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Posts for November, 2009

Ask the Producers!

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

You’ve heard the Passages dramas. You’ve seen the video podcast and preview of album 51. Are there questions about Passages, album 51, or Adventures in Odyssey in general that you’ve been dying to ask?

UPDATE: The producers answer your questions on the latest podcast!

NEW VIDEO PODCAST: Watch top secret video behind the scenes of album 51

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Come along as Brock steals the camera and tries to escape Bob and Jesse while showing top secret video and secrets behind the scenes of album 51.

Passages: Darien’s Rise, Part 9 Devotional: Back to Normal

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

After you’ve heard “Passages: Darien’s Rise, Part 9,” check out this devotional thought. (If you haven’t heard Part 9, check out the Media Player starting November 14. You can also find a station in your area.)

By Elizabeth Goldsmith

“We were chosen for one thing in Marus. We must be chosen for something else here.” -Anna

On the Mountaintop

On the Mountaintop

Have you ever had an experience where you felt really close to God? Maybe at church or at summer camp? Those are called “mountaintop experiences,” probably because the top of a mountain seems like it’s closer to God. But they are called mountaintops for a good reason. You can’t stay on them forever! When you get back home from church or summer camp, sometimes it’s hard to hold on to that closeness you felt. Everything goes back to normal and it’s easy to wonder why you felt the closeness in the first place.

Mountaintop experiences are wonderful and they can be great times of growth in our relationship with God. But it’s important to remember that we won’t always feel that excitement that comes along with being on the mountaintop. Our feelings can change, but God doesn’t. We need to learn how to stay strong in our faith even when everything’s normal and the feelings of closeness aren’t necessarily there.

Anna and Kyle’s time in Marus was sort of like a mountaintop experience. The Unseen One gave Anna dreams and visions, and used Kyle to protect Darien. Even though their experiences were a little scary at times, The Unseen One became very real to them. When things changed, however, and the Unseen One stopped using them in those ways, Kyle began to doubt and even turned away from the Unseen One. Anna, however, stayed on the right track: she still trusted and followed Him even if she didn’t always feel His presence.

It’s easier to have faith when the feelings are there, and when God reveals Himself to you in big ways. Holding on to that faith when you’re back in your day-to-day life, however, is harder to do. Because we’re human, we won’t always feel like reading our Bibles or praying or going to church. It’s important, however, to do those things, to have a faith that’s strong in times of excitement and quiet. God calls us to be obedient in the exciting times and in the boring ones.

Have you ever had an experience where you felt really close to God? What did you do when things went back to normal? Tell us about it in the comments section below.

NEW VIDEO PODCAST: See the winners in the Darien’s Rise Art Contest!

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

In this special video edition, Bob and Jesse look at the finalists in the Darien’s Rise art contest. You voted on the winners. Keep reading to see who won!

The winners are in! After nearly 2000 votes, you decided on the winners for each category.

For the 12 and under category, the grand prize winner is:

Melissa's picture

Melissa's picture

And the runners-up are:

Megan's drawing

Megan's drawing

Brandon's drawing

Brandon's drawing

For the 13-18 category, the grand prize winner is:

Kristiann's drawing

Kristiann's drawing

The runners-up are:

Anne's drawing

Anne's drawing

Timothy's drawing

Timothy's drawing

Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to everyone who sent in drawings. They were amazing!

And thank you to everyone who voted!

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Passages: Darien’s Rise, Part 8 Devotional: Can’t Trust Anybody

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

After you’ve heard “Passages: Darien’s Rise, Part 8,” check out this devotional thought. (If you haven’t heard Part 8, check out the Media Player starting November 7. You can also find a station in your area.)

By Jonathan Friday

“It’s like you can’t trust anybody around here.” -Kyle

Have you ever been lied to by a friend? I have – and it hurt so bad. So why do people lie? I think that when we tell a lie, it’s usually because we’re not thinking of other people. That can be true for a “big” lie (“No, mom – I don’t have any idea how the window was broken, but I’m sure it has nothing to do with the baseball bat in my hand!”) or a lie that feels smaller (“Yes, that lime green T-shirt definitely matches your purple shorts!”).

Lies can seem like an easy way out of a bad situation. A lie about broken window would mean that we don’t have to pay for it. A lie about somebody’s clothes doesn’t risk offending them…at least in the short term. But the Bible says, “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:4)

When we lie, we forget how much we’re hurting another person. Maybe your mom will go looking for someone else who broke the window. Maybe your friend will be made fun of because you didn’t gently suggest a different shirt.

In Marus, there are a lot of untrustworthy people… the Baron Orkzy, the Rat, General Liddell, even King Lawrence! They’re most concerned about themselves, and making sure they have money and power – and in the process, they’re willing to hurt others. No wonder they don’t have many real friends.

But Marus also has its share of trustworthy people in General Darien, Colonel Bryson, and Prince George. What qualities do they have that the others don’t? Who would you want as your friend?

Are you the kind of friend who cares enough about others to be honest, even when it’s hard? Sound off in the comments below!

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