God Is Good In All Seasons

"So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up." Galatians 6:9 This past weekend, I spoke for the Senior Adult ministry conference from our District.  They are called S.A.G.E.S. (Saints Alive, Growing, Ever Serving). The group numbering … Continue reading God Is Good In All Seasons

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My Makenzie Monsoon

A few hours before dark, eight years ago today, my Makenzie left.  She wasn’t sure she wanted to go but the lure of a ballerina photo shoot was too strong to resist.  I was sitting at my computer in our little office by the back door as she leaned over and gave me a kiss … Continue reading My Makenzie Monsoon

What Do You Want? – Todd Stocker.com

“Though good advice lies deep within the heart, a person with understanding will draw it out.” Proverbs 20:5 NLT I love that Jesus' main tool of teaching was asking questions.  Here you have the master of the universe, the creator, and knower of all things, asking finite people questions to teach them about life, about God and … Continue reading What Do You Want? – Todd Stocker.com

Connect or Die! – Todd Stocker.com

I was at the great Minnesota get together (a.k.a. state fair), enjoying the gobs of people, the explosion of aromas and the onslaught of visual colors that make this event such a great celebration.  With my closest friends, we ate everything from Reuben bites and fried pickles to cheese curds and thick malts.  As we … Continue reading Connect or Die! – Todd Stocker.com

Solving Problems With Music – Todd Stocker.com

If you play an instrument or enjoy singing, you know the power and complexity of the art in which you create.  Notes and swells.  Rhythms and lines.  Something magic happens when melodies carry the soul to deeper understanding. Science backs it up.  When you play, sing, write or engage in music, the art activates almost … Continue reading Solving Problems With Music – Todd Stocker.com

Crisis America: How Should Jesus People Respond? – Todd Stocker.com

"Hi church,  Pastor Todd here. I feel I need to take some time to address what has happened and is happening in  our country. Like you, I’ve been watching the recent events unfold over the last year and specifically over the last few weeks and I have to tell you, I’m emotionally exhausted. I hear … Continue reading Crisis America: How Should Jesus People Respond? – Todd Stocker.com

Our Depraved Culture Is No Surprise – Todd Stocker.com

Another shooting.  Another law-suit.  Another leader choosing self-preservation over sacrificial integrity.  It isn’t a stretch to find moral decay and hypocrisy throughout the fabric of our world’s culture’s.  Doesn’t it seem like it’s getting worse? I don’t even need to dig deep into my own character to find flaws through which shines my unrighteous thoughts, … Continue reading Our Depraved Culture Is No Surprise – Todd Stocker.com

Liberty To Love – Todd Stocker.com

I’m a patriot at heart.  I love the celebrations that honor our military, our leadership and our country.  Some call me soft, but it doesn’t take long for a tear to push its way out of my eye when our national anthem plays or our flag flies.   Part of my patriotism is rooted in the word Liberty.  Defined, Liberty … Continue reading Liberty To Love – Todd Stocker.com

Why I Feel Institutionalized – Todd Stocker.com

'Institution' isn’t a popular word.  Over its life-time, the lettering has gone from a simple description of something organized to something being restrictive.  In fact, the idea of marriage as ‘institution’ repulses many in growing generations because of the seeming restrictions of the commitment between one man and one woman, as God intended that relationship to … Continue reading Why I Feel Institutionalized – Todd Stocker.com

Grace In The Tragedies Of Florida – Todd Stocker.com

True or False: “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” False. Ask the parents of the assassinated singer. Ask the friend of a massacred party-goer. Ask the dad of a two year old, pulled out of sight by a scaly seven foot reptile at Disney.  Tragedy upon tragedy.  This life is full of them.  You … Continue reading Grace In The Tragedies Of Florida – Todd Stocker.com

The Predictably Unpredictable Storm – Todd Stocker.com

I don’t know where you live and I don’t know the climate that overtakes you.  I’ve lived in areas that have two seasons:  hot and hotter.  I’ve also lived in parts that cycle through all four seasons seemingly every week.  But one thing is common:  storms happen.  Sometimes, they peak their nose over the horizon … Continue reading The Predictably Unpredictable Storm – Todd Stocker.com

Seven Years Afloat: Makenzie Home-going Anniversary – Todd Stocker.com

Seven years ago, I thought my anchor gave way.  My life’s-boat was set a drift in a storm called “the death of a child” when my oldest daughter, Makenzie, was killed in traffic accident. Yet what I found was my anchor was more secure than ever.  The pain, the grief, the emptiness and the heartbreak were … Continue reading Seven Years Afloat: Makenzie Home-going Anniversary – Todd Stocker.com

Memorial Day – The Unfathomable Sacrifice – Todd Stocker.com

"The atrocities of war are only overshadowed by the heroism of their dead." (Tweet that) As we lean into the Memorial Day weekend, our thoughts are on the time off, the friends gathering, the grilling, boating, and lounging.  Many are speeding to the cabin or to family a state away.  All of us look forward to … Continue reading Memorial Day – The Unfathomable Sacrifice – Todd Stocker.com

Are You Jumping? – Todd Stocker.com

"Don’t jump to conclusions—there may be a perfectly good explanation for what you just saw." Proverbs 25:8 I like my early mornings.  Before the sun crawls above the horizon, I’m normally in my place reading, praying, reflecting and writing.  Usually it is a peaceful, refreshing time but not this morning.  Because of my reading, I have been … Continue reading Are You Jumping? – Todd Stocker.com

I’m Thinking Of Stopping – a 3 Question Survey – Todd Stocker.com

Every year around June, I begin my personal goal setting for the timeframe of September through August.  (Yes, I know.  I’m pretty a-typical that way but it works best for my current post in life).  Over the last 7 years, I’ve been providing content on my site focused on the topics of leadership, personal development … Continue reading I’m Thinking Of Stopping – a 3 Question Survey – Todd Stocker.com