Madison Christian Church

Devotionals from Tim Baines, Sr. Minister

  • Devotional – Nov. 9, 2015


    “Are you saying all atheists are murderers, or criminals, or sexually immoral?”  John Branyan is a friend of mine and he said when people ask him that he says, “No.  I’m not saying that.  I am saying that if there is no God – why wouldn’t those people do those things?”   And now Christians are […]

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  • Devotional – October 26, 2015


    “If we are saved by grace, do I HAVE to be good?”  Yes, you do.  “But, do I HAVE to be good as a way of having eternal life?”  No – we are saved by grace and not by what we do.  “So then, why should I care about being good?”  Good questions I suppose.  […]

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  • Devotional – Oct. 19, 2015


    I recently got to play golf with my brother Chuck.  We were talking about the aches and pains of getting older as he just turned 60 in August.  I commented that these aches and pains are God’s reminders to us that we should look forward to eternity where in the new heavens and new earth […]

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  • Devotional – Oct. 12, 2015


    From a very early time in our lives, we have a sense of what is and is not fair.  As children we would say to our parents, “That’s not fair!” if our brother or sister got to do something we didn’t get to do.  We would say it at school if we got a lower […]

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  • Devotional – September 28th, 2015


    I have been asked several times if I was concerned about the whole blood moon craze that has been going on lately.  My answer has been consistently this: “No”.  When asked “Why?” I have told them that people have historically misunderstood and misinterpreted the Scriptures about such matters and I am assuming they are doing […]

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  • Devotional – September 14th, 2015


    What is your most besetting sin?  Things that we find repulsive aren’t tempting to us.  The enemy and his demonic forces typically do not get at us in ways that are diametrically opposed to what we value.  They work to get at us in certain passions and desires within us and steer us off course […]

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  • Devotional – September 8th, 2015


    Why does God allow difficult people into our lives?  John Ortberg said in his book The Me I Want to Be that God often uses other people to help us become the best version of who God made us to be – maybe even more than the people we like. The Message paraphrases Jesus’ words […]

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  • Devotional – August 31, 2015


    What do you think of this popular Christian slogan?: “If you don’t feel close to God anymore – guess who moved?”  The implied answer is – “You did.”  That sounds right doesn’t it?  But what about the fact that maybe God moved and you just didn’t follow.  Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, […]

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  • Devotional – August 17th, 2015


    It was suggested to me to consider giving my devotional thought for the week based upon the passage I am currently memorizing in my time of meditation.  I’m open to suggestions so here it is. This week I am memorizing Colossians 4:5,6 “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of […]

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  • Devotional – August 10th, 2015


    Should Christians abstain from all forms of tobacco and alcoholic products and R-rated movies?  Silly question?  Some Christians would say it’s a silly question because the answer is “Of course we should abstain!”  Others would say, it’s silly question because the answer is “Of course NOT!”  Others would say we should abstain from one or […]

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