Madison Christian Church

Devotionals from Tim Baines, Sr. Minister

  • Devotional May 21, 2017


    There are different directions in worship.  When we get together each Sunday to worship, at least four things take place:  1. We bless God;  2. God bless us; 3. We bless one another; 4. We may even bless an unbeliever who walks in our midst.  All of these directions have a Biblical basis.  But there […]

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  • Devotional for May 16, 2017


    There was a man in the early church named Joseph.   Acts 4:36,37 says He sold a field and took the money and laid it at the Apostles’ feet. What did that mean? He was saying, “This money belongs to the Lord. It’s not mine. Do with it what you believe will advance God’s kingdom.” The […]

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  • Devotional May 8, 2017


    Have you tried anything extravagant for God lately? If so, how did it go over with others who may have seen it? (Of course if we do some such thing to be noticed by others – there’s another issue). If you’ve recently tried to do something out of your love for God not caring if […]

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  • Devotional May 1, 2017


    Yesterday I referred to Paul’s words in 1 Cor. 9:22 “I have become all things to all people that by all means I might save some.” We have to be careful in understanding what he meant. Sometimes Christians can be guilty of taking that too far. We do need to find out what the needs […]

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  • Devotional April 24, 2017


    Years ago there was a song by Stephen Curtis Chapman which said, “His strength is perfect when our strength is gone. He’ll carry us, when we can’t carry on.” Those words are true. God loves to bring us to the end of ourselves and our own strength sometimes so that we will learn to lay […]

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  • Jesus Still Appears to some People (April 17, 2017)


    Yesterday in my Easter Sunday sermon, I left out something I thought about including. Here it is. The conversion of the Apostle Paul to Christ after he had been such a vicious enemy of the cross should tell us that Jesus is able to reach people we may think are unreachable. I read an article […]

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  • Easter Wake-up Call


    What difference does Easter make? It has been said that Easter is an alarm clock for some people. It wakes some Christians up from a spiritual slumber. It wakes some unbelievers up to the reality that there is more to this life. In the Bible there is a relationship between “indicatives” and “imperatives”. Indicatives tell […]

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  • Devotional on Church Health or Sickness


    A few years ago Thom Rainer (from Lifeway here in Nashville) did a study of the congregations in America. Rough estimates suggest that about 10% of congregations are healthy; 40% have symptoms of sickness; 40% are very sick; and 10% are dying. Of those churches that are very sick or are dying, he found that […]

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  • Devotional about the reaction of Christians to The Beauty and The Beast


    Here we go again. Hollywood does something that is somewhat questionable and Christians overreact. I am referring to the mayhem among Christians over a supposed gay character making his way into the soon to be released remake of the great story of The Beauty and The Beast.   I read an article calling on Christians to […]

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  • When Christians Disagree (Devotional 2-27-17)


    What should a church do when two people who love the Lord can’t see eye to eye? In Philippians 4 the Apostle Paul pleaded with two ladies (Euodia and Syntyche) to agree with each other. He asked others in the church to “help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the […]

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