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: The Hard Lessons Of Life

We all have had to learn a number of lessons in our lifetimes. Some have been good lessons about humanity and how to battle our own demons, and some have been surprisingly hard lessons about the evil and hatred that exist in this world. Some lessons you only have to learn once: like taking a rain poncho when you go backpacking, otherwise you will be miserable. Other lessons we seem to have to learn over and over.

The hardest lesson we ever have to learn is that we are not in control of our life. And it is a lesson we have to learn over and over. More...

EDITORIAL: Compassion For The Needy And Poor

There are more than 6,000 verses in the Bible that charge the righteous to take care of the needy and the poor.

Yet, how many preachers preach and how many outwardly sincere and devout Christians practice this mandate of Christianity's most sacred texts.

Shouldn't a "Culture of Life" take care of the earth's children, the elderly, the handicapped, the unemployed and the poor?

Many people and their governments claim to be the protectors and purveyors of a "Culture of Life."

One must wonder, how would Jesus answer that question.

OPINION: Things Are Looking Up

Lovers of the English language might enjoy this. How do non-natives ever learn all the nuances of English?

There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is "UP." It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP ? At a meeting, why does a topic come UP ? Why do we speak UP ,and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?

GOOD NEWS: TheCOOLpix Puzzler: Venice Bridge

If you are lucky enough to visit Italy, then by all means make the stretch to visit sublime Venice, once the world's most powerful city state.

And if you visit Venice, then by all means make the stretch to take a gondola ride, very expensive in Euros but priceless in your memories forever after.

Beautiful Venice captivates all, even on crowded days, rainy days, dark days and even on, what can we say, fragrant days.

The photograph above was taken in Venice, Italy on a crowded, sunny, but fragrant Fall day (note the brown water) during a wonderfully, leisurely and relaxing gondola ride, here entering the canal under the Bridge of Sighs (it's the enclosed bridge going from building to building.

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.'" More...

ADVICE: Dear Angel

My daughter "Carleen" is a fifteen year old rebel and I wonder what I can do to keep her from acting like a witch. We are a conservative family and go to church regularly with our daughter and her younger sisters.

When we try to reason with her or discipline her, she flies into a rage and runs out the door, sometimes not returning until late at night, one time not for two days.


"Writers of novels and romance in general bring a double loss to their readers; robbing them of their time and money; representing men, manners, and things, that never have been, or are likely to be."

Mary Wortley Montagu

"A school is a building that has four walls and a tomorrow inside."


"The habit of saving is itself an education. It fosters every virtue, teaches self-denial, cultivates the sense of order, trains to forethought, and so broadens the mind."

Thomas T. Munger

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

Thomas Hardy

"We look into mirrors, but we only see the effects of our times on us -- not our effects on others."

Pearl Bailey

"Sometimes we may learn more from a man's errors, than from his virtues."

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"There is nothing to winning, really. That is, if you happen to be blessed with a keen eye, an agile mind, and no scruples whatsoever."

Alfred Hitchcock

"The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. "

Anne Frank

"May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house."

George Carlin

"I am not impressed by the Ivy League establishments. Of course they graduate the best -- it's all they'll take, leaving to others the problem of educating the country. They will give you an education the way the banks will give you money -- provided you can prove to their satisfaction that you don't need it."

Peter De Vries

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