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Devotional: The Owlnapping

November 13th, 2010

After you’ve heard “The Owlnapping,” check out this devotional thought. (If you haven’t heard the episode, check out the Media Player. You can also find a station in your area.)


By Bethany Brown

It seems pretty silly to think that a stuffed owl can win a basketball game. The team in the “The Owlnapping” made mistakes in understanding what the owl symbol meant, but they’re not alone when it comes to misunderstanding.

In Acts 14, Paul and Barnabas were preaching in a city named Lystra when they saw a man who was crippled. God gave Paul the power to heal the man so that he could stand up and walk. This act should have pointed the people to God’s power, since He healed the man.

Unfortunately, the people of Lystra didn’t understand what they saw. Instead of worshiping God, they worshipped Paul and Barnabas! They called the two men gods and wanting to offer sacrifices to them. When Paul and Barnabas realized what was happening, they shouted, “Men, why are you doing this? We are only human like you!” Paul and Barnabus didn’t take the credit, but they tried to point the people back to God.

In the same way, Ryan tried to get his team to understand that the owl didn’t make them win. But like the people of Lystra, the players had a hard time listening. They thought that their talent and ability to play somehow came from a stuffed owl. They didn’t think about who really gave them their basketball skills.

When we think of our talents and abilities in sports, in school, or in creativity, we should remember who gave us those gifts. Our gifts come our wonderful Creator, who gives us more than we can ever deserve or imagine.

Have you ever been in a situation like the basketball team? Do you play on a team with a mascot? Let us know in the comments below.


142 Comments on “Devotional: The Owlnapping”

  • Odyssyfan#2 on November 19th, 2010 - 5:59pm


    I thought it was an excelent episode about not taking something that makes you feel good and make it a god. Good work Odessey!!!

  • Vica on November 19th, 2010 - 7:43pm




  • Laura on November 20th, 2010 - 10:29am


    Nice devotional :) I’m on a basket ball team by the way. our maskot is the hawk but we don’t have a stufffed animal. But my team does wear lime green shoelaces as a “tradition.”

  • e.c.l. on November 20th, 2010 - 4:59pm


    this was i great story:)

  • zack on November 20th, 2010 - 5:13pm


    I really liked this episode. I also liked the karate kid wax on wax off thing.

  • HUGE FAN on November 22nd, 2010 - 11:26am


    The Owlnapping is a real,mystery and cool.

  • ODYSSEYLOVER on November 22nd, 2010 - 4:18pm


    Owlnapping was kind of different from other odyssey episodes its not my favorite though but it teaches good lessons about trusting in really dumb things like a purple talking owl
    i think andre stocktja did the voice of the mascot at the end cause he played owl on winnie the pooh

  • hannah on November 22nd, 2010 - 10:56pm


    that is so cool i do not play on a team with a mascot but our town does were the bears

  • anna on November 23rd, 2010 - 6:23pm


    I have not been in a team with a mascot. The true reason I am commenting is because I want to know when the next video podcast is going to take place. I like those! :-)

  • Barbie on November 25th, 2010 - 10:54am


    I loved this episode! Our school has a mascot and it’s the Wildcat. I used to be on the basketball team in 6th grade, but now it’s just ridiculous and i can’t play cuz of my parents and stuff. But, oh well!

  • Erin on November 25th, 2010 - 2:33pm


    It was a great story and i like the moral.

  • Brittini on November 26th, 2010 - 8:46pm


    I really liked thia ep. it took me several times to listen to it before I finally said I liked it!! 4/5 stars

  • Sydni on November 27th, 2010 - 12:45pm


    I really liked this episode.We dont have a mascot in our town but we have a lot of teams.

  • Stevie on November 27th, 2010 - 8:25pm


    I am on the girl’s varsity volleyball and basketball team and soccer team. I love our team! 😀 We do not believe in our mascot making us win or loose. We are a christian school team, and we have won every game and are heading to the tournament YIPEE! 😀
    Stevie who is a basketbal/soccer/volleyball player

  • Mael on November 28th, 2010 - 11:46am


    I really liked this one! Ryan Cummings is one of my favorites, besides Connie and Wooten. Although itching powder would have been unusual.

  • Mael on November 28th, 2010 - 7:07pm


    Great! Owl hairdo weird!

  • taliax177 on November 29th, 2010 - 9:39am


    We went to my cousins for thanksgiving. Us kids played a game during dinner where we went around the table. the first person named something starting with “A” to be thankful for. the next person B, than C, etc.!

  • rosalin on November 29th, 2010 - 9:42am


    Princess Ba Ba and goo goo pies?

  • mael on November 29th, 2010 - 9:44am


    Owl hairdo? Weird.

  • mael on November 29th, 2010 - 9:45am


    How did that third comment of mine get in?

  • deanna on November 30th, 2010 - 11:17am


    This was one of the most exciting episodes :)

  • Aria CleVER on December 2nd, 2010 - 10:45am


    i don’t belive in luck or bad luck but is bad to totally love mermaids and fairies?

  • ABi on December 3rd, 2010 - 11:49am


    is there a way i can listen to episodes without waiting for them to show up on the radio? I want to hear Coming of Age, but i dont have the CD. This is a great episode by the way.

  • Hannah K. on December 3rd, 2010 - 4:56pm


    Hi ABI! You can listen to an episode without waiting to hear it on the radio. Here’s how you do it: Go to the home page and at the top, click on Cd’s, DVD’s and more. Once you’ve clicked on that, click on Audio Series. And click on the album that Coming Of Age is in. (I believe it’s, “Its Another Fine Day”) All the episodes of that album should be on that page, including, Coming Of Age. I hope this works! :)

  • Hannah K. on December 3rd, 2010 - 5:09pm


    Its me again! I forgot to tell you how to listen to the episode! If the episodes in “Its Another Fine Day” are not on the page, click on the title of the album again and it should take you to CBD’s website. There, all the episodes should be listed in “Its Another Fine Day.” Coming of Age should be listed. Then click buy download by the episode that you want to buy. It costs $1.99 to download though. But once its downloaded, then you can listen to it!

  • loryn on December 3rd, 2010 - 9:27pm


    Aria Clever: do you really beleive in mermaids and fairy’s?

  • Peggy on January 27th, 2011 - 7:15pm


    Our team’s mascot is the Panthers. We actually have a fifteen-inch stuffed panther in the trophy case! I liked learning Odyssey’s mascot!

  • Peggy on February 11th, 2011 - 5:39pm


    I think an Owl is a very cool mascot for Odyssey. One problem though…the scores seemed really unrealistic for a middle school team, like 78-72. I just think it would have ended better if the moral didn’t come at the very end of the episode.

  • Libby on April 1st, 2011 - 9:48pm


    WOW! That’s sooooo true. I loved that devotional. That was so cool of that lady that came up with that to share that. I also really liked that episode. It was a good moral.

    Libby :)

  • starry sky on April 8th, 2011 - 10:02pm


    Yeah it’s good.

  • ThE BIG fan; on August 23rd, 2011 - 8:30am


    Well i heard this one a while ago but just listened to the devotional. Im your biggest fan and my school mascot is a comet…. its a little strange but GO AMHERST COMETS!!! ;0 WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  • Owl lover on June 21st, 2012 - 12:40pm


    What kind of owls are those?
    They look kinda like Northern Saw-whets, but I’m not sure, I’m 10% percent sure. Could someone tell me?

  • Deep thought on August 25th, 2015 - 8:44pm


    ATTENTION! This is now the official post for the Sports Club! thx for coming. If you’d like to post a little something about what your favorite sport is, or something like that, that would be great!

    My favorite sport is basketball, but I really will play just about any sport. My favorite NBA team is The Golden State Warriors.

  • Deep thought on August 25th, 2015 - 8:47pm


    Okay, I actually do have a strong opinion about sports. I do not like non- athletic sports. When I think of sports, I think of running jumping blocking and athletic stuff. That’s just my opinion though. What do ya’ll think?

  • Deep thought on August 26th, 2015 - 9:28am


    Are my comments going through?

  • prim on August 26th, 2015 - 5:30pm



  • Deep thought on August 27th, 2015 - 7:39am


    PRIM: What sports do you like?

  • inmposter on August 28th, 2015 - 9:07pm


    basket ball

  • prim on August 28th, 2015 - 9:08pm


    basket ball and track

  • prim on August 31st, 2015 - 9:44pm


    basket ball soccer track

  • VOLLEYBALL13 on October 14th, 2015 - 2:56pm


    Hey guys! This is a fan club for sports lovers! Everyone is welcome(:

  • Julianna on October 14th, 2015 - 3:49pm


    Hello. I thought you said the second one, deep thought. You said the first one didn’t work. oh well. I am here. I love basketball and football.

  • G on October 14th, 2015 - 4:21pm


    I’m not a sport lover but I love Tim Tebow :-)

  • javi on October 14th, 2015 - 4:38pm


    Baseballs my sport:-)

  • First name on October 14th, 2015 - 9:11pm


    Volleyball! I have a great coach and all my friends do it with me! Its awesome

  • Deep thought on October 15th, 2015 - 8:21am


    Juliana: Yeah, its the second one if you type in “sport”, but if you type in “sports”-plural, then this is the first one that comes up.

    VOLLEYBALL13: Thank you for helping to advertise this club and help more people to hear about it. You can help me run this thing if you want. However, please don’t make it sound like you started this club, because it really wasn’t your idea. Thanks again!

  • Deep thought on October 15th, 2015 - 8:27am


    Juliana: Do you have a favorite basketball team? My favorite is the Golden State Warriors.

    G:lol! I think tim tebow is a great dude, but not a great football player! Do you watch any football?

  • Deep thought on October 15th, 2015 - 8:31am


    Everyone: I would like to know your opinions on something. If it were up to you, how would you define the word “sport”?

  • Volleyball13 on October 15th, 2015 - 9:44am


    @First name, I’m in volleyball too! Its Awesome!!!
    @All, how long have you been in sports? Help spread the word that I have started this club on other podcasts(:

  • VOLLEYBALL13 on October 15th, 2015 - 9:51am


    @First name, do you want to be posting buddies? How old are you? What are your hobbies?
    @all anyone else want to be posting buddies?

  • G on October 15th, 2015 - 12:20pm


    I only watched football games when Tim Tebow was on :-) Sometimes when my dad or brother are watching it I’ll sit and watch for a little bit :-) Are we friends I don’t remember 😛

  • G on October 15th, 2015 - 12:25pm


    May i ask ? What’s your name ? And what state do you live in ? And do you want to be posting buddies ? If so tell me more about yourself .

  • Julianna on October 15th, 2015 - 12:27pm


    Deep thought, I like the golden state as well. weird because I was on a different podcast. I was on the part 2 of something.

  • Deep thought on October 15th, 2015 - 6:55pm


    Volleyball13: Seriously, you didn’t start this club, so please quit acting like you did.

    G: Yeah, its pretty much the same with me, I’ll watch a little bit of football when somebody else already has it on, but I don’t like watching it for a long time.

    Juliana: What state do you live in? And what did you mean that you were on part 2 of a different podcast? I would root for the Phoenix Suns, but it is really hard to be a fan right now. :) So now I like the Warriors.

  • 5sos on October 15th, 2015 - 7:53pm


    hi i love sports!

  • Julianna on October 15th, 2015 - 9:20pm


    Volleyball13, I would love to be your posting friend. I am 14 years old. I sing and play the piano. I also like volleyball, well I can’t play it because of my vision.

  • Julianna on October 16th, 2015 - 9:05am


    Deep Thought, I was on the imagination station part 2. I live in California. Yeah, that must be difficult, lol.

  • Volleyball13 on October 16th, 2015 - 9:33am


    @all, I didn’t know that this club was already started.
    @deep thought, sure! I would love to help you advertize!

  • Deep thought on October 16th, 2015 - 6:08pm


    Volleyball13: That’s ok. You can look up above, on August 25th 2015 is when I started this club. Check the dates. Anywho, so do you play/watch any other sports besides volleyball? I will pretty much play any athletic sport.

    Juliana: Oooohhh! ok I sorta get it now. Ok, way back when, I think for some reason I decided move this club to this podcast and now I don’t know why it comes up second when you type in “sport” but yeah. Sorry about all the confusion!

    P.S. Steph Curry is epic!!!!

  • maddie on October 18th, 2015 - 2:52pm


    Hi, can I join? I play soccer but I also like basketball and I have a dog that likes to play them with me.

  • Deep thought on October 19th, 2015 - 12:03pm


    MADDIE: Yes you can join! That is awesome, I like the exact same sports! (although I don’t play soccer as much as basketball.) I wish we had a dog. What breed is your dog? and do you play sports on a team?

  • Julianna on October 19th, 2015 - 3:40pm


    Deep Thought, That’s okay. I know, he’s epic!

  • prim on October 19th, 2015 - 10:28pm


    hey deep thought ball is LIFE and i do track 14 years old

  • DR.p on October 19th, 2015 - 10:28pm


    Also known as prim

  • deep thought on October 20th, 2015 - 8:53am


    PRIM: lol! That’s awesome. “Basketball is life, everything else is an interruption.” –Anonymous.

  • prim on October 20th, 2015 - 8:57pm



  • prim on October 20th, 2015 - 8:59pm


    same I’m on a travel team that goes all over the country last year we got first our steak right now is 7-0 AND 1

  • Deep thought on October 22nd, 2015 - 6:53pm


    Quote of the day:
    “It’s not how big you are, but how big you play.” – Author unknown.

  • maddie on October 23rd, 2015 - 12:30pm


    @Deep Thought: I do play soccer on a team, but not basketball. My dog is a border collie and her name is Lina :)

  • prim on October 23rd, 2015 - 8:35pm


    Hahahahahaha nice

  • Deep thought on October 25th, 2015 - 8:47am


    Maddie: Cool! I have a friend that has a border collie, they are really energetic.

  • Deep thought on October 25th, 2015 - 8:54am


    Quote of the day:

    “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”
    – Michael Jordan

  • Deep thought on October 26th, 2015 - 9:01am


    Quote of the day:

    “It never gets easier, you just get better.” – Author unknown.

  • Deep thought on October 26th, 2015 - 9:03am


    Is anyone planning to watch the warriors’ game tomorrow? I am.

  • ElBERt on October 26th, 2015 - 9:33am


    R u going to answer me ?

  • 5sos on October 26th, 2015 - 2:54pm


    can I join the club?

  • Deep thought on October 26th, 2015 - 6:45pm


    5sos: Yep, you can join! Everyone is welcome. What sports do you like? I play basketball. (and I like pretty much every other sport to.)

    P.S. Go Warriors!

  • 5sos on October 27th, 2015 - 9:27am


    Deepthought I used to play soccer but not anymore mostly stuff like football, baseball, swimming but i like pretty much all the sports

  • Stormshadow on October 27th, 2015 - 11:30am



    Lol. Football is life. Jk.

    @Deep Thought LOl! Tim Tebow is life. xD I’m a diehard, Go For broke Packer fan. 6-0 Baby! And in Basketball I’m a Spurs fan. (First game of the season wednesday!!) You excited? I sure am. Spurs-Thunder Lets goooo!!
    And than there’s dat primetime Broncos-Packers matchup gonna be knock down drag out.

  • Deep thought on October 27th, 2015 - 11:59am


    5SOS: Cool! Do you play any sports on a team?

  • Julianna on October 27th, 2015 - 3:45pm


    Deep Thought, Go wariors. I am rooting for them, lol.

  • 5sos on October 27th, 2015 - 6:53pm


    Deep thought yes on the summer swim team other then that no. i just play them a lot . :)

  • Deep thought on October 27th, 2015 - 9:13pm


    Hahahahaha! You have got it ALL wrong! lol! BASKETBALL is life! And Tim Tebow does NOT belong in the NFL. As far as the Broncos-packers game, the packers are goin DOWN! I will be laughing after the packers go home with frowny faces! :( We will see! >:) Also The Golden State Warriors are THE BEST TEAM EVER!!!

    Go Warriors! (and broncos!)

  • prim on October 27th, 2015 - 9:37pm


    uh oh we got a heat fan

  • Deep thought on October 28th, 2015 - 8:08am



    Stormshadow: I don’t think my other comment went through, but I’m a broncos fan, so I’m just going to have to say THE PACKERS ARE GOING DOWN! :) LOL! (just sayin) I’m exited for any basketball, but mostly the golden state Warriors.

    GO WARRIORS (and broncos)

  • ElBERt on October 28th, 2015 - 8:36am


    Me ?????????

  • 5sos on October 28th, 2015 - 5:36pm


    Deep thought. NO! the Broncos are going down! the Packers will win in the end! :)

    Packers fan here :)

  • prim on October 28th, 2015 - 9:06pm


    no Me

  • Stormshadow on October 29th, 2015 - 8:17am


    Golden State? Well Curry’s playing out of his mind. 24 points in the first quarter. So what’s new. I was mad tho because the Spurs lost… *Ugh*
    Broncos??? Man, Peyton Manning throwing them Ducks doh. This is his last season. Yeah, we’ll see…

    Ahh. The Warriors played Teusday? against the Pelicans.

    (Just so you know, I can’t stand the Warriors, or Patriots, or Cowboys)

  • ElBERt on October 29th, 2015 - 8:59am


    Do you live in Colorado ?

  • prim on October 29th, 2015 - 9:53pm


    No Elbert

  • Deep thought on November 2nd, 2015 - 8:40am


    Stormshadow: Uh oh. looks like the cheese heads had a bit too much cheese in thier heads. (It makes them all fuzzy.) BRONCOS ARE AWESOME! OOOOHHH YEEAAAAHH!!!! :)

    Quote of the day:

    “Sports do not build character. They reveal it.”
    -Heywood Broun

  • Deep thought on November 2nd, 2015 - 12:46pm


    Stormshadow and 5sos: I’m sorry what? who is going to win the game?? :) hahahahahaha! 10-29 BRONCOS WIN HAHAHAHAHA!! Who is undefeated now?? hahaha. Peyton still has it.

  • Deep thought on November 2nd, 2015 - 12:47pm


    Elbert: No, but my whole family is a bunch of broncos fans.

  • Julianna on November 2nd, 2015 - 4:56pm


    Okay guys, competition is heating up. Lol. Go Bronkos.

  • Deep thought on November 2nd, 2015 - 6:51pm


    Quote of the day:

    “The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course.”
    -Billy Graham

    I don’t like golf. (jusayin)

  • Deep thought on November 3rd, 2015 - 9:06am


    Quote of the day:

    “If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.”
    -Erma Bombeck

    lol! Its true.

  • Deep thought on November 3rd, 2015 - 9:53am


    By the way, I’m also a panthers fan, but I’m not sure if they will win vs. the packers this Sunday.

  • ElBERt on November 4th, 2015 - 5:03pm


    I’m confused .

  • prim on November 4th, 2015 - 10:24pm


    stealers rock

  • Julianna on November 5th, 2015 - 4:37pm


    Go Stealers!

  • Deep thought on November 5th, 2015 - 10:08pm


    Wuuuuugh?! STEALERS? Where did that come from? lol! But hey, I’ll root for any team that is playing against the raiders! :)

  • ElBERt on November 6th, 2015 - 11:41am


    My cousin loves the Raiders :-)

  • Deep thought on November 6th, 2015 - 12:51pm


    Quote of the day:

    “If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.”

    — Mario Andretti

  • stormshadow on November 6th, 2015 - 3:39pm


    Its actually Steelers. As in steel.

  • ElBERt on November 6th, 2015 - 3:52pm


    Quote :
    “I don’t know what my future holds but, I know who holds my future”

    – Tim Tebow

  • deep thought on November 7th, 2015 - 10:08am


    Quote of the day:

    “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard” — Tim Notke

  • Stormshadow on November 9th, 2015 - 11:12am


    -_- and the packers lose again…

  • Julianna on November 9th, 2015 - 4:42pm


    What are your favorite football teams.

  • Anonymous on November 9th, 2015 - 4:56pm


    Does anybody like the Cowboys

  • ElBERt on November 9th, 2015 - 5:28pm


    Did you guys know that there is another sports club ? If not type in “ball”.

  • Deep thought on November 9th, 2015 - 6:55pm


    stormshadow: You sound like you are happy about the packers losing. I SURE AM!! hahahaha! :)

  • dolfin12 on November 10th, 2015 - 8:02am


    I love Cowaboys!!!!!

  • Volleyball13 on November 10th, 2015 - 9:12am


    Elbert@ yeah, I started that club. That one is more of a sports players club.

  • ElBERt on November 10th, 2015 - 9:44am


    Oh, thanks for the clarification :-) I won’t join that one then :-)

  • Hope on November 10th, 2015 - 10:00am


    Somebody, I think the blog mods are changing my name to anaymous.

  • prim on November 10th, 2015 - 11:01pm



  • ElBERt on November 11th, 2015 - 9:42am


    Don’t mean to be rude but I think that you are trying to ignore me :-(
    – Elbert

  • Julianna on November 11th, 2015 - 2:33pm


    Everyone in my family has a different favorite football team. My mom likes the niners, my stepfather likes the bills, my aunt likes the patriots, my brother, stepbrother, cousin and I like eagles, etc.

  • prim on November 11th, 2015 - 7:53pm


    im not

  • prim on November 11th, 2015 - 7:53pm


    why do you think that

  • prim on November 11th, 2015 - 7:54pm


    here tell me about your self I’m 14 basketball and track lover

  • ElBERt on November 12th, 2015 - 12:54pm


    Cuz I’ve asked you if you want to be posting buddies multiple times :-)
    About me : I’m a 13 almost 14 year old girl and live in Colorado where do you live ?

  • Deep thought on November 13th, 2015 - 8:28am


    Juliana: That’s funny.

    go warriors!

    fun fact: a basketball team that I used to be on was called the warriors.

  • deep thought on November 13th, 2015 - 1:33pm


    Quote of the day:

    “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.”
    – Rogers Hornsby

  • prim on November 15th, 2015 - 10:16pm


    i live in cali @elbert

  • prim on November 15th, 2015 - 10:18pm


    so what type of sports do you do u play and have u played in any events

  • ElBERt on November 16th, 2015 - 9:46am


    Thanks :-) I know a boy and he does track and just turn 15 :-)

  • stormshadow on November 16th, 2015 - 11:35am


    “It is a great pain, when a once great dynasty loses to a 7-1(Lions) team.”

  • Deep thought on November 16th, 2015 - 6:20pm


    F.Y.I., you may have noticed that the “quote of the day” thingys aren’t really daily. I just kinda do it when i get around to it. Just to let you know.

  • ElBERt on November 16th, 2015 - 7:34pm


    If you where talking to me my answer is ” I don’t play any sports” :-)

    Do you live in Colorado ? I wondering because we have a sports team named lions :-)


  • prim on November 16th, 2015 - 8:07pm



  • 5sos on November 18th, 2015 - 11:15am


    sorry I forgot which page this was on

  • STORMSHADOW on November 19th, 2015 - 5:47pm



  • prim on November 19th, 2015 - 10:15pm


    ya gracie i was talking to you nice name by the way

  • Deep thought on November 20th, 2015 - 5:35pm


    that last broncos game was pretty bad.

  • Elbert on November 20th, 2015 - 9:03pm


    Why thanks =-O what’s your name ?


  • Volleyball13 on November 21st, 2015 - 11:21am


    Stormshadow@ I’m a HUGE Packer fan too! My favorite player is Erin Rogers. Want to be posting buddies? (I live in Wisconsin)

  • VOLLeYBALL13 on November 22nd, 2015 - 3:12pm


    Go Packers!

  • Deep thought on November 23rd, 2015 - 7:09pm


    The cheese heads have WAY too much cheese in their brains. :)

  • 5sos on November 24th, 2015 - 8:15am


    GO Packers! packers fans unite!

  • Volleyball13 on November 24th, 2015 - 9:06am


    Yahoo! The Packers won!!!!??

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