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
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SERMON: Institutionalized Charity

For decades, faith-based organizations and other charity groups have been doing an excellent job in terms of helping out the poor and the needy.

This is incredibly helpful, especially in times of natural disaster and severe economic crisis, and these dreadful events seem to be happening with frightening regularity, lately.

While many of them can be blamed for corruption and lack of professionalism, there's no doubt that a good number of them have been honest and effective in their efforts when it comes to helping out those in need. More...

EDITORIAL: The Status Of Hawaii

The status of Hawaii as a state within the U.S. is not entirely settled (though it would appear to be to the American public).

Because of the less - than - legitimate way that Hawaii was annexed and, soon after, made into a U.S. state, there continue to be popular movements within Hawaii by the native people there to reclaim sovereignty from the United States.

The first settlers came to Hawaii from other Polynesian islands around the 4th century A.C.E. (A.D.).

The first reported European to go there, meanwhile, was British explorer, navigator and cartographer Captain James Cook, who arrived in 1778.

Up until 1887 the islands were governed by a series of benign, native Hawaiian monarchs. More...

OPINION: The World Around Us

Have you ever had one of those days where it feels like the world is caving in? A day that finds the sky is falling, food is tasteless, and it seems there is no redeeming quality to anything?

Of course, everyone has these days once in a while!

Sometimes they last for a while, and we let them affect those around us. Maybe that person is a spouse, a child, a coworker or friend.

It's no easier to contain our personal struggles or disappointments any more than it is to keep our successes and triumphs to ourselves. We are, after all a social species. More...

GOOD NEWS: TheCOOLpix Puzzler: The Gateway Of India

The Gateway Of India is a monument in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India. Located on the waterfront in South Mumbai, the Gateway is a basalt arch 26 metres high.

The Gateway is traditionally the first thing visitors arriving by boat would see of Mumbai.

Behind the Gateway steps lead down to the waterfront, where boat trips can be had to locations such as Elephanta Island.

The Gateway Of India was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay, prior to a Royal Court session in Delhi in December 1911. And, in an ironic closing of the Raj, the last British troops to leave India, the First Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry, passed through the gate in a ceremony on February 28, 1948.

It is, in many ways, the most prominent point in India's largest city being directly in front of the beautiful and famous Taj Mahal Hotel. More...

FICTION: Tails of Aspabibia, Part 31

Grayson clasped him to her chest and planted her lips on his forehead.

"Every creature makes mistakes," she murmured. Cuddling him in her arms and cooing softly in his ears, she smothered him in kisses. At last, he shook the last sobs from his body and fell limp in her arms.

"How can you stand me?" he squeaked.

"A mistake doesn't make me love you any less," she answered in a firm tone. "You didn't do it on purpose."

"But I did," he cried.

I went down for the milk on purpose. I even had to talk Buddha into going with me. I am completely at fault here." More...
ADVICE: Dear Angel

My father sexually abused me from the time I was nine until I was twelve when I finally got the guts to tell my three year older brother. He didn't do anything so I told my mother. She was always a strange type and was true to form when she ignored my cries for help. In desperation, I went to my gym teacher, who called the authorities. I testified against my father while my mother and brother and two sisters all begged me not to.


"It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice."

John Cassis

"Thus happiness depends, as nature shows, less on exterior things than most suppose."

William Cowper

"The thorns which I have reaped are of the tree I planted."

George Noel Gordon

"Serving the needs of others is the light that brightens each day. "

Douglas M. Lawson

"Six traits of effective leaders: 1. Make others feel important 2. Promote a vision 3. Follow the golden rule 4. Admit mistakes 5. Criticize others only in private 6. Stay close to the action. Example has more followers than reason. We unconsciously imitate what pleases us, and approximate to the characters we most admire."

John Christian Bovee

"From this moment onwards you can be an entirely different person, filled with love and understanding, ready with an outstretched hand, uplifted and positive in every thought and deed."

Eileen Caddy

"Subdue your lust or it will subdue you."


"Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired. "

Robert Frost

"There are few sorrows, however poignant, in which a good income is of no avail."

Robert Frost

"Sadly, happenstance is responsible for more success than careful planning or hard labor."


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