WRATHER THOUGHTS

06.26.23 We are back home after our trip to Branson, Missouri. Our son, Nick, who has Down Syndrome loves music and always enjoys a week in Branson.

If you received one of my cards or found one promoting the Burning Bush Devotional – I want you to know that you are in my daily prayers.

The devotional sent by email today was originally sent in 2018. Here is a link to the devotional “Don’t Waste Your Life” here on this website: Don’t Waste Your Life – Burning Bush

06.05.23 I have discovered that most of the vocal problem I have been experiencing and neck pain was because of a blood pressure medication (Lisinopril)  that I have been taking for many years. It is likely the cause of the many nodules I have had on my vocal cords. It is a dangerous drug!

Sometimes things break down. We’ve had a series of breakdowns of things. Our smart TV quit on us, and we got our old TV out and it still works. We had both of our riding lawn mowers out of commission, finally have our old one working but because the mower deck is manual and is a pain with my shoulder to operate decided to buy another mower. The mower we had with the power mower deck we are going to take to someone that can repair it. Then one of our printers stopped working and a new one has now arrived via FedEx.

Things sometimes break down but even more troubling is that people break down too. Things can be repaired or replaced. Sometimes people can be repaired but people are irreplaceable. You are irreplaceable! Make no mistake no matter what thing may break down or what physical ailment you may develop, GOD LOVES YOU!! YOU are important to God and God cares for you just as His Word says in 1 Peter 5:7.

01.24.23 My family and myself are much improved and I plan to teach the Bible Study at our church tomorrow evening.

01.17.23 My wife, myself, and our youngest son have tested positive for covid. Appreciate your prayers!

12.05.22 Last week we had a day that was interrupted with a problem with our water well. Had to buy a new pressure tank for $682 plus more for the plumber. Today our day was interrupted with taking our son Nick to the dentist where he had two teeth pulled that were broken and infected. The charge was $666! Can’t wait for what the bill will be for next week!

11.08.22 I’ve decided to use MailChimp instead of TinyEmail since it is much more user friendly. Sent the first email today using MailChimp: “May the Truth be Revealed” I am excited that the email portion of this ministry is finally back in place!

10.12.22 The first devotional using TinyEmail has been sent. It has been a learning experience!

10.01.22 The good news about the email situation is that tinyemail will provide the service for free since it is through my church where I am the pastor an extension of their ministry.

09.26.22 The current email list service that I have been using to send the Burning Bush Devotional by email for more than 20 years will end at the end of September. 09.30.22 will be the last day. I will continue to send the email but will have to obtain a new email service. IF YOU WANT TO CONTINUE TO RECEIVE THE BURNING BUSH DEVOTIONAL BY EMAIL SEND AN EMAIL TO THEBURNINGBUSHDEVOTIONAL@GMAIL.COM WITH CONTINUE IN THE SUBJECT OR MESSAGE.

07.28.22 I have begun to update, post, and resend by email devotionals from 1999 that were not posted at theburningbush dot net website.

Currently working with a pastor in Malawi that has formed an association of 16 little churches in Malawi and Mozambique that he is working with and that I am providing to them some materials and guidance. Much prayer is needed for these churches that are hungry for the Word of God.

05.18.22 Google Translate has been added to the site, just click on your flag for your language. Still working to add excerpts and color back to about half of the devotionals. More work is still being done by Steve May to add more content from the .net site. Steve May is the developer of this site, and all of his work is greatly appreciated!

02.11.22 It has been about three and a half months since my back surgery, and I am now able to sit at my computer for longer periods of time. I have begun sending devotionals out again by email. The free email list service that I use may shut down in October so I want to take advantage of it as long as possible.


01.19.22 The covid pandemic has roared back filling up hospitals and ICU beds. The omicron variant is particularly contagious. But God is still God, and He can still give us the strength to live through this pandemic just as He has the last two years. Philippians 4:13 is still in the Bible “I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.”


03.24.21 My thoughts are miniscule as compared to the thoughts of our God as we are told in Isaiah 55:8-9,

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts

Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,

So are My ways higher than your ways,

And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

The more I learn about God the more that I find I do not understand and do not have the capacity to comprehend. I can only praise Him and thank Him for caring about my life!


03.15.21 I have begun sending classic (previously sent) devotionals again as I was impressed by God to do so. I have stopped updating the old website theburningbush.org because the host has said they will stop supporting html websites at the end of the month. The website will still be there, but it will not be possible to update it.


07.08.20 We are still alive and well and relatively unaffected by the pandemic and the riots. However, I am very concerned about what is happening to our country. Sunday in our church I shared a message of how America was founded by God on God’s Word and how far we have strayed from that original foundation. Is it too late to save America? Not if we will turn to God in repentance and humility. God can give us revival and bring us back to Him in a week. God could do it in a day! In October of 1857 the nation’s economy had a terrible shock which helped bring about a revival in which one million people became believers out of a population of only 30 million. What terrible thing will we have to go through if we do not turn back to God now? Do we really think that God is going to rapture a bunch of lukewarm saints? Like a piece of coal isn’t it more likely that He will apply pressure until the coal becomes diamonds? If we are ever going to seriously pray for our nation with fasting and prayer that time is now!


01.06.20 Thankfully, the Burning Bush websites are still online and prayerfully, hopefully, that will continue. God helped me to write another devotional today. Please pray for me so that I will be able to continue write these devotionals. Only through God’s power am I able to write anything meaningful. Thank you for all of your prayers!


01.31.19 For some unknown reason, inspyre which hosts theburningbush.net has not given a reason, the website was unreachable for a week or more and I was unable to edit or update in any way. At this point not sure whether to continue with Inspyre or to begin building another website with another hosting company.


10.02.18 After much prayer I have given up on the idea of the devotional being a daily devotional. I will try to post and email the devotional once a week. If the devotional was my only ministry it might be easier to send it more frequently. However, since I am an active pastor again and still a chaplain at an assisted living facility once a week is all that is possible and I believe this is God’s will at this time.


08.15.18 I have been ill with a virus for about a week, but am feeling better. I would like to be able to send the devotional more frequently, but I need supernatural empowerment to be able to do that. Your prayers are always needed!


08.02.18 God has begun to move at Fairview Baptist with a baptism last Sunday and another baptism planned for next Sunday. Blessed to be a part of this move of God.


03.18.18 This morning I accepted the call to be the pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Elk City, Oklahoma. We are excited about what God has planned for this church and that we are going to be a part of it!! We covet your prayers for this ministry…


01.12.18 It’s a New Year!! May we all draw closer to our Lord Jesus this year!!

Two new devotionals have been written and sent in this New Year, however, the Christian email list service that I use to send the devotional at associate.com has been off line for several days. Hopefully, it is just because of the severe winter weather in the eastern United States that has caused a temporary outage.


11.08.17 Of course, we have all been saddened, sickened, and outraged as believers by the recent attacks upon the unarmed citizens of the United States. Especially horrendous was the attack on innocent worshippers at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. These attacks are straight from the pit of hell. We must continue to pray, the spiritual war we are in has reached a new level of viciousness!!


11.08.17 Since my last blog, my wife (Jeanie) has had two strokes 4 1/2 weeks ago was the last one. She has recovered from much of what the stroke has taken. They are still trying to determine what caused the strokes and prevent her from having another one. Thank you for your prayers!!


08.29.17 This week three classic devotionals from 2010 have been sent by email and posted on Facebook. I am still preaching, filling in at Fairview Baptist Church, in Elk City, Oklahoma while they are without a pastor. This month I was called for jury duty in the county I live for a murder trial. The questioning of potential jurors took all of one day and at the end I was excused by the defense from serving because of my prior law enforcement experience as a parole officer. However, now I have to go back in November for potential service on another jury.


07.19.17 Enjoyed doing the Bible Study at the Baptist Village in Elk City, OK yesterday. Every Tuesday at 10am, if you’re in the area, drop in.


06.28.17 I have begun a series of devotionals on the 23rd Psalm. The first two are “The Good Shepherd” and “Green Pastures.”


06.21.17 Not so much a daily blog it would appear, but still I will try to share when I can. Preached at Fairview Baptist Church in Elk City again last Sunday. Jeanie and I had the weekly service at the Baptist Village in Elk City yesterday (Prayer, singing, Bible Study), and later in the day spent some hours mowing and still need to do some more mowing and yard work today.


06.14.17 Yesterday, Jeanie and I did the weekly service at the Baptist Village in Elk City, Oklahoma. The service consists of a brief worship, prayer time and Bible Study. Finished a six week study in the 23rd Psalm. Plan to begin a five week study in Philippians next week.

The first Sunday of the month I preached at FBC Yukon filling in for my son who is the pastor there. Last Sunday I preached at Fairview Baptist Church in Elk City as they are still without a pastor and will be preaching there the next two Sundays.

Last night we heard about the horrific fire in the apartment building in London, and this morning we heard about the shooting in Alexandria, Virginia. Bad things continue to happen on Planet Earth, and they will continue to happen until God intervenes. Thankful that in the midst of terrifying events that we can turn to the God who is the God of all comfort, and who is the God of all grace. Some trust in weapons of war, but we will trust in the Lord our God (Psalm 20:7).