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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.

Friday, May 25, 2012 • Randy Kilgore • Science and faith
It is no accident the century after the Enlightenment saw more deaths by genocide than all of history to that date. Humankind separated from God is humankind separated from its moral compass.
Friday, May 11, 2012 • Randy Kilgore • Faith and Work
In a work world that values efficiency and action, that places great emphasis on busyness and productivity, that wrestles to squeeze the most out of every action, one of the byproducts is often loneliness. It's a disease as prevalent in the senior reaches of a firm as it is in the bowels of the operation.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 • Randy Kilgore • Rest
Christians were created to be in the world without being consumed by it. In fact, we're not simply bit players in the drama of nature, work and life; we're the part of Creation around which all else flows.
Monday, April 23, 2012 • Randy Kilgore • Theology of Work
Anything that distracts us from complete dependence on God becomes an immensely destructive force in our life. In today's culture, the biggest culprit is work. In a total reversal of what God intended, we've managed to make work the place where we're least aware of God. Genesis teaches us work was intended to put us in touch with Him!
Thursday, April 12, 2012 • Randy Kilgore • Suffering
Rarely are the lines from trial to triumph marked by straight lines; more often they are zigzags and loops---along trails littered with our tears---over obstacles that mark us with bruises, scratches and scars as we nevertheless press on.
Monday, April 2, 2012 • Randy Kilgore • Deliverance
The email sounded like many others we get. At its heart was a statement most of us can identify with, going something like this: "Chaplain," the carpenter said, "it's like I can't help myself sometimes. The very things I wish I would stop doing are the things I keep doing, and the things I wish I would do-and that I know God wants me to do-are the very things I can't seem to get to or to do."

Sound familiar?
Friday, March 16, 2012 • Randy Kilgore • Forgiveness
What goes on inside that (detox) facility is terrible and difficult and smelly and terrifying to outsiders, but it's a battle for souls that matter. Too often, though, the battles won inside those walls are lost by what's happening outside, among friends and family and coworkers and employers and church members.
Friday, March 2, 2012 • Randy Kilgore • Discipleship
Who will answer Varley's call?
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 • Randy Kilgore • Caring for the Weak
"Survival of the fittest" may be an earthly principle resulting from sin's introduction into a fallen world, but it doesn't fit into God's economy.
Friday, February 3, 2012 • Randy Kilgore • Hope
Francis lived his entire life focused on eternity. He plowed fields, painted barns, pounded pulpits, preached Jesus, and lived life as fully as any man I've ever known, but he did it all with his eyes on Jesus. Because he did, he could hold the hands of a dying friend and tell them it would be better soon. He could comfort the poor and suffering, and give hope to the hopeless, all because He knew the One who could fix it in the end.
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