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: Goodness Is Greatness

Sandra came home from the ball game, jubilant with the victory and her contribution of a two-run base hit. "Good play," her coach had said. The foreman slides over to the service bay and inspects the job of his new mechanic. "Good work, Bruce. You handled that difficult transmission job nicely." David receives a warm hug from his wife. "That was such a good meal. Thanks for cooking it."

GOOD - doing things in the right way, the appropriate way, the way they were meant to be. Sandra hit the ball in a way that it was meant to be smacked. Bruce put the transmission together in the right way. David cared for his wife in a most appropriate fashion. They carried out GOOD. More...

EDITORIAL: Double Edged Sword

The so-called madonna-harlot complex has existed since the beginning of time. It sheds light upon the dual nature of the human mind; the internal battle of that which is sacred and that which is profane. Arts acceptance of the unconscious desires burning within, has promoted the dynamic relationship of opposites and the necessity for both in life. Meanwhile, women are often labeled as the virginal and pure wife or, alternately, as the free-spirited, vixen-like goddess.

While both are seductive in their own right, the ultimate appeal is for a woman to carry both of these labels with pride. In our society women are plagued by the aura of sexuality that accompanies their every move. More...

OPINION: Mom....And....Who?

Kids struggle enough when their parents get a divorce.

The disintegration of the family unit is a traumatic event during your most formative years.

All of a sudden the people you look to for stability, guidance and support are no longer the base you so strongly need.

The pain of losing a parent is devastating - but to lose a parent to someone of the same sex may be mystifying and disorienting or, at the very least, mind boggling.

GOOD NEWS: COOLpix Puzzler: Egyptian Camel Ride

The Great Pyramid is the oldest and the largest of the three pyramids in Giza bordering what is now Cairo, Egypt in Africa.

(Cairo is one the world's largest cities and Giza, now, is a huge city itself and starting to encroach on the Necropolis (burial ground).)

The oldest remaining member of the Seven Wonders of the World, it is believed to have been constructed over a 20 year period concluding around 2560 BC.

Our photograph was taken in Giza from the back of a camel riding from the Great Pyramid down to the Great Sphinx.

The Great Sphinx of Giza is the largest, the most famous and definitely, the most photographed of the Egyptian temple guardians and is sited at the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile River facing due east, a propitious direction.

FICTION: Chad, Part Four

Jeremy was sent to the school district's remedial school for two weeks where he was bullied by some really scary thugs, one of whom was Henry Garcetti, whose sister Teresa had told her brother about Jeremy.

We won't go into details but it was a totally horrible two weeks for Jeremy and included several loose teeth and black and blue lumps all over his body.

He felt it wasn't fair, since he had sworn to the great black spirit that he would bully no more and was being punished for something he had given up.

So not fair, not fair, not fair. He never even thought about his stealing of textbooks. Jeremy was not filled with guilt but with self pity. More...

ADVICE: Dear Angel

I am sixteen years old, a virgin and a male. And I am not homosexual. I am very interested in sex and girls but I have made a commitment to a church group I belong to to stay a virgin until my marriage. I may not last that long but right now my heart belongs to God and my church and I want to keep this promise to myself and to my fellow males and females who have also taken this vow. I have a girl friend in this group who has taken the pledge and we are both content with our move.


"If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is a part of yourself; what isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us."

Herman Hesse

"Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. "


"Freedom is the last, best hope of earth."

Abraham Lincoln

"One of the delights known to age, and beyond the grasp of youth, is that of Not Going."

J. B. Priestley

"The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it."

George Orwell

"It's not only the most difficult thing to know one's self, but the most inconvenient."

Josh Billings

"It is a weakness of your human nature to hate those whom you have wronged."

Publius Cornelius Tacitus

"Nature never repeats herself, and the possibilities of one human soul will never be found in another."

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

"To succeed in business, it is necessary to make others see things as you see them."

John H. Patterson

"Every dogma must have its day."

Carolyn Wells

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