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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.
 
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015 • Randy Kilgore • General
Lately, I've found myself more eager to see the Lord return to usher in His Kingdom. The terror and tragedies around us; the suffering of people we know and love; and even the stresses of daily life, all seem bigger than the fixes on the horizon. As the work I do begins to feel like spooning out the ocean, I grow especially impatient with those around me, and even sometimes with God. "What can He be waiting on?" I wonder.
Friday, December 12, 2014 • Randy Kilgore • General
As barges plied the river this December night, blinking their Christmas lights in hopes residents of the retirement home would appreciate the gesture, one man doubted God could love him more than the sum of his sins. I watched in wonder as God's own words accomplished what my words never could...and one more soul found "peace on earth."
Thursday, December 04, 2014 • Randy Kilgore • General
It's the Christmas season, just after your child's Christmas pageant, when all you want to do is get home with your family....and then you see this big guy crying in the back of the church. What would you do? Here's what one man did...
Thursday, November 20, 2014 • Randy Kilgore • General
Hearts are turned, not by the angry voices of the convinced shouting their convictions, but by the surprising sweep of the awe-inspiring, bigger-than-us realization that "Jesus loves me"; and the heartbreakingly simple message He asks us to pass on that.....
Friday, October 17, 2014 • Randy Kilgore • General
What makes our labor holy, what makes it eternal, is not just the work but the state of our hearts while performing that work. When we comprehend that truth, then we realize washing dishes is as significant to the Kingdom as operating on a patient; driving a truck is as eternally triumphant as leading a company. Then, even in the zig-zags of our careers, when life seems more random than ordered, when it feels like we're running in thick mud with heavy boots, we can rest in the knowledge we're serving God as we labor faithfully and diligently.
Friday, October 10, 2014 • Randy Kilgore • General
For those of us who call on the name of Christ for salvation, nothing will ever again separate us from the love of Christ and the fellowship of God. So even though He wants us to work and even though He desires excellence and rewards perseverance and diligence, what He values most is us.
Friday, October 03, 2014 • Randy Kilgore • General
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. But...
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 • Randy Kilgore • General
One of the fastest ways to incur God's displeasure is to fail to pass on His forgiveness. It's a bigger deal than you think.
Thursday, September 18, 2014 • Randy Kilgore • General
Employers, coworkers and customers who trust our daily work efforts are more likely to trust our spiritual efforts also.
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 • Randy Kilgore • General
The eternal promises of God must be our anchor when the storms of life overtake us.
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