Madison Christian Church

Devotionals from Tim Baines, Sr. Minister

  • Devotional May 1, 2017


    Yesterday I referred to Paul’s words in 1 Cor. 9:22 “I have become all things to all people that by all means I might save some.” We have to be careful in understanding what he meant. Sometimes Christians can be guilty of taking that too far. We do need to find out what the needs […]

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  • Devotional April 24, 2017


    Years ago there was a song by Stephen Curtis Chapman which said, “His strength is perfect when our strength is gone. He’ll carry us, when we can’t carry on.” Those words are true. God loves to bring us to the end of ourselves and our own strength sometimes so that we will learn to lay […]

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  • Jesus Still Appears to some People (April 17, 2017)


    Yesterday in my Easter Sunday sermon, I left out something I thought about including. Here it is. The conversion of the Apostle Paul to Christ after he had been such a vicious enemy of the cross should tell us that Jesus is able to reach people we may think are unreachable. I read an article […]

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  • Easter Wake-up Call


    What difference does Easter make? It has been said that Easter is an alarm clock for some people. It wakes some Christians up from a spiritual slumber. It wakes some unbelievers up to the reality that there is more to this life. In the Bible there is a relationship between “indicatives” and “imperatives”. Indicatives tell […]

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  • Devotional on Church Health or Sickness


    A few years ago Thom Rainer (from Lifeway here in Nashville) did a study of the congregations in America. Rough estimates suggest that about 10% of congregations are healthy; 40% have symptoms of sickness; 40% are very sick; and 10% are dying. Of those churches that are very sick or are dying, he found that […]

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  • Devotional about the reaction of Christians to The Beauty and The Beast


    Here we go again. Hollywood does something that is somewhat questionable and Christians overreact. I am referring to the mayhem among Christians over a supposed gay character making his way into the soon to be released remake of the great story of The Beauty and The Beast.   I read an article calling on Christians to […]

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  • When Christians Disagree (Devotional 2-27-17)


    What should a church do when two people who love the Lord can’t see eye to eye? In Philippians 4 the Apostle Paul pleaded with two ladies (Euodia and Syntyche) to agree with each other. He asked others in the church to “help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the […]

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  • Devotional for February 20, 2017


    In yesterday’s sermon I mentioned the debate over “Open Theism”. This refers to the belief some Christians have that God does not know all things about the future.   They believe God has limited Himself in order to keep human free will intact.  He knows when the second coming will be and how He will bring […]

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  • Devotional on Hope February 13, 2017


    My friend Al is in Zimbabwe. He posted a picture today of something I saw while I was there with him 12 years ago from this date. It is a picture of a couple of Zimbabwe children sleeping on the curb of a street. I wonder what keeps them going. If you could speak with […]

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  • Devotional February 6, 2017


    How could the Falcons lose the Super Bowl when they were up by 25 point? It was something none of us had ever seen before. I have heard the Monday morning experts claiming they believed the Patriots were going to come back and win it. IF they did believe it, I doubt any of them […]

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