Chapel of Optimal Life

A traditional Bible-based Christian church
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SERMON: Loving God

Many people are very religious: they rarely miss a church service, they pay their tithe on time, respect their pastor, and cultivate good relationships with their fellow church members (and others).

How wonderful!

Indeed, the Lord requires us to act that way, and He always blesses or rewards those taking such things into consideration.

But the truth is, He expects a great deal more than that from us.

We need to love God with all our hearts.

EDITORIAL: No Ordinary Heroes

Firemen are everybody's everyday heroes.

EMT's, doctors and police officers round off a list of people we consider do a service for the betterment of society.

They stand out because while there may not be much fanfare most of the time, when called upon to save many, they are there, and they are also there when needed for "small" duties; making a difference no matter how big or small the job may be.

These folks are what we sometimes consider our "ordinary heroes."

Yet it seems like an oxymoron, that anything about a hero could be ordinary. Their salary may be the only average thing about these people who we entrust with our lives. More...

OPINION: We Are Nothing Without Our Precious Water

Lately I have been thinking much more about my drinking water; where it comes from and what makes the most sense environmentally and for my own personal health, to drink. As I began my research (which is long overdue!), I found appalling facts about our bottled water; uncomfortable truths that have definitely shaken my conscious towards a brighter shade of Green.

Let's take a moment to stop and really think about how much bottled water the majority of us in the United States consume on a daily basis and what the results of this trend are.

GOOD NEWS: COOLpix Puzzler: Hundertwasserhaus

The Hundertwasser House Vienna is an apartment house in Vienna, Austria, designed by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

This landmark of Vienna was built between 1983 and 1986 by architects Univ.-Prof. Joseph Krawina and Peter Pelikan.

It features undulating floors ("an uneven floor is a divine melody to the feet"), a roof covered with earth and grass, and large trees growing from inside the rooms, with limbs extending from windows.

Hundertwasser took no payment for the design of the house, declaring that it was worth it, to prevent something ugly from going up in its place.

There are some lively discussions about whether he accomplished his goal.

FICTION: I Never Saw A Purple Cow, Part Two Of Two

Afterward, when I would like to have been witty and casual, I was silent. I guess she knew I was asking her why she had chosen me, of all guys.

"I love you," she said. "I know it's only for these few more weeks of the summer, but I want us. In the fall we'll be in different places and thinking about ourselves and getting ahead and all, but we've no place to rush to this summer, so why can't we think of us, of each other?"

I blinked. "Are you sure you want it that way?" I asked, in all seriousness more because I thought I should ask, not because I wanted to talk her out of it. She was serious for a minute, too, when she answered, "Yes." More...

ADVICE: Dear Angel

I have been lucky in my life and own a number of patents for different small inventions which provide my family with a great standard of living. My wife, Dina, and I live very well and have given our only child, Peter, a fantastic education. He now has his first real position with a great company and he is going to marry the girl of his dreams, Gina.

Gina's parents are not so successful financially so Peter asked us if we would help with the wedding costs. The initial offer was they would put up $10,000 and we would also. But, little by little this very nice $20,000 wedding is turning into a fifty to sixty thousand dollar affair.


"The great gift of conversation lies less in displaying it ourselves than in drawing it out of others. He who leaves your company pleased with himself and his own cleverness is perfectly well pleased with you."

Jean De La Bruyere

"All good fortune is a gift of the gods, and you don't win the favor of the ancient gods by being good, but by being bold."

Anita Brookner

"A child's life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark."

Chinese proverb

"I would rather lose in a cause that will some day win, than win in a cause that will some day lose!"

Woodrow T. Wilson

"Of all base passions, fear is the most accursed."

William Shakespeare

"You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Don't let yourself indulge in vain wishes."

Rabindranath Tagore

"Psychiatric expert testimony: mendacity masquerading as medicine."

Thomas Szasz

"Circumstances - what are circumstances? I make circumstances."

Napolean Bonaparte

"Speak the truth, but leave immediately after."

Slovenian proverb

"Do we have babies because we must have sex or do we have sex because we must have babies?"


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