Burden & Blessing

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The goal of Burden & Blessing is to provide Biblical truth and encouragement in your life. We strive to produce blog articles and podcast episodes that touch on pertinent topics in our modern age and what God says about them. Why do we call ourselves Burden & Blessing? See the answer HERE. If you are edified by what you hear please subscribe to our blog! Have a question or comment? Email us at burdenandblessing@gmail.com.

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  • Word of the Week: Good Shepherd August 13, 2018
    Pastor Sam Rodebaugh describes Jesus as our Good Shepherd episode today. This description or name for Jesus is found in familiar sections like John 10 and Psalm 23, but is found in many other places as well. Don’t let the simple description of “good” fool you. Jesus is more that just “good” - he is […]
  • Hymn Review: Dear Lord, To Your True Servants Give August 10, 2018
    Pastor Nathanael Mayhew joins Pastor Neal Radichel to discuss the hymn: Dear Lord, To Your True Servants Give. This hymn is found in both The Lutheran Hymnal (1941) and Worship Supplement 2000 as well as other Lutheran hymnals. It was written by professor W. Gustave Polack who taught Church History and Hymnody at Concordia Seminary […]
  • Word of the Week: Lamb August 6, 2018
    For our Names of Jesus Word of the Week, Pastor Nathanael Mayhew digs into the name Lamb. Possibly the most familiar and clear description of this name for Jesus is found in the words of John the Baptist at the very start of Jesus’ ministry when he pointed to Jesus and said: “Behold the Lamb […]
  • World Religions: Christian Science August 3, 2018
    Pastor Sam Rodebaugh and Pastor Tom Naumann take a look at the teachings of Christian Science in our world religions study this week. They will discuss the life of Mary Baker Eddy and how she founded the “church” of Christian Science. They will also take a look at some of the unique teachings of Christian […]
  • Word of the Week: Immanuel August 1, 2018
    This week, Pastor Nathanael Mayhew takes us into the familiar “Christmas” name for Jesus: Immanuel. Found in Isaiah 7:14, the LORD told King Ahaz that He would give a sign that would never be forgotten: A virgin would conceive and bear a Son. His name would be Immanuel. The word Immanuel is found only three […]
  • Word of the Week - Son of Man July 23, 2018
    In our Word of the Week, Pastor Rob Sauers takes us through a brief study of the term “Son of Man.” This is Jesus’ favorite title for referring to Himself in the Gospels. On the surface, it would seem that this term refers exclusively to Jesus’ humanity and the corresponding term, “Son of God,” refers to […]
  • Bible Study: Lamentations July 20, 2018
    This week Pastors Tom Naumann and Nathanael Mayhew dig into the Old Testament book of Lamentations. Although the book does not name is writer, tradition holds that it was written by the prophet Jeremiah at the time of the destruction of Jerusalem in the 580’s B.C. There are many parallels between Lamentations and the prophecy […]
  • Word of the Week: Redeemer July 16, 2018
    In our Word of the Week series on the names of Jesus we consider the name: Redeemer. This name for Jesus is rooted in the Old Testament and what was known as the “Kinsman Redeemer” outlined in Leviticus 25 and described in the book of Ruth. A Redeemer was one who was related and would […]
  • World Religions: Mormonism July 13, 2018
    Join Pastors Mark Tiefel and Nathanael Mayhew as they review and discuss the history and beliefs of Mormonism. They will discuss Mormonism’s very beginning under the strange visions and teachings of Joseph Smith, and its move from the East to the West where they settled in Utah. They will also review some of the uniqe […]
  • Review - TLH Hymn #429 - Lord, Thee I Love With All My Heart July 6, 2018
    In our review today, Pastors Rob Sauers and Nathanael Mayhew study Hymn #429 from The Lutheran Hymnal: “Lord, Thee I Love With All My Heart.” This is a hymn often sung at funerals as it focuses our attention on the nearness of our God in life and in death. As we study this hymn, we […]
  • World Religions: New Age Religions June 29, 2018
    Pastor Mark Tiefel joins Pastor Ben Libby to continue our series on World Religions in a study of New Age Religions. New Age is a term that is used to describe many modern twists on ancient false religions like Hinduism and Buddhism. They generally encourage people to reach enlightenment through some internal journey of meditation. But […]
  • CPR: The History of the CLC (Interview with Pastor L.W.Schierenbeck) June 22, 2018
    This week we have a special interview that discusses the history and formation of the CLC. The interview was conducted in 2009 by Pastor Paul Teifel Jr. as he interviewed L.W. Schierenbeck for the 50th Anniversary of the CLC. In the interview Pastor Scheirenbeck details the history behind the formation of the CLC going back […]
  • Word of the Week: Messiah/Christ June 18, 2018
    In our ongoing series of the Names of Jesus our Word of the Week is Messiah / Christ. These two words are a title more than a name. The word Messiah is from a Hebrew word which means Anointed One, and its Greek equivalent is Christos or Christ. The word points out one who was […]
  • World Religions: Buddhism June 15, 2018
    Today Pastor Mark Tiefel and Neal Radichel dig into the religion of Buddhism. The founder of Buddhism, Sidharta Gutama was a Hindu who developed Buddhism from Hinduism. Buddhism does away the caste system and offers a “fast track” to Nirvana. Buddhism has the four nobel truths and the nobel eigthfold path. These truths recognize the existence of […]
  • CPR: Burner Accounts and Arise and Shine June 8, 2018
    Pastors Ben Libby and Sam Rodebaugh discuss the use (and misuse) of burner accounts in light of a current professional sport owner’s troubles. They tell you what a burner account is and get into the application of burner accounts and the dangers of trying to be annynomous. When we are trying to hide, that usually […]
  • Word of the Week - Savior June 4, 2018
    We are beginning a new series for our Word of the Week. Over the next couple of months, we are going to be focusing in on the various names and titles of Jesus. This week, Pastor Ben Libby takes us through a study of “Savior.” A savior is someone who saves either from physical or spiritual […]
  • World Religions: Hinduism June 1, 2018
    Pastors Mark Tiefel and Neal Radichel continue the CPR series on World Religions with a study of Hunduism. Hinduism is the main religion in India, and in other countries in that region of the world. It is one of the main polytheistic religions which believes in “many gods” as opposed to one god as Judaism and Islam. This […]
  • Word of the Week: Real Presence May 28, 2018
    Pastor Tom Naumann digs into the Biblical definition of the “Real Presence” in our Word of the Week. The Real Presence is the term that is used to describe the Biblical view of the Lord’s Supper which teaches that Christ gives His very body with the bread of Holy Communion and His very blook with […]
  • World Religions: Islam May 25, 2018
    Pastors Mark Tiefel and Nathanael Mayhew continue the CPR series on World Religions with a study of Islam. In addition to Judaism and Christianity, Islam is the third major monotheistic religion. It had its beginning in the 600AD with Mohammed who claimed to receive a revelation from Allah (God) through the angel Gabriel. He traced […]
  • Word of the Week: Atheist / Agnostic May 23, 2018
    In this week’s Word of the Week, Pastor Mark Tiefel discusses the terms “atheist” and “agnostic” - two terms that describe a growing group of people in our culture today. One of the fastst growing groups are what are refered to as religious “NONE’S” - those who say that they have no religious affiliation. But […]