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: Coping With Change

There are now over 2000 classified fears in the medical encyclopedia.

Many of them are well known but some you've probably never heard of. For instance: Butterphobia - the fear of peanut butter sticking to the top of your mouth. That is a legitimate fear for some people.

Or, Photophobia - the fear that you don't ever look good in pictures.

Some fears we're very familiar with and some are more obscure. There are some changes that we love. But when we lose a loved one, or get fired from a job, or experience some changes in other areas of our lives, we cry foul. More...

EDITORIAL: Does God Suffer?

God is infallible but He missed a few things when He created man and woman.

In his second miss, He created a woman who listened to a snake after God Himself had warned her "if you eat of it (the fruit of that tree NOT specified as an apple) or even touch it, you shall die."

But first He created a man who was likewise warned and still listened to a woman who was warned.

Batting one hundred for creating stupid people, He didn't keep his word and kill them.

He allowed them to multiply and create more stupid people. And, yes, we are all descended from those stupid people who caused God so much suffering. More...

OPINION: Hypocrisy

Dictionaries define hypocrisy as "a pretense to be what one is not or a pretense to believe what one does not; especially the false image of an appearance of virtue or religion."

To try to appear virtuous when you are not is bad, sometimes evil. But to try to appear Christian when you are not is evil and sinful.

Hypocrisy is a sad, bad thing.

Hypocritical "Christians" probably don't believe in God or Hell or Heaven so they figure they are safe from retribution for their sinfulness. More...

GOOD NEWS: Acceptance

Nothing, neither acceptance nor prohibition, will induce a child to stop swearing overnight. Teach your child respect for himself and others, that profanity can hurt, offend, and disgust, and you'll be doing the best you can...
Jean Callahan

Acceptance of one's life means accepting it as it comes, with all the handicaps of heredity, of suffering, of psychological complexes and injustices.
Paul Tournier

I've gone from reluctance to acceptance to gung ho.
Grace Bumbry

The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.
Russell Lynes

Acceptance of one's life does not mean running away from the struggle.
Paul Tournier More...

FICTION: Tails of Aspabibia, Part 28

A velvet curtain to the right of the King parted and out strode Kingsley. On an elaborately embroidered perch, high up on his shoulder, sat a medium-sized, ruddy Aspabibian. The cat's tail hung limply over Kingsley's shoulder blade.

"Well, well," said Shadow. "If it isn't our flying visitor."

"It's him, isn't it?" Pink Buddha murmured. "The one we saw."

"Sure looks like it to me," Rue Shadow responded staring hard at Further Rouge.

"What's wrong with his tail?" whispered Fawn Doll.
ADVICE: Dear Angel

My husband, Henry, and I have been together for ten years, six of them married. We have no children and really don't want any, certainly not at this time. Neither one of us is particularly good looking or talented. We are very ordinary people who don't feel we have to pass our genes on to an already overcrowded world.


"Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer."

Mark Twain

"Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers."

Lord Alfred Tennyson

"An argument is like a country road, you never know where it is going to lead."


"Truth is so rare that it is delightful to tell it."

Emily Dickinson

"Stand firm in your refusal to remain conscious during algebra. In real life, I assure you, there is no such thing as algebra."

Fran Lebowitz

"Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person."

Albert Einstein

"Anyone can live heroically and successfully for one day. The man who achieves a high purpose makes that day the pattern for all the days of his life."


"Deeds, not stones, are the true monuments of the great."

John L. Motley

"In addition to self-awareness, imagination and conscience, it is the fourth human endowment -- independent will -- that really makes effective self-management possible. "

Stephen R. Covey

"I can truly brag that, so far, this is the oldest I have ever been."


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