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13 May 2006
  Another Cup of Life

Christians know and rejoice in the "cup of life" that is ours in the Lord's Supper. Like the elders on Mount Sinai (Exodus 24:11), God invites us to eat and drink in His presence — and live to tell the story. This cup of blessing is an earthly foretaste of eternal life.

While we live in these self-centered, health-centered times of earthly worry, you'll not go long without someone telling you what you need to eat and drink in order to extend and enhance your mortal days. People also are not shy about telling you what's bad for you, warning about countless foods and beverages that will land you in an early grave.

Bach Coffee CupSome months ago, I posted Bach Was Right ... Again! There, to the accompaniment of the Kaffe Kantate, I disclosed a study extolling the benefits of drinking coffee.

Now David Yow is Enabling the Habit — sharing yet another item about the good things coming from coffee drinking. As well as citing a recent scientific survey, the article also notes a Scottish survey finding "that coffee drinking was associated with a reduction in deaths from all causes."

Of course, too much of anything can have harmful effects, but if your nerves aren't jangled or your stomach tied in knots, it's nice to read the closing words of the article from Britain's Telegraph: "Dr Sarah Jarvis, a fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners said: 'This is a message about moderation. Too much exercise, too much coffee or too much alcohol are bad. In moderation they are beneficial.'"

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