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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, April 14, 2014 • • General
One of the biggest questions we get asked is "How do you know there is only one way back to God?" That question was answered in a quiet exchange in a garden in Gethsemane many years ago.
Friday, March 21, 2014 • • General
It was early in my career, and I was eager to make a mark, so I approached the first round of employee evaluations I did with great care. I already knew that nothing I said in the evaluation should be new information; that if I hadn?Tt pointed out something during the course of our past year of working together, then springing it in an evaluation for the first time was damaging and unhelpful. No one, in any area of their life, enjoys being blindsided.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 • • General
When our best intentions fall short; when we find ourselves amidst messes of our own making, it's good to remember God loves us not one whit less. And in those moments, it helps to remember Jesus sticks with us as we pick ourselves up and try all over again.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 • • General
Loneliness is one of the sad byproducts of busy lives, but not everyone lets their loneliness hold them back. Years ago, I met this amazing woman, whose own loneliness fueled her desire to make sure she greeted everyone who came through "her" corporate doors. Even today, the warmth of that encounter makes me want to find a way to pass what she gave me on to others....
Friday, December 20, 2013 • • General
From His first breath, Jesus was gathering the experiences that make Him our most able Advocate. Whether it's the smell of the stable or the fears of a mother-to-be, every part of our existence is important to Him, making it possible for Him to fully know us and yet fully love us. Even the darkest corners of our souls don't escape His scrutiny, or His capacity to forgive.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 • • General
Ever lost the Christmas spirit? Been overwhelmed by a season that seems to promise more than it can deliver? Follow us to the place where Christmas has always been found...and can be found anew by you.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 • Randy Kilgore • General
...a lost soul rarely sees God in our crafted lives, the â??Iâ??m-not-a-sinner-anymoreâ? masks we hide behind because we think weâ??re supposed to be â??betterâ? now that weâ??re saved...itâ??s in the broken pieces of the real us that lost souls see Godâ??s reflection, giving them hope they too can be received while they're still broken...
Thursday, October 24, 2013 • • General
God protects us by strictly reserving judgment and condemnation as His domain. This frees us to show to even the most broken among us just what grace feels like in Christ.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 • • General
When I left the corporate world for seminary, I thought Science was casting doubt on Scripture. In seminary, I learned the opposite was true. The more we dig, the closer Science gets to validating God's promise His Word is Truth. So how come lay people don't know that? Why are we telling our kids to "accept on faith" and "trust God" when they could be digging the hunt for Truth themselves? It's time to unleash the real power of science: Taking us through hard questions, not around them, as the shortest route back to the Face of God.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 • • General
Polish off your best tools and summon your sharpest gifts and talents: God wants two stories from your work today: (1) An honorable product (2) crafted in a masterful way. Oh, and while you're at it: Change the world.
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