Madison Christian Church

Devotionals from Tim Baines, Sr. Minister

  • Devotional June 4, 2018


    Rationalizing is a powerful force in our lives. Here are a few examples: When we are prone to laziness, we say, “People need to learn to not be workaholics”. When we are out of shape and overweight, we say, “This world is obsessed with looks and outward appearance. Man looks at the outward appearance but […]

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  • Trinity Devotional May 29, 2018


    This past Sunday (May 27th) was the day designated on many church calendars as Trinity Sunday. Its origins are from the Catholic church. This is one doctrine we have in common with Catholicism. We do not follow such a calendar but it was put in place to help the church remember fundamental Christian doctrines. So, […]

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  • Devotional May 21, 2018


    Christians know that Jesus said, “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33). What priority does the kingdom of God have in your life? Many Christians seem okay with the idea of thinking, “Okay I have to seek God’s rule over my life first before […]

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  • May 7, 2018 Devotional


    Probably 25 years ago, I heard a number of Christians speaking badly about Alcoholics Anonymous. And for a while I bought into that negativity. Over time I began to meet many people who had benefited so greatly from it. And my mind began to change. I think many churches were creating a need for AA […]

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  • Devotional about God’s Will (April 30, 2018)


    Has the will of God ever been confusing for you? It has for me. Sometimes determining God’s will is guesswork. I have believed God was leading me to do something and it didn’t have good results. But are my interpretations of “good results” right? God alone knows. It may be that what I perceive as […]

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  • April 23, 2018 Devotional


    This morning I had coffee with another minister in the area. He is a much younger man than me. One of my daughters (whose name begins with B), connected me with him. Their church is only three years old and sort of branched off (not a split) of a larger church in the area. They […]

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  • Devotional about parenting April 16, 2018


    After reflecting on yesterday and how great of a job Toby Gibson did in presenting his first sermon, I thought about the importance of parenting (and grand-parenting). Christian parents have always had a daunting task in attempting to raise children to believe and live out the gospel of Jesus in a culture that is increasingly […]

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  • Devotional for April 9, 2018


    Some of you may remember the old hymn Count Your Blessings. The chorus encourages us to: “Count your blessings name them one by one. Count your blessings see what God has done. Count your blessings name them one by one. Count your many blessings see what God has done.” The verses to the hymn talk […]

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  • Devotional for April 2, 2018


    Last night a verse came to my mind and I’m not sure what triggered it. Maybe it was the Lord. I don’t know. I pray for leading on what to share in these devotionals. I don’t always know if I’m following God’s leading or my own. That can be kind of a subjective thing and […]

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  • Easter (YES “Easter”) Devotional, 2018


    Be careful about the usual legalism that comes around every holiday. At Christmas, some who claim to be Christians will try to steal our joy in celebrating the birth of Jesus.  They do this by pointing out all of the so-called pagan practices we are participating in with some of the customs. NO one thinks […]

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