Madison Christian Church

Devotionals from Tim Baines, Sr. Minister

  • December 27, 2016 Devotiona


    Don’t pitch the idea of New Years Resolutions.  They do have value.  Have you ever kept a New Year’s Resolution?  I have.  And I am sure many of yo have too.  Of course we’ve all broken some.  Some were just unrealistic.  Others were but our lack of discipline took over again. Here is a a […]

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  • Devotional for December 19, 2016


    Bethlehem – why did God choose Bethlehem of all places?  People attach significance to a town based on its size and name recognition.  In the OT, there are a few lists of the cities in Israel and in Judah and Bethlehem isn’t even mentioned.  In Ezra’s listing of the people who came back to Jerusalem […]

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  • Devotional Dec. 5, 2016


    Yesterday, I preached about Mary’s perspective on Christmas.  Her heartfelt worship and awe of God is a model for us and how we should look at the incarnation of God in Christ at this time of year (and all year).  I mentioned Mary’s example of saying, “…let it be to me according to your word.”  […]

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  • Devotional for November 28, 2016


    In the great Christmas hymn Hark! The Herald Angels Sing there is a phrase, “Mild, he lays his glory by.”  That is quite a profound truth.  It is saying that Jesus was so mild that He willingly laid aside His glory that He had as God the Son – equal with the Father.  Paul said in Philippians 2:6 […]

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  • Devotional November 21, 2016


    Some Christians are uncomfortable with celebrating Christmas. And they have that prerogative not to celebrate it. It doesn’t mean they are not Christians for refusing to celebrate it. Other Christians are very comfortable celebrating it. Romans 14:5 says one man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers ever day alike. Each one […]

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  • Devotional, Nov. 14, 2016


    A few years ago there was an international rugby match that was played in a torrential downpour. The field was a field of mud and the players’ uniforms were so muddy, the fans couldn’t tell which team was which. Then it got to where the referees couldn’t distinguish between the teams. And then some of […]

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  • Election Day Thoughts


    Election Day – it’s obviously on the minds of many people.  Here are a few quick thoughts worth considering. 1 Timothy 2:1-3 is where Paul said we should be offering  “supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings…for all people, for kings, and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quietly life, […]

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  • Devotional November 7, 2016


    Someone once said, “There is one thing we can learn from history: that we do not learn from history.” I read an article in a Catholic publication that is thought provoking. The article commented about man’s desire to be like God as seen in the building of the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11. The […]

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  • October 31, 2016 Devotional


    This is Halloween.  You will find Christians who say it is wrong to celebrate this “holiday” because it is anything but a “holy day”.  Some will even go so far as to say you are sinning if you allow your kids to dress up in costumes and trick or treat.  You will also find Christians who will say […]

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  • Devotional October 24, 2016


    Discipline!  Even the mention of the word brings up bad feelings.   Some have been abused in the name of discipline.   But discipline (when done appropriately) is a good thing.  God disciplines us according to Hebrews 12:5,6.  The writer tells us not to take God’s discipline lightly or be wearied by it because He disciplines those […]

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