Madison Christian Church

Devotionals from Tim Baines, Sr. Minister

  • 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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  • 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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