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: Diagnosing The Problem

Don't you hate it when you turn the key in your car, and it won't run? You either get a "click, click" or a "rrr, rrr," but not the hoped for "vroom, vroom."

Most of us are mechanically inept. But there is one lesson that most parents taught us that we should remember. If a car won't run, it's because of one of three reasons: It either isn't getting fuel, a spark, or air. You need to figure out which of those three things it is in order to get it running right again.

And, in this comparison, people aren't too different from cars. When people aren't running right, it's because of one of three reasons. More...

EDITORIAL: The Rolls-Royce Phantom

Most people have never had a prayer of buying a new Rolls-Royce (even quite old used ones cost as much as a new Mercedes) but it is difficult for any of us to even dream of riding in one if we don't have an idea of the care and "overkill" which BMW builds into the new Phantoms.

Yes, the great German automotive company, BMW, owns and carefully supervises the production of Roll-Royces.

It's a big vehicle: over 19 feet in length, 78.3 inches wide and 64.3 inches high and it's a heavy vehicle: weighing in at 5000 pounds and up to 6100 pounds with passengers and gear.

There are two sizes of Phantoms: large and larger. More...

OPINION: A Wounded Little Dog

I experienced something wrenchingly sad today.

As I was driving my car down a street in my neighborhood, I saw a wounded little dog walking slowly on the sidewalk.

I immediately recognized her as one of the little stray dogs from my neighborhood: she had been among a pack of several dogs that I had come across the other night in the park, which I had avoided since they were fighting over food and I didn't want to get caught in the middle of such a dog fight.

GOOD NEWS: How To Handle Your Email Forwarding

This information is directly from a systems administrator for a corporate organization. It is an excellent message that absolutely applies to all of us who send email.

Do you really know how to properly forward emails? Fifty percent of us do; fifty percent DO NOT.

Do you wonder why you get viruses or junk mail?

Do you hate it?

Every time you forward an email there is information left over from the people who got the message before you, namely their email addresses and names.

As the messages get forwarded along, the list of addresses builds, and builds, and builds, and all it takes is for some poor innocent to get a virus, and his or her computer can send that virus to each and every e-mail address that has come across his or her computer. More...

FICTION: Tails of Aspabibia, Part 85

Viker looked at each of them in turn. "Listen, I'm sorry. I really had hoped to avoid this area."

"Oh-oh," Pink Buddha sat down on the cold rock and wrapped his tail around his feet. "I feel my courage fading."

"What's so bad about this? It's beautiful," Fawn Doll asked, gazing at the sparkling crystals. "They'd look fabulous in a crown or on a collar." Without a word, Viker withdrew a kerchief from his knapsack and unwrapped a bundle of hard cheese. Buddha stared hungrily at it. Breaking off a piece, he flung it out into the field of gems. The cheese spun through the air and glanced off of a tall crystal that sliced it neatly in half. More...

ADVICE: Dear Angel

For many, many years now, ever since the first suicide bombers in Israel, I have been alternately fascinated and horrified by the type of human being who can blow himself/herself up in order to kill, in many cases, a relatively small amount of people. What do you know about these people? Why do they do what they do? How do you stop them? Is there any defense against them?


"With God, what is terrible is that one never knows whether it's not just a trick of the devil."

Jean Anouilh

"God could not be everywhere, and therefore He made mothers."

Rudyard Kipling

"Who God does not teach, man cannot."

Gaelic proverb

"Be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble."

The Optimist's Creed

"You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind."

Mahatma Gandhi

"The secret of the true love of work is the hope of success in that work; it is not for the money reward, for the time spent, or for the skill exercised, but for the successful result in the accomplishment of the work itself."

Sidney A. Weltmer

"Men in business are in as much danger from those at work under them as from those that work against them."

George Savile

"Optimism is the cheerful frame of mind that enables a teakettle to sing, though in hot water up to its nose."


"Do not want things to turn out as they seem best to you, but as God pleases. Then you will be free from confusion, and thankful in prayer."

The Desert Fathers

"All words are part true and part false."

Master Kahn

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