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
[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
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
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
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
[If you want to be notified of new posts via email, click here] Why is it that we tend to try to live our lives doing something we weren’t designed to do? I’ve started to collect interesting crosses to hang on my wall behind my desk. Someone gave me another just the other day. Determined … Continue reading Find Your Hammer
Yesterday, our church hosted a group called Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge. Their core purpose is to help people break the grips of addiction through the basic understanding that they are a child of God and that He has a purpose for their lives. 50 strong, they filled the front of our congregation, spoke testimonies … Continue reading Redeemed
I’m not great at golf but I do love the game. Maybe it’s the outdoors. Maybe it’s the relaxed environment. Maybe it’s the calming chatter with friends. Whatever it is, I like to play. But after a few rounds, I tend to get bored. So it was when I was living in Arizona in my … Continue reading Teeing Up Your Purpose
I read a great blog post by Tom Basson that addresses people's personal tension - Doing what you love and getting paid for it. To read his post, CLICK HERE. Peace,
Here's a followup commentary from a fellow blogger regarding Jeremiah 29:11 and God's will ... "Your will, not mine, Lord" (James Birchenough) Peace!
“‘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
"'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
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?
I have a favorite coffee shop in St. Paul. It’s nothing special but the building sits on the banks of the Mississippi River. Occasionally, on my way home from work, I’ll grab a Java and stroll along the peaceful waters and watch the wildlife that dart from tree to rock to open sky. There are … Continue reading What’s Your WAKE?