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Our Weekly Devotional

Shortly after the release of his first three collections of Bible studies on faith and work (30 Moments Christians Face in the Workplace), Madetomatter's Senior Writer began to look for new ways to reach working Christians. In February, 2002, the first weekly devotional was released under the title "Marketplace Moments." Now approaching it's tenth year, the column's title was changed to Made to Matter on January 1, 2008. With over 500 devotionals written on topics important to workers in every walk of life, there's likely one written about the issues facing you right now, so we've placed them here, searchable, for readers to explore anew. Got a favorite? Write to let us know. Looking for something to send that friend whose suffered a loss, or who has had a serious setback at work? You might find a column that captures the essence of your feelings right here. From the deeply moving story of the WWII canteen in North Platte, Nebraska to the words and life-tales of some of history's best-known and least-known characters, there's something here for everyone.

Monday, December 10, 2012 • Randy Kilgore • Knowing God
Just as I am - though toss'd about
With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without,
-O Lamb of God, I come!
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 • Randy Kilgore • Servant Evangelism
Two folders sat on President Abraham Lincoln's desk, each asking him to commute or pardon the sentence of death hanging over the soldier named therein. Without the President's pardon, both would die by hanging within the week.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 • Randy Kilgore • Forgiveness
Forgiveness is one of the most powerful acts we humans can muster. When offered unexpectedly and unconditionally, it reshapes--if even for an instant--the lives of all who see or experience it, almost always cementing in both the forgiver and the forgiven the closest possible picture of the moment God receives us as His children through grace.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 • Randy Kilgore • Personal Growth
Ever tried to run through a forest in the dark? Some of us do it every day!
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 • Randy Kilgore • Healing
Somewhere in time we bit off---with good intentions--- the "catch more flies with honey" maxim and decided if we sold Jesus as Mr. Fix-It more people might want to know Him. We also came to believe what we were selling...Trouble is, for most of us, the day after we accept Jesus, the boss still yells, the bills still stack up and the pain still hurts.
Thursday, September 6, 2012 • Randy Kilgore • Overcoming Perfectionist Tendencies
Nobody needs to tell us we're hypocrites; we know it better than they do. During those times, our whole life seems wasted. We wonder if all that's left to us now is "playing out the string"; quietly slipping in heaven's side door without hearing the words we long to hear: "Well done, good and faithful servant. In other words, we're paralyzed by the myth of perfection.
Monday, August 6, 2012 • Randy Kilgore • Forgiveness
No one comes away from a meeting with Jesus unchanged...and that's good, because no one comes to God unless they're first changed by Jesus.
Monday, July 9, 2012 • Randy Kilgore • Changing the world
Changing the world is a tall order, but it's on the to-do list of nearly every thoughtful person on the planet. But change is possible. This mother passed the formula to her son as they said their goodbyes.
Monday, June 25, 2012 • Randy Kilgore • Suffering
We cannot adequately explain the hardest moments of our lives. We cannot soothe all the sorrows that regularly beset us, or the sorrows of those whom God has placed around us. We cannot wave a magic wand and fix the distresses we see besieging those we love, those we work with, those we know. In our hardest moments, our best efforts are feeble...our best words are hollow.


Wednesday, June 13, 2012 • Randy Kilgore • Work as service to God
Thomas Alva Edison opened the world of music to millions when he invented the phonograph, but his near-deaf state sentenced him to...biting into a piano or phonograph...allowed the vibrations to reach his inner ear, making it possible for him to "hear. Imagine the hunger behind his willingness to dent his dignity so.
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