Madison Christian Church

Devotionals from Tim Baines, Sr. Minister

  • May 23, 2016 Devotional


    How is your mindset so far this week?  Several years ago a man from England named Mark Baxter saved his 3 year old daughter Laura from drowning.  There had been an enormous amount of rain for a few days.  And on the final day of the storm it had rained as much as it normally […]

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  • May 16, 2016 Devotional


    “Man is the measure of all things” said the ancient Greek philosopher Protagoras.  Then in the 19th century there was a poem called “Invictus” by the English poet William Henley.  The last stanza of this poem says, “It matters not how strait the gate, how charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of […]

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  • Devotional May 2, 2016


    Many Christians often misquote Jeremiah 29:11 about God having plans to prosper Israel and to give her a hope and a future to mean that God only wants to bring pleasant experiences into our lives.  But sometimes God afflicts us with painful experiences.  Has He done this for you lately? Jesus said in John 15:2  […]

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  • 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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