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Immanuel: The God who Dwells with Us

Immanuel: The God who Dwells with Us

Holidays like Christmas are about time spent together with loved ones. That togetherness—simply being present with those we treasure—seems to make everything seem a little brighter in the world. Amid joy, laughter, and silly traditions, there is an unspoken truth of...
Counting Your Blessings

Counting Your Blessings

How long would it take to follow the advice of the old hymn to count your many blessings AND name them one by one? I don’t know about you, but my list would be incredibly long. Often it seems easier to focus on the things we don’t have, which is nothing more than a...

Reflections from Iowa

Having been around SSI LEAD for 9 years (2 as a student, 4 as a volunteer, and 3 as staff), it’s always fascinating to see how someone else does it. Last year (2017) I was able to meet Nate Oppman of the THE FAMiLY LEADER (TFL) in Iowa who would be heading up LEAD out...
The price of liberty

The price of liberty

On Monday, America celebrates Memorial Day. But in the midst of the BBQs, parades, watermelons, and family vacations, it can be easy to forget what this day is truly about. Since the first “shot heard ’round the world” that marked the beginning of...
Observations from the Office

Observations from the Office

  I started working here in the beginning of February, and while I knew most of the staff already (from LEAD when I went as a student), I had no idea what the working environment would be like. A few months in, the facets of the office are what still make me...