Madison Christian Church

Devotionals from Tim Baines, Sr. Minister

  • 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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  • Devotional June 4, 2018


    Rationalizing is a powerful force in our lives. Here are a few examples: When we are prone to laziness, we say, “People need to learn to not be workaholics”. When we are out of shape and overweight, we say, “This world is obsessed with looks and outward appearance. Man looks at the outward appearance but […]

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  • Trinity Devotional May 29, 2018


    This past Sunday (May 27th) was the day designated on many church calendars as Trinity Sunday. Its origins are from the Catholic church. This is one doctrine we have in common with Catholicism. We do not follow such a calendar but it was put in place to help the church remember fundamental Christian doctrines. So, […]

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  • Devotional May 21, 2018


    Christians know that Jesus said, “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33). What priority does the kingdom of God have in your life? Many Christians seem okay with the idea of thinking, “Okay I have to seek God’s rule over my life first before […]

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  • May 7, 2018 Devotional


    Probably 25 years ago, I heard a number of Christians speaking badly about Alcoholics Anonymous. And for a while I bought into that negativity. Over time I began to meet many people who had benefited so greatly from it. And my mind began to change. I think many churches were creating a need for AA […]

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