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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: FORGIVENESS April 24, 2017
    Pastor Rob Sauers discusses the word “forgiveness” in our word of the week today.  We often think of the emotional response of forgiveness, but the Biblical definition of forgiveness is about a restoration of a relationship through removal of sin.  This is what God has done by sending away or blotting out our sins our […]
  • Bible Study - Galatians April 21, 2017
    This week Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Mark Tiefel discuss Paul’s letter to the Galatians in our Bible study episode.  Only 6 chapters long, this short letter is full of application to our every day lives as Christians.  God’s Word has the ultimate purpose of pointing us to Jesus and the salvation He has won for […]
  • Word of the Week: RESURRECTION April 17, 2017
    In the afterglow of the celebration of Jesus’ victory over death we take a look at the word “resurrection” on this Easter Monday.  The resurrection of Jesus, while denied and rejected by many, has a great deal of evidence to support it.  1) The resurrection is prophecied in the Old Testament and many places.  Job […]
  • REVIEW: Batman vs. Superman Movie (Good Friday?) April 14, 2017
    On Good Friday in 2016, the movie Batman vs Superman was released and made quite a stir among Christians.  Why was this movie released on Good Friday?  Tune in to hear Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Mark Tiefel discuss both the obvious and subtle religious and Christian themes throughout this movie.  In the epic battle between […]
  • Word of the Week: MAUNDY April 10, 2017
    As we enter another Holy Week and reflect on all that our Savior endured for our salvation, Pastor Rob Sauers defines the word “Maundy” from “Maundy Thursday”.  You may be familiar with this word because it is the name given to the Thursday before Easter, the day when Jesus celebrated the Passover meal with His […]
  • Bible Study - Luke and Holy Week April 7, 2017
    In our Bible Study today Pastors Rob Sauers and Nathanael Mayhew will be taking a closer look at the Gospel of Luke and his particular perspective of the life of Jesus during Holy Week. Luke was a Gentile who was used by the Holy Spirit to record these events for the benefit of other Gentiles […]
  • Word of the Week: VICARIOUS ATONEMENT April 3, 2017
    This morning Pastor Mark Tiefel looks at the Lenten concept of “Vicarious Atonement.”  The word “atonement” means to appease or to remove something.  When it comes to sin, God has removed our sin thought the sacrifice of His Son.  The word “vicarious” means substitute, and this points to Jesus who had taken our place and […]
  • Bible Study - Psalm 22 March 31, 2017
    In this special Bible Study segment, Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Rob Sauers take an indepth look at Psalm 22 and the clear predictions of the suffering and death of Jesus on the cross, as well as the victory He wins for sinners through His death.  This Psalm was written by King David over 1000 years […]
  • Word of the Week: SHEOL March 27, 2017
    This week, Pastor Nathanael Mayhew digs into the unfamiliar word “sheol” and its meaning.  This word is a Hebrew word that isn’t found in all English translations.  It is used often in the Psalms, and has the basic meaning of “death” or “grave”, although it is also translated “hell” a few times.  It is a […]
  • Review - When I Survey the Wondrous Cross by Isaac Watts March 24, 2017
    In our Review segment this week, Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Rob Sauers look at another Lenten Hymn, “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” by Isaac Watts.  This hymn (number 175 in The Lutheran Hymnal) was composed in English by the prolific hymnwriter, Isaac Watts, who wrote over 700 other hymns, some of which are found […]
  • Word of the Week: PASSION March 20, 2017
    This week, Pastor Nathanael Mayhew digs into the word “passion” and its relationship to the season of Lent.  When we think of “passion” the English speaking mind usually thinks of love or a strong enthusiasm for something. But the word “passion” which is derived from the Greek word “pascho” actually means “to suffer.” For centuries […]
  • Bible Study - Psalms March 17, 2017
    In our Bible Study episode this week, Pastors Neal Radichel and Nathanael Mayhew take us into the Old Testament book of Psalms.  This is a favorite book for many people, but at the same time it can be very intimidating because it can be difficult to understand the historical context or background of many Psalms.  […]
  • Word of the Week: CROSS March 13, 2017
    As we continue to focus on Lent, Pastor Mark Tiefel goes into the word “Cross” and its importance for the believer in Christ.  Most people don’t hang onto or celebrate reminders of suffering in their life.  But the Christian faith does emphasize such a reminder in the cross.  Paul says that we boast not in […]
  • Review - A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth by Paul Gerhardt March 10, 2017
    In our Review segment this week, Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Rob Sauers dig into the Lenten Hymn, “A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth” by Paul Gerhardt.  This hymn (number 142 in The Lutheran Hymnal) was written by Paul Gerhardt, who was a faithful Lutheran pastor in Germany who lived about 100 years after Martin Luther.  In […]
  • Word of the Week: CONTRITION / REPENTANCE March 6, 2017
    In our Word of the Week we continue to focus on a Lenten theme as Pastor Rob Sauers looks at the words “contrition” and “repentance.”  Repentance was a major theme in the preaching of both John the Baptism and Jesus (Matthew 3, 4:17).  The Lenten season is called a “penitential season,” that is, a season […]
  • CPR - Why you should (and shouldn’t) leave a church. March 3, 2017
    In this CPR episode, Pastors Mark Tiefel, Neal Radichel and Nathanael Mayhew all join together to discuss the topic of leaving a church.  Why would a person leave a church?  1) They are running from a church because they don’t like what it is saying.  2) They don’t agree with what a church teaches.  3) […]
  • Word of the Week: REBELLION February 27, 2017
    This Wednesday begins the season of Lent.  As we prepare for Lent, Pastor Rob Sauers takes us into a study of the word “rebellion” as it is defined in God’s Word.  Rebellion means “opposition to one in authority or dominance.” So the notion of rebellion presupposes the existence of authority. We often think of children […]
  • CPR - What to look for in a church. February 24, 2017
    In this CPR episode, Pastors Mark Tiefel, Neal Radichel and Nathanael Mayhew all join together to discuss the topic of Church Attendance and how to find a church home.  Why should we go to church?  In church the Lord offers sinners His forgiveness through His Word and Sacrament. So when we are looking for a […]
  • Word of the Week: AUTHORITY February 20, 2017
    On this Presidents’ Day, Pastor Nathanael Mayhew digs into God’s explanation of the word “authority” in His Word.  In Romans 13 we are told that all authority comes from God. Authority given by God is to be used for the good, blessing and service of all involved. But it often doesn’t work out that way. […]
  • Bible Study - Interpreting Revelation February 17, 2017
    In a continuation of our introduction to the Book of Revelation last week Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Rob Sauers tackle the issues of Biblical Interpretation that are important to solid, Biblical understanding of Revelation (as well as all the rest of the Bible).  The literary structure of Revelation varies.  The book opens in a way […]