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Kevin East is the Executive Director of Family Matters. He and his wife Stephanie have five unbelievable kids, two of which they most recently adopted. If Kevin isn't busy with work or family, you'll probably find him in the woods near his house with a power tool. He writes at his blog, "Following to Lead". Connect with him on Twitter at @kevinteast.
The Key to Praying Effectively

When I pray with my kids, I can tell their minds are somewhere else. They might have their eyes closed, but talking to God is the very last thing on their minds. I guess for us adults, some things never change.

What Can You Do This Summer to Prepare Your Kids for School?

My oldest son starts school this next fall. Sad thing is, I don't think he is ready. If academics is all we are concerned about, then he would be fine; he is reading and doing math far beyond his years.

Community: Why Are We So Afraid of it?

Most people are incredibly lonely. Sure, we smile on the outside. Most likely, we keep ourselves busy so we aren't able to process the pain associated with not being associated - with anyone. We might be married, but living as if we weren't. Many people live life this way, hoping that someday they might eventually be noticed.

Beat Our Story

This is an invitation. No, it's a challenge. It is a challenge for all you young guys that follow my blog that are looking at some point in the future to get engaged. I am throwing down the gauntlet. When that day comes when you are to get engaged, I want you to beat my story.

Can Your Child Go to Camp Alone?

Summer camp can be a great experience for kids of all ages. Having been a part of camp ministry for almost 20 years, I know that when the weather turns warm, people start thinking about sending their kids to camp. At the very same time, it is when many parents get cold feet, unsure if their child is ready for an experience like summer camp.

Finish well. Start now.

Leading people is tiring. If you've ever been in a position of influence, I'm sure you'd agree. At times, it is stressful, lonely, and people are exposed to your flaws continuously. It's kind of like the old African proverb says: "It is the monkey that climbs the tree the highest, where everyone sees his rear." So true.

Should Feelings Direct Our Decisions?

We've all been there, standing at a crossroads of a decision, unsure of which way we ought to take. For those of us who desire to honor God with our lives, we can become stalled out as we seek to hear God for clear direction. What should we do in such a situation?

Why Be Afraid of the Desert? A Lesson from Israel

I've never experienced something as dry and lifeless as the desert. Maybe it's because we aren't used to being in such a place that when scripture continually refers to the desert, we only know to picture sand dunes. Here, it was much different.

What does spiritual leadership look like in marriage?

Many Christian men want to lead their wives spiritually, but they have no idea what that means. Many Christian women want to be led spiritually by their husbands, but they're not really sure what it looks like to follow. Often times, what can result is a chaotic mess of unmet expectations.

Be more effective: Utilize an assistant better

Being ineffective is one of the worst places to find yourself. It seems that every few months, I notice the way I am operating needs some tweaking. When that happens, I must step back and evaluate how I am spending my time. This is the first of a few posts about what has helped increase my effectiveness over the years.

Are You A Man? Prove It

What do you say to someone who is in their first month of basic training in the military?

Prepare to Sababath: A Lesson from Israel

Sundays used to be special. At some point in my past, I remember when the pace of this day of the week was different. Maybe it was because most stores were closed, or because my responsibilities in life were much different. Whatever the case, over the past few months, my wife and I have talked about the need for change.

How Close to God Can You Get? A Lesson From Israel

We all have an inner ache to be close to the Almighty. For each of us, we have realized different ways or places that make us feel the closest to him. A friend once told me he felt closest to God while sitting in a deer stand in the early morning hours of a winter day. Others might have a special place in their heart for sunsets and gentle breezes. The question remains: How close to God can you get?

When Life is Changed Forever

Most days are mainly like the day before. But every once in a while, a day sticks out among others. It is one that you couldn't have really prepared for, and one you wish you could give back. Those days are life-changers.

Why Is Summer Camp So Good For Kids?

Summer camp is almost as American as apple pie and baseball. Movies have tried to document the uniqueness of this experience. Unfortunately, I've yet to see one that came close to pinpointing why a healthy week at summer camp is so good for a child.

Advice To Young Men

There are many things I wish someone would have told me when I turned 18.

How to Become Courageous: A Lesson from Israel

My firstborn son is more timid and fearful than my other children. He is one that quickly backs down when the younger ones pick at him. Because of this, I have spent much effort trying to teach him to have courage. When I got back from Israel, I changed the way I taught him.

What Advice Would You Give an 18-Year-Old?

Have you ever been given the opportunity to do something great, yet you totally came up short? This past week I did just that. A friend of mine's son was turning 18, and I was asked to be one of 18 men that would write him a letter giving any advice I wish someone would have given me when I turned 18. I wrote the letter, but it stunk.

How Would You Answer These Tough Questions?

Some questions only require surface level answers. Others cut straight to your heart, requiring you to do some soul-searching in order to come up with a solid answer. We are all used to being in conversations. In conversations it is natural to receive information, and also to give it. There is nothing new about that. Over the past year, however, there have been a few questions that I found much better than others.

The Question Every Leader Must Answer

I would imagine this scenario is not foreign to you. You have faces staring back at you, eager to follow. It could be volunteers, staff, or a group of people that have come together for a common reason. They are looking to you and me for leadership, but unfortunately, we let them down. Instead of leadership, we merely provide instructions.

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Example: "Gen 1:1" "John 3" "Moses" "trust"
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