The Purpose of a Boat

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Greetings,

There are many styles of churches and ministries. The style of church we lead, or the style of ministry we lead, is simply a vehicle to carry the presence of God for the purposes of God. I liken the expressions of churches and ministries to boats that contain the presence of Jesus.

We sometimes make the miracles of God our focus and we miss seeing the presence and purpose of God in our lives. Sometimes we make ministry structure and style our focus and we miss seeing the presence and purpose of God. The presence of Jesus in our lives empowers us in supernatural ways, but those supernatural experiences only testify of our need for Jesus to fulfill God’s purposes in our ministries.

In the gospels, there is a story of Jesus walking on water. Jesus walked on water to the disciples in the boat in the midst of a storm (Mt. 14:22–33; Mk. 6:45-52; Jn. 6:15–21). I believe that this story depicts our need for Jesus in all that we are and do. Peter could step out of the boat because Jesus bid him to come. When Peter was distracted by the waves of the sea, he began to sink, but Jesus took his hand and led him back to the boat. The storm was tossing the boat but Jesus in the boat calmed the sea and boat was able to continue to its destination, where many people were healed and touched by the supernatural love of God.

God used a boat with Noah in the days of world change (Gen. 6:13-15). God shut Noah in the boat (Gen. 7:16). I don’t believe that God merely sealed the boat tightly. I believe that God’s presence was with Noah and his family while they were in the boat and that God’s presence sealed the boat from the flood waters of destruction. God’s presence surrounded the boat and empowered it to move forward into the purposes of God for the earth. This was Old Covenant testimony but in the New Covenant God’s presence is in the boat.

There is one story of Jesus walking on water, but there are numerous times where Jesus needed a boat. The boat was not a boat of human purpose. It was always a boat for the presence of Jesus and the purposes of God in the earth. Peter, James, and John had to leave a boat to follow Jesus because the presence of Jesus was more important than merely a boat (Mt. 4:21-22).

Jesus was asleep in a boat when a storm arose because God always rests in what carries His purpose in the earth (Mt. 8:23-27; Mk. 4:35-39). When Jesus awoke, He demonstrated that His presence in the boat is stronger than any storm that resists the purpose of the boat. The boat then carried Jesus to the other side to bring freedom to the Gadarenian demoniac (Mk. 5:1-4).

Jesus used a boat to cross over to the other side to heal a paralytic (Mt. 9:1-2). He used a boat to cross over and heal a woman with an issue of blood and to raise the daughter of Jairus from the dead (Mk. 5:21-23). Jesus used a boat so the crowd could see Him and hear Him speak (Mt. 13:1-2; Mk. 4:1; Mk. 6:34-45). He used a boat to get to a secluded place a to pray (Mt. 14:13; Mk. 6:30-33). Jesus used a boat to minister to the sick (Mk. 6:53-54) and He used a boat to get to the region of Magdala (Mt. 15:39). Jesus used a small boat to escape from being crushed by the crowd (Mk. 3:9-10). Jesus used a boat to demonstrate God’s supernatural provision for Peter (Lk. 5:3-7) and He also used a boat to demonstrate who He was to Peter after His resurrection (Jn. 21:6-8).

I think the story of Jesus walking on water illustrates our need for Jesus in our boat. We need a boat to fulfill the purposes of God, but any boat that God instructs us to get, or build, must be for the presence of Jesus and the will of God. Without the presence of Jesus we cannot fulfill His purpose, but we also need a boat. We must never dispute with other ministries over the structure of their boat and the structure of ours. We must only look to see the presence of Jesus in the boat.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




Donations can be made at the link on the home site of:

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www.ted4you.com or

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Checks can be made payable to House of Bread Ministry and sent to:

House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225

To avoid us paying a transaction fee from your donation, you can also set up a payment or an automatic payment from your bank to House of Bread Ministry. Just set it up as a ‘bill pay’ through your online bank account and your bank will mail a check to House of Bread Ministry. We will record your payment as a donation to House of Bread Ministry (E.I.N. 91-2009037) and we will send you a contribution receipt at the close of the year.

Our Ministry Information Is:
House of Bread Ministry
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Leading as Examples

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Leaders are not representatives of the people of God, they are examples to people of God in being sons and daughters of God. They demonstrate a lifestyle of living for God’s kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Leaders don’t lead for their own purposes, but for the will of God in the lives of those God has sent them to serve. For this reason, leaders must lead for God’s presence and for God’s purpose.

Revelation 1:12-13 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.

John’s revelation of Jesus began with seeing Jesus standing in the midst of the church. He is the voice behind us that motivates our lives to move forward by an empowerment of faith. That faith comes from a personal encounter with Jesus when we turn to see Him in our hearts.

2 Corinthians 3:16-18 Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Leaders live their lives as examples to those they lead by turning to the Lord for a continual process of change that testifies of the glory of God. Leaders lead others to turn to the Lord, even as they turn to the Lord. The presence of Jesus in our lives is essential for all that we are and all that we do. Jesus must be seen standing in the midst of His church for it to be an expression of His church.

We cannot create ministries that take people by the hand and lead them. We must create spiritual spaces that enable people to have spiritual encounters with God that transform their lives to fulfill His purpose and will. The Spirit of the Lord empowers God’s children to live, move, and have their being in Christ.

Leaders are not called to merely lead Christian expressions. We are called to lead Christ expressions of the body of Christ. Christ in each one is the hope of glory. That glory is not just for going to heaven when we die. That glory is to live to bring the life of God to our world. Each season of our lives is for the calling of Christ, the testimony of Christ, and the purpose of Christ.

Colossians 2:6-7 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

We don’t lead others to merely fulfill Christian ministry. We lead others to walk in Christ as a testimony of the glory of God. That glory brings life to our world. We lead by being an example to others in being a part of the body of Christ that reveals the testimony of Christ and fulfills the purpose of Christ by the power of His resurrection life. God’s grace empowers us to reign in life for the glory of God’s name.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




Donations can be made at the link on the home site of:

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

Checks can be made payable to House of Bread Ministry and sent to:

House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225

To avoid us paying a transaction fee from your donation, you can also set up a payment or an automatic payment from your bank to House of Bread Ministry. Just set it up as a ‘bill pay’ through your online bank account and your bank will mail a check to House of Bread Ministry. We will record your payment as a donation to House of Bread Ministry (E.I.N. 91-2009037) and we will send you a contribution receipt at the close of the year.

Our Ministry Information Is:
House of Bread Ministry
3210 Meridian St.
Bellingham, WA 98225-1728

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For the Sake of Others

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Greetings,

The apostle Paul wrote to his spiritual son Timothy to be an example to those within his influence as a leader. Leaders are to be an example in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, and in purity. These are all issues of character not some intellectual ability or learned skill. All believers are to be the substance of God’s word, an example of His conduct, an expression of His love, an inspiration of spirit, a testimony of a lifestyle of faith, and pure in their hearts. Leaders set an example that inspires and encourages others to live in the same way.

Paul also gave some instructions concerning actions that Timothy was to be faithful in as a leader. Those actions defined his purpose for the sake of others.

1 Timothy 4:14 Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

Paul, the apostle, charged Timothy give attention to the act of reading, or reading again and again to know what has been given to us by God. This is an act of reading to own what one reads. Timothy was to study for himself, but also to help those within his sphere of influence to do the same. He was to help them to know God’s word. He was to help them know the word in a way that they too would own it. It would become a revelation within their hearts and minds to inspire their personal relationship with God.

Timothy was to give attention to exhorting those within his sphere of influence. This was to give an effort in inspiring them in their faith and relationship with God. It was to see them strengthened in God in every way.

Timothy was to give attention to doctrine – to teaching. He was to be taught by God and to help others be taught by God. This is the teaching that comes from the inside out that changes our character, nature, and way. It is not merely an informational teaching regarding Scripture. It is the teaching that inspires us to walk in the power and authority of Christ. Timothy was to live this way and to lead in this purpose.

Leaders pay attention to these things. They invest their focus, their time, and their purpose in knowing God’s word, strengthening others in their relationship with God, and living their lives as those whose lives are change by the teachings of God.

Timothy was not a leader by training alone. He was a leader by gift. God appoints leaders and He gives them a gift to lead. Like Timothy, God makes declarations that deposit the substance of leadership in those He appoints to lead. That substance is not for the sake of the leader, but for the sake of those He entrusts them to lead. Like Timothy, as leaders we must know that these things are also true for us.

1 Timothy 4:15 Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.

Paul’s charge to Timothy included the substance of his character for others, the actions he was to take for the sake of others, and the ability that he was to depend upon in this responsibility given. As leaders we should give our focus, our thoughts, and our prayers to being an example in the character of a son of God. We must be diligent in living lives that make every action to help those we lead to embrace a life of being sons and daughters of God. We must depend upon the gift that God gives and the words that God speaks. By depending upon these things, we will be an example to believers to depend upon who God has gifted them to be and to believe the words that God speaks to them.

Timothy was to take heed to himself and to the way of life that Paul was declaring to him. He was to continue in these things. This was not merely to hold on to these things as something learned, but to grow in them as attributes to mature in. His way of life as a leader was not merely for his sake, but for those that God had given to hear him.

1 Timothy 4:16 Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.

As leaders, let us continue in these things for the sake of our appointment in these things. We are not leaders for our own sake, but for the sake of those we have been given to lead.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




Donations can be made at the link on the home site of:

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

Checks can be made payable to House of Bread Ministry and sent to:

House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225

To avoid us paying a transaction fee from your donation, you can also set up a payment or an automatic payment from your bank to House of Bread Ministry. Just set it up as a ‘bill pay’ through your online bank account and your bank will mail a check to House of Bread Ministry. We will record your payment as a donation to House of Bread Ministry (E.I.N. 91-2009037) and we will send you a contribution receipt at the close of the year.

Our Ministry Information Is:
House of Bread Ministry
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Bellingham, WA 98225-1728

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Being An Example

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What does it mean to be a leader for the sake of the body of Christ? Is it about providing Christian programs or expressions of Christian ministry? Is it about providing teachings concerning the Scriptures? Or is it for the fruit of knowing God that is testified in Scripture? The apostle Paul wrote to his spiritual son Timothy regarding the important things for leadership. Those things were about the substance of Timothy’s character and the testimony of his life, not the style of his ministry or the skill of his administration.

1 Timothy 4:12 Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 

To be an example in the word is not about being an example in Scripture memory. It is being an example in the substance of the word. It is about setting an example that others can see that is true to the word of God. It is true to being an expression of God. All believers in Christ are to be an example to their world as expressions of God. They are to be true to God’s word. Leaders simply lead others in becoming true to God’s word.

Leaders are to be an example that can inspire others by their conduct in life. Leaders are not examples in conduct while believers are not. All believers in Christ are to be an example to the world as to the conduct of sons and daughters of God. How do we handle the challenges of life? How do we live our lives? How do we respond to others? How do we react to others? How do we live our lives as dads, moms, brothers, sisters, grandparents, friends, and neighbors? Leaders lead for this testimony in the family of God.

What about love? How do we exhibit the character of love in our attitudes and actions in life? All believers in Christ are to exhibit the love of God to their world and leaders lead in this testimony. They demonstrate the character, nature, and way of God in their love for God and for others. Leaders lead others in this testimony.

What about living lives that exhibit a supernatural connection to the Spirit? Do we manifest being spiritual people that inspire others to be the same? This is not about being religious with religious actions and the keeping of religious ceremonies. It is about being people of the spirit. This includes a discerning of spirits and a spiritual example to others in being connected to the Spirit of God at all times. For this reason, I stir up my spirit all day long in praying in the spirit. I don’t make it a religious task; I simply pray without ceasing throughout my day. I choose to have a face-to-face relationship with God all day long.

A leader is to be an example in faith. Faith is a supernatural testimony of responding to the voice of God in our hearts. It is about hearing God and responding to what He says in all things. Like the story of the man who built his house upon the rock, believers are to practice hearing God and responding to what He says in the actions of their lives. Leaders set an example for those they lead in living lives of faith. This is living lives not easily shaken by natural sight. What things look like in the world or in the natural circumstances of our lives don’t determine the footsteps of our lives. What God is speaking to our hearts determines the paths that we choose to take and the actions we choose to make.

Leaders are to be an example in purity. This is to live an innocent and sinless live. To do this requires a connection to God that inspires a change in our hearts and minds to live to be givers of life and not takers of life from others. We live for the wellbeing of others through an intimate connection with God in or hearts. We live lives empowered by God’s grace. The manifest presence of God in our hearts enables us to live lives that exhibit the holy life-giving nature of our heavenly Father in all things. Leaders give themselves to being pure to inspire those they lead to do the same.

All sons and daughters of God give their lives to be known and seen as children of God. It is evidenced in their lives by being a testimony of God’s word, a conduct that is true to being children of God, love that is true to the nature of God’s heart, spirit that is revealed as the life of God even in natural ways, faith that is seen in the works of their lives, and in purity that is true to the heart of God in all things. Leaders set an example in these things that others can see and be inspired to embrace as their way in life.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




Donations can be made at the link on the home site of:

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

Checks can be made payable to House of Bread Ministry and sent to:

House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225

To avoid us paying a transaction fee from your donation, you can also set up a payment or an automatic payment from your bank to House of Bread Ministry. Just set it up as a ‘bill pay’ through your online bank account and your bank will mail a check to House of Bread Ministry. We will record your payment as a donation to House of Bread Ministry (E.I.N. 91-2009037) and we will send you a contribution receipt at the close of the year.

Our Ministry Information Is:
House of Bread Ministry
3210 Meridian St.
Bellingham, WA 98225-1728

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Leading For the Anointing Oil

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Greetings,

True freedom and liberty come from an encounter with Christ in our hearts. We cannot give freedom to others; we can only aid them in finding the power of Christ within them. Christ in each believer is the hope of glory (Col. 1:27). Every move of God’s grace is a testimony of the internal kingdom of God manifesting in external ways.

Luke 17:20-21 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”

The life of God’s kingdom comes from within us and spills out of our lives to reveal the testimony of true transformation. We don’t just have the hope of one day seeing Jesus face-to-face, we also have the hope of a constant coming of Christ in our lives as we look to Him each day. From glory to glory we are changed by the power of His grace. This is the testimony of turning to Christ within us. I believe we are in another measure of God’s grace and as leaders, we must receive, experience, and inspire others to embrace the testimony of the anointing oil of Christ in every new season of life.

It is the anointing oil that breaks the yoke. It is not merely the anointing, but the anointing oil. The anointing oil is the testimony of the fatness of Christ within us. It is the grease that comes out from within. It is not the anointing that we see on someone’s life, but the anointing oil of Christ from inside of us. We can see His light, but His presence in us makes us become testimonies of that light. It is not the illumination of Christ that makes us free. It is the manifestation of His presence within our lives.

Isaiah 10:26, 27 And the LORD of hosts will stir up a scourge for him like the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb; as His rod was on the sea, so will He lift it up in the manner of Egypt. It shall come to pass in that day that his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil.

The things that keep us in bondage can only be broken off of our lives by an internal manifestation of freedom found in Christ. One can experience the anointing oil or the light that comes from the anointing oil. As New Covenant leaders we must lead to activate the anointing oil in those we lead. It is like the testimony of the torch within the clay vessels of Gideon (Jdg. 7) and the sound of the Spirit within that blows through the prophetic shofar. When Moses told the people to stand still and see the salvation of their God, God told Moses to trust what was within him. He told Moses to lift up his rod and move forward (Ex. 14:13-16). These were shadows of the testimony of Christ within us.

I believe that present grace of the anointing oil of Christ is a testimony of the cassia oil. The cassia oil is a testimony of intimacy with God that brings healing and deliverance. It is a type of cinnamon, so it prophetically depicts being loved by God and loving God. It awakens our hearts to God’s love in a deep way and it inspires us to love Him, both in heaven and in the many members of His body upon the earth.  

God wants to give us the identity of being sons and daughters of God. We are the people of God. We are the family of God. As sons and daughters of God we are being freed from things that have been lodged within us from the past. Those things can be past experiences in our own life or even things that we have inherited in our family line. The anointing oil of Christ in us works like a laxative to allow us to let the things that could not be digested to leave our lives. What did not produce life cannot produce life in our bodies today. Those things only poison us and prevent us from knowing our true identity as sons and daughters of God. To be blunt, those things only create a testimony that stinks and doesn’t serve the testimony of family, community, and friends.

As leaders, we must lead by letting the things of our past be removed by the power of Christ with us. We lead others to do the same. There is an anointing in this hour to let go of the things that do not define who we really are and to be healed in our ability to receive life, digest life, reproduce life, and be flexible to become all that God intends for us to be in life.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




Donations can be made at the link on the home site of:

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

Checks can be made payable to House of Bread Ministry and sent to:

House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225

To avoid us paying a transaction fee from your donation, you can also set up a payment or an automatic payment from your bank to House of Bread Ministry. Just set it up as a ‘bill pay’ through your online bank account and your bank will mail a check to House of Bread Ministry. We will record your payment as a donation to House of Bread Ministry (E.I.N. 91-2009037) and we will send you a contribution receipt at the close of the year.

Our Ministry Information Is:
House of Bread Ministry
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The Cassia Anointing

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If you examine the ingredients of the anointing oil in the Old Testament you will find that there were five ingredients in the oil (Ex. 30:23-25).  One ingredient was myrrh. Myrrh was burial oil and I believe that it speaks of the testimony of death and resurrection in Christ. We all died in Christ so that we can also live in Him. The anointing of Christ enables us to exchange living according to the life of the flesh for living according to the life of the Spirit. We only lose our lives, so we can find our true life in Christ.

A second ingredient was cinnamon, and I believe that cinnamon speaks of intimacy, love, life and joy (Song. 4:13). It is a testimony of intimacy, love, and life found in Christ. It is symbolic of an awakening of our hearts to be loved by God and to know His manifest presence near to us in all things.

A third ingredient was cassia. Cassia was a type of cinnamon that acted as an ex-lax and held healing properties. I believe that this is the part of the anointing oil that removes the issues of the past and heals the wounded places of our lives.

A fourth ingredient was olive oil and olive oil is significant to the prophetic testimony of the anointing oil. It is a symbol of the prophetic life of God as the one who speaks and life happens. It is what gives the oil its fatness.

The final ingredient of the anointing oil was sweet cane. I believe that sweet cane is a testimony to authority. It is a cane and is thus a measuring rod and a testimony of rule. That cane was sweet and thus it testifies of a rule that brings life. Sugar brightens the eyes and gives life energy. Authority is like the sweet cane in the anointing oil. It brings life and release to those who receive its influence.

In the 1960’s and 70’s, God released a desire to lose our lives in Christ and become the testimony of the body of Christ. Like the oil of myrrh, we found that losing our lives and living in Christ was true life. The 1980’s brought about a fresh resurgence of the olive oil in Christ’s anointing and there was a restoration of the prophetic testimony of Jesus in the midst of His church. The 1990’s were a testimony of the cinnamon in Christ’s anointing. The church experienced the manifest presence of the Spirit of God in a powerful way. Laughter, liberty, and life were seen in our gatherings together as the body of Christ.

At the turn of the millennium, God spoke to me that in the present move of God’s Spirit, there would be a release of the cassia oil in the church. There is also coming a fresh release of the sweet cane of life-giving authority, but I believe we are presently in the midst of the anointing of the cassia oil.

I believe that Cassia oil is a testimony of intimacy with God that brings healing and deliverance. It is also a type of cinnamon, so it prophetically depicts being loved by God and loving God. It awakens our hearts to God’s love in a deep way and it inspires us to love Him, both in heaven and in the many members of His body upon the earth.   

Cassia oil contains properties and act as a laxative. It has a health benefit for treating constipation. It is also used to aid in bringing healing to various diseases such as respiratory, digestive, and gynecological ailments. Benefits include:

  • Breathing, digestion, reproduction, bowel movement
  • Stimulates the blood flow to the joints by strengthening the circulatory system
  • Used to reduce swelling, rashes, and joint pain
  • Treatment of arthritis, possessing anti-inflammatory and antirheumatic properties
  • Brings calmness, relieving stress and anxiety

The anointing of God breaks the assignments of the enemy against your ability to breath, your ability to digest food, your ability to reproduce, and your ability to get rid of unusable materials lodged within you. Those unusable materials even prove to be poisonous to your body if left within you. Cassia will free you from the things stuck in your life from the past and give health to your body for the present for new life and liberty in your life. God’s cassia anointing breaks the assignments of the enemy that affect the circulation of our body that limits your mobility and flexibility. This anointing of God also contains comforting and calming properties that relieve stress and anxiety.

I believe that we are in the midst of a move of God’s Spirit, and within this move is the fresh anointing of the cassia oil. Is it surprising that the presently apparent assignments of the enemy appear to be things that require the anointing of the cassia oil? God wants to heal our identities and empower us to be loved by Him in the uniqueness of who we are individually and who we are together as the body of Christ.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




Donations can be made at the link on the home site of:

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

Checks can be made payable to House of Bread Ministry and sent to:

House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225

To avoid us paying a transaction fee from your donation, you can also set up a payment or an automatic payment from your bank to House of Bread Ministry. Just set it up as a ‘bill pay’ through your online bank account and your bank will mail a check to House of Bread Ministry. We will record your payment as a donation to House of Bread Ministry (E.I.N. 91-2009037) and we will send you a contribution receipt at the close of the year.

Our Ministry Information Is:
House of Bread Ministry
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Bellingham, WA 98225-1728

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The Seasons of God

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To be leaders in the body of Christ, we must know the seasons of God. The future of the church is not determined by the seasons of the world, but the seasons of the world are determined by the seasons of God in His church. When the church embraces a season of the world as the season of today, the church becomes an illegitimate witness of the light of Christ to the world.

What is the difference between the seasons of the world and the seasons of God? The seasons of the world are connected to natural sight. The seasons of God are connected to God in heaven. God’s seasons inspire faith. They are always connected to God’s heart of love. Even when a season contains correction, that correction is redemptive and includes the available attribute of God’s mercy and the empowerment of His grace. The seasons of the world are inspired by the self-seeking agendas of men.

The seasons of the world promote fear, reaction, and defensiveness. The seasons of God promote love, faith, and a willingness to change. The seasons of the world are bound to the laws of entropy, but the seasons of God are connected to God’s increasing glory. That glory always involves a change in us.

2 Corinthians 3:15-18 But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

When experience is our teacher, it is a testimony that can only be read. It is bound to something that has happened or is happening, and to be preserved it must be remembered. This is the mark of an Old Covenant reality. When Holy Spirit is our teacher, it produces a testimony that can be heard, read, and kept – in the sense of being further walked out. Holy Spirit’s voice is always the NOW sound of God to our hearts. The seasons of God bring liberty that is the fruit of a passion for God’s desires birthed within our hearts. This is when the influence of God’s kingdom comes into our lives and a testimony of His will is revealed.

In the world, the seasons are determined by the teachings of experience. That experience is both good and bad, or perceived good or bad. The seasons of God are determined by the teaching of Holy Spirit. This is not teaching of information, but the teaching of transformation. It is a place where thoughts, reasoning, desires, emotions, and imaginations are inspired from our spirits to our souls. Every season of God will inspire us to grow in the attributes of Christ and a testimony of His life. We can only see, embrace, and walk in the seasons of God by faith.

2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.

We must listen for the voice that brings peace from within our hearts. We must listen for the sound of faith, hope, and love in every season of our lives. Very seldom does God want to get us out of our circumstances in life but it is for sure that He wants to get into every circumstance of our lives with His manifest presence. Every season of God includes God’s manifest presence in our lives. His manifest presence will change a past season to a new season reality. The seasons of God are a testimony of the kingdom of God. A principle of the kingdom of God is always testified by an increase of God’s kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit from within our hearts.

Matthew 13:31, 32 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”

Matthew 13:33 Another parable He spoke to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.”

We need not be shaken by the seasons of the world. We only need to look for, and to, every new season of God’s life.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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Empowered by God’s Spirit

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Greetings,

We have been invited by God to actively participate in His plan and purpose in the earth. We were born into a world filled with people who live to fulfill their self-focused desires, but we were born again into a God-focused reality. We live to please God in all things because He is already pleased to call us His children. We are not motivated by some form of guilt or condemnation that tells our hearts we must earn God’s love. We are motivated by faith! We hear God in our hearts because He is our Father and He loves us. This inspires us from within to live for Him in all things!

As leaders, we are not called to lead others in various forms of Christian ministry. We are called to lead others into the reality of knowing Christ in their humanity so they can walk in the power of God’s life-giving authority in their world. We are empowered by God’s Spirit to live in our natural world in a spiritual way. We are to be spiritually empowered to bring life to all in our path of destiny in this world. We must therefore understand how to live in the power of our authority in Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

The authority over the earth was given to mankind by God. Man is to be fruitful, multiply, fill, subdue, and have dominion in life. This is not merely a generic commission. It is specific and unique for each of us. We live in this natural world in a body of flesh, but we are commissioned by God to live in our natural world in a spiritual way. Without the presence of God’s Spirit in us, upon us, and with us we will not be able to subdue or to have dominion in life. We can be fruitful, multiply, and fill our world in a certain way, but the testimony of our lives will lack the authority to subdue and have dominion.

I believe that to subdue is to destroy death with life. To have dominion is to crumble every lie with truth. The powers of darkness in our world need the power of God’s light in our lives so that our lives can shine for God’s glory by the power of God’s grace. Only the beliefs that come by the light of Christ within us can destroy the beliefs of darkness that have held us in disobedience to an intimacy with God from within.

We have mighty weapons in Christ, but those weapons are not weapons of the flesh. The weapons of Christ in our lives are the power of His Spirit and His Word made real from within us. We have a treasure within us that shines as light to our world from the inside out. Christ is us is the power of God’s love that can cast down every argument and every high thing that exalts itself against a personal intimacy with God. Knowing God in our heart will empower us to know Him in the thoughts of our mind. Our heart is where the beliefs of our lives reside. The beliefs of our heart will inspire the thoughts of our mind. The thoughts of our mind will then further fuel the beliefs of our heart to inspire the actions of our lives.

We are to be obedient to faith, not the natural circumstances of our lives. Faith comes by hearing God in our spirit. When God’s Spirit speaks to our spirit, our spirit speaks to our soul and our soul inspires a change in the attitude and actions of our lives. This is the power of God’s life-giving authority.

What can we do to activate, facilitate, and further release this process in our lives? We must choose to spend personal time in fellowship with the Holy Spirit. We must contemplate the goodness of Jesus our Lord and the greatness of our Father in heaven. His Word, His creation, His Spirit, and His people can all stir us up in our relationship with God to become the sons and daughters that God has called us to be. By these we can be empowered in our obedience to the voice of God in our hearts. His grace will destroy all manner of death and we will subdue our world. The boundaries of our lives will reveal the liberty of God’s love and that freedom will expand as we increasingly become givers of life to our world. We will know the truth and the truth will make us free. Every lie will crumble when faced with the truth inspired by God’s love in our hearts. God’s grace working in our lives will become a power of grace by which we can help others find the true freedom of life in Christ. This is another part of walking in the spiritual empowerment of Christ.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225

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Knowing Who You Are

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Greetings,

I have been addressing living in a spiritually empowered path in life. To live in a spiritually empowered path of life, we must live in and from the presence of God. We must live from the place of wells, as we saw in the story of Elisha when he resided in Dothan. From the place of God’s presence, he knew that there were more with him than those who were with any enemy that would come against Him. When we know God’s presence in our lives, we know God protection and favor in our lives.

When we know God’s presence, we become increasingly clothed in His presence. His presence in our lives is the testimony of His grace transforming us. God is life and He changes us by the power of His life to become life to our world.

To walk in the path of spiritual empowerment, we must understand our warfare and our armor for that warfare. We are not defending ourselves against the devil or any force of darkness. Spiritual powers of darkness seek to defend themselves against us. We are clothed in the sevenfold perfecting grace of the Holy Spirit in our lives to dispossess every form of darkness in the territory of our standing in life.

To walk in the spiritually empowered path in life we must understand our authority in Christ. That authority will be seen in our part of the fulness of Jesus in the testimony of His Bride – the Body of Christ. Paul wrote of these things in the book of Ephesians, and we see a great revelation in his opening prayer for the church of Ephesus.

Ephesians 1:18-23 … 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, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

These verses reveal that for each of us our authority to bring life to our world is found in the calling of Christ, the inheritance of Christ, and the power of Christ. I believe we could synonymously describe them as the place of our identity, testimony, and purpose in Christ. These are not about our calling, our inheritance, or our own power of purpose. These three things are unique for each of us in scope of the general will of God. We must each find our part and role in these things to know the power of our authority. In the past thirty years, I have consistently grown in knowing who I am in these things. I share these now, only to inspire each of you to grow in being able to articulate your own identity, testimony, and purpose for the sake of understanding your authority in Christ.

God wants us to live by faith and not by natural sight. Faith comes by hearing God speak to our hearts. God wants us to respond to all that He reveals and to become transformed by what He reveals. God wants us to live for the generations. These things are part of the calling of Christ, and I believe I have a unique role in these things.

The calling of Christ will reveal the works of God in the earth that will destroy every work of the devil. The calling of Christ is where we find our identity. I am growing to know who I am in the calling of Christ. By faith, I hear what others cannot hear. I have a gift of faith – I am a gift of faith to the body of Christ to help others hear God within their hearts. I willingly respond to what others cannot respond to. That response is a desire to change, a desire to be changed from the inside out. In this, I have a gift of passion – I am a gift passion for the sake of inspiring others to embrace the path of life and freedom found in Christ over the comfort zones of settling for something less than what God desires for today. I see things through a generational mindset. I am a gift that releases destiny in the body of Christ.

What is my part in the inheritance of Christ? The inheritance of Christ is filled with innumerable testimonies of His life. My part is to expose false walls and to activate a pursuit of truth in the lives of those who see that what they thought was a wall become an opportunity to move beyond what they thought to be truth. They become inspired to willingly respond to moving forward in God’s grace

What is my part in the power and purpose of Christ? I bring New Covenant Life and Grace to barren places to make them fruitful testimonies of God’s life-giving realities. For me, this is predominately in the barren places of the church.

What is your identity in the calling of Christ? What is your testimony in the inheritance of Christ? What is your purpose in the power of Christ. These things are revealed in Him, and the evidence is seen in the fruit of your life that brings life to others. Leaders must grow in knowing these things and they must lead others to do the same.

I am a gift of God that God has given so that others can hear what they could not hear, move forward where they could not do so before, and see what they could not see before in a generational way.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




Donations can be made at the link on the home site of:

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www.ted4you.com or

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Checks can be made payable to House of Bread Ministry and sent to:

House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225

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Bellingham, WA 98225-1728

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The Armor of Life

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Greetings,

To walk in a testimony of the spiritual realities of life in Christ, we must understand our warfare and our armor in Christ. We are not defending ourselves against the enemy, the enemy is defending himself against us as we stand in our journey in Christ. We are moving forward, clothed in the armor of life to bring life to our world. The apostle Paul addressed the subject of standing in the sixth chapter of the book of Ephesians.

Ephesians 6:10-13 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

The full armor of God is the full clothing of His grace. The purpose of that armor is to empower us to invade the earth with life! We are transforming darkness to light, sickness to healing, bondage to freedom, and death to life in every form that it is found. Being clothed in the grace of God empowers us to dispossess the enemy in the land of our inheritance. To be clothed in grace is to be clothed in the manifest presence of Holy Spirit. This is revealed as the power of the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of Wisdom, the Spirit of Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel, the Spirit of Might, the Spirit of Knowing, and the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord (Isa. 11:1, 2). This is the power of the grace of God at work in our lives. It is the clothing of the manifest presence of God that dispossesses the enemy. The armor of God is the testimony that reveals God rests in our lives. Our standing is not a standing of defense, it is a standing of occupation and inheritance. As is written in the synthesis of Scripture, standing is a position of inheritance. The whole armor of God is a testimony of the fullness of God in bodily form (Eph. 1:22, 23). It is the empowerment of the sevenfold Holy Spirit of God in our lives.

Ephesians 6:14-18 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 

The armor of grace is the testimony of God’s love in our lives. We know one Lord, one desire of heart that empowers us to be the generations of His testimony. He picked us! He loves us! Our future testimony and posterity is made known by the truth of His love. A revelation of His love is giving us a new ‘want to’ for the empowerment of our commitment to God in Christ. We can boldly come and say, ‘here I am’. We are the little ‘i ams’ in the big ‘I AM’ of Christ. We have been granted repentance unto life that frees us from every dead work of the flesh. We are alive in Christ!

We live from our hearts with works that speak of our faith toward God. Our wisdom is not found in the strength of our own works, but in the empowerment of works that testify of our love for God and witness to our faith toward God in all things. It is through a right relationship with and a dependency upon God that we live from our hearts with faith toward God. It is the grace of the Spirit of Wisdom that reveals our royal and priestly roles in life.

Something is dripping off our feet that reveals our heavenly position in Christ. We were once submerged in the bitterness of life, but now there is a response to God from our hearts that overflows with a testimony of His Holy Spirit. We are submerged in the grace of His Understanding. We were once of the ungodly nations of the world, but now we are a holy nation before our God. We stand under His submersions with a grace of the Spirit of Understanding to bring His life to the world. The testimony of His house in heaven is the reality of peace that we bring to the world in which we live.

We are not alone, but each stand as lights and the fire of life to create a shield of faith empowered by the Counsel of His light. The Father of lights is revealing us to be His children of light. We are light to the darkness, healing to all sickness, and life to death in this world. The Spirit of Counsel reveals that we are ministers of fire (Ps. 104:4) and the little fiery darts of the enemy pale week in the flame of His presence upon us. We are His special people, each carrying the grace of His life-giving hands of blessing as we walk in submission to Him and one another as the body of Christ.

We wear the helmet of His salvation. There is no god above us for He is the God above all in our lives. He is our salvation in every situation for we are fully awake in Him. The apathy of flesh has been overwhelmed by the passion of His Might. The grace of the Spirit of Might is making us alive to Him in all things and we contribute to the cause of Christ as His people of praise in the earth. We wear the grace of the Spirit of Might to reveal that He is the God above all gods and that we have fellowship with Him and one another in the power of His resurrection life!

Something is flowing through us that is a weapon of life. The life-giving words of God flow as a piercing weapon of love to the hearts of men. We release the sharp quickening edges of sacrificial love as our lives confess a love for God and for men. The judgments we make are not judgments of the flesh. They are judgments for the poor from the equity of our lives. We make decisions for others based upon who we are in Christ, not what they deserve in the flesh. We are the people of God who walk as the community of God to bring the communion of God to all men. The word in our mouths is a word of His love, a judgment of eternal life for all who believe in Him. We are the people of God, and we wear the grace of the Spirit of Knowing, intimacy with God and men through Christ’s eternal judgment of love for all people.

Our decrees are those of the life of the Spirit and not those of defeat. Our destiny is not Nirvana, dust, or the grave. We reign on a throne in Christ, and we manifest the glory that He sups and dines with us and we with Him. There is one God in us, and our children and our children’s children will reign with Him in life. We wear the grace of the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord, praying always in the Spirit with an awe of His presence and glory in all things. We are the essence of the prayer of God to bring forth the full harvest of His destiny in the earth. We have obtained mercy and now we reign in Christ!

God’s grace is not His favor without change. God’s grace is His change made known in our lives that testifies of His favor. We are clothed in the power of God’s grace, and we are dispossessing the enemy of Christ’s inheritance in the earth. Where the soles of our feet walk it is becoming the inheritance of God in the earth. His enemies are being made His footstool because His presence rests in and upon our lives as the children of God.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




Donations can be made at the link on the home site of:

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

Checks can be made payable to House of Bread Ministry and sent to:

House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225

To avoid us paying a transaction fee from your donation, you can also set up a payment or an automatic payment from your bank to House of Bread Ministry. Just set it up as a ‘bill pay’ through your online bank account and your bank will mail a check to House of Bread Ministry. We will record your payment as a donation to House of Bread Ministry (E.I.N. 91-2009037) and we will send you a contribution receipt at the close of the year.

Our Ministry Information Is:
House of Bread Ministry
3210 Meridian St.
Bellingham, WA 98225-1728

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