Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Vision (1/20/11): Grace Points

Image:  Dorwan and Mavy Stoddard

Note: Starting in February we will begin broadcasting a one minute devotional called “Grace Points” on local talk radio (AM 1260; FM 107.5). The spots should run three times each weekday (between 6 am and 7 pm). We are thankful to friends from within and outside our congregation who provided the funds for this outreach. I recorded ten of these devotionals this week at the radio station and below is a script for one of the spots. Pray now for those who will listen to these “Grace Points” over their upcoming 13 week run.

Welcome to Grace Points, a ministry of Christ Reformed Baptist Church in Charlottesville, Virginia:

When shots rang out at the Safeway on that terrible January day in Tucson, Dorwan Stoddard did what a man is supposed to do. The 76 year old retired construction worker stepped in front of his wife, covered her body, and shielded her from the bullets. In so doing, he sacrificed his life, that she might be spared.

At his funeral, the LA Times reported that his wife spoke from a wheelchair with her husband’s four sons by her side. With her voice breaking she said, “He died for me, and I have to live for him.”

This is something like the way the Christian looks at the cross.

In John 15:13 Jesus said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

Christ Reformed is a new church plant, meeting each Sunday at 10:30 am at the Branchlands Professional Building, 1410 Incarnation Drive. They can also be reached on the web at

Grace and peace, Pastor Jeff Riddle

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