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: Why Does God Allow Evil?

If God is good, why is there so much evil in the world? Why do we have war and murder, atrocity after atrocity, famine after famine? Why do innocent children die at the hands of cruel men? Why do the ravages of war tear families apart in death and imprisonment?

Why this? Why that? Why do we suffer needlessly? Why, why, why?

Most, if not all of us have asked this question when faced with pain, suffering, or tragedy.

We don't pretend to know everything there is to know about this. More...

EDITORIAL: Preventing Further Destruction

There actually are people out there who believe that because the world is coming to an end, and soon, they need take no care of it. Use up and despoil the land, kill off species of animals, make the air and water toxic. They won't be here much longer so no care is needed.

Imagine, these same people going before God and saying proudly, "We knew we were coming soon to sit at your feet in Paradise so we didn't concern ourselves with our former habitat, Earth, which you have now judiciously destroyed.

"Oh, you didn't destroy it, just the people on it. It was because of people like us that You destroyed the human race? Oh, we left the air and water foul and poisonous on the Earth that You, our God, created. More...

OPINION: Blurred Reality

I recall a perfect example of the stark contrast between 'reality' and a jaded perception of what 'reality' is to television viewers.

One warm night last summer, I was returning home from a jog when I saw my Mom in front of our house watering the flowers.

She was talking to one of our neighbors, who, I noticed had an enormous dog on a leash. A dog showing its wolf ancestry.

"Wow!," I thought to myself. "That's one scary looking dog."

I asked her when she got the dog.

GOOD NEWS: Things To Make You Happier

The whole family taking the European tour

Auto-focusing, anti-shake digital cameras

Vermont granite

Hot dogs at a ball game

Teddy bears

A Sunday afternoon nap

Inspirational music

Learning, at last, how to do cartwheels

Fresh cut flowers

Just the two of you staying home on New Year's Eve

Cashing out of everything at the right moment

The perfect wave

nonFICTION: Barnacles and Bedlam, Part 74

CHAPTER 27 - North African Invasion Tales

THE WAR: The details of the April 8, 1942, bombing raid on Japan by Colonel James H. Doolittle's force of sixteen B-25 bombers from the U. S. aircraft carrier, the Hornet, were not released until April of 1943.

At the time of the attack, the news gave Americans a great psychological boost.

But the scattered bombing did no great damage to Japanese industry.

And shortly thereafter, the Japanese improved their home defenses and captured the Chinese bases where the American pilots had landed. More...

ADVICE: Dear Angel

My boyfriend, the man I thought I was going to marry and spend the rest of my life with cheats on me. I had pushed for and he had agreed that we had a compact that neither of us would have sex until after we are married. Now, I discover he has been having sex on a regular basis with several different women.


"Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer. You have only to persevere to save yourselves."

Winston Churchill

"Marriage is like the army. Everybody complains, but you'd be surprised how many re-enlist."

James Garner

"It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared."

Whitney Young, jr.

"The money you refuse to worthy objects will never do you any good."


"Men are most apt to believe what they least understand."

Pliny The Elder

"I have spent many years of my life in opposition and I like the role."

Eleanor Roosevelt

"A comfortable old age is the reward of a well-spent youth. Instead of its bringing sad and melancholy prospects of decay, it would give us hopes of eternal youth in a better world."

Lydia M. Child

"Travel is glamorous only in retrospect."

Paul Theroux

"Love is a short word but it contains everything."


"No man can help another without helping himself."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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