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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  • Bible Study: Haggai February 22, 2019
    Pastor Ben Libby joins Pastor Sam Rodebaugh to study the Old Testament book of the Prophet Haggai. Haggai had the changeling task of prophesying to the people of Judah who had just come back from the exile in Babylon. He was sent with the job of taking these people to task over their attitude of apathy and […]
  • Word of the Week: COMMUNION February 19, 2019
    In another word which relates to worship and the worship service, Pastor Nathanael Mayhew discusses the word "communion" and what it means from 1 Corinthians 10:16-17. Communion is a word that is often used as a synonym for the "Lord's Supper" - the sacrament instituted by Christ before His crucifixion. From these words of Paul […]
  • The Song of Solomon in view of Valentines Day February 15, 2019
    The Song of Solomon, or the Song of Songs, is a poetical book found in the Old Testament. It describes the love that a husband has for his wife, and the corresponding love the wife has for her husband. It is very descriptive and emotional. At the center of any marriage should be Christ and […]
  • Bible Study: Transfiguration February 13, 2019
    What is the Transfiguration all about? Why was it important? How does that event connect to the Old Testament? Join Pastors Mark Tiefel and Ben Libby to discuss the event of the Transfiguration of Jesus which is recorded in all three synoptic Gospels. The Baptism of Jesus and the Transfiguration serve as important markers in […]
  • Word of the Week: Absolution February 11, 2019
    Absolution: It may be a familiar word, but what does it mean? Pastor Ben Libby goes into the subject of absolution and why it is an important part of our worship. It is the forgiveness of our sins in action. God assures us that "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us […]
  • Hymn Review: O Wondrous Type! O Vision Fair! February 8, 2019
    What is the Transfiguration of Jesus all about? What is the point of that event in the ministry of Jesus and why do we still celebrate it in the church today? Join Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Rob Sauers to discuss the importance of the festival of Transfiguration which serves as a bridge between Epiphany and […]
  • Word of the Week: Worship February 4, 2019
    What is worship? It is a familiar word in our society, but what does it mean? Pastor Mark Tiefel show that already in the book of Genesis we have examples of worship. There were the acceptable and unacceptable offerings of Abel and Cain (Genesis 4), and people began to "call on the name of the […]
  • World Religions: Jainism February 1, 2019
    Join us for a study of another eastern religion which developed out of Hinduism. Jains only make up about .06% of the world population, but the principles found in Jainism are found regularly in our society today. Pastors Mark Tiefel and Nathanael Mayhew will take you into the history and religious concepts of Jainism, and […]
  • Word of the Week: Liturgy January 28, 2019
    Lutherans are familiar with the word "Liturgy" while many others are not. In fact there is a trend in our society away from liturgical or "orderly" worship. The word simply means ministry or service. The concept of Christian worship is founded on the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 14:40: "Let all things be done […]
  • Bible Study: Nahum January 25, 2019
    Which Old Testament prophet's name meant comfort? Which prophet was sent to the foreign nation of Assyria to announce it's coming destruction at the hand of the LORD? Which prophet had a message which is only three chapters long? The answer: Nahum. Pastor Ben Libby joins Nathanael Mayhew to discuss the unique and yet powerfully […]
  • Word of the Week: Service January 22, 2019
    What do you think of when you hear the word "service"? There are three main words in the New Testament that are translated service. 1) a servant or slave who serves another; 2) official service (also in a religious use) this is where we get the word "liturgy"; 3) service in the church either with […]
  • Bible Study: Habakkuk January 18, 2019
    Today Pastor Ben Libby joins Neal Radichel to study the Old Testament prophecy of Habakkuk. The prophet Habakkuk is unique in that he brings questions to God about what He is doing with His people and the the peoples around them and God's responses to Habakkuk. It is more personal in nature than the other […]
  • Word of the Week: Magi January 14, 2019
    Who are the Magi and what do they have to do with Christmas? Pastor Mark Tiefel tells us that the word magi is related to our English word "magic" although it is not like the magic we think of today. The magi or wise men were students of many different subjects and sometimes even had […]
  • World Religions: Scientology January 12, 2019
    In our study of world religions this week we consider the relatively new religion of Scientology. You have probably heard about this religion through various outlets in the news in recent years. But what does this religion really believe and teach? They claim that they believe in a god, but who is this god? Why has […]
  • Bible Study: Amos January 4, 2019
    "The LORD roars from Zion, And utters His voice from Jerusalem; The pastures of the shepherds mourn, And the top of Carmel withers." This is the opening verse of the prophet Amos, and it sets the tone for the rest of the message of repentance that God issued against His nation of Northern Israel. Join Pastor Tom Nauman and Ben […]
  • Word of the Week: Admonition January 2, 2019
    Pastor Mark Tiefel defines the word "admonition" as it is used in Scripture and the importance of it in our lives. This is not a popular word in our world today, but the word has the idea of giving information to correct or change our lives for the better (from God's perspective). This is one […]
  • Bible Study: Micah December 28, 2018
    Pastors Ben Libby and Nathanael Mayhew dig into the prophecies of Micah in the Old Testament. Micah is familiar because of his prophecy of the location of the birth of the Savior which we hear at this time of year, but outside of that, most people know very little about this minor prophet. Micah lived […]
  • Word of the Week: VIRGIN BIRTH December 28, 2018
    In our Christmas Day Word of the Week, Pastor Nathanael Mayhew takes a look at the Biblical doctrine of the "Virgin Birth." This doctrine has been doubted and opposed throughout the history of Christianity, but is CLEARLY taught in both the Old and the New Testaments. A close look at the birth accounts recorded in […]
  • World Religions: Zoroastrianism December 21, 2018
    At first glace the religion of Zoroastrianism may look similar to Christianity, but as Pastors Mark Tiefel and Nathanael Mayhew will point out, there are some critical differences between the two that make these two as different as night and day. Dating back to the 6th Century B.C. and about the time of the Babylonian […]
  • Word of the Week: Only-Begotten December 21, 2018
    As we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Savior of the World we return to a Name of Jesus: Only Begotten. This term in Greek mean "unique" or "unparalleled" and describes the relationship with another. It is only used 9 times in the New Testament and 5 times to describe Jesus and His relationship […]