Entries by Roger Kunkel

The Ripple Effect

A small dog had been struck by a car and was laying wounded by the side of the road. A doctor driving by noticed that the dog was still alive, stopped his car, picked up the dog and took him home. There he discovered that the dog had been stunned, had suffered minor cuts and […]

The Bug Disease

I want to begin this meditation with a passage from the New Testament, 1 Peter 1 :22: “Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart.” The late musician Duke Ellington said his doctor once told him […]

Just Enough Turbulence

George Bernard Shaw called Beethoven, “the most turbulent spirit that ever found expression in pure sound. The power of the Ninth Symphony is the turbulent joy of humanity.” Of course, when turbulence runs our lives, everything becomes chaotic, crazy. But that isn’t the fault of turbulence. We humans are to blame. To be sure, the […]

What I Gave I Have

Listen to this profound epitaph found on an English gravestone: “What I kept, I lost. What I spent, I had. What I gave, I have.” Friend of Dial Hope, as you well know, the art of keeping isn’t all bad. There will always be secrets to keep, treasures to store, memories to hold tightly. But […]

Letter of Thanks

Today I want to suggest an exciting idea – I want you to try giving yourself away. I once knew a man who suffered a nervous breakdown, during which he sat for months in gloom and mental darkness. One day I suggested he try to turn off his dark, depressing thoughts by practicing thanksgiving. I […]


A famous writer once said, “I owe much to my friends, but all things considered, it strikes me that I owe even more to my enemies.” Critics are thorns in our sides. In fact, most of the time they are a real pain. They prick and puncture. They bruise us. They hurt us. Yet, as […]

Where is God?

You know, when trouble comes into our lives, when tragedy strikes, we ask, “Where is God?” And the answer is – God is in the same place he was when his son was on the cross. God does not abandon us; God is with us every step of the way. He is with us even […]

Crown of God’s Creation

One of the greatest truths of the Bible is … We – you and I – are made in the image of God. Talk about a miracle! God made cats and dogs, hummingbirds, red cardinals, squirrels, elephants, giraffes, pelicans, dolphins and the duck-billed platypus. God made the trees, the flowers, and skies. God made all […]

Night Lights

Many homes have “night lights” placed conveniently in hallways and bathrooms to aid those who get up in the middle of the night. An Illinois pastor had six couples enrolled in a new members class that met on Sunday evenings. Even after all the couples had completed the course work, and joined the church, they […]

Heart of Gratitude

It is no secret that I have a passion for encouraging people to base their life on gratitude. Paul put it like this, “Give thanks in all circumstances.” (l Thessalonians 5:18a). Let me point out that Paul didn’t say to give thanks ‘for” all circumstances. Obviously, we don’t give thanks for cancer or heart attacks, […]