Madison Christian Church

Devotionals from Tim Baines, Sr. Minister

  • June 27, 2016 Devotional


    It’s a common misconception to hear Christians speak of keeping their faith separate from politics.  As with many issues, I think the key is balance.   Some take the position too far and act as if the Bible and their beliefs as Christians should have no influence on moral issues that have become political issues.  Other […]

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  • June 20, 2016 Devotional


    A week ago from this past Friday, I was painting the exterior of a church building in Jacmel along with others from our Haiti mission team.  I was on one side of the building painting and talking with Pastor Maxey (he’s the preacher at this church).  He is in his 40’s and is single.  I […]

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  • June 6, 2016 Devotional


    Muhammed Ali died just the other day.  I remember as a young boy and then a teenager, I did not like him very much.  I had another favorite boxer.  And along came this guy who had a big mouth and spoke so arrogantly constantly yelling, “I am the greatest!”  The reality was that he was […]

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  • May 23, 2016 Devotional


    How is your mindset so far this week?  Several years ago a man from England named Mark Baxter saved his 3 year old daughter Laura from drowning.  There had been an enormous amount of rain for a few days.  And on the final day of the storm it had rained as much as it normally […]

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  • May 16, 2016 Devotional


    “Man is the measure of all things” said the ancient Greek philosopher Protagoras.  Then in the 19th century there was a poem called “Invictus” by the English poet William Henley.  The last stanza of this poem says, “It matters not how strait the gate, how charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of […]

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  • Devotional May 2, 2016


    Many Christians often misquote Jeremiah 29:11 about God having plans to prosper Israel and to give her a hope and a future to mean that God only wants to bring pleasant experiences into our lives.  But sometimes God afflicts us with painful experiences.  Has He done this for you lately? Jesus said in John 15:2  […]

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  • April 25, 2016 Devotional


    You’ve seen the mission statements of some churches: “Love God, Love People”.    That has a nice ring to it and it is based upon the teaching of Jesus that the Law and the prophets are summed up in the commands to love God and love our neighbors as we love ourselves (Matt. 22:37,38). Our culture […]

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  • April 18th 2016 Devotional


    Alvin Plantinga has written a book which I am reading entitled, Where The Conflict Really Lies.  His main point is that there is only a superficial conflict but a very deep agreement between science and our faith in God.  And on the other hand, there is only a superficial agreement but a very deep conflict […]

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  • April 11, 2016 Devotional


    Disappointment.  It was on display for so many to see in yesterday’s finale of the 2016 Masters Tournament (arguably the greatest of the four Major tournaments in golf).   Jordan had a commanding lead with 8 holes to go.   He bogeyed #11 and quadruple bogeyed #12.   His disappointment was written all over his face and posture.  […]

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  • April 4, 2016 Devotional


    One of the most disturbing thoughts to me is that of being surprised on the Day of Judgment.  There will be those who are absolutely shocked to find out that God actually does exist.   There will be those who believed God existed but never paid much attention to Him.   There will be those […]

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