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: 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, […]
  • Word of the Week: Rabbi July 29, 2019
    Although the title "Rabbi" is a term that gets used today in Judaism, it was also a term that used for Jesus by His followers. It is an appropriate title, because it essentially means, "Master, Teacher". But of course, as Christians, we know that Jesus was more than just a good teacher. He did teach us […]
  • Marriage and the book of Ruth July 26, 2019
    Pastor Radichel and Pastor Libby dig into the book of Ruth in light of what it has to say about the subject of marriage. We see good examples in this book of love and submitting, the two things that husbands and wives are to do. Ruth was submissive in asking Boaz for help, and Boaz […]
  • World Religions: Sikhism July 20, 2019
    Do you know what sikhism is? In our episode today we will be looking at this last of our eastern non-Christian religions. Sikhism began in India around 1500AD. It was started by a man named Nanak in northwestern India as was a harmonization of Hinduism and Islam. In that part of India there were Hindus […]
  • CPR: Bible Translations July 12, 2019
    Over the past 20 years there has been a boom in the number of English Bible translations that have been made available. Many Christians wonder about the benefits or dangers of some of these translations. Join Rob Sauers and Nathanael Mayhew as they delve into the history of English translations of the Bible and discuss […]
  • World Religions: Greek gods July 5, 2019
    You have heard of Zeus, Apollo, Aphrodite, and the other gods of the ancient Greeks. Myths and legends have been built around them for centuries. But their temples have been destroyed, and the Greek religion, while alive in story is really dead in practice. But this ancient Greek religion had an influence on the Romans […]
  • Word of the Week: Immortality July 2, 2019
    While this word sounds the same as immoral, it is very different. Immortality literally means "no death" in Greek. Another related word which can be translated immortal describes the body not decaying, but lasting forever. Because of sin we will all die, and our bodies will decay in the grave. But the Apostle Paul reminds […]
  • Word of the Week: Immorality July 1, 2019
    The word immoral is one that is familiar in our society. It describes behavior that goes against accepted norms. But in the Bible it is much more specific and has to do with sexual deviance, not just against socially accepted norms, but against what God says is acceptable. The word translated immoral in the New […]
  • Bible Study: Jude June 22, 2019
    This week we move to another New Testament letter: the letter of Jude. We will discuss who this Jude was and to whom he was writing. More importantly, we will look at his message both to the early New Testament Christians and to us still today. We will also discuss a couple of the more […]
  • Word of the Week - Means of Grace June 17, 2019
    For our Word of the Week this week, Pastor Rob Sauers takes us through a study of the Means of Grace. A simple definition of the Means of Grace is the gospel in Word and sacraments by which God offers and gives us the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation. The Means of Grace tell […]
  • Hymn Review: Holy, Holy, Holy, LORD God Almighty June 14, 2019
    As we look ahead to Trinity Sunday this weekend Pastor Rob Sauers joins Nathanael Mayhew to dig into the Trinity hymn, Holy, Holy, Holy, LORD God Almighty (Hymn 246 in The Lutheran Hymnal). Learn about the background of the hymnwriter, and the Scriptural foundation for the hymn itself and how it describes the nature of […]
  • Word of the Week: Trinity June 10, 2019
    As we look ahead to Trinity Sunday this coming weekend, we consider the word Trinity. This is a very familiar word among Christians. So familiar that many are surprised to learn that the word Trinity is actually not found anywhere in the Bible. It comes from the Latin and has been used by the church […]
  • World Religions: Masonic Lodge June 7, 2019
    Lodges have been an important part of our history in the United States. Many of the founding fathers of our country were Masons, as are many famous people today. But what does the Masonic Lodge have to do with religion? Is it a religion itself, and if so, in what way? What are the beliefs […]
  • Word of the Week - Pentecost June 3, 2019
    In anticipation of our celebration of Pentecost this coming Sunday, Pastor Rob Sauers takes us through a study of the word Pentecost. Typically, when we think about Pentecost, we think about the events of Acts 2, but Pentecost actually was an Old Testament festival. Referred to as the Feast of Harvest or the Feast of […]
  • Bible Study: Titus May 31, 2019
    What does a 2000 year old letter to a young pastor working on an island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea have to say to us today? A great deal! Paul wrote to Titus in order to encourage him and direct him in his work of organizing the church of Crete, but this short […]