Approach God with Confidence

In his book Jesus the King, Tim Keller describes the elaborate preparations the high priest had to make before he was able to go into the holy of holies to offer the required sacrifices on the mercy seat to atone for the sins of the people. Only one priest was allowed to go into the holy of…

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Is Believing in God Enough?

Is Believing in God Enough? Many people say faith alone is needed to have salvation. While I under­stand that all the works in the world will not save you without faith in Christ, what am I to make of James’ “faith without works is dead?” Are good works the “fruit” of true faith? You are correct…

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What Will Christians Do in Heaven?

The images of heaven we traditionally see have little root in the Bible. There is a popular idea that suggests heaven will be an ethereal, non-physical place in which Christians join a choir of angels and sing for eternity, perhaps alongside floating babies plucking harps. Thankfully, heaven is much more than that! The idea that…

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Can I Earn Salvation by Being a Good Person?

Can I Earn Salvation by Being a Good Person? Any pastor that teaches that salvation is something to be earned by good works is not teaching biblical truth. The Bible is clear that salvation is not something we can earn or do for ourselves. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through…

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Do We Go Directly to Heaven When We Die?

Do We Go Directly to Heaven When We Die? There are several passages in the New Testament that indicate believers in Christ go directly to heaven to be with the Lord. In 2 Corinthians 5, Paul says that to be absent from the body is to be at home with the Lord. His thinking is…

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Do Infants Who Die Go to Heaven?

The Old Testament offers insight in 2 Samuel 12. David’s newborn son was sick and about to die. He mourned, prayed, and fasted on behalf of his son. Yet when his son died at only seven days old, David stopped mourning. When his attendants asked him about this, David replied, “While the child was still…

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