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10305 Bluewater Highway, Lowell MI, 49331… (M-21 halfway between Lowell and Saranac) [see map]
- Joe Fremer, Pastor - 616-897-8307 -

SERMONS from Pastor Joe Fremer


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click to watchclick to listen 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?

click to watch 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.)

click to watchclick to listen 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.

click to watchclick to listen 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.

click to watchclick to listen 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.

click to watchclick to listen 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."

click to watchclick to listen 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.

click to watchclick to listen 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.

click to watchclick to listen 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.

click to watchclick to listen 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."

click to watchclick to listen 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"

click to watchclick to listen 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.

click to watchclick to listen 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.

click to watchclick to listen 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.

click to watchclick to listen 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.

click to watchclick to listen 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.

click to watchclick to listen 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!)

click to watchclick to listen 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?

click to watchclick to listen 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!

click to watchclick to listen 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...

click to watchclick to listen 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?

click to watchclick to listen 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?

click to watchclick to listen 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!

click to watchclick to listen 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.

click to watchclick to listen Thursday, April 9, 2020—MAUNDY THURSDAY SERMON "Between A Rock and a Hard Place" from Matthew 21:42-44.

click to watchclick to listen Sunday, April 5, 2020—PALM SUNDAY SERMON "JESUS IS… David's Son and Lord" from Matthew 21:1ff. Part of the "JESUS IS" series.

click to watchclick to listen Wednesday, April 1, 2020—LENTEN MIDWEEK SERMON "Trading Places" from John 18:1-27.

click to watchclick to listen March 29, 2020—SERMON FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT "JESUS IS… The Resurrection And The Life". Part of the "JESUS IS" series.

click to watchclick to listen Wednesday, March 25, 2020—LENTEN MIDWEEK SERMON Meditations on John chapter 17.

click to watchclick to listen March 22, 2020—SERMON FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT "JESUS IS… The Light Of The World". Part of the "JESUS IS" series.

click to watchclick to listen Wednesday, March 18, 2020—LENTEN MIDWEEK SERMON "Shelter In Place". Part of his series on "places" for Lent 2020.