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Living Gratefully: A Christian Podcast

Living Gratefully: A Christian Podcast

By Dan Greg
My name is Dan, and I'm a Lutheran Pastor in Chicagoland. This podcast is a way for me to reach out to you and share my thoughts.
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Hometown Hero - Luke 4:16-30
Why won’t the prophet he accepted in his hometown? Why couldn’t Jesus do a miracle for the boys? He sat and gave his sermon???
January 23, 2022
The Good Wine - John 2:1-11
How does changing water into wine manifest Jesus’ glory, let alone mean he is Messiah?
January 16, 2022
A Police Line - Luke 3 - The Baptism of our Lord
Jesus becomes fully like us so we can become like him. But wait, then what happens to our old self?
January 09, 2022
God Goes Missing? Luke 2:28-40
How can the Son of God be lost by his parents? How can the son of Mary and Joseph talk to his parents that way?
January 02, 2022
St Stephen With a Rose - Acts 6/7 - Luke 2:22-40
It’s the first time St Stephen’s has fallen on a Sunday in a while! Why did he have the kind of faith to do what he did? Are there others like him?
December 26, 2021
Christmas Day: A Very High Concept Christmas
Is Jesus with you on Christmas if you don’t read his Word or partake of the Sacrament?
December 25, 2021
Christmas Eve: Glory to God in the Highest
Christmas Midnight
December 25, 2021
Bible Study: Mary Mother of God, Mother of us all
Let me know what you think. My software cut off the last 5 minutes or so for time restraints, so bear with me!
December 19, 2021
Make Yourself Lowly: Luke 1:39-56
Bethlehem, Mary, Elizabeth. All lowly, not much. So why do we make ourselves so important? We’re supposed to be like them!
December 19, 2021
Advent: The Vineyard Owner’s Son - Matthew 21:33-46
Overcome resentment and anger. God wants to give you his inheritance.
December 16, 2021
Are you the Coming One? Luke 7:18-35
John has to make sure this is the Christ. How he gets there is the same way that you and I do, by hearing.
December 12, 2021
Advent - A Father’s Wedding Feast - Matthew 22:1-22
Dad pays for the wedding. Dad sets the rules. Dad throws out wedding crashers. What an awesome Dad!
December 09, 2021
Examine Yourselves - Luke 3:18-35
How do we prepare the way of the Lord for his coming each day in our lives and for the Last Day?
December 05, 2021
Advent - Parable of the 10 Virgins - Matthew 25:1-13
Stay awake, and watch.
December 02, 2021
The Coming One - Luke 19:28-40
Jesus begins the Church year with his entrance into Jerusalem, prepared as a sacrifice. He is the one who came, who will come again, and who comes to you each day and in each divine service.
November 28, 2021
Christ the King - Revelation 1/Daniel 7/John 18
Is Jesus only King in our hearts? Or is he King of all things? Why does Pastor kneel all the time during service??
November 21, 2021
True Temple - Mark 13:1-13
Why would Jesus say the temple and Jerusalem would be torn down? Why does he crush our dreams of gazing into the crystal ball for end times predictions?
November 14, 2021
And all the Company of Heaven - Revelation 7
With angels and archangels?? And ALL the company of Heaven?? What in the world???!
November 07, 2021
How the Word Sets Free - Reformation Day - John 8:31-36
Does the Gospel, the Word, set us free to do, consume, take, and hurt whoever or whatever we want? By no means!
October 31, 2021
“Get up, He is calling you!” Mark 10:46-52
What does it feel like to be far away from home, blind, and begging? Can Jesus lead me home from even there?
October 24, 2021
More Money More Problems - Mark 10:23-31
The stuff and relationships that hold you back from fearing, loving, and trusting Jesus above all things, must be left behind. We gain a much larger family and a much large house in our Christian family. How do we begin this relationship? Baptism. The new Sabbath Rest. Jesus brought us there in our Baptism and returns us there whenever we remember it.
October 17, 2021
God and Leftovers - Amos 5:6-15
Surely the days of Amos the prophet are nothing like today…. Right?
October 10, 2021
Sermon: Freed From Slavery - Hebrews 2
Is Psalm 9 about us, Adam and Eve, or Jesus? As the taco commercial says, “why not both?” God granted humanity dominion over creation, but Jesus had to come down and do it right after the fall.
October 03, 2021
Sermon: Salted with Fire - Mark 9:38-50
How does God preserve, refine, purify Christians?
September 26, 2021
Sermon: Human Greatness - Mark 9:30-37
In this reading, Jesus annihilates human understandings of power.
September 19, 2021
Sermon: Only You! James 3:1-12
Only you can prevent forest fires. How great a forest is burned by a small fire. And that fire is the tongue.
September 12, 2021
Sermon: Under the Table - Mark 7:24-37
We always like to think we’re the ones at the table, not the ones begging for scraps. Are Jesus’ gospel words always for us?
September 05, 2021
Sermon: Stand Firm, Guard Your Heart - Mark 7
Above all else guard your heart! But didn’t Jesus say that things that come out of your heart are what defile the person?
August 29, 2021
Sermon: “Fall Into Your Place” Ephesians 5:22-33
You were created to do something and you are different from others who were also created to do another thing. Fall into your place in the body of Christ, the Bride of Christ.
August 22, 2021
Sermon: “Faith Like Mary, Not in Mary” Luke 1, the visitation of Mary
Today we learn about the visitation of Mary. The entirety of salvation history and the language of the psalms and prophets were woven into Mary’s Magnificat, as all those things weave together as Christ’s human nature is woven together in the womb.
August 15, 2021
Sermon: “Called out of Isolation” - John 6:35-51
In this sermon we engage with Elijah and his story that may sound familiar to us: being driven into isolation and sinful desire because we feel all alone. Jesus, the Bread of Life, calls us out of that through faith in him and new life practiced in the Church community.
August 08, 2021
Sermon: - “Eat What Your Father Gave You!” - John 6:22-36
What if I don’t want what God gives me because it’s the same thing? What if I want something different, new, and exciting? Well, you and many others feel this way. Jesus calls you out of that toxic way of thinking. The ultimate “dopamine detox.”
August 01, 2021
Sermon: “Called to Suffer, Called to Serve.” - Mark 10:35-45, Acts 12
What does it mean to be a servant of all? Are we called to drink of Christ’s cup and to be baptized with his baptism? Feast of St James.
July 25, 2021
Sermon: Feeding on God’s Word - Mark 6:30-44
Getting burnt out stinks, being stuck in a desolate place is worse. What does a Good Shepherd feed us? Where does He lead us?
July 18, 2021
Sermon: Live Not by Lies - Mark 6:14-29
Would I stand up for the Truth? Even if it was embarrassing in front of important people? If my beautiful wife ordered me to go against it?
July 15, 2021
Narrative Sermon: The Testimony of Saint Mark - Word and Promise, Reconciliation
I tried something I would usually only do for class: a narrative style sermon from the point of view of St. Mark in celebration of his Feast Day. With a resurgence of interest in “The Chosen,” with its second season debuting, I found desire in the hearts of the hearers to hear this genre of preaching. I think it came out edifying and an emotional insight into Mark’s heart. His struggles with reconciliation, the divinity and humanity of Christ, and his faith walk are points of his testimony. All in all, his message is one of forgiveness, and that the Kingdom is here, repent and believe in Jesus’ word and promise!
April 25, 2021
Sermon: The Virtue of Obedience - Mark 10:32-45
Sorry for this late Lent episode. I went on vacation xD. I pray that this message of Christ’s obedience is still beneficial to you! Hebrews, Melchizedek, Willy Wonka.
April 10, 2021
Sermon: Peace with God - Mark 8:27-38
My first attempt at preaching a catechetical sermon on a martyr. I thought it would be cool to see through the life and death and life again of St Peter what it means to “share in the sufferings of Jesus Christ.”
March 01, 2021
Sermon: Manifesting His Glory? -John 2:1-11
How in the world does Jesus manifest His glory at the Wedding at Cana? Not even Moses saw the glory of the Lord! What about what He did at that wedding made his disciples believe in him as the Messiah who was promised of old?
January 20, 2021
Sermon: “Children of the Light” - 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
So sorry that I forgot to upload this, I thought I had! This is a sermon about walking as children of the light, as opposed to like those who walk as those who are of the night.
January 07, 2021
Sermon: “Jesus’ Feast” - Isaiah 25:6-9
This sermon is about the wedding feast we are invited too which the Father has organized to glorify and honor His Son. It’s also about burnout in our vocations and lives.
October 11, 2020
Sermon: “Unexpected Invitation” — Isaiah 56:1, 6-8
A sermon about who is gathered to YHWH God for salvation on his holy mountain.
August 16, 2020
Sermon: Small Enough to Serve You -Romans 10:5-17
This sermon is a sermon about the voices of others, ourselves, and God, as we go about living in the “small towns” of our hearts and minds.
August 13, 2020
Sermon: Nothing Can Separate Us - Romans 8:28-39
This is the final sermon from my vicarage. Look forward to more as I have a lifelong ministry ahead of me! I may be preaching even more frequently, and will have more of an academic focus over the next year, so more topical podcasts. Peace!
July 27, 2020
Sermon: Slaves in God’s Mighty Fortress - Romans 6:12-23
This is a sermon for the season after Pentecost. It’s also a Father’s Day sermon (sort of). I was excited to dish this one out.
June 21, 2020
Sermon: Ascension - Acts 1:1-11
This sermon is for the feast day of the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wait!
June 03, 2020
Clergy Brothers: A Doctrine of Creation
My brother and I talk about Creation, Shalom, Jesus. . . and Turtles!
May 01, 2020
Sermon: Resurrection Life - 1 Peter 1:3-9
This is part of a sermon series on Resurrection in the time of Easter. (Easter 2, specifically.) the resurrection gives you the hope and courage to live different now.
April 28, 2020
Homily: “A-Lister” - Matthew 26/Exodus 24
This is a Maundy Thursday homily/sermon which talks about who gets to come to the feast.
April 10, 2020
Homily: “Eat your cake and have it too” - Matthew 27:11-31
This is a homily for the 4th midweek of lent. It is about how we, as well as Pontius Pilate, have difficulty leaving the crowd in the right way.
March 25, 2020
Sermon: “I am the Man” - John 9
This sermon is specially given on the 4th Sunday in lent to an exclusively online congregation, keeping with the government’s suggestion of groups remaining under 10.
March 22, 2020
Homily: Looking into the Cup: Matthew 26 - Jeremiah 25
This is a Lenten Homily on the cup of the Lord’s wrath and the man who drank it on our behalf, Jesus.
March 12, 2020
Sermon: Eyewitnesses of His Majesty - Matthew 17 - Transfiguration Sunday
This is a sermon given by Vicar Daniel Greg on Transfiguration Sunday. It deals with the hope we might have in Christ’s transfiguration.
March 02, 2020
Clergy Brothers: Sermon Collaboration
I have my brother on, a pastor, to talk with me about how we both take to writing sermons and collaborate on the task.
February 13, 2020
Sermon: And Gladly Hear It - 1 Corinthians 1:10-18
This sermon is about the divisions that St Paul was facing in the Corinthian Church, spurred on by patterns of behavior we see in our own culture today.
February 10, 2020
Homily: Auld Lang Syne: Psalm 25
This is a New Years Eve homily at a 7pm service.
January 08, 2020
Sermon: Heaven on Earth - Isaiah 35
This sermon is about Heaven on earth in worship. Stop escaping!
December 17, 2019
Homily: Sorrow Interrupted by Joy - Matthew 2
This is a midweek Advent homily for Advent season.
December 11, 2019
Sermon: The Green Wood New Deal - Luke 23:27-43
This is a sermon based on the Lectionary from the Last Sunday of the Church Year C. It handles Hope in the face of despair of the future and judgement which it entails.
November 24, 2019
Sermon Studio: Genesis 32:22-32: Terrifying Grace
This episode is about how I came to compose my sermon on the cosmic horror of the Bible. God’s terrifying grace through His Son is the oldest enemy of our sinful nature. Call in with your questions:   Support:   Disclaimer: What I share is not an official statement of the views or doctrine of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. 
November 12, 2019
Sermon: Cosmic Horror - Genesis 32:22-32
This sermon is on the cosmic horror of God’s terrifying grace and forgiveness.
October 22, 2019
Sermon: Returning to the Manure Pile - Luke 14:25-35
This is the sermon I gave on the Luke text.
September 08, 2019
Sermon Studio: Counting the Cost of Discipleship - Luke 14: 25-35
In this episode, I give you a bit of my process for writing my sermon on Luke 14: 25-35.   Call in with your questions:  Support:  Disclaimer: I'm no king or master of doctrine or sermon writing.  What I  share is in no way an official statement of the views or doctrine of  the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.
September 05, 2019
Sermon: A Slice of the New Life - Luke 13:22-30
This is the sermon that is the result of the sermon studio, given on August 25, 2019.
August 25, 2019
Sermon Studio: Exegeting Luke 13:22-30
This podcast will serve as a guide to how I came about writing my first sermon on vicarage: when Jesus talks about the Narrow Door. Call in with your questions: Support: Disclaimer: I'm no king or master of doctrine or sermon writing.  What I share is in no way an official statement of the views or doctrine of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.
August 23, 2019