Madison Christian Church

Devotionals from Tim Baines, Sr. Minister

  • Devotional, March 28, 2016


    I heard it this past week.  I was drinking coffee at a local establishment and reading through my sermon notes.  One man invited another man (a total stranger) to his church for Easter.  I thought, “Good man.”  The invitee said, “No thanks man.  I’m an atheist.”  And the “church-guy” said, “Well that’s alright. Atheists are […]

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  • EASTER REMINDER


    I recently read that 80% of people who do not have plans to attend church somewhere on Easter Sunday will accept an invitation from Christians.   You never know until you ask.  Have you invited someone?  Are they coming?  If not, invite someone else.  There is plenty of anecdotal evidence of those who have come […]

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  • Devotional, March 21 2016


    I’m not a fan of parades.  You’ve heard the phrase “don’t rain on my parade”.  When I was a kid I prayed for rain on parade days.  I just didn’t see the point.  I preferred playing baseball with my friends. But one parade I think would’ve enjoyed was the day Jesus came into Jerusalem on […]

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  • Devotional March 14, 2016


    I can put his name on this devotional as he has launched this campaign publicly in an attempt to acquire a new ministry spacecraft.  That’s right – there is a preacher seeing if he can get enough people to “sow a seed” (i.e. give him money) to procure a spacecraft to take his ministry into […]

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  • Devotional, February 29, 2016


    I love calling God “Father” because I had a very loving, giving, and patient earthly father.  Unfortunately, the term “Father” for God, does not bring such sentimental and warm feelings to everyone.  It is difficult for some to see God as a loving and self-sacrificing Father. Jesus told us to pray, “Our Father in heaven, […]

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  • Devotional, Feb. 22nd, 2016


    Do you have any “worship robbers” in your life?  There are some things that can rob us of joy in our gathered worship on Sundays.  I invite you to consider one “worship robber”: lack of preparation. I wonder how all of us might do better to prepare for our gathered worship.  If we come into […]

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  • Devotional Feb. 15, 2016


    Are you more of a feelings-based or thinking-based person?  Most people would say they are a perfect blend of the two.  I am probably more of a thinking-based person.  NOW, before you take that to mean that I think of myself as intelligent, let me clarify:  being a thinking-based person does not guarantee my thoughts […]

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  • Devotional, February 8 2016


    I read an article recently that was thought provoking.  It was about the idols we sometimes come up with as Christians. We don’t typically think of idolatry as a problem for us today.  We think of idolatry as a problem for the Jews under the Old Covenant – worshiping the golden calf, Baal, Ashtoreth, Molech […]

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  • Devotional, February 1 2016


    Many of us enjoy meals that have been “slow-cooked” in a crock pot.  The food is usually better tasting and the meat is more tender.  If you’re like me, and you go to a sit down restaurant, you’re almost suspicious when the food is brought out to you too quickly.  I like to imagine that […]

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  • January 18, Devotional


    Making more and better disciples is what we are to be about here at Madison Christian.  That statement contains aspects of evangelism and growth and both are essential for Christians.  I am learning about discipleship and trying to help others learn with me. Discipleship is not a neat, linear process.  People (with good intentions) have […]

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