Madison Christian Church

Devotionals from Tim Baines, Sr. Minister

  • Devotional for August 22, 2016


    One of my nieces is in a college class on religion.  She had to ask several ministers a list of questions.  She contacted me.  I told her I’d try my best.  One of the questions is this: What are the primary challenges facing the church over the next five years. I told her I see […]

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  • August 15, 2016 Devotional


    I enjoy the Olympics.   Sometimes while  I watch these athletes I think of the behind the scenes stories of their lives.  There are hours of tedious and painful workout sessions that go in to making an Olympic athlete.  Their level of athleticism and physical fitness did not happen by accident.  I try not to think […]

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  • August 8, 2016 Devotional


    Why do we do the things we do in church?  How does it relate to the great commission to make disciples of all people as Jesus told us to do in Matthew 28:19-20?  Paul spoke to the Colossians in 1:6 about the gospel bearing fruit among them and all over the world?  Is the gospel […]

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  • Devotional August 2, 2016


    Cindy and I were able to get away last Thursday and Friday night for our anniversary (a couple weeks early).  We went to Louisville and stayed at a nice Airbnb home in a very quaint historical neighborhood.  We went to the Muhammad Ali Center.  I had always admired him as a boxer when I was a […]

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  • Devotional July 25, 2016


    I heard a comment from a preacher on the radio a few days ago that I found interesting.  He said that we can forgive someone without being reconciled to them.  He commented about the fact that holding a grudge against someone is like a dog on a chain and collar.  That chain and collar own […]

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  • Devotional for July 18, 2016


    Yesterday (Sunday) afternoon, before and after completing one of my wife’s projects (putting a tin roof on the pergola over our deck), I watched the final round of Golf’s third major event of the year – the British Open. The four major tournaments of the PGA are normally the most difficult of the season.  These […]

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  • Devotional July 11, 2016


    I look at the world around me and I look at myself and I see the same thing in some ways.  When people do whatever seems okay to do in their own eyes – things usually go bad.  When I do whatever I feel like doing I end up bogged down with regret. Proverbs 14:12 […]

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  • 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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