SERMONS from Pastor Joe Fremer
The sermons preached at Good Shepherd are no longer being videotaped. The same (more or less) sermon was preached earlier in the morning at St John Lutheran in Ionia, and those sermons are still being recorded at this time; you can find them if you click here to see the Youtube playlist that has the videotaped St John sermons.
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Thursday, April 1, 2021—SERMON FOR MAUNDY THURSDAY — Patience and prayer exhibit trust in the loving Father and the timeliness of His Kingdom. We are tested, but we have help "Lest Testing Become Temptation".
Sunday, March 28, 2021—SERMON FOR PALM SUNDAY — There has to be an alternative to violence. Forgiveness is the only way to "overcome evil with good." See "Let It Go" from Romans 12:17,21.
Sunday, March 21, 2021—SERMON FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT — There is only today. Yesterday is gone, and it must be learned from and forgiven. Tomorrow cannot be predicted, only awaited. In our every-day dependence on God, it is good to know the truth: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever. Look at "One Day Only" from Hebrews 13:8.
Sunday, March 14, 2021—SERMON FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT — Even though He is “in heaven,” the earth is His footstool. What happens here matters to Him. If we mean to serve Him, it must be in His ways, on His terms. Look at "Stop, Go, Walk" from Micah 6:8.
Sunday, March 7, 2021—SERMON FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT — The kingdom of God is, well… God’s! His kingdom does not come through the actions of men. We don’t earn it. We don’t bring it. We don’t further it. We don’t even join it. We receive it, as we hear God’s word and believe it, by the Spirit’s help. Hear "How The Kingdom Comes" from John 6:63-69.
Sunday, February 28, 2021—SERMON FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT — Isaiah 62:1-4 "Owning The Name". God made us individual persons. People classify us into groups, but God sees us as the unique and special person that He made. He offers us a new name, and Jesus (the name means "Savior") reveals God's mighty rescuing love.
Sunday, February 21, 2021—SERMON FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT — Mark 9:1 Pastor Fremer helps us understand what it means to be a creature, and addresses some "monstrous" lies on the subject, in "Creature Feature".
Sunday, February 14, 2021—SERMON FOR TRANSFIGURATION SUNDAY — Kingdom Come Mark 9:1 Three of Jesus' followers get a brief look at Jesus in His glory, as He shone like the sun. But the power of the arrived kingdom of God was not measured in lumens. Hear about it in "Kingdom Come".
Sunday, February 7, 2021—SERMON FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY — Shepherd of Stars Isaiah 40:26 God is King in Heaven, but His rule extends also to the earth. The Milky Way and the Christian's Way are not that far apart. What He does for stars, He can do for you too, He who is the "Shepherd of Stars".
Sunday, January 31, 2021—SERMON FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY — Mark 1:21-28. Jesus isn't here to negotiate with the Devil. God doesn't mean His Kingdom to be one among many. In the end, it will be the only kingdom, because we see Jesus "Demolishing The Competition".
Sunday, January 24, 2021—SERMON FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY — Mark 1:14ff When Jesus called fishermen to follow Him, He was working with pretty raw material; yet He was pleased to equip them to be His business partners. Can He do the same with the likes of us? Pastor Fremer raises this question in "'Ground Floor' Opportunity".
Sunday, January 17, 2021—SERMON FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY —Pastor Fremer explains a strange thing that Jesus says in the 51st verse of the first chapter of The Gospel According to St John. We learn that Jesus is more than an "Angel Escalator."
Sunday, January 10, 2021—SERMON FOR THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD —The "cloven skies" of Christmas have stayed open, and through the cleft steps the Son of Man, revealed through water. Hear Pastor Fremer in “The Heavens Opening” from Mark 1:9ff.
Sunday, January 3, 2021—SERMON FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS —In “...And Submitted to Them” from Mark 1:9ff, 12 year old Jesus, come of age in Jewish reckoning, conducts Himself appropriately to His two roles, in accordance with His dual nature as the God-Man.
Sunday, December 27, 2020—SERMON FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS —Pastor Fremer shows how Simeon's psalm of praise describes what Christians are here to do in “A Light for Revelation and Glory” from Luke 2:29ff.
Friday, December 25, 2020—SERMON FOR CHRISTMAS DAY —Pastor Fremer preaches (at Good Shepherd) on “The Gift That Does It All” from Hebrews 1:1-3.
Thursday, December 24, 2020—SERMON FOR CHRISTMAS EVE —Pastor Fremer preaches (at St John Lutheran Church) on “Don’t Be Afraid” from Matthew 1:18-25.
Sunday, December 20, 2020—SERMON FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT —Pastor Fremer reveals why we should care that in the birth of Jesus, we see "David's Dynasty Restored" as Gabriel told Mary in the Annunciation (Luke chapter 1).
Sunday, December 13, 2020—SERMON FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT —Pastor Fremer gives a decidedly non-moralistic explanation of 1 Thessalonians 5 verse 16 and following "Joyful, Prayerful, Thankful."
Sunday, December 6, 2020—SERMON FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT —Pastor Fremer uses the current danger in "coronavirus fatigue" to illustrate that we are "Waiting, And Therefore Diligent" in trusting Jesus' promises, as he preaches on 2 Peter chapter 3 verses 11 to 14.
Sunday, November 29, 2020—SERMON FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT —Pastor Fremer explains from 1 Corinthians chapter 1 verses 7 and following, what exactly it means that we are promised to be "Sustained Until the End." (This is the one preached at St John. The Good Shepherd video didn't come out.)
Wednesday, November 25, 2020—SERMON FOR THANKSGIVING EVE —Pastor Fremer uses the phrase "harvest home" from "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come" and the Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds to talk about God's plans for us and our grateful response in "Harvest Home."
Sunday, November 22, 2020—SERMON FOR THE LAST SUNDAY in the Church Year —How do you define who you are? God has an aim, and plans to achieve it; and where does that leave us? Listen to Pastor Fremer explain in "Kingdom Agenda" as he teaches from first Corinthians chapter 15.
Sunday, November 15, 2020—SERMON FOR THE 24th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST —How do you define who you are? God's Word shows us how our identity is "Defined By Our Destiny" from 1 Thessalonians chapter 5 starting at verse 8, as Pastor Fremer explains.
Sunday, November 8, 2020—SERMON FOR THE 23RD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST —Jesus tells us "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour" when He will return. Watch what, exactly? Pastor Fremer addresses the command in Matthew 25:13 in "Watch Therefore."
Sunday, November 1, 2020—SERMON FOR ALL SAINTS DAY —Pastor Fremer flips out (!) talking about life in what feels like a cosmic coin toss, as he examines from 1 John chapter 3. "The Now and the Not Yet" from 1 John chapter 3.
Sunday, October 25, 2020—SERMON FOR THE REFORMATION SUNDAY —Pastor Fremer preaches from the 46th Psalm in "God Our Fortress". God is more than a personal "panic room"! [This was the video from the sermon as presented at St John's 8:30am service. The 10:30 serrmon did not get videotaped.]
=+=+ There is a gap here, because Pastor was on vacation and he's the one who knows how to use the camera. +=+=
Sunday, September 27, 2020—SERMON FOR THE 17th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST —Pastor Fremer preaches from the 25th Psalm in "More Memory Work". King David asked God to remember some things and to forget other things. What right do we have to pray his prayer?
Sunday, September 20, 2020—SERMON FOR THE 16th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST —Pastor Fremer preaches from Matthew chapter 20 in "Another Day, Another Denarius". God involves us in His business without any regard to our status or our performance. If it's not about recognition, what IS it about?
Sunday, September 13, 2020—SERMON FOR THE 15th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST —Pastor Fremer considers "The Problem With Holding A Grudge" from the last half of Matthew chapter 18. Are you holding a grudge? How do you know it's not holding you?
Sunday, September 6, 2020—SERMON FOR THE 14th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST —A Christian is a subject in the Kingdom of God, but while we're down here, human governments are over us. How should we go about living as citizens of both domains? Pastor Fremer preaches from Romans chapter 13 about "God's Other Ministers". (Sorry, there is no audio only file for this sermon.)
Sunday, August 30, 2020—SERMON FOR THE 13th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST —It's easy to relate to Simon Peter; like all of us, he can be brilliant one minute and totally off-base the next. Pastor Fremer shares what we can learn from him in "Peter Gets It Wrong" from Matthew chapter 16.
Sunday, August 23, 2020—SERMON FOR THE 12th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST —[due to technical difficulties, the Good Shepherd sermon was not recorded. Here is the sermon from St John, Ionia, the 8:30am service.] Simon son of Jonah gets a cool nickname and his confession of who Jesus is becomes the foundation of Christ's Church in "Peter Gets It Right" from Matthew chapter 16.
Sunday, August 16, 2020—SERMON FOR THE 11th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST —[due to technical difficulties, the Good Shepherd sermon was not recorded. Here is the sermon from St John, Ionia, the 8:30am service.] Is it time for a "great faith," as opposed to a little one? Pastor Joe Fremer explains how persistence is the key as Jesus turns a Gentile woman "From A Dog To A Daughter" from Matthew chapter 15.
Sunday, August 9, 2020—SERMON FOR THE 10th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST —"If it wasn't for ___________, we wouldn't be having this problem!" Our lives are peppered with variations of this complaint. For the disciples, the problem was the wind; so Jesus walked on the water to be with His disciples when they needed Him. Pastor Fremer shares from Matthew chapter 14 in "If Not For The Wind."
Sunday, August 2, 2020—SERMON FOR THE 9th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST —God's "steadfast love endures forever," is a common theme in many of the Psalms. In "But Is His Steadfast Love Enough?" Pastor Joe Fremer reflects on how hard it is to focus on that, when physical hardship demands our time and attention.
Sunday, July 26, 2020—SERMON FOR THE 8th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST —Pastor Joe Fremer meditates on two of the most beautiful promises in God's Word in "Nothing Can Separate Us" from Romans 8:28-39.
Sunday, July 19, 2020—SERMON FOR THE 7th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST —Pastor Fremer preaches on the Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. God doesn't create evil, but why doesn't He do something about it? Are you headed for the burn barrel, or the barn? Watch "Let Both Grow Together Until…" from Matthew 13:30.
Sunday, July 12, 2020—SERMON FROM THE 6th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST —Pastor Fremer preaches from Romans chapter 8 verses 12 and following, about how fears make us obey sinful impulses when we forget that we are beloved and cared-for children of God, in "Adopted Out Of Slavery."
Sunday, July 5, 2020—SERMON FROM THE 5th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Pastor Fremer preaches on the invitation Jesus issued in Matthew chapter 11 verse 28, and explains "What Tired People Learn From Jesus." "What Tired People Learn From Jesus"
Sunday, June 28, 2020—SERMON FROM THE 4th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — "Sin's Wage vs. God's Grace" on Romans 6:23. This passage is a great one to start with Bible memorization.
Sunday, June 21, 2020—SERMON FROM THE "HOMECOMING SUNDAY" SERVICE — "Returning To My Father's House" from Luke 15:11-32. Pastor Fremer preaches on the Parable of the Waiting Father as we return to our Father's house.
Sunday, June 14, 2020—SERMON FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — "Better Yet!" from Romans 5:6-15. Pastor Fremer goes a little Blue Screen Commercial as he talks about how God's love tops everything else.
Sunday, June 7, 2020—SERMON FOR TRINITY SUNDAY — "The Jesus Connection" from Acts 2:32-36. Pastor Fremer shows practical reasons and uses for the Apostles' Creed.
Sunday, May 31, 2020—SERMON FOR THE DAY OF PENTECOST — "Windy Witnesses" from Acts 2:1-21. Happy Birthday to the Christian Church! Summon some wind and blow out a candle today! Pastor Fremer explains why he almost never preaches on the Holy Spirit.
Sunday, May 24, 2020—SERMON FOR THE SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER — "Ascended For You" from Ephesians 1:16-23. Jesus' ascent into heaven, which we marked on May 21, wasn't just an interesting change in His itinerary. He did it for YOU. (My apologies for the ravens!)
Sunday, May 17, 2020—SERMON FOR THE SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER — "LINE FORMS HERE" from 1 Corinthians 15:17-20. Jesus is the "firstfruits" of the resurrection. He's first in line; are you in His line?
Sunday, May 10, 2020—SERMON FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER — "Good News of Peace Through Jesus" from Acts 10:34-43. Jesus alive is the Father authenticating the message, that Jesus' life is. And we are messengers!
Sunday, May 3, 2020—SERMON FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER — "Jesus & the 'New Normal'" from Luke 24:44-48. With Jesus alive, the disciples were back in business... but not quite exactly like it was before...
Sunday, April 26, 2020—SERMON FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER — "Jesus Re-Opens the Church" from Luke 24:13-35. The Church (11 disciples and a few women) were on lockdown. How did the risen Jesus get them back to work?
Sunday, April 19, 2020—SERMON FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER — "This Is A Test" from 1 Peter 1:3-9. Why does God send trials?
Sunday, April 12, 2020—EASTER SUNDAY SERMON — "The Final Piece of the Puzzle" from John 20:1-18. Jesus is risen! He is risen indeed!
Friday, April 10, 2020—GOOD FRIDAY SERMON — "The Place of a Skull" from John 19:16-42. The first six minutes is Pastor Fremer reading this passage from the English Standard Version.
Thursday, April 9, 2020—MAUNDY THURSDAY SERMON — "Between A Rock and a Hard Place" from Matthew 21:42-44.
Sunday, April 5, 2020—PALM SUNDAY SERMON — "JESUS IS… David's Son and Lord" from Matthew 21:1ff. Part of the "JESUS IS" series.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020—LENTEN MIDWEEK SERMON — "Trading Places" from John 18:1-27.
March 29, 2020—SERMON FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT — "JESUS IS… The Resurrection And The Life". Part of the "JESUS IS" series.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020—LENTEN MIDWEEK SERMON — Meditations on John chapter 17.
March 22, 2020—SERMON FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT — "JESUS IS… The Light Of The World". Part of the "JESUS IS" series.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020—LENTEN MIDWEEK SERMON — "Shelter In Place". Part of his series on "places" for Lent 2020.