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HOW TO MAKE A GOOD CUP OF COFFEE!
Since I don't even drink coffee, obviously I am the most qualified to tell about making it. It's the same principle that people without children know best how to raise them.
My interest in making coffee comes largely from various advertisements. At first I was a little confused by what seemed to be conflicting statements. For instance, some time ago there was a T.V. commercial that told how to make the coffee. And then there was the commercial that said, "What you need is a better coffee." Then there was the commercial that said the coffee must come from Juan Valdez. And finally, I was reading the writing on a box of cleansing material which said that if the coffee pot were cleaned in that particular material, it would improve the flavor of the coffee. Now each of these was just a matter of emphasis and actually ALL of them had a part in making a good cup of coffee.
In other words: if you want to make a good cup of coffee, you need (1) a good brand of coffee, (2) in a clean pot, (3) and used in the right way.
And I wonder if the same thing is not true as far as salvation is concerned. Many people take John 3:16 and similar passages and say, "We are saved by faith; faith is the important thing." And then others will take Acts 22:16 and "baptize" babies, even though those babies have no faith. Both of them have scriptures to "back them up" and so a lot of people are as confused about salvation as I was about coffee. But I wonder if the simple explanation is that everything that God requires is necessary to our salvation?! After all, Jesus said, "If you love me, keep my commandments: (John 14:15). And Hebrews 5:9 emphasizes that He is "the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him." I Corinthians 14:33 tells us that "God is not the author of confusion.
As far as man' s part in salvation is concerned, the Bible says that faith saves us (Rom. 5: 1), that repentance saves us (11 Cor. 7: 10), that confession saves us (Rom 10: 10), that baptism saves us (I Pet. 3:20,21), that continued obedience saves us (Rev. 2:10). God has given us no non-essential commands; it takes them ALL to bring about our salvation!
For His Cause,