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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  • CPR: Discussing Holy Week services and the Triduum April 18, 2019
    As we come to the end of another Lenten season, Pastors Rob Sauers and Nathanael Mayhew discuss and describe the connection and celebration of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday (with Tenebrae) and Easter Vigil. These three services were once seen and celebrated as one service, beginning on Manudy Thursday, continuing on Good Friday and concluding with […]
  • Bible Study: Holy Week in Matthew April 12, 2019
    How does Matthew differ from the other Gospels as he describes the events of Holy Week? During this Lenten study of Matthew's Gospel, Pastors Ben Libby and Nathanael Mayhew will highlight some of the unique features of Matthew's description of the final events of Christ life and ministry. Fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies play an […]
  • Word of the Week: Renew April 12, 2019
    The Lenten season is often described as one of renewal. In our word of the week we will consider the word renew and consider its relation to the season of Lent. As sinful human beings we need to be "re"newed. We are not to be conformed to the world, but transformed by the renewing of […]
  • Hymn Review: Jesus, Refuge of the Weary April 5, 2019
    Pastors Rob Sauers and Nathanael Mayhew take a look at the background and theology of the Lenten hymn penned by Italian reformer Girolamo Savanarola. This is the oldest of the hymn in the Lent section of The Lutheran Hymnal, dating before the time of Luther. It captures the meaning of the crucifixion of Jesus and […]
  • Word of the Week: Intercede April 1, 2019
    What does it mean to intercede? Well, quite simply it means to go in between, to go on the behalf of one party and plead their case before another. This is something that we sinners need when going to the Holy God. God Himself provides us such intercession. The Holy Spirit takes our prayers and […]
  • Bible Study: Matthew March 30, 2019
    What was everything in the Old Testament pointing to? Matthew tells us in his Gospel. Jesus of Nazareth was the fulfillment of God's promises in the Old Testament. Matthew bridges the Old Testament and the New Testament by showing that Jesus is the promised Savior. Matthew was written originally for the Jews to show that […]
  • Word of the Week: Holy March 26, 2019
    What does the word "holy" mean and how is it used in the Bible? Many of us have learned that holy means "sinless" but it actually refers to things that are separated from common use or for God's purposes. There are places, things, and even activities that are called holy in the Bible. For example […]
  • Bible Study: Zechariah March 22, 2019
    Set in the time following the Babylonian captivity, the prophet Zechariah was a contemporary of Haggai. He was sent by the Lord to encourage the people for the rebuilding of Jerusalem and in preparation for the coming Savior. The message of this book is deeper in nature and full of picture language drawn from Ezekiel […]
  • Word of the Week: Trespass March 18, 2019
    What does it mean to trespass? We usually think of crossing a line or boundary into an area where we are not supposed to be. Pastor Ben Libby tackles the Biblical concept of trespass in our Word of the Week. In a spiritual context, Scripture describes us as crossing a line when we sin. In […]
  • Book Review: The Screwtape Letters March 16, 2019
    Is the Devil real? What about devils? Pastors Ben Libby and Nathanael Mayhew take a look at C.S.Lewis's "The Screwtape Letters" which is written from the perspective of a demon teaching a young temper the ropes in leading humans away from God. In the 31 letters, it describes how the devil and his evil cohorts […]
  • Word of the Week: Penitence March 11, 2019
    The word "penitence" is related to the word "repentance" and has a two fold meaning: Sorrow over our sins, and trust in Jesus for forgiveness. In some cases people only think of the first of these two parts, but miss the most important. John writes "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive […]
  • World Religions: Satanism March 8, 2019
    Why would someone worship Satan? That seems like a pretty strange concept to us Christians. But Satanism is an actual religion that is very real. Whether someone is drawn to this religion because of curiosity over the supernatural or merely identifies as a Satanist as a statement against religion entirely, many people are drawn to Satanism. How […]
  • Word of the Week: Ash Wednesday March 6, 2019
    As we begin the season of Lent on this Ash Wednesday, we learn about the history, meaning and symbolism in the practice of the Imposition of Ashes on Ash Wednesday. It is sad that many see this as a "Roman Catholic" practice and do not make use of it in our Lutheran churches. While this […]
  • CPR - The meaning and value of the season of Lent March 2, 2019
    The Season of Lent begins this year on March 6th on what is known as Ash Wednesday. Since the very earliest years of the Church, Christians have celebrated the resurrection of Jesus. In 325 AD, at the Council of Nicea, a firm date was established for the annual celebration of this important festival. Already during […]
  • Word of the Week: Sabbath February 25, 2019
    What is the Sabbath and how does it affect us in the New Testament? Pastor Tom Naumann takes us into the book of Genesis and the foundation for the Sabbath, which means "rest". God knew our need and required that His Old Testament people rest from their work, and dedicate that time to God. This […]
  • 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 […]