Madison Christian Church

Devotionals from Tim Baines, Sr. Minister

  • Devotional for August 13, 2018


    Yesterday one of our daughters told Cindy and I about a friend who interrupted her as she was praying for her. She asked her not to pray. She claims to not really believe in God or in Jesus.   Yet she also claims to be “a spiritual person”. There are “spiritual” people who speak about meditation. […]

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  • Devotional for August 6, 2018


    I recently read that churches and Christians are often like lobsters. In order to grow, lobsters have to get rid of their old, hard, protective shell and grow a new one. The process is called molting. Lobsters do this about 25 times in the first 5 years of life and then once a year after […]

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  • Devotional July 30, 2018


    What do you think of this quote I read recently? Here it is: “Hate is just another word for ‘want but cannot have.’ It was said by a guy who was a Christian, who then became an “almost atheist” and is now somewhere between. He seems to be working his way back toward faith. He […]

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  • Devotional for July 23, 2018


    A.W. Tozer said, “To escape the error of salvation by works, we have fallen into the opposite error of salvation without obedience.” We have a knack for replacing one error with another. I’ve said that before and I will say it to my dying day. Christian people have done that with things like church attendance. […]

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  • Devotional July 16, 2018


    What a day yesterday was! I read an article last week that had this quote: “ Americans treat church like a product to consume instead of as a family to belong. When we treat church like a product, we consume until our needs are no longer met. When we treat church like a family, we […]

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  • Devotional for July 9, 2018


    “I follow Jesus, not the Bible.” This is a popular saying of many modern day Christians. The idea of serious Bible study that involves some work is thought by many to be merely an intellectual exercise where the heart is disengaged.   And to many modern day “spiritual people”, doctrine means nothing and “loving acts of […]

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  • Devotional for July 2, 2018


    Shalane Flanagan won the New York City Marathon last year. She was the first American woman to win this race in 40 years! She ran the 26.2 miles in an unbelievable 2 hours and 26 minutes! But those who trained with her think there is an even greater accomplishment. It is what they call “the […]

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  • Devotion on Patience June 25, 2018


    Are you a patient person? Part of the fruit of the Spirit as we read in Galatians 5:22 is patience. But in the Greek of the New Testament, there were a few different words for “patience”. One word means to be patient under trial.   In 2 Thessalonians 3:5 it is translated as “steadfastness” and “endurance […]

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  • Devotional for June 18, 2018


    What have you been learning about God lately? Have you been learning anything new about Him? From where or from whom have you acquired this new knowledge of Him?   Most of us learn by reading, hearing, watching and doing. The “doing” part often gets left out. Jesus said in Matt. 7:24 “Everyone who hears these […]

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  • Devotional June 11, 2018


    So in 2018, who have you invited to come with you to church? One of our elders clarified in our meeting yesterday that our job is to invite people to Jesus not to church.   He was not meaning that we should not invite people to church but that getting them to come to a church […]

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