Madison Christian Church

Devotionals from Tim Baines, Sr. Minister

  • Devotional – January 26th, 2015


    In yesterday’s message, I mentioned the recent plans of The Social Club (a.k.a. Swingers Club) moving to Madison.  This “private club” was downtown but they are moving to a residential area AND next door to Goodpasture Christian School. We are strongly opposed to this vile, immoral club coming into our community.  I’ve been thinking about […]

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  • Devotional – January 19th, 2015


    The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven was not “real”. The boy (Alex Malarkey) said the story about him dying and going to heaven and all the things he saw and did while there, never happened. I was thinking, “How fitting coming from a boy with the last name of Marlarkey”. He said, “I did not die. I did […]

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  • Devotional – December 29th, 2014


    In 2014, I read at least one dozen articles on why people are leaving the church.  The authors give their opinions/theories as to why people are not going to church as consistently as in years past.  Some are called “the nones” – this describes those who have non religious affiliation (a growing segment of our […]

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  • Devotional – December 22nd, 2014


    When I was a child the last few days before Christmas were the most exciting time of the year.  I anticipated Christmas morning with more enthusiasm than I did the end of the school year.  I fully admit part of the zest I had for the season was the thrill of opening Christmas presents.  However, […]

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  • Devotional – December 15th, 2014


    Legalism has a way of taking joy out of things.  All of us – even those of us who claim, “I’m not legalistic, I’m just right!” – have to be careful of it creeping up on us.  One area where legalism does not come close to being a problem for me is in celebrating Christmas. […]

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  • Devotional – December 8th, 2014


    Do you have skeletons in your family closet?  Are there people in your family tree of whom you and some of your relatives are ashamed or embarrassed? Matthew wrote his gospel mainly to Jews.  The most interesting way to get their attention was to begin with a genealogy.   If you were writing a biography to […]

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  • Devotional – December 1st, 2014


    I love the Christmas season.  As usual, I kicked it off by watching It’s A Wonderful Life late on Thanksgiving evening as Cindy fell asleep on the couch.  In the closing scene as they are singing Hark The Herald Angels Sing, my mind thought of the wonder of Christmas.  My favorite Christmas hymn in my […]

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  • Devotional – November 24, 2014


    When Johnny Carson hosted the Tonight Show, one year during Thanksgiving week he said, “Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday.  People travel hundreds, some thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year.  And they discover once a year is WAY too often.” Some of you may feel that way.  But I […]

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  • Devotional – November 17, 2014


    Alex Haley, the author of “Roots” had an interesting picture hanging on the wall of his office.  It was a picture of a turtle on a fence post.  Whenever people asked him why that picture was there, Alex had one standard answer.  He would say, “Every time I write something significant, every time I read […]

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  • Devotional – November 10, 2014


    Dallas Willard used the term, “Vampire Christians” in reference to people who were not true disciples of Jesus.  These “Vampire Christians” want all the benefits of knowing Christ without the responsibilities.  They are the ones who are basically saying, “Jesus, could I have some of your blood, please?”  After they receive it, they want nothing […]

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