075: 8 Ways To Make Your Marriage Or Any Relationship Amazing For Valentine’s Day [Podcast] – Todd Stocker.com

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Many people spend more time and focus picking out a gift or planning the date rather than working on their marriage. Here are 8 ways to make your relationships amazing. On This Episode: Today’s Quote:  “Fight against something and we focus on the thing we hate. Fight forContinue reading “075: 8 Ways To Make Your Marriage Or Any Relationship Amazing For Valentine’s Day [Podcast] – Todd Stocker.com”

067: How To Get Along With Everyone From Abraham Lincoln [Podcast] – Todd Stocker.com

All of us struggle with getting along with people. Abraham Lincoln spoke words of truth in his 2nd inaugural speech that helps us in all relationships. Today we learn what he meant when he said, “Charity for all, Malice towards none.” On This Episode: Today’s Quote: “With Charity for all and malice toward none”  Abe Lincoln.Continue reading “067: How To Get Along With Everyone From Abraham Lincoln [Podcast] – Todd Stocker.com”

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 andContinue reading “What Do You Want? – 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 hearContinue reading “Crisis America: How Should Jesus People Respond? – 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 toContinue reading “Why I Feel Institutionalized – Todd Stocker.com”

What Decorates Your Life? – Todd Stocker.com

It’s early in the morning and my view is an elegant one.  Our simple Christmas tree, with small white lights and history-telling ornaments, stands in its ‘once-a-year’ place in front of our living room window.  Presents have begun to appear underneath its green branches and transparent red ribbons stream from Star to stump. Decorations areContinue reading “What Decorates Your Life? – Todd Stocker.com”

Are You Tolerant? – Todd Stocker.com

I’m a word guy.  I like to dig down to their original meanings, references and applications within history. With the battle and ensuing confusion of clashing belief systems in politics, religion and general life choices, enter the ’T’ word — ‘Tolerance’.   I hear this word tossed around like a water balloon at a kids summerContinue reading “Are You Tolerant? – Todd Stocker.com”

One Purpose Of Your Pain – Todd Stocker.com

I don’t think I knew him.  Maybe I did.  Maybe he was just starting at Concordia University, St. Paul when I was finishing my stint as Campus Pastor.  Many in my circles tell me that he was a great person of life, fun, purpose and humor.  That’s what makes his drowning in a pond thisContinue reading “One Purpose Of Your Pain – Todd Stocker.com”

The Sower: Good Soil is Synchronized

The story of the sower and the seed is rich with truth and application.  (You can read it here).  But of all the ‘soils’ that Jesus mentions, the one that hits me today is the good soil – not because it’s who I’m striving to be and not because it’s the Christian thing to say.  ItContinue reading “The Sower: Good Soil is Synchronized”

And Then We Will See True Love

“Love is like an avalanche where you have to run for your life.” — John, age 9 “I think you’re supposed to get shot with an arrow or something, but the rest of it isn’t supposed to be so painful.” — Manuel, age 8 “Once I’m done with kindergarten, I’m going to find me aContinue reading “And Then We Will See True Love”


A quick Christmas Day tour of Facebook reveals “pondering.” The student who is glad to be home for the holidays. The mom who watches her kids as they open gifts. The dad who reflects on his gratefulness for his family. The pondering heart is a thankful heart because to ponder means to throw ideas togetherContinue reading “Pondering”

Celebrating Anniversaries

Yesterday was our anniversary.  For some, these are stellar celebrations.  Big tents in friend-filled backyards.  Exotic meals.  Trips to distant lands.  For Kellie and I, we have rarely had such swarays to mark our day. Take yesterday for example.  Sharing a simple breakfast gave way to little errands around the house.  A nice lunch atContinue reading “Celebrating Anniversaries”

The Big Faith of the Boston Killers

The boom cannoned over the finish line of this year’s Boston Marathon.  Many thought it was a celebration cannon.  Others thought it to be a car backfiring.  Then a second explosion.  Someone had set out to kill.  And they succeeded. In the hours following, the suspects Dzhorkar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev were identified.  Chechnyan BrothersContinue reading “The Big Faith of the Boston Killers”

That Kind of Love

I am sitting at a coffee shop next to Lego land in the Mall of America.  It overlooks the amusement park called Nickelodeon Universe.  What I notice are the large number of elderly couples walking through the park and filling the coffee shop around me.  But what really catches my attention is how happy theyContinue reading “That Kind of Love”