Madison Christian Church

Devotionals from Tim Baines, Sr. Minister

  • 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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  • Devotional, January 11, 2016


    This coming Sunday is SOHLS (Sanctity Of Human Life Sunday).  I will be preaching a message about the sanctity of human life.  As you would expect (I hope), I will be taking a strong stance that is Pro-Life.  We can’t ignore such issues and stick our heads in the sand simply because people will feel […]

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  • Devotional for December 28, 2015


    As you consider your New Years’ Resolutions, let me suggest making Sunday worship a priority.  Many have taken the idea that going to church doesn’t make you a Christian to mean you don’t need to go to church.  There’s actually a group out there who suggest Christians are not really pleasing to God unless they […]

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  • Devotional December 21, 2015


    Have you ever heard how a fox gets rid of fleas?  I heard that a fox goes alone a hedgerow and gathers bits of sheep’s wool.  He then makes that wool into a ball and holds it in his mouth.  Next, he finds a stream and very, very slowly walks down into the water.  He […]

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  • Devotional – December 14, 2015


    Have you ever gotten bored with the Christian life?  Many (who may not admit this) have, and it has led them to some novel additions to the Christian faith to spice things up a bit.  When the novelty of day to day Christian living wears off, people are ripe for false teachings.  This happened in […]

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  • Devotional, December 7th


    Darkness can be depressing.  Darkness can be fine when you want to sleep or watch a movie I suppose.  But it is so dreary, blah and can give you a sense of foreboding. Isaiah 9:2 says, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light…”  It then goes on to give the prophecy […]

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  • Devotional Nov. 30th, 2015


    Why do we celebrate Christmas if we don’t see it practiced in the NT?  This argument for not practicing Christmas is the same argument some use to suggest it is wrong to use instruments in worship.  But arguing from silence is (as the popular idiom suggests) a slippery slope.  Taken to its logical conclusion, it […]

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