Madison Christian Church

Devotionals from Tim Baines, Sr. Minister

  • Devotional – October 6th, 2014


    Years ago (even before coming here) I preached a sermon called “The Scandal of Grace” from Romans 6:1-4.  This is where Paul asked, “What shall we say then?  Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?” (ESV).  He then answered with “By no means!”  He went on to say, when we were baptized […]

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  • Devotional – September 29, 2014


    What a great day yesterday was.  And it had nothing – absolutely nothing – to do with my team winning and beating our arch rivals.  The older I’m getting the less I am caring about how my football team does.  Some would say that’s because they’re not very good.  I think I am finally beginning to […]

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  • Devotional – September 22, 2014


    2014 has been a year of difficult things and mediocre things and GREAT things.  It was difficult to see dad go to be with the Lord.  That was great for him and difficult for our family.  But we are happy for him.  It was a mediocre year in many unimportant ways – my football team […]

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  • Devotional – September 15, 2014


    In our Young Professionals & Amateurs Sunday School Class, we had a study yesterday on the Biblical teaching of “fellowship”.  In some ways (not all) we have missed the beauty of this aspect of the New Testament Church.  To many American congregations, fellowship is limited to a time and place and a certain activity (usually involving […]

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  • Devotional – September 8, 2014


    In yesterday’s sermon I asked the congregation what they would say to a skeptic who asked them to explain why we give God credit for answering our prayers for a closer parking space at the grocery store, and then not blame Him for not answering the prayers of people in parts of Africa for rain.  […]

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  • Devotional – August 25, 2014


    I’m trying to not get ahead of myself today.  But I’m very excited about a new sermon series we will begin a week from this coming Sunday on the book of Job. I normally spend Mondays studying for the sermon I will preach in 13 days.  Then on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday (editing day), […]

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  • Devotional – August 18, 2014


    Does your fear of what people may say about you ever cause you to compromise your convictions as a Christian?  If not – good!  Remain strong.  If so – let me encourage you to not fall into cowardice. In yesterday’s message on Revelation 21:6-8, I mentioned that God said the “cowardly” will be among those […]

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  • Devotional – August 11, 2014


    In 1982, there was a story on the ABC evening news that seems unbelievable but I’ve checked it out and it seems it was true.  They reported there was an art display (if you call this “art”) that had a chair affixed to a shotgun.  To view this display you were to sit in the […]

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  • Devotional – August 5, 2014


    I have wondered how much of our lives we spend waiting in lines.  We wait in line daily.  We wait in lines at the grocery store; in traffic; at fast food restaurants; at amusement parks; to get tickets for a movie or a concert.  It would be interesting (if not depressing) to know how many […]

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  • Devotional – July 28, 2014


    Cindy and I were at a wedding this past Saturday at our former home in northern IN.  We saw many old friends and visited with them at the reception and had a wonderful time.  We spoke to some about where we would be worshiping on Sunday morning.  One thing bothered both of us.  There were […]

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