066: How To Be Thankful In Tough Times [Podcast] – Todd Stocker.com

Thanksgiving is a time of reflection.  Normally, we are grateful for the good things in life.  But what about the bad things.  How and why should we be thankful for difficulties?  Find out on this episode. From my book, "Refined - Turning Pain into Purpose." “Now the Lord had arranged for a great fish to … Continue reading 066: How To Be Thankful In Tough Times [Podcast] – Todd Stocker.com

Make Your Life Count – Todd Stocker.com

[In light of the political drama currently playing out, I thought I'd repost a writing that helps shed light on character and greatness]. A few weeks ago, I attended the funeral of a man who had poured out his life into the lives of others.  His passion was focused on helping organizations and Christian educational institutions … Continue reading Make Your Life Count – Todd Stocker.com

018: Your Purpose In Life – Discovering Why You’re On Earth – Todd Stocker.com

At some point in our lives, most of us ask the question, "Why am I here?"  While God has the ultimate purpose for you to be in a relationship with him, how can you discover your purpose in life while here on earth?   Show Notes: Have you ever asked that question? The question itself comes from … Continue reading 018: Your Purpose In Life – Discovering Why You’re On Earth – Todd Stocker.com

014: How To Live Life Large – Todd Stocker.com

The world doesn’t need more people playing small. It’s time to stop hiding out and start stepping out. It’s time to stop needing and start leading. It’s time to start sharing your gifts instead of hoarding them or pretending they don’t exist. It’s time you started playing the game of life in a “big” way.  … Continue reading 014: How To Live Life Large – 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 this … Continue reading One Purpose Of Your Pain – Todd Stocker.com

Makenzie’s Misunderstood Bible Verse – Jeremiah 29:11 – Part 2

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” – Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) Truthfully, this translation is not the best for this verse (see part 1).  Even though millions have it as a life verse, … Continue reading Makenzie’s Misunderstood Bible Verse – Jeremiah 29:11 – Part 2

Makenzie’s Misunderstood Bible Verse – Jeremiah 29:11 – Part 1

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" - Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) I hate this verse.  No – that’s a bit strong.  I struggle with this verse.  And while many of you have this … Continue reading Makenzie’s Misunderstood Bible Verse – Jeremiah 29:11 – Part 1

What is God’s Will for My Life?

I heard it again from someone struggling in their work.  Frustration walking the line with Bitterness, this person asked, "What is God's will for my life?!"  The cry of millions wanting to do more but feeling lost and unfulfilled in the personal and work life. I've processed that question many times.  I've poured over scripture … Continue reading What is God’s Will for My Life?