Madison Christian Church

Devotionals from Tim Baines, Sr. Minister

  • 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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  • Devotional – November 23, 2015


    Like most people, I am more moved by someone who is able to give thanks to God even when things have not turned out as expected.  I read of such a mindset in this week’s Lookout.  A woman named Jeanette relates about having experienced 15 years of poverty and disappointment. In 1998 she and her […]

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  • Devotional – November 16, 2015


    I don’t like gimmicks.   Even if they work, I am an “anti-gimmickite” (that should be a word).  So, what I am talking about in this devotional is not a gimmick.  I am being challenged by a book I am reading to pray for one. In Luke 15, Jesus told three parables of something that was […]

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  • Devotional – Nov. 9, 2015


    “Are you saying all atheists are murderers, or criminals, or sexually immoral?”  John Branyan is a friend of mine and he said when people ask him that he says, “No.  I’m not saying that.  I am saying that if there is no God – why wouldn’t those people do those things?”   And now Christians are […]

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  • Devotional – October 26, 2015


    “If we are saved by grace, do I HAVE to be good?”  Yes, you do.  “But, do I HAVE to be good as a way of having eternal life?”  No – we are saved by grace and not by what we do.  “So then, why should I care about being good?”  Good questions I suppose.  […]

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