Madison Christian Church

Devotionals from Tim Baines, Sr. Minister

  • Devotional June 19, 2017


    Have you ever had someone criticize you and the criticism was so wild that you started to laugh thinking they were joking, only to find out they were dead serious? I have had this happen. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I started to smirk, getting ready to laugh and then realized, “This person […]

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  • Devotional for June 12, 2017


    We had a dog named Dixie. She was a very sweet Bassett Hound. Because of a medical procedure we had done on her we had to put one of those cone-shaped collars on her. She didn’t like it. She wanted it off and she ran all over trying to run it along the ground or […]

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  • Devotional June 5, 2017


    One of our church members (Douglas Dube) showed this devotional to me yesterday after worship.  It resonated with me so much that I decided to use it for our MCC weekly devotional.  It was written by Carlo Carreto. “How baffling you are, oh Church, and yet how I love you!  How you have made me […]

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  • Devotional May 30, 2017


    Relaxing is nice and enjoyable. But working out is good for us too. Both are necessary to be balanced. Nothing helps us to get in better physical shape than doing some kind of resistance training. Walking, jogging, lifting and other exercises provide some resistance that stimulate our muscles to grow. James 1:2-4,12 tells us to […]

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  • 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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