Madison Christian Church

Devotionals from Tim Baines, Sr. Minister

  • Devotional – July 7, 2014


    We can be quirky people.  Most of us are quick to point to passages that highlight the sins we are not currently committing.  And we say, “See?!  God hates this sin!”  Most of us would look at 1 Cor. 6:9-11 and what would be the one sin most of us would point to and say, […]

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  • Devotional – June 30, 2014


    As we look forward to celebrating Independence Day, I think it would be fitting to pray for our nation and our nation’s leaders as Paul calls upon Christians to do in 1 Timothy 2:1,2 and then says this is pleasing to God. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, […]

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  • Devotional – June 23, 2014


    How do you handle discouragement when pursuing a dream the Lord has laid on your heart?  I love and admire Nehemiah.  He believed God laid it upon his heart to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem.   In Nehemiah 4 we read of character named Sanballat who  ridiculed the Jews with Nehemiah.  He said (I’m paraphrasing him), […]

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  • Devotional – June 16, 2014


    I am concerned about a bad direction I see in many churches.  There is an obsession with “being relevant”.  And they are so preoccupied with this that some of them seem willing to throw overboard or simply sweep under the carpet some things the Bible says.  Why?  To make the church more appealing to unbelievers.  […]

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  • Devotional – June 9, 2014


    Sometimes I get caught up in things without realizing it.  For example, there are many posts on Facebook from Christians who are very offended by the fact that people of this world often make fun of Christians and give us derogatory labels and seem to be trying to force their agendas down our throats etc.  And I […]

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  • Devotional – June 2, 2014


    There is a great deal of confusion today over the issue of “judging”.  The most verse in the Bible used to be John 3:16.  Today it is Matthew 7:1 “Judge not or you too will be judged.”   It is sometimes said like this:  “Don’t judge me just because I judge differently than you.”  However it […]

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  • Devotional – May 28, 2014


    In a chapter I read by Gary Johnson, he referenced an old T.V. show I enjoyed called Columbo starring Peter Falk (who died in 2011).  Falk had a glass eye after undergoing a surgery to remove a tumor when he was three years old.  He was an athlete in high school.  One time he was […]

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  • 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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