Madison Christian Church

Devotionals from Tim Baines, Sr. Minister

  • Devotional, December 7th


    Darkness can be depressing.  Darkness can be fine when you want to sleep or watch a movie I suppose.  But it is so dreary, blah and can give you a sense of foreboding. Isaiah 9:2 says, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light…”  It then goes on to give the prophecy […]

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  • Devotional Nov. 30th, 2015


    Why do we celebrate Christmas if we don’t see it practiced in the NT?  This argument for not practicing Christmas is the same argument some use to suggest it is wrong to use instruments in worship.  But arguing from silence is (as the popular idiom suggests) a slippery slope.  Taken to its logical conclusion, it […]

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  • Devotional – November 23, 2015


    Like most people, I am more moved by someone who is able to give thanks to God even when things have not turned out as expected.  I read of such a mindset in this week’s Lookout.  A woman named Jeanette relates about having experienced 15 years of poverty and disappointment. In 1998 she and her […]

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  • Devotional – November 16, 2015


    I don’t like gimmicks.   Even if they work, I am an “anti-gimmickite” (that should be a word).  So, what I am talking about in this devotional is not a gimmick.  I am being challenged by a book I am reading to pray for one. In Luke 15, Jesus told three parables of something that was […]

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  • 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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