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: Little Things DO Matter!

Several years ago there was a movie that dealt with a group of people and their personal fears and their daily problems. A psychiatrist in the film had one patient who had a great fear of elevators, a common fear because it involves both heights and a small enclosed space. The doctor was gentle and kind and his training suggested that a person approach all problems by taking slow, small, baby steps toward the problem.

After a period of watching from a distance, the patient with elevatorphobia, saw the elevator door open and close over and over, and he saw many people safely enter and leave. More...

EDITORIAL: Taking the War out of Religion

The bible is full of wars, killing, destruction, often without mercy, but that all ends with the coming of Jesus.

When Jesus arrives, he arrives with a message: peace, turn the other cheek, thou shalt not kill. He never asked for armies to rise up and fight in His name. He never asked for vengeance. He never asked for forced conversions.

Plenty of popes, popinjays, and politicians, did this, over and over, but not blessed Jesus.

Why do parsons, padres, pagans, pashas, paisanos, paladins, paleontologists and palookas all call for armies to rise up in Christ's name when the man for whom Christianity is named never ever hinted at such action being taken, let alone, in his hallowed name?

OPINION: Leaving College

When I was nineteen years old, I decided to take a leave of absence from college. That was seven years ago.

I remember it clearly: I was nearing completion of my first academic year at college, and my passion for structured learning had begun to wane.

I was feeling a need for something different - something more "real," something geared towards helping me to gain a little perspective on why I was in school in the first place and what I really wanted to get out of life.

So, I left. I said goodbye to my new friends and walked away from college. More...

GOOD NEWS: COOLpix Puzzler: Taiwan Rifle Toss

Taiwan, also called the Republic of China, is an island nation off the East coast of Asia in the Pacific and was known in the past, as Formosa (from Portuguese: Ilha Formosa, "Beautiful Island").
It has scenery, temples, museums, a fascinating city in its capital, Taipei, and a most impressive military which shows its stuff several times a day in a marching and rifle tossing display.

During the 1960s and 1970s, Taiwan began to develop into a prosperous, industrialized developed country with a strong and dynamic economy, becoming one of the Four Asian Tigers (Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan.) This economic rise (since replicated and equaled by the People's Republic of China) is known to the world as the Taiwan Miracle. More...

FICTION: Tails of Aspabibia, Part 98

Finally, he was able to steady himself.

"Quickly. Swing toward me," he commanded.

"That rope is going to let go any minute."

And just then it began to fray in fits and starts.

Shadow jerked further down with each ripping strand. His terror-filled eyes were frozen on the shredding rope.

"Look at me," Viker roared. "Come toward me. Swing, by Grace, swing."

Shadow tore his eyes from the deteriorating rope and peered at Viker in the dim light.

Shadow's face was awash with sadness.

ADVICE: Dear Angel

Our son, Clem, who is fifteen years old is our only child. My wife and I transferred him to public high school for his freshman year because we thought it would prepare him better for the real world of college. Previously, he was in small private schools, some church run, since he was three years old. The first few months of public school were uneventful and then he started talking about strange races of people who he explained were tribes in video games that "all" the guys were playing. Then a more serious change occurred.


"Education is what you get when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't."

Pete Seeger

"Don't talk too much -- your ignorance exceeds your knowledge."

Spanish proverb

"A room without books is like a body without a soul."

Marcus T. Cicero

"In spite of the cost of living, it's still popular."

Kathleen Norris

"You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give."

Eleanor Roosevelt

"Stop worrying -- nobody gets out of this world alive."

Clive James

"The best job goes to the person who can get it done without passing the buck or coming back with excuses."

Napoleon Hill

"Facts are generally overesteemed. For most practical purposes, a thing is what men think it is. When they judged the earth flat, it was flat. As long as men thought slavery tolerable, tolerable it was. We live down here among shadows, shadows among shadows."

John Updike

"Success never comes to look for you while you wait around. You've got to get up and work at making your dreams come true."

Poh Yu Khing

"People who postpone happiness are like children who try chasing rainbows in an effort to find the pot of gold at the rainbow's end.... Your life will never be fulfilled until you are happy here and now."

Ken Keyes Jr.

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