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: How Do I Forgive Them?

We all understand the general concept of forgiveness, but most of us are not especially proficient on the specifics of how to do it. So, let's try to answer the questions:

How do I forgive him?

How do I forgive her?

First, acknowledge that you have been seriously hurt. The starting point for pursuing forgiveness is to admit that you've really been hurt.

Until we are willing to admit that we were hurt by them, we're not in a place where we can begin to pursue forgiveness. More...

EDITORIAL: Does God Suffer?

God is infallible but He missed a few things when He created man and woman.

In his second miss, He created a woman who listened to a snake after God Himself had warned her "if you eat of it (the fruit of that tree NOT specified as an apple) or even touch it, you shall die."

But first He created a man who was likewise warned and still listened to a woman who was warned.

Batting one hundred for creating stupid people, He didn't keep his word and kill them.

He allowed them to multiply and create more stupid people. And, yes, we are all descended from those stupid people who caused God so much suffering. More...

OPINION: Family Values

What exactly are these "family values" that you hear so much talk about? Everyone talks of a return to family values, yet I don't recall anyone stating exactly what those values are.

Are we talking about the values of a family in 1950? In 1900? In 1800?

The values of those three families are vastly different, as are many of the beliefs of the general populations of those times.

How can we assume the values of groups of people, or of families, or even the individuals of those times? More...

GOOD NEWS: Lotsa Humor

"I'm always amazed to hear of air crash victims so badly mutilated that they have to be identified by their dental records.

What I can't understand is, if they don't know who you are, how do they know who your dentist is?"

-- Paul Merton.

"There is one thing I would break up over and that is if she caught me with another woman.
I wouldn't stand for that."

-- Steve Martin.

"For three days after death, hair and fingernails continue to grow but phone calls taper off."

-- Johnny Carson.

"The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with."

-- Marty Feldman.

FICTION: Return To The Roof, Part Two Of Three

He laughed so hard, in fact, that he fell backward against the pile of lumber, and it crashed piece by piece to the fire escape below.

I'm not just sure what the woman downstairs from Ted is married to, but her voice came sweet and dulcet after the crash, "Is that you, dear?"

"No that is not 'you dear'," I answered, peering over the edge of the roof from my bed of mud. She stuck her head out her window, and craned her neck in order to look up at me.

A choice bit of lumber, that hadn't quite slithered its way over the edge until now, finally made the grade and crashed down. More...

ADVICE: Dear Angel

I am 67 years old and a widow. My gentleman and I have been together for seven years. He has his own apartment but now spends most of his time living with me, eating my food, driving my car, using my gasoline.


"Did you hear about the crosseyed teacher? She couldn't keep control of her pupils. "

Punster Mann

"People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first."

David H. Comins

"Laziness is a secret ingredient that goes into failure. But it's only kept a secret from the person who fails."

Robert Half

"As the dew to the blossom, the bud to the bee; As the scent to the rose, are those memories to me."

Amelia C. Welby

"I do not insist that you agree with me, but I do insist that you do not insist that I agree with you."


"An instinctive taste teaches men to build their churches with spire steeples which point as with a silent finger to the sky and stars."

Charles Samuel Coleridge

"Prayer is the golden key that opens heaven."

Thomas J. Watson

"Everyone wishes to rule the world. Unfortunately, the world rules everyone."

Jeremy P. Johnson

"Doesn't matter who you vote for, every elected politician becomes The Government."


"If every act of yours would be known to the world in three weeks, bet you'd be an angel."


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