By Freya Hanson
“For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ”
1 Corinthians 3:11
In 1866, schisms threatened the church in South Africa and affected the Anglican Church worldwide. In response to these divisions and to refocus the church on what binds rather than divides, Samuel Stone, a British Curate at Windsor, England, wrote an enduring hymn, “The Church’s One Foundation.” Although schisms continue to stalk our fallen world, dividing churches, nations, and the world, they were never God’s intentions for us.
“Where do we align? Where is the Foundation? Where is the Truth?” This old hymn, based on 1 Corinthians 3:11, gives us the answer: “For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ,” and it is from that one sure foundation, Jesus Christ, that we as the CTK Foundation work our purpose in a schism-riddled world
--to help heal the sick,
--bind up the broken hearted,
-- free the captives,
-- care for the distressed,
-- promote the teaching of God’s Word,
-- and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ.
Since 1989, the Christ the King Foundation has supported educational, charitable, missionary and religious causes in three primary areas in which the foundation strives for equal distributions:
The Christ the King Foundation Website has examples of grants awarded in the past, grant guidelines, and an application form. The Foundation is pleased to be able to award about $100,000 in grants in 2022; with typical grants running between $5,000 - $8,000. We thank God for the many generous donors who have and continue to make this Foundation a solid ministry of Christ the King.
To quote from a verse in “The Church’s One Foundation:”
Though with a scornful wonder this world sees her oppressed,
By schisms rent asunder, by heresies distressed
Yet saints their watch are keeping, their cry goes up: “How Long?”
And soon the night of weeping shall be the morn of song.
As a Foundation it is our prayer to be instruments of God’s peace in a schism-rent world, and in some small way turn nights of weeping into mornings of song.
Freya Hanson, CTK Foundation President
from Luther Seminary
[This Lent, Luther Seminary invites you to use the devotional "My Song Is Love Unknown." Today's blog is the offering for March 5. You can access the full devotional by clicking the button below.]
Our theme hymn for Lent this year is “My Song Is Love Unknown.”
This hymn tells two stories. The story of Jesus’ ministry and passion intermingles with our story as humans.
The hymn lifts up the mystery of God’s deep unknowable love that Jesus reveals. The hymn also shares the puzzling response of humans to the Good News of Jesus. How could Jesus love us so deeply and persistently when we are so messed up?
Humans never completely understand God. We trust that God continues to love, teach, heal, forgive, and work to transform our lives. Through Christ Jesus and the cross, we can comprehend what we need to know about God. Jesus takes our place even when we try to destroy him. Jesus loves us when we reject the Good News that God is for us.
Dear God, you know the ways we resist your will. We trust and praise you for your gracious love that we know most deeply in your Son, Jesus, and his cross.