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: Living In A Relative World

We live in a time of relativity. Perhaps the world may have been more clearly delineated in the past, but the lines are quite blurry today. The line might be drawn between good and evil or right and wrong but it seems that today we are exposed to a much "grayer" world than our predecessors.

We are oriented more toward "feelings," than in the past, we grant concessions where we might not have previously. It is a natural and necessary progression of course; the world cannot be viewed as strictly black and white. At the same time, it is also not complete without boundaries, borders and lines. More...

EDITORIAL: Turn Up The Music!

Have you ever found yourself alone, dancing wildly to music blaring from your living room speakers?

What a feeling of complete freedom!

There are times when our soul aches for some kind of release; a chance to let go and move our bodies to a joyous tune can be more beneficial than any prescribed medicine. We have all done it. We have all turned to music to set a mood, raise our spirits or soothe our tired minds.

Maybe you crank the car stereo to your favorite station or insert your favorite CDs as you prepare for the rush hour traffic you know is ahead.

Perhaps it's the latest music playing device you wear as you set out for your morning run. More...

OPINION: The Wisdom Of Curiosity

I remember being a child who was interested in everything, curious about everything and wondering how things worked and why they were made.

Though tempered by time, not much has changed in that regard.

I think it is fortunate to retain that curious nature, the interest in people and events and things that I don't understand at face value.

Today, we have easy means of satiating that curiosity, with millions of sources at our fingertips via the internet.

The internet has given us a whole new outlet to explore the world.

Good News: Do You Remember When?

Do you remember wonders like these?

Washtub wringers

The Fuller Brush Man

Reel-To-Reel tape recorders

Movies that moved us with plot
and performances, not noise
and gimmicks


Erector Sets

The Fort Apache Play Set

Lincoln Logs

The original 15 cent
McDonald hamburgers

5 cent packs of baseball cards -
with that awful pink slab of
bubble gum.

Penny candy

nonFICTION: Barnacles and Bedlam, Part 37

THE WAR: After seven Brazilian ships had been torpedoed off the coast of Brazil, its air force joined the US. Air Force in patrolling its coast in search of U boats.

Over the weekend of June 6th, 1942, the Brazilian pilots were credited with sinking one German submarine, and the US. pilots with two.

The Chamberlain bucked the head winds, heaving and tossing, as we left the sanctuary of the Para River on June 14th, 1942.

Fortunately, my own mal de mer did not surface.

The captain chided at mess, "Some one of us didn't pay his bills in Belem."
ADVICE: Dear Angel

I met this young man, Aidan, casually while in a store shopping. He was a clerk and we started to talk. He was fun and intelligent and I liked him right off but didn't think much of it afterward. In a completely different setting, we met again, at a church, which I was visiting with a girlfriend. Again, I liked him and he seemed to really like me.

While in church I mentioned my church to him and lo, he appeared on Sunday a week later there and again we talked and laughed together. I then found something I wanted from the store he worked in and went in to see him. He was out to lunch so I cruised the mall and found him. What an accident! We finished out his lunch hour talking and laughing some more.


"God has marvelous ways of taking our worst tragedies and turning them into His most glorious triumphs."

Joseph Stowell

"Seven days without prayer makes one weak."


"To be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have."

Ken Keyes, jr.

"Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount."

Winston Churchill

"Today I begin to understand what love must be, if it exists. When we are parted, we each feel the lack of the other half of ourselves. We are incomplete, like a book in two volumes of which the first has been lost. That is what I imagine love to be: incompleteness in absence."

Edmond and Jules Goncourt

"I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time, and prevents arguments."

Oscar Wilde

"We do not live an equal life, but one of contrasts and patchwork; now a little joy, then a sorrow, now a sin, then a generous or brave action."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool."

Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

"The nation's honor is dearer than the nation's comfort; yes, than the nation's life itself."

Woodrow T. Wilson

"I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor."

Henry David Thoreau

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