Chapel of Optimal Life

A traditional Bible-based Christian church
A Bible-based Christian church for the modern age
A church based on the teachings of all the great thinkers
A new age church for the inquiring mind

SERMON: Shortsightedness

There is unseen tragedy in being erroneously materialistic. There is a huge misconception of the measure of success. The number one issue with most people when it comes to choosing a career is money. But compared to work that you'll do well and enjoy doing, money is a rotten standard for making or evaluating career decisions. By the standards of cultural success models, Jesus was a miserable failure.

Especially in the United States where money and power have become god-like in their powers, more and more people are always wanting and never achieving - 95 percent of those earning more than $50,000 annually say that they have not attained their goal or the American dream!! More...

EDITORIAL: Adaptive Eyecare!

Imagine if corrective eyecare were available to everyone, everywhere.

Imagine the millions of people who are in desperate need of glasses.

Adaptive Eyecare, based out of London, was founded by Oxford professor, Joshua Silver in 1996, AE was formed to research and develop adaptive ophthalmic lenses.

They have developed prototype adaptive spectacles that can correct both far-sighted and near-sighted people.

A top priority of the company is to provide corrective eyewear in the developing world meaning that the glasses are designed to be manufactured at high quality but at a developing world low cost.

OPINION: That Time We Flew Around The World, Part 2

It seemed like hours but was actually about thirty minutes of this incredible ride into Mumbai. We skidded to a stop and they both turned around and smiled. I didn't hear, "Ta, da!" but it was implied.

The hotel was the Taj Mahal, at that time, the greatest hotel in India.

The other Taj Mahal, of course, is the world famous mausoleum the Emperor Jahan built for his beloved and favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal (who died giving birth to his fourteenth child) in Agra, many, many miles from the crowded, incredible, magical city of Mumbai.

GOOD NEWS: Venice Three - A Walkaround

There is more to Venice than just canals, gondola rides and St. Marks Square.

The city stretches across 118 small islands in the marshy Venetian Lagoon along the Adriatic Sea in northeast Italy. There are around 62,000 people in the historic city of Venice (Centro storico).

We get an early start for a day tour of the historic city by arriving at the mainland on an early plane or train and watching the rising sun on the beautiful island.

A vaporetto (water bus) takes us across to the dream city floating in the sea.

As if arriving at the beautifully proportioned and world famous St. Marks Square weren't overwhelming enough, we must stop to take in the sun glinting on the facade of the Basilica of St. Marks and its' bell tower.

FICTION: Tails of Aspabibia, Chapter 1, Part 7

"Where did you get that thing?" demanded Buddha.

His face was frozen in an expression of horror.

"I caught it yesterday," Shadow replied. "Just for tonight."

"Yuck," complained Pink Buddha sniffing the air. "It's not very fresh."

"It's not for us," Shadow laughed. "It's to distract the serpent. Just in case," he quickly added.

"Serpent?" hissed Pink Buddha.

"Rue Shadow, you told me it was a myth. Right there in the kitchen. You stood right there in the kitchen and said, 'It's a myth.'"
ADVICE: Dear Angel

I have the most perfect, for me, girlfriend in the world. She is everything I could ever want in another human being with whom I want to share the rest of my life. And, miracle of miracles, she feels the same about me. We read each other's thoughts, we finish each other's sentences. We share the exact same goals in life. It's like I had been cloned only with a girl's body. We are both the oldest of six children families, our parents have been married twenty-five years each. We have almost had the same childhood.


"Money is like salt; you can't make a complete meal out of it but it makes most everything taste better. "


"Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind, the second is to be kind and the third is to be kind."

Henry James

"The glory of God is the human person fully alive."

Irenaeus of Lyons

"It is very hard to be simple enough to be good."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"To have a curable illness and to leave it untreated except for prayer is like sticking your hand in a fire and asking God to remove the flame."

Sandra L. Douglas

"In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires."

Benjamin Franklin

"The main object of religion is not to get a man into heaven, but to get heaven into him."

Thomas Hardy

"Not to alter one's faults is to be faulty indeed."


"Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes."

Marcus Annaeus Seneca

"Do not let your peace depend on the hearts of people; whatever they say about you, good or bad, you are not because of it another person, for as you are, you are."

Thomas a Kempis

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