Madison Christian Church

Devotionals from Tim Baines, Sr. Minister

  • Devotional – May 19, 2014


    There is a story about a vacuum cleaner salesman who went to a remote village in east TN.   He had his vacuum cleaner and entered a house that was pretty much just a shack where an elderly lady lived.  He said, “Ma’am, I’ve got the most amazing vacuum cleaner you’ve ever seen.  It will clean […]

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  • Devotional – May 14, 2014


    Years ago on New Year’s Day in the tournament of Roses parade, one float stopped because it ran out of gas.  The irony was this – the float was for the Standard Oil Company.  With all its vast oil and fuel resources, the truck pulling Standard’s float was out of gas! Many Christians operate the […]

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  • Devotional – May 5, 2014


    In yesterday’s sermon on being a studying community, we looked at 2 Timothy 2:14,15 as Paul told Timothy to warn the church against getting into battles over words because they are of no value and ruins those who get caught up in such things. We looked at how becoming better students of the Bible can […]

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  • Devotional – April 28th, 2014


    One of my old professors (Mr. Sackett), shared an illustration that I found encouraging and I’d like to share it with you and tell you what Scripture it brought to my mind from Romans. He said that in 1851 the Charles Street Jail claimed to be the most advanced prison in the United States.   By […]

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  • Devotional – April 14, 2014


    An elderly, retired businessman on his deathbed called a friend who was his former accountant to come by for one last visit.  He said, “Bill, I want you to promise that when I die you will have my remains cremated.”  Bill said, “I sure will my friend.  What do you want me to do with […]

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  • Devotional – April 6, 2014


    Anyone who is a Christian has been taught that Jesus was killed for us and that His death washed our sins away.  This is one of a number of essential things to believe to become a Christian. In his book Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis asked what possible point could there be in punishing one innocent […]

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  • Devotional – March 31, 2014


    A young lady I don’t even know yet asked me a very good question via e-mail.  She wanted to know why it is if God loves us that He allows us to experience so much sadness and pain in life.  She said she sometimes questions whether He loves us as much as she is taught […]

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  • Devotional – March 24, 2014


    Have you ever been let down by fellow Christians?  Paul knew what that was like.  In Acts 19, we read of Paul in Ephesus (which was in Asia).  In vs. 10, we read “all the Jews and Gentiles who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord” (through Paul’s preaching).  In […]

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  • Devotional – March 17, 2014


    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  This holiday is at the very least ironic.  It’s not often one of the greatest missionaries in the history of the church is celebrated by drunkenness.  We aren’t sure of exactly when he was born but most believe A.D. 389 was the year.  He lived about 72 years. There are many […]

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  • Devotional – March 3, 2014


    There are some good things and bad things about “church membership”.  I’m thinking along these lines because of the new sermon series we will begin this coming Sunday entitled “BEING the Church”. One of several books I am currently reading is by Thom Rainer.  And he tells of growing up in a small southern town […]

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