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: A Helping Hand

One of the greatest givers and helpers of our time was Mother Theresa. For all the great deeds she did and the goodness she spread through her works and her passion, she always remained humble. Not just humble in her attitudes but humble in words and spirit, having once said that "we can do no great things, only small things with great love."

Her ideals carried over into her work, and spread infectiously to those whose lives she touched. In her wisdom and acts we can find great solace knowing that no matter how small we may think our contribution to be, with the right heart it is still a contribution to a greater good. More...

EDITORIAL: Follow The Leader

Leadership is something we value greatly; all cultures throughout history do in fact.

From ancient times to the present, leadership is a high prized and sought after attribute.

Today we put a lot of stress on being a team leader, becoming a manager, or supervising the development of a group.

Our society values leadership as a symbol of individualism and challenges us to take charge.

However, one aspect of leadership that flies well below our radar is the act of following a leader.

A company full of leaders but lacking quality followers will never thrive or be profitable.

So what makes a good follower, and how can we get beyond the derogatory connotations of that title?

OPINION: Fit And Fun

By now it's become a well known fact, supported by research and scientific studies that there is an obesity problem in the developed world, particularly in the United States. Diabetes, heart disease, and a myriad of costly problems run rampant and continue to rise due to these greatly preventable statistics. The problem is not just costly for our bank accounts or for insurance companies, but for our value of life as a whole. One very disturbing aspect of this trend is the way our youth is being impacted by all of this. Besides health and longevity, one very real aspect that is not always as prevalent is the less tangible and more psychological advantages of fitness besides simply feeling better about oneself. More...

GOOD NEWS: What Do Sam And John Have In Common?

How did Samuel Clemens become Mark Twain?
Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born in Florida, Missouri, on November 30, 1835. His pen name, Mark Twain, comes from "mark twain," the cry for a measured river depth of two fathoms. Clemens studied 2,000 miles (3,200 km) of the Mississippi for more than two years before he received his steamboat pilot license in 1859 and called many a "mark twain" before adopting that call for his pseudonym.

Why were the Hawaiian Islands once called the Sandwich Islands?
The Rt. Hon. John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, was a great supporter of Captain James Cook. As First Lord of the Admiralty, Sandwich approved Admiralty funds for the purchase and fit-out of the Resolution, Adventure and Discovery for Cook's second and third expeditions of exploration in the Pacific Ocean.

nonFICTION: Barnacles and Bedlam, Part 77

When flak from the antiaircraft batteries hit our deck, the men all dove for cover.

The only persons visible to Huck and me at the railing were the navy gunners at their stations behind our machine guns, firing away blindly.

The gun on the starboard bridge remained unmanned and silent.

Huck gave me a quick look, squared his jaw, dashed to the companionway, and headed for the deck above.

I rushed to my cabin, switched off the lights and propped the door open so that I could view the progress of the approaching planes. More...
ADVICE: Dear Angel

I am head over heels in love, love, love with the most fantastic guy. He is handsome, buff, funny, loving, oh, my, in short everything I have ever wished for except...

He buys me wonderful but wildly extravagant presents when we have a fight which is too often lately. I know his credit cards are maxed out and he has even borrowed from me to pay his rent (and from his parents and sibs).

The very wild special quality he has also affects his wild generosity, his binge drinking, his expensive sports car (a lease) the wonderful trips we take (dutch). When he drinks too much (always) he is incredibly funny and nice, nice, nice.


"'They say' is often a great liar."


"Nobody has a good opinion of a man who has a low opinion of himself."

Anthony Trollope

"Behind every successful man is a proud wife and a surprised mother-in-law. "

Hubert H. Humphrey

"The man who is intent on making the most of his opportunities is too busy to bother about luck."

B. C. Forbes

"To be humble to superiors is duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness."

Benjamin Franklin

"The best cure for the body is a quiet mind."

Napolean Bonaparte

"Old and young, we are all on our last cruise."

Robert Louis Stevenson

"I never knew a person who suffered from overwork. There are many, however, who suffered from too much ambition, and not enough action."

James Mantague

"Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil -- not the strength to choose between the two."

John Cheever

"A Roman divorced from his wife, being highly blamed by his friends, who demanded, "Was she not chaste? Was she not fair? Was she not fruitful?" holding out his shoe, asked them whether it was not new and well made. "Yet," added he, "none of you can tell where it pinches me."


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