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: The Full Measure Of Joy

We've all met many disappointed people along various stages of life's journey: people who didn't get the job they wanted, or were passed over for promotion; people with disabilities, family unrest, failed goals, and lots of regret.

Joy doesn't hinge on getting what we want, but in accepting God's will, realizing that His answers are wiser than our prayers.

Benjamin Franklin observed, "The things that hurt, instruct."

We can even face conflict with joy, knowing we do so with God at our side, knowing that His love will conquer our fears.

EDITORIAL: EXercise Or Become EXtinct



We all know that we should exercise. The newest statistics on obesity in the U.S. are reaching epic proportions.

The National Institutes of Health estimate that more than 61% of the adults in the United States are overweight or obese. In the throes of our chaotic everyday lives though, exercise often gets bumped to the bottom of the "to do" list or even eliminated altogether.

Gym class is the first class to go when schools lack funding. Denying oneself from the magic of exercise is denying our bodies their God-given right to feel healthy and energetic. More...

OPINION: Dancing Around

Whether we do it in the secrecy of our homes, out in public or in a club, most people get the urge to dance every once in a while.

It may be head bopping, toe tapping, or booty shaking, people are compelled to do it when a favorite or catchy tune gets turned up.

It may inspire moves everyone knows or outrageous motions that would surprise even the most seasoned choreographer; dance is a very natural means of expression.

For what it's worth, I don't particularly like going out dancing. More...

GOOD NEWS: Dementia Test

It's that time of year to take your annual Dementia Test. Exercise of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles.

In psychiatry dementia is the progressive deterioration of the cognitive and intellectual functions such as memory that can occur while other brain functions such as those controlling movement and the senses are retained.

As we grow older, it's important to keep mentally alert. If you don't use it, you lose it!

Below is a very private way to gauge your loss or non-loss of intelligence.

Take the test presented here to determine if you're losing it or not.

The spaces below are so you don't see the answers until you've made your answer.

OK, relax, clear your mind and begin. More...

nonFICTION: Barnacles and Bedlam, Part 18

The Cantina was reminiscent of a saloon during the frontier days, its tables and chairs scattered without symmetry and a long bar dominating the scene.

Merchant and navy seamen sat around a half dozen oblong tables, while others stood three deep at the bar.

The rumble of their voices was suddenly drowned out by the loud beat of the rhumba blaring forth from the phonograph stashed on a corner shelf.

I recognized Carl Freeman, Thomas Cahill, Clarence Gregory and Horace Armstrong, oilers and water tenders, occupying one of the tables. More...

ADVICE: Dear Angel

Our very lovely and pretty and smart twenty year old daughter, Brittany, has never had a whiff of a boyfriend or a date. She has one close girl friend but even the girlfriend seems to have a more active social life than our daughter.

Brittany likes to sleep late and later and later, sometimes not getting out of bed until three or four P. M. She takes one class four days a week at junior college and then spends most of the night on line, chatting and playing games.


"I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. "

Winston Churchill

"Give a gift to all generations by saving the earth."

Christina R. Newman

"Life is a state of mind; imagine the one that you want, and then create it."


"Happiness comes more from loving than being loved; and often when our affection seems wounded it is only our vanity bleeding. To love, and to be hurt often, and to love again -- this is the brave and happy life."

J. E. Buckrose

"Worry is interest paid on trouble before it falls due."

William R. Inge

"There ain't nothing but one thing wrong with every one of us, and that's selfishness. "

Will Rogers

"The English like eccentrics. They just don't like them living next door."

Julian Clary

"Conditions are never just right. People who delay action until all factors are favorable do nothing."

William Feather

"There are no such things as incurables; there are only things for which we have not found a cure."

Bernard M. Baruch

"Occasionally be aloof and mysterious"

Cat Proverbs

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