God Is Good

Infinite Blessings Series

October 28, 2018 • Lead Pastor Tim Moen

God is so good... You just cannot contain the reality of the goodness of God! His goodness towards me... His goodness towards you: • He saved us! • His Grace and Mercy are endless! • He makes all things new! • He is always with us! Luke 18:19 Jesus declared it, “No one is good — except God alone” In 1 John 1:5 “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. When we say... That God is good... What we are saying is that God ALWAYS acts in accordance with what is right, true and good. Right = Morally good, justifiable or acceptable. True = Fact, reality, accurate and exact. Good = to be desired or approved of. These three attributes are apart of who God is! Goodness is apart of the nature of God... It is impossible for God to contradict that nature. Just like Holiness and Righteousness are apart of His nature... God cannot do anything that is UNHOLY or UNRIGHTEOUS... He can’t... Because it is not in Him. Genesis 50:20 "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people[a] should be kept alive, as they are today.” The fact that God is good means that • He has no evil in Him • His intentions and motivations are always good • He ALWAYS does what is right • The outcome of His plans isALWAYS good! Psalm 100:5 says, “For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” God is Good and... • He loves you! • He died for you! • He wants to forgive you! • He wants a relationship with you! • He want to walk with you! • He wants to help you partner with you! • He wants you to be with Him in eternity! Romans 8:31: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Author Max Lacado: “Your parents may have forgotten you, your teachers may have neglected you, your siblings may be ashamed of you; but within reach of your prayers is the maker of the oceans. God! God is for you. Not may be, not has been, not was...but God is! He is for you. Today. At this hour. At this minute. As you hear this, He is with you. God is for you!” Evidence #1 - God will graciously give us all things! Romans 8:32 “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” Evidence #2 - No one will bring any charge against us! Romans 8:33 “Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies.” Evidence #3 - No one will condemn us! Romans 8:34 “Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” Evidence #4 - Nothing will separate us from the love of Christ! Romans 8:35-39 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” James 4:6 says, “But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” C.S. Lewis: “According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.” Pride is a state of mind... Or rather... A condition of the heart in which a person has replace the rule of God over his life... With the rule of his own will. How do you know if you are proud? • You are always easily offended. • You always think your way is the best way. • You have difficulty following the direction or leadership of others. • You are always want things your own way... • You refuse to align with those who are in positions to lead you. So because God is GOOD... And because... God is not against you... If you feel the angst between you and God... Check your heart and see if Pride resides there. Pride is our greatest enemy and humility our greatest friend! James 4:10 says, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.”

The Surrender

Generous Me Series • March 22, 2020 • Lead Pastor Tim Moen

Matthew 6:24-33 24 No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. 25 Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?   31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.   33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Luke 4:18 18 Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed. #God's got you covered! 1 Peter 5:8 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. Genesis 22:5 5 Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.” # ”THE LORD WILL PROVIDE” Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (Jehovah Jireh) Matthew 6:27 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? Psalm 20:7 7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. Psalm 9:10 10 And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. 1 Peter 5:6-7 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Gratitude Power

Generous Me Series • March 15, 2020 • Lead Pastor Tim Moen

John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Ephesians 5:15-21 15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 18 In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. We can’t always give thanks FOR everything, but we can always give thanks IN everything. ~Ruth Bell Graham The heart must be alive with gracious gratitude, or the leaf cannot long be green with living holiness. ~C.H. Spurgeon I have not always found it easy to practice this duty; this I confess to my shame. ~C.H. Spurgeon Colossians 3:17 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Job 1:21 21 Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 4:15 15 For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. Psalm 103:1-5 God fills my life with good things. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. Romans 12:2 12 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Deuteronomy 28:1-3 And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Philippians 4:11-13 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Church Cancellation

Lead Pastor Tim Moen

Hello Liberty Church, I trust this letter finds you doing well.  I am writing today to bring you some updates from the church.   As you may be aware, several states have been issuing executive orders limiting gatherings in order to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus. Though Massachusetts has not yet issued an executive order several of our schools, colleges and businesses have been closing their doors. Our pastoral leadership team has met to discuss what all of this means and most importantly how we will respond as a church.  We have also networked with several churches in the area and a few throughout the country to make the best decisions we can for our Liberty Church family. In light of the circumstances, we have made the decision to cancel all Liberty Church activities for this weekend. There will be no Student Life or ManUp worship service tomorrow night, March 13th. We have also cancelled all our services for this weekend, March 14th and 15th as well as all church activities over the weekend. However, on Sunday at 9:00 a.m. I will be broadcasting live with our worship team to bring you a worship service.  You can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/LibertyChurchesMA or search for Liberty Churches on YouTube.  You can also find these links by going to our website at http://www.libertychurches.org   Although the church will be closed, we will still have the opportunity to worship together via social media and praying you are able to join in with us. Finally, let me leave you with this, Jesus says in Matthew 16:18, “I will build my church and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”  We do not need to fear, but we do want to be wise. We know we have an enemy that wants to destroy and wreak havoc but our God is greater and we continue to trust in Him. Praying for you and your family.  You are loved. Loving People to Christ, Pastor Moen