives. Proper responses give us a testimony that is beyond who we are alone.

When we have a revelation of covenant love, we make covenant actions of love. When we act with covenant actions of faith towards another we become inspired to respond to who they are in our lives. The willingness of our responses to another determines the trust of our submission to them in our lives. Submission involves an under and over relationship with another. We must come under another in order to receive the life that is given. We must willingly come over another in order to tip in their direction and give the life that we have to the one who comes to receive. There must be a tipping towards another of one and a coming under of another. Submission is like a dance of life. It is not a matter of control, nor is it a matter of manipulation. Neither partner comes to take from another. Authority is given and received; it is not taken or used as a force to lord over another. It is the recognition of life and the exchange of that life for the testimony of life that comes to each one from the Father of life in heaven. All authority comes from God and that authority is like light from the Father of lights to His children as the light of life to the world. In a covenant relationship submission one to another reveals the light of the relationship, as each one becomes a testimony of light in the greatness of their relationship as one.

These are the first issues of relationship. Commitments inspire actions, actions prompt responses, and responses invoke a submission of one to another. Next week I will continue with the issues of contribution, community, and destiny in the journey of our relationship with God and one another in the journey of live.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Request For Assistance:

Some of you have been able to respond with some assistance to House of Bread Ministry. Thank you so much for your support. Your support is vital to my ability to equip and resource various ministries in the sphere of my calling in Christ. I am headed tomorrow to do some vital training and recording of training material in Portugal. We are preparing materials and resources for extended ministries in Africa and other locations.  If you have not been able to support House of Bread Ministry financially but are able to do now, please consider making a donation at the donation link to the right of this blog or send a contribution to House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA. 98225.

Thanks You Sincerely,

Ted J. Hanson

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Acts of Love

    Greetings;

I am going to continue to write on life-giving relationships again today. I had a wonderful time sharing these truths in Castlegar, BC, Canada a couple of weeks ago and I feel these are essential qualities for leaders and every member of the community of God.

Commitment to Christ and to one another begins with a revelation of love. Without a revelation of love our commitments will fall short. The strongest force of life is the power of love. When we have a revelation of love for someone we can easily give our all in our commitment to them. This is true for our relationship with God as well as our relationship for one another in life. This is the foundation and the strength of marriage, family, friendship, and all manner of human connections in life.

The fuel of our commitments will create the force of our actions. The source of commitment is the empowerment of our actions. The empowerment of our actions determines the willingness of our responses. The willingness of our responses determines the trust of our submission and the trust of our submission determines the focus of our contribution to another. The focus of our contributions determines the value of our community, while the value of our community reveals the determination of our destiny. The determination of our destiny is rooted in the source of our commitment. The destiny of God in our lives is one of reigning in life in all things, but its foundation is God’s love. True destiny is not about being successful in life. It is about being significant. The measure of our legacy is not seen in the years of our lives, but in how our lives effect the generations beyond our days upon this earth! This is kingdom of heaven destiny! Jesus asked His Father for the nations, and the posterity of His name is seen in the generations of men.

Isaiah 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. 11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities. 

The empowerment of your actions determines the willingness of your responses. When we know that God loves us we believe Him when He speaks. That belief is demonstrated with actions that testify of our love for Him. These are acts of faith towards Him. This same truth carries over into our human connections. Faith is toward a person and without a revelation of love there cannot be a testimony of acts that speak of our faith towards one another. Faith comes by hearing the one we love. The empowerment of our actions is revealed through faith that works through love. Those works reveal that our hearts are with the one who speaks. We have no fear of losing ourselves, because we are empowered in our hearts to live for another. There is no fear of death, because our actions are a testimony of love from our hearts. Perfect love in our hearts casts fear from the environment of our motivations. We are motivated to act in love toward another because we know how much they love us. This is a testimony of our love towards God or towards anyone in a relationship that testifies of God’s kingdom. This is the testimony of true covenant. It is not true for a contract of law. Law measures commitments by the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, while love liberates its joining partners by the tree of life. When we are empowered to act in faith towards another, we become inspired to willingly respond to who they are in our lives.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Special Request and Thank You; 

I want to give a special thank you to all of you who have been so faithfully and lovingly supporting me. Without your support, I would not be able to provide the equipping and resourcing that God has called me to do in this season of my life. Last week I shared a need in our ministry and several of you have responded. Thank you so much to those who have supported and to those who have freely responded to my request. Thank you to all who support in prayer.

I am asking that others of you please consider assisting me in fulfilling my part in the call of Christ by way of financial support and prayer. Last year House of Bread Ministry experienced a 31% decrease in annual support. This is the lowest since 2012. Many new doors have opened in international arenas and I am traveling about 60% of my time. Many places that I go cannot cover my full travel expenses and most of the time I do not receive funding from travel that provides much more than travel expenses or something towards it. This is part of going to the places that I have committed to go. Covering my travel expense alone does not allow for funds to support myself, my family, or the other needs of our ministry.  I am presently needing to buy numerous airline tickets to travel to the places God has called me, but I am unable to purchase tickets in a timely manner due to a financial burden I am carrying from last year. Please consider helping in this matter if you are able. I am asking God for the freedom to do what He has called me to do without the restraint of finical burdens. Any support that you may give will be greatly appreciated.

Thank You,

Ted J. Hanson

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Love – The Strength of Commitment

Greetings;

Today I am writing concerning a subject that I have blogged in the past. I feel that this topic is essential for the present season of God in the relevant truth of the Spirit for this time. God is calling us, appointing us, and anointing us to be the people of God. The essential elements of being a community of God is that of life-giving relationships. We must receive life from God and give life to one another. This is the true testimony of being the community of God. It is the testimony of being the people of God.

Everything that matters in life is about RELATIONSHIPS. Who we are, what we do, and the destiny of our lives are not based upon our gifting or our anointing. Everything of life is a testimony of relationship. Fruit comes from relationship, not from works or abilities. God wants a relationship with each of us. What is the strength of a relationship with God? What is the strength of every relationship in life? Relationships consist of commitments, actions, responses, submission, contributions, community, and destiny.

Relationships begin with a commitment. The strength of that commitment determines the strength of the relationship. Relationships established by law will fail. They cannot express covenant. They can only hope to maintain some form of contract and contracts are as the name infers. Contracts restrict and bind its participants to one another in some way, but they don’t live for the greater value of another. They seek to make a greater value of the contract and thus restrict the participating members from the greatness that is found in covenants. Contracts may appear to create things that are greater, but the binding force of a contract is law. The binding force of a covenant is love and love is a revelation, not a command. This is the source and the strength of our covenant with God and with one another. It is a revelation of love. Love will empower our hearts to be in covenant. Covenants are not based upon what we receive from another, but upon who we are for the sake of another. God made a covenant with us by giving us all that is His. We make a covenant with God by giving Him all that we are. When these two things become realities in the relationship, there is a powerful dynamic of life that is beyond anything that can be negotiated in a contract of law. Both contracts and covenants require a commitment of its participants, but the commitment of a contract is based upon law while the commitments of covenants are based upon a revelation of love.

The source of your commitment is the empowerment of your actions. One day a Pharisaic lawyer came to Jesus and asked Him what the greatest commandment in the law was. Jesus responded that the greatest was to love God and the second was to love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus said that upon those two commandments rested the entire law and the prophets (Mt. 22:34-40). The law and the prophets depended upon commands to love God and one another, but humanity could not love God and one another based upon a command of law. Jesus gave a new commandment to His disciples. That commandment was to love one another even as He had loved them, that they would love one another.

John 13: 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

This New Covenant command was based upon a revelation of God’s love. Only a revelation of God’s love will inspire a commitment of love. The source of our commitment to a relationship with God or one another must be a revelation of God’s love for us. When we know how much God loves us, we are inspired to know how much God loves others. Only a revelation of God’s love can create a true commitment that will empower the actions of our lives towards God and others. Love is a revelation, not a commandment of law to love another. A revelation of forgiveness leads to repentance. A revelation of reconciliation leads to understanding. A revelation of belonging leads to believing. A revelation of purpose leads to passion. A revelation of having a Father makes us a son or daughter. These are all elements found in a commitment based upon a revelation of love. Perhaps Paradise is a place where nothing works without God. It is then also a place where everything works with Him. Paradise with God is a place of knowing how much God loves us and this is the fuel of our commitment to Him and to one another. When we know how much God loves us, we then are inspired to know how much God loves others. You see, the revelation that God loves us is not just a revelation of His love. It includes a revelation of how undeserving we are – yet He still loves us! This is in turn inspires us to love others! It is not based upon a deserving of that love. It is totally based upon a revelation of love!

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Special Request;  

I want to thank all of you who have been supporting House of Bread Ministry financially and with your prayers. Without your support, I would not be able to provide the equipping and resourcing that God has called me to do in this season of my life. I am asking that others of you please consider assisting me in fulfilling my part in the call of Christ by way of financial support and prayer. Last year House of Bread Ministry experienced a 31% decrease in annual support. This is the lowest since 2012. Many new doors have opened in international arenas and I am traveling about 60% of my time. Many places that I go cannot cover my full travel expenses and most of the time I do not receive funding from travel that provides much more than travel expenses or something towards it. This is part of going to the places that I have committed to go. Covering my travel expense alone does not allow for funds to support myself, my family, or the other needs of our ministry.  I am presently needing to buy numerous airline tickets to travel to the places God has called me, but I am unable to purchase tickets in a timely manner due to a financial burden I am carrying from last year. Please consider helping in this matter if you are able. I am asking God for the freedom to do what He has called me to do without the restraint of finical burdens. Any support that you may give will be greatly appreciated.

Thank You,

Ted J. Hanson

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Eternal Things Count

Greetings;

We must live our lives by faith towards God and not towards things. Our relationship with God is eternal, but the things we do of material value will only last a day, a lifetime, or a minor duration of history in the generations of men. Things we accomplish can vanish in a day. Lifetimes we live will fade in the end. Empires we build will soon become the crushed rocks of landfill for another’s endeavor in life. We must do things in life or our lives are not a testimony of living, but what are the ‘doing things’ that count? Do the things we do define who we are or do the things we do refine the substance of who we are? When the substance of our lives becomes a testimony of eternal value then the things we do can take on the character of our eternal value. It is not the things that remain in the earth of our lives that are the most significant. It is the substance of who we are that we leave in the lives of others that matters most.

My own father was a hardworking man for his entire life. He raised ten children and provided for us by working as a farmer on our home farm as well as working in the community as a painter, a roofer, and in insurance sales and claims. He worked from early morning to night every day of his working life. He was not a successful entrepreneur and many would consider that he was unsuccessful in his life. Some may even consider his works failures, but I believe that my dad left a greater inheritance in this world than the things that can be destroyed by rust and decay. My dad believed in God and was faithful to God and to his experience of church for his entire life. He read his Bible diligently from cover to cover many times in the days of his life. His priority was loving God in his way and loving his family as he thought he could. His love language was one of giving to others and working to show that love in whatever way he could. He wasn’t good with words of love, but his actions in life spoke of love. I have come to understand the language of his life, though I have not always understood it. He was a man with flaws, but for those with eyes to see and ears to hear, his life was perfect in love.

When my dad was 58 years old he fell from the top of a barn and never walked again without the use of crutches, but he lived to 90 years and didn’t use a wheelchair until the very end. He spent 3 years in and out of hospital surgeries for bone repair, bone replacement, staff infection battles, and even an additional brain tumor that left him battling seizures through the following years. My mom also battled during that time with diabetes, and eventually amputations due to infection complications in her leg. She ended up in a walker for her remaining days. Those were no doubt tremendously hard years for my dad and my mom, but in it all they both remained true to their love for God, their love for one another, and their love for their family.

My mom loved to sing and her favorite bird was a small brown wren. She loved it for the song that it sang in the morning. My mom never stopped singing throughout her life and even sang the song ‘Trust and Obey’ to a dying patient in the hospital. Ina Hanson was like that small brown wren. She didn’t seem to be mighty and strong, but the atmosphere of life around her was filled with the song of her life each day. Thank you, mom for the song of life. The song of life brings life to each and every day!

Endurance was a strong testimony of my dad’s life and I am grateful for the inheritance of endurance he left for me in this life. His name was Simon, but the community called him Sam. His reputation was that of being ‘honest Sam’. When he painted a house or a barn, you could count on the fact that the paint would last longer than others painted at the same time. I remember him teaching me how to paint when I was 8 years old. He taught me to not use masking tape when cutting in the paint around the window trim. His words to me were that the paint would seal to the window when not using tape, but the use of tape would break the seal of the paint on the wood and the paint would not last as long. His concern was to give the customer a quality paint job that would last as long as possible. He used brushes and not a sprayer, since he said the paint from the brush was a fuller coat and the job would not fade. He charged less than others and usually cut himself short for the sake of giving others a job that would please them. He taught me how to fill a paint brush with paint, but not to drip paint where it was not to be applied. His heart was to provide an affordable, long-lasting, quality painting for the people he served. Sometimes we kids would be upset with how our dad let others seemingly take advantage of him, but I think my dad left us a mystery to be discovered concerning giving one’s life for the wellbeing of others. At times we thought he should have lived more to give more things to us as children, but perhaps he gave us something of eternal value in the heart. My dad demonstrated a life of loving God with all his heart and loving others. He did it in his way, not mine. He did it with his heart, not mine. He did it with his language and not mine, but he did it well. Thank you, dad, for living your life from the foundation of Christ.

2 Corinthians 3:11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

Living for the comfort of our own lives is as straw and it will simply be consumed at the end of the day. Living for my own lifetime will surely fade and can only vanish in the flames of eternity. Living for a business, a ministry, or some empire of human effort can only last a generation or more, but even the things of empires are consumed in the flames of eternity in the end. It is only those things of eternal character that remain. What are the qualities of Christ’s kingdom in you that will live on in the hearts of men? You will live it in your way and not of mine. You will express it with your heart, not mine. It will be expressed in your language and not mine, but ask God to give you the grace to do it well. Live and lead from the foundation of Christ and let the point of your life be LIFE for the world.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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Being Truth

    Greetings,

Each of us has been given a realm of rule in this life. We have each been given a life to have dominion in. I believe that dominion can only be fulfilled when we become the true testimony of who we are meant to be in Christ. When we become the authentic person that God has called us to be, we crumble the lies that seek to pervert the testimony of our dominion in life. Dominion is not a matter of control. It is a matter of truth. Truth crumbles every lie and truth is the full testimony of being the life-giving person God intends for each of us to be. This is not limited to our natural birth, but fully dependent upon God’s presence in our lives in order to be and to increasingly become. Truth is not based upon information we have attained to know, but the testimony that we become. Truth is not based upon what we do. It is a testimony of who we truly are. Truth is not based upon our own carnal or self-seeking desires, but upon the desires given to our hearts by a constant encounter with Him. God is life and true life-desires are granted to our hearts when we don’t lean on our own understanding, but acknowledge God in all our ways.

Psalms 37:3-6 Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.

Only by trusting in the Lord can we truly dwell in our sphere of influence in life. We can live there and exist there without Him, but we can only dwell there with Him. To dwell in the land is to bring life to its barren places and to crumble every lie with truth. God’s presence is the power of God’s grace and it is only by the power of God’s grace that we can bring life to the barren places of our lives. Our righteousness is only found when we discover the truth of who we are. We were born for the well-being of the world we live in. The creative power of our minds is merely an expression of our hearts and our hearts are the containers of life for the world. When are true to who we really are, we can do all things that serve the purpose of who we are. As leaders in the body of Christ we must set an example of truth and we must lead others into the testimony of who each one is in Christ. This is the strength of true dominion in life. Leaders set an example in trusting the Lord, thus they are empowered to lead others in doing good. Leaders set an example in accepting the responsibility of their lives for the sake of giving life to others, thus they lead others into the same. Leaders set an example of feeding on God’s faithfulness, thus they lead others to discover amazing testimonies of God’s love. Leaders set an example of delighting in the Lord and their hearts become bigger with time. Leaders lead people to discover the joy discovering the freedom of heart and mind that can only be found in Spirit of the Lord. Only the Spirit of the Lord within the human heart can bring true liberty in life. Leaders commit their way to the Lord and thus their leadership is merely an expression of God who leads all into discovering who they are in life. Leaders seek to know truth, become truth, and to be truth in the world in which they live.

We cannot attain to the truth of who we are from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. We can only attain to the truth of who we are from the tree of life. The source of who we are is found in discovering who God is in our lives. I believe that the secret is in the coming of the influence of the kingdom of God in our hearts. The kingdom of God is not an external kingdom (Lk. 17:20, 21). It is an internal kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom. 14:17). It is the internal place of the heart. When we find the kingdom of God in our hearts we find the realm of God’s influence within us. What happens to our realm of influence in life when the realm of the God’s influence enters our hearts? God’s Spirit within us answers the questions of the human heart.

Acts 17:24 God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. 25 Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. 26 And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’

We live, move, and have our being in God. The realm of God’s influence in our hearts will affect the spiritual and practical realities of the realm of our influence in life. God is the one who gives us life, breath, and all things. All things that we do in life are empowered by the life of God within us. The expression of who we are can only be discovered when we find the expression of who God is in us. God is the life and we are made alive by that life. God is the life-giving word and we are the voice, expression, and way of revealing Him to the world we live in. When we discover His presence in our hearts, we discover the source of our being. God is our God, we are His expression, and we live together with Him in all things. When we partner with God in who we are and receive Him in all that He is, we do works that express His glory in the sphere of our dwelling in the earth and we impact our time with the influence of God’s glory. We don’t get our identity from the things we do. All that we do finds its identity in who we are in Christ.

Jesus said that when we drink of Him, life-giving water flows from us to the world we live in (Jn. 7:37-39). The kingdom of God within us will cause our name to become a testimony of God in our realm of influence. Only by this can we know truth, become truth, and be truth in our world.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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