Madison Christian Church

Devotionals from Tim Baines, Sr. Minister

  • 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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  • Devotional – November 3rd, 2014


    The death of Brittany Maynard is sad.  This young lady (who would have been 30 years old on Nov. 19th) decided with her husband that she would end her terminal illness from brain cancer by taking lethal drugs.  It is legal in Oregon for a person to choose when they die. I understand the desire […]

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  • Devotional – October 26th, 2014


    Whenever we are on vacation, we ALWAYS look forward to coming back to MCC!  We just finished a sermon series on Job.  During the month of November I am going to do a sermon series to prepare for the first series I’ll be doing in 2015.  For the five Sundays of November I will do […]

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  • Devotional – October 6th, 2014


    Years ago (even before coming here) I preached a sermon called “The Scandal of Grace” from Romans 6:1-4.  This is where Paul asked, “What shall we say then?  Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?” (ESV).  He then answered with “By no means!”  He went on to say, when we were baptized […]

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  • Devotional – September 29, 2014


    What a great day yesterday was.  And it had nothing – absolutely nothing – to do with my team winning and beating our arch rivals.  The older I’m getting the less I am caring about how my football team does.  Some would say that’s because they’re not very good.  I think I am finally beginning to […]

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