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: Marriage October 11, 2019
    With this episode we begin a series on terms related to marriage. Pastor Mark Tiefel begins with definition of the word marriage itself. He takes us back to the institution of marriage and what God intends for it to be and the problems that we face in marriage because of our sinful nature and the […]
  • CPR: Church Discipline October 11, 2019
    Join Pastors Mark Tiefel and Neal Radichel for an in-depth discussion on Church Discipline. They will look at some important Biblical passages and even examples from the Bible, and look at applications of this in the church today. There are many misconceptions regarding this topic, and this study will discuss the importance of carrying out […]
  • Word of the Week: Mercy October 10, 2019
    Pastor Mark Tiefel defines the word Mercy as it is used in Scripture. In the Old and New Testaments there were two words for mercy: compassion, or steadfast love. This second word emphasizes the feelings behind the compassion and what it was moved to do. God's mercy is more than a feeling, is moves Him […]
  • Word of the Week: Justice October 8, 2019
    What makes something just or unjust? What is justice? Justice is doing what is right, and this has to be founded on an objective standard that applies universally to all people. The word justice was used by the prophets to describe the coming Savior who would bring "righteousness" or "justice" to the world. But compare […]
  • CPR: Parenting September 27, 2019
    Join Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Ben Libby as they take a look at a few positive and negative examples of Christian parenting in the Old and New Testament. They will look at these examples as well as passages that give us direction in our Christian parenting and consider the application of these truths to our […]
  • Word of the Week: Scripture September 26, 2019
    Join Pastor Mark Tiefel as he describes and defines the word "Scriptures" and show where it came from. This term is derived from Latin and Greek and simply means "writings". From this basic definition we are simply saying that these books of the Bible are simply things that were written. But there is a deeper […]
  • Word of the Week: Christian September 26, 2019
    What is a Christian? Join us to see how the New Testament defines what a Christian is and how that term is used of those in the early New Testament era. Being a Christian is more than just a name. It is a confession. Join us for a look at this important word!
  • Bible Study: Luke September 21, 2019
    Join Pastors Ben Libby and Tom Naumann as they uncover the purpose and meaning of the Gospel of Luke which is the third account of the life, death and ministry of Jesus in the New Testament. They will dig into the background of the original writer who was a Gentile, and the purpose behind the […]
  • CPR: Addressing accusations against Drew Brees and Focus on the Family September 21, 2019
    Join Pastor Mark Tiefel and Sam Rodebaugh as they discuss a recent video by Quarterback Drew Brees and its relationship with Focus on the Family. They will address misconceptions about Focus on the Family, Sexuality, Conversion Therapy, love and more from a Biblical perspective. Join them to learn about how a Christian should respond to […]
  • CPR: A discussion about the purpose of church based on a recent article in USA Today September 7, 2019
    Pastor Sam Rodebaugh joins Pastor Nathanael Mayhew to discuss an article in USA Today by a teenager about the problems with Christianity and the church. We will take a look at how she and others view church and discuss the problem with where they are coming from. We will also discuss the purpose of church […]
  • Word of the Week: Disciple September 3, 2019
    What is a disciple? Basically it means "one who follows" but we find that it is much more than just that. Pastor Mark Tiefel defines the word disciple and also points to what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Following Jesus implies endurance. Those who follow Jesus will be disciplined as His disciples, […]
  • Hymn Review: O God of Mercy, God of Might August 30, 2019
    What is the relationship between justification and sanctification? This hymn answers that question. Join Pastors Rob Sauers and Nathanael Mayhew as they dig into the theological riches of the Stewardship Hymn: O God of Mercy, God of Might. This hymn correctly points us to who God is and what God has done to redeem us […]
  • Word of the Week: Priest August 26, 2019
    Join Vicar Drew Naumann as he highlights the work of the priest in the Old Testament. He will show the role that priests served in that time, both for God and for sinners, and will show how that office points us to Christ and His work for us at the cross. Because Christ has made […]
  • Bible Study: Samuel August 23, 2019
    Pastors Ben Libby and Nathanael Mayhew dig into the Old Testament history recorded in First and Second Samuel. Review with them the history of God's people as they transition from the period of the Judges and the Theocracy to the period of the Kings and a monarchy. These books were originally one book in Hebrew, […]
  • Word of the Week: Apostle August 19, 2019
    Are there modern apostles? What were they and what did they do? How did they differ from an evangelist or a prophet? Literally, an apostle someone who is sent with a message. But in a more narrow sense, the apostles were the twelve men whom Jesus chose, instructed and sent out to lead His church. […]
  • CPR: The ELCA 2019 Assembly Recap August 17, 2019
    At the beginning of August the largest Lutheran church body in the United States, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) held their general assembly. Pastors Sam Rodebaugh and Tom Naumann sit down to review and discuss the decisions and actions of this assembly, what these actions mean and why they are important for us […]
  • Word of the Week: Prophet August 12, 2019
    What is a prophet? What role does a prophet serve? What is the difference between and true and false prophet? Are there prophets in the New Testament? Hear answers to these questions and more in our episode today on the office of prophet.
  • Word of the Week: Evangelist August 9, 2019
    Over the coming weeks we will be looking at different offices and roles of believers in the Old and New Testaments. Today we consider the term "Evangelist." We will consider what an evangelist does, who some evangelists were, and how this office differs from others in the early New Testament.
  • Bible Study: 1 John August 9, 2019
    God is Love. What does that mean? While the world may take that passage from first John and use it for all different kinds of purposes, we see from this letter what that Love really is. Love is Jesus, being both true God and true Man, coming to earth, being seen by people like John, […]
  • CPR: Textual Criticism August 2, 2019
    As a follow up to our podcast on English Bible translations, we discuss the topic of textual criticism in this episode. Textual criticism is the art of looking at ancient manuscripts with the goal of reconstructing the original text of a document. We have none of the original manuscripts of the Old or New Testament, […]