Madison Christian Church

Devotionals from Tim Baines, Sr. Minister

  • 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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  • Devotional – July 14, 2014


     We sometimes take our eyesight for granted.  Nearly everything we do depends upon our ability to see.  Imagine going through a day entirely blindfolded and the limitations that would set upon you.  Someone who is blind physically lives in total darkness.  Their bodies could be in a well lit room or outside on a cloudless […]

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  • 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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