Materialism

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The Danger of Having Too Much

Recently, I was talking to a friend who is a baby-boomer like myself, about the great undeserved blessing we’ve had to be born when we were born into the place in which we’ve been born. Somehow and in some way,…
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Desiring What Cannot Satisfy

Here are some wise words from Bernard of Clairvaux to share with your kids. He writes, “God alone can satisfy our desires. A man with a lovely wife may still look lustfully at an attractive woman. A well-dressed person wants…
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Pushing Back on Materialism 5

Today we finish our look at strategies for dealing with the materialism that becomes painfully obvious in our lives during this time of year. One of the most effective strategies I’ve experienced is to take a missions trip with your…
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Pushing Back on Materialism 4

Today we continue our look at addressing the materialism that so easily rears its ugly head in our lives during the Christmas season. I’ve worked with parents for years and I’m the parent of four children myself. I know full…
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Pushing Back on Materialism 3

All this week we’re looking at strategies for addressing our bent towards materialism. . . a bent that rears it’s ugly head quite frequently during the Christmas season. Today, I want to encourage you to let your kids know that…
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Pushing Back on Materialism 2

This week we’re looking at ways to challenge the materialism that marks our lifestyles as we prepare for Christmas. Let me encourage you to tell your kids about Bob Pierce, the founder of World Vision, who started his organization after…
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Pushing Back on Materialism 1

Since the Christmas season is a chance for our materialistic bent to shine, this week I’m suggesting strategies for leading your kids out of these dangerous and disobedient attitudes. Out of sight, out of mind might be the cliché that…
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Brands and Kids

One youth culture trend that reveals just how much the adolescent pressures of past generations have filtered down to the youngest of children, is the obsession our children have over clothing and appearance. Fueled by effective marketing, clothing brands have…
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The Money We Spend on Our Kids

With our kids being back in school and the school year now a month or so into full swing, it bears mentioning that this last year, parents spent an average of eight-hundred and forty-three dollars per child on back-to-school shopping.…
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