Messiah Lutheran Upper RoomThis lively, discussion based class has had really hit its stride in recent years. Thoughts and ideas and wisdom are shared each week from all sorts of people, moderated by the very funny, very amicable Pastor Jim Otte.

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MURP 0014: Pray in Your Room

We continue this week with part 12 of our “Living the Life of the Beloved and the Belonged” Series. How should we pray to God? What does the Bible warn us about when praying in public? Why should we pray to God when He already knows what we will pray about? Join Pastor Otte and...
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MURP 0013: Love Your Enemies

In part 11 of our “Living the Life of the Beloved and the Belonged” Series, Pastor Otte and the class discuss what Jesus means when He commands us to “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”, and for us to “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” In this session,...
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MURP 0012: Living the Life of the Beloved Pt10

“But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King.” Be impeccable with your word. Let your “yes” mean “yes” and your “no” mean “no.”...
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MURP 0011: Living the Life of the Beloved Pt09

“But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery…” How was marriage, divorce, and adultery defined during Jesus’s time, and what did Jesus have to say about it all? What makes a man or woman a victim of adultery despite remaining faithful to their...
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MURP 0010: Living the Life of the Beloved pt08

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Pastor Otte and the class discuss issues of the heart and lust. Who or what do we consider as objects to satisfy...
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MURP 0009: Don’t Let Anger Consume You

“But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgement.” Jesus expands on the meaning behind the commandment “You shall not murder” by going into detail why we should resolve any disputes we may have with a fellow brother or sister, to reconcile with them, and...
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MURP 0008: Living the Life of the Beloved pt06

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” Are we as Christians good enough to follow God’s Law to the exact letter? How did the scribes and Pharisees interpret God’s Law in an attempt to quantify and qualify...
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MURP 0007: Living the Life of the Beloved pt05

“You are the salt of the earth.” Pastor Otte and the class examine Matthew 5:13 to discuss the role of salt during the time of Jesus and why we, as his followers, are likened to this universal seasoning. Directly download the audio file here. Want to follow along with the class? Download the class notes...
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MURP 0006: Living the Life of the Beloved pt04

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children off God.” What does it mean to be “pure in heart” so that we may see God? How may we see God? How may we become peacemakers so we may share God’s message with...
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