Chapel of Optimal Life

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

SERMON: Becoming a Person With Vision

What is it that is broken in your life? Something that needs to be rebuilt? Everybody has something that is broken. The most hopeless people in the world are people who recognize that they have a problem, but have no vision about how to solve that problem. "Where there is no vision, the people perish"
Proverbs 29:18

Everybody ends up somewhere in life. A few people end up somewhere on purpose. Those are the ones with vision. The most practical advantage of vision is it sets a direction for our lives. It serves as a road map. Vision provides the push through the problems. Vision provides the energy for the effort. More...

EDITORIAL: Moderation Is The Key

In mainstream political discourse, the drinking age rarely emerges as a topic of heated controversy. The federal government, in the past, cracked down on Louisiana because it had not adapted the federal drinking age.

Louisiana finally acquiesced when federal highway funds were threatened to be removed, and few, if any, national and state political leaders outside of Louisiana complained about the federal move.

Yet, this apparent uniformity in public opinions does not seem to reflect the fact that the practicality of the federal drinking age is the subject of many private discussions behind closed doors, around college campuses, and even in classrooms. More...

OPINION: Leaving College

When I was nineteen years old, I decided to take a leave of absence from college. That was seven years ago.

I remember it clearly: I was nearing completion of my first academic year at college, and my passion for structured learning had begun to wane.

I was feeling a need for something different - something more "real," something geared towards helping me to gain a little perspective on why I was in school in the first place and what I really wanted to get out of life. More...

GOOD NEWS: E-mail Factoids

The famous sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet, some twice, and one of them, a very round letter, four times.

A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

A snail can sleep for three years.

Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

Almonds are a member of the peach family.

The words civic, radar, level, rotor, kayak, reviver, racecar, redder, madam, malayalam, and refer are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).

And did you know that there are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

nonFICTION: Barnacles and Bedlam, Part 13

The chief cut in with his usual vehemence. "And those men Flanagan assigned to me. They're useless. You can drown 'em all.

"My engineers and I'll run the engine room ourselves.

"Not only are they dumb about the engine room, but they don't want to learn.

"Three of them are now in sick bay pretending to be seasick. When I told doc all they needed to cure 'em was a day in the engine room, he says, "They're not fit for duty!"

The captain vowed, "Anyone who has been in sick bay because of seasickness won't get shore leave." Just then Scottish bagpipe music screeched out of the air conditioning outlet drowning out our conversation. More...
ADVICE: Dear Angel

Our son, Clem, who is fifteen years old is our only child. My wife and I transferred him to public high school for his freshman year because we thought it would prepare him better for the real world of college. Previously, he was in small private schools, some church run, since he was three years old. The first few months of public school were uneventful and then he started talking about strange races of people who he explained were tribes in video games that "all" the guys were playing. Then a more serious change occurred.


"I have a complaint about the compliant complicity of your complaint."


"No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made; destiny is made known silently."

Agnes deMille

"Courage is fear holding on a minute longer."

George S. Patton

"It is the man who does not express an opinion whose opinion I want."

Abraham Lincoln

"You take people as far as they will go, not as far as you would like them to go."

Jeanette Rankin

"Such is the nature of men, that howsoever they may acknowledge many others to be more witty, or more eloquent, or more learned; yet they will hardly believe there be many so wise as themselves."

Thomas Hobbes

"If you see 10 troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that 9 will run into the ditch before they reach you."

Calvin Coolidge

"To devote a portion of one's leisure to doing something for someone else is one of the highest forms of recreation."

Gerald B. Fitzgerald

"Scratching is one of nature's sweetest gratifications, and the one nearest at hand."

Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

"We are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them."


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