Madison Christian Church

Devotionals from Tim Baines, Sr. Minister

  • Devotional- March 16th, 2015


    To Our Church Family and Friends, Many will wear green tomorrow.   The Chicago River is dyed green (in honor of Ireland).  I bought Irish Cream Coffee Creamer this morning.   People will consume large amounts of alcohol tomorrow – some have already started. How in the world did this come to be associated with one of […]

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  • Devotional – March 2nd, 2015


    What about our allegiance to our country?  I admit to loving our country.  I was born and raised to do so in my home and in my home church.  I am deeply thankful to our military men and women who have given their lives and are willing to put their lives on the line for […]

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  • Devotional – February 22nd, 2015


    Have you witnessed anyone with a dark spot on their forehead lately?  If so, it’s probably from their observance of Lent.  I’ve never observed Lent.  I do not believe it is wrong!  I just have not grown up in a faith tradition which practices Lent.  It is becoming more and more popular among Protestant Christians […]

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  • Devotional – February 16th, 2015


    To live as a Disciple of Jesus is a constant battle against the flesh in which we seem to go three steps forward and two steps back.  Paul said in Colossians 1:28, “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.” I want to encourage […]

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  • Devotional – February 9th, 2015


    We are seeing fewer and fewer people in churches across America.  The national average of church attendance continues to decline.  People are fashioning their own spirituality and even their own brand of a “church-less Christianity”. Why?  Because of “all the hypocrites” etc etc.  In an attempt to lure people back to the church, many churches […]

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  • Devotional – February 2nd, 2015


    You never know from one day to the next what you’re going to experience.  One day you may be riding high and feel on top of the world.  And the next day or even later that same day you may be hit with something that has your head spinning. Being a Christian does not exempt […]

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  • Devotional – January 26th, 2015


    In yesterday’s message, I mentioned the recent plans of The Social Club (a.k.a. Swingers Club) moving to Madison.  This “private club” was downtown but they are moving to a residential area AND next door to Goodpasture Christian School. We are strongly opposed to this vile, immoral club coming into our community.  I’ve been thinking about […]

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  • Devotional – January 19th, 2015


    The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven was not “real”. The boy (Alex Malarkey) said the story about him dying and going to heaven and all the things he saw and did while there, never happened. I was thinking, “How fitting coming from a boy with the last name of Marlarkey”. He said, “I did not die. I did […]

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  • Devotional – December 29th, 2014


    In 2014, I read at least one dozen articles on why people are leaving the church.  The authors give their opinions/theories as to why people are not going to church as consistently as in years past.  Some are called “the nones” – this describes those who have non religious affiliation (a growing segment of our […]

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  • Devotional – December 22nd, 2014


    When I was a child the last few days before Christmas were the most exciting time of the year.  I anticipated Christmas morning with more enthusiasm than I did the end of the school year.  I fully admit part of the zest I had for the season was the thrill of opening Christmas presents.  However, […]

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