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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, September 02, 2014 • Randy Kilgore • General
Last week, we examined the encounter between Esau and Jacob, and the temptation to trade things of greater value for the lesser significance of immediate gratification. This week, we examine Jacob, and ask the question of Christians in authority: Are we demanding too much?
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Randy Kilgore • General
Incredible as it seems, the God of the universe loves us as if we were the only person left in the Kingdom.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Randy Kilgore • General
What happens when the public face of the private Christian is an angry one? How do we fix it?
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 • Randy Kilgore • General
I've never changed a soul by judging; never changed a soul by punishing; never changed a soul by debating or getting angry. But I've seen God change many souls when I've laughed when I could have been angry; when I've loved when I could have hated; forgiven when I could have gotten even.
Monday, August 04, 2014 • Randy Kilgore • General
What we become during the storms of life matters more to observers of our faith than what we say or do in the lulls.
Monday, July 28, 2014 • Randy Kilgore • General
Failing God leaves most Christians feeling miserable, but that misery goes up exponentially when our failures take place in a public way. What do we do when we fail God on the job? Can our witness be restored? The answer is a resounding yes, as God not only forgives us but then grants us the strength to face our failures in redemptive ways.
Monday, July 21, 2014 • Randy Kilgore • General
Any decision or action that strips workers of their dignity or favors one group over another violates Biblical instructions on how we're to treat others. It's also bad business.
Monday, July 14, 2014 • • General
Working Christians often hear a call to "capture the boardrooms for Jesus", or to "transform the marketplace for Christ."
Those missions miss the mark entirely. We should not aspire to be a Christian workplace, but rather a workplace filled with Christians. The battle is about character, not culture.
The difference is huge. The distinction is significant. Becoming a Christian workplace focuses our energies on capturing control of an organization or institution, thinking if we control its structure we assure ourselves a God-honoring environment. Unfortunately, experience (and sinful human nature) has taught us the same workplace stresses, struggles and foibles exist in Christian organizations that are found in corporate workplaces.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 • Randy Kilgore • Faith
Does Jesus really mean it when He says His yoke is easy and His burden is light? The answer is yes---and the path from where you are to where He wants you to be is available to everyone!
Monday, June 30, 2014 • • General
Moses can teach working Christians a lot about the ups and downs of leadership. Among them, this one stands out: Carrying the character of God into the act of leaving a job, no matter the circumstances.
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