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

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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62 Comments on “Passages: Darien’s Rise, Part 8 Devotional: Can’t Trust Anybody”

  • abbie M on November 5th, 2009 - 1:13pm


    Since i haven’t heard part 8 yet, i’ll just have to read the devotion and wait to find out 🙂 (that made no sense, LOL)

  • Greta on November 5th, 2009 - 2:32pm


    Cool!I’m the first.I think it’s Great.High five from Sweden.P.s Greta iss so common down here in the country. 😀

  • Greta on November 5th, 2009 - 2:32pm


    O I love AIO :-S

  • Greta on November 5th, 2009 - 2:36pm


    Oh well. 😀

  • Greta on November 5th, 2009 - 2:40pm


    Dear Mr.Hoobler,

    How do I cast my vote will it be on the podcast or on a nother saction.Let me do this better.When we cast our votes will it be on the podcast or somwhere else.

    In Jesus love,Greta
    You may cast your vote at
    When the winners are announced the week of Nov. 16th, they’ll be on the podcast page.

  • abbie M on November 5th, 2009 - 2:44pm


    Grete, you are in Sweden? cool. Actaully, i was the first to blog 😀 . I luv passages!

  • abbie M on November 5th, 2009 - 2:53pm


    Grete? like your name 🙂 I have a friend who has that name.

  • Ashton on November 5th, 2009 - 3:08pm


    I love Dariens rise!

  • Greta on November 5th, 2009 - 3:31pm


    No I as Because when I hit to comment your comment was not up.but when I finished my comment and subit then yours wass there.

  • Greta on November 5th, 2009 - 3:33pm


    thank you so much Mr.hoobler.

  • Greta on November 5th, 2009 - 3:34pm


    I am from Sweden. ;-( 😉 lets see which one works

  • Greta on November 5th, 2009 - 3:35pm


    hmmm.People Out of all the passages which is your favorite.Hve to get back to My Spinning I have to spin wool for a project.Greta

  • abbie M on November 5th, 2009 - 4:10pm


    Grete are you still there?

  • jess on November 5th, 2009 - 4:26pm


    The Old judge is back for part nine!

  • odysseyfreak on November 5th, 2009 - 4:36pm


    but i thought the Old Judge was dead? oh, well, i already know this story anyway.

  • andi :) 8) on November 6th, 2009 - 1:26am


    oh wow that was cool . umm.. lets see the person who i would like to trust is darian ,kyle,and anna… and thank you greta for telling us about how to cast or votes and i to love passeges dariens rise ITS SO COOL


  • Greta on November 6th, 2009 - 3:45pm



    Dariens rise is the best AIO I have listened to.I can’t wait for Christmas either B-) You know what our family does not give presents to each other.And we don’t get a Christmas tree.We don’t even put lights up.whats the use.Well hope to see you soon Abbie.Aio is so Awsome this episode couldn’t be better.Love Greta 😀 Gret for short

  • ALY on November 6th, 2009 - 4:31pm


    Cool! 😀

  • abbie M on November 6th, 2009 - 5:03pm


    Jess, WHAT? i thought the old judge died in part 8? Oh well. Really gret. We do. It’s like a tradition on our family. My house is very loud at the moment I luv Darien’s Rise!n I luv Kyle! he’s so awesome! 🙂

  • ken on November 7th, 2009 - 10:34am


    daryen rise rocks

  • C.C on November 7th, 2009 - 4:21pm


    LOL!Hey Greta! You’re from Sweden? What do U do there?


  • Allison on November 8th, 2009 - 12:13pm


    I Think I would trust Anna the most.aio rox

  • allison on November 8th, 2009 - 6:40pm


    I would trust Anna. Passages is so cool. Does anybody Knows when a new album will come out?

  • tamara on November 9th, 2009 - 1:29pm


    It sounds like the old judge, but not exacly like him. I don’t think it’t him.

  • Lisa on November 9th, 2009 - 2:47pm


    totally awesome !
    love it SO much ;D

  • BEN on November 9th, 2009 - 2:48pm



  • james on November 9th, 2009 - 3:22pm


    I love it!

  • micah on November 9th, 2009 - 4:58pm


    I love Dariens rise but i think that if you show them ever going back to their world i think you should make the old judge rise up from the dead. Other than that dariens rise is pretty cool.

  • mitch on November 11th, 2009 - 1:27pm


    In second Samuel the witch brings him back to life remember? Then Saul dies, I think.
    PS: Jess is now Mitch.

  • ezekial on November 11th, 2009 - 3:04pm


    but micah in the bible samuel dosent rise from the dead and dariens rise is based on the story of saul and dsavid

  • ezekial on November 11th, 2009 - 3:08pm


    atually the old judge does not rise from the dead but is called up by a witch

  • mitch on November 11th, 2009 - 3:36pm


    This is totally off the subject, but my favorite music in Odyssey is the end of “Plan B IV:Resistance.” When Connie says “… I love you Whit.” and Whit replies “I love you too Connie.”

  • JAZMYNE on November 11th, 2009 - 4:40pm



  • Glynis on November 12th, 2009 - 5:46pm


    My daughter Noelle and I have followed the Darien’s Rise series closely and are READY for part 9! We are so excited and so ready to see what happens! We very much appreciate what you are doing with Odyssey! Love it! Thanks.

  • marcos on November 16th, 2009 - 10:58am


    na i dont like dariens rise becauseits just davids rise

  • Marinana on November 17th, 2009 - 9:31pm


    I think that the shows are awesome I always exited for Saturday

  • sasha on November 20th, 2009 - 4:39pm


    Well I dont know if all of you are talking about this but does Robert Michell(Mich) die?

  • Anonymous on November 22nd, 2009 - 1:27pm


    Why is Whits Voice different in Dariens Rise?

  • ALLISON on November 22nd, 2009 - 7:38pm


    i like passages… but i’m a little disappointed because it was a little bit hard to follow if you haven’t read the books. luckly i have. don’t gat me wrong passages does rock. they should have just done a quicker pase 😉 aio is awesome

  • Milika on November 28th, 2009 - 5:14pm


    Hey I simply like the passages. Come to think about it it reminded me of the Biblical King – David’s rise to the throne, the struggles he had to go through, his escapes and his ever daring self.

    Keep up the Good Work – Focus On The Family, Adventures in Odssey The Producers and everyone at Whitts’end .


  • torquiose on January 6th, 2010 - 5:51pm


    happy new years!

  • idance4jesus on January 19th, 2010 - 8:04pm


    Milika: Passages is based on the biblical story of king David! So your feelings about the story are completely correct!

  • Sara on April 12th, 2010 - 7:40pm


    I love the Passages episodes! 🙂

  • David on September 8th, 2010 - 3:37pm


    I Like Passages

  • stephany on October 9th, 2011 - 9:05am


    Anybody on!

  • i luv shona on October 23rd, 2013 - 12:07pm



  • i luv shona on October 23rd, 2013 - 1:02pm


    I like pink
    I am 13
    My birthday is in June
    I loooooooooooooooooove AIO!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Connie is my fav. character
    I like the beach and swimming.

  • Stormshadow on October 23rd, 2013 - 1:19pm


    Eleven in jan I like videogames football reading aio among other things

    I can be prez if flyingrider doesn’t want to

  • Flyingrider on October 23rd, 2013 - 2:09pm


    I LUV SHONA WHAT do you mean? Why do you want me as prez? I dont mind but you started it. Just wondering no offence. Let me know on here if you want me still and what kinda club is this?

  • vader on October 23rd, 2013 - 2:30pm


    I’m 9 in the 4th grade. I love LEGO and Star Wars. I’m a TV,videogame and movie freak!! I like MARVEL and LOVE DC.
    I live in CA. My first name is a book in the Bible. I’m a christian and a Jesus freak. I’m in the LEGO Club and the author of 2 miniseries and a roleplayer on the Message Boards.
    Does that help? Thank You! 😀

  • i luv shona on October 23rd, 2013 - 2:50pm


    @FLYINGRIDER, you can find people like you here. like….

    I like pink I am 13 I connie is my fav. I loooove aio I like swimming and going to beach. what do you like? You can find new “buddies” And I meant Vice prez.

  • Flyingrider on October 23rd, 2013 - 2:53pm


    hey anybody for me being the clubs secritary look at candid for my explanation!

  • i luv shona on October 23rd, 2013 - 4:03pm


    okay wat ev.

  • superman on October 24th, 2013 - 8:13am


    Anyone fans of Connie out there who want to join the Connie fan club go right over to the search bar and type in candid explain why you like connie and then sign in with me.

  • Flyingrider on October 24th, 2013 - 10:01am


    I LUV SHONA do you not want me to do the secretary thing or reorganize the clubs because the way you posted sounded like you dont want me to. If you still want me to then search eugene on the search bar and pick the top one and only superman i luv shona and stormshadow can come it is a club leader meeting thing.I will explain more there but no more info for know. If you really dont want my help like you indicated then dont even post there and i will know! I dont mean to be in control but

  • Flyingrider on October 24th, 2013 - 10:03am


    sorry if you dont like my idea or my club idea if you wanna know about them then go to eugene and i will explain :X 🙁

  • Flyingrider on October 24th, 2013 - 1:14pm


    search the eugene and pick the top one

  • Flyingrider on October 24th, 2013 - 1:29pm


    Are you there?

  • Flyingrider on October 24th, 2013 - 1:48pm


    do you not like my idea do you think i am trying to take control of the club?

  • stormshadow on October 24th, 2013 - 3:41pm


    @vader WOW i did not know you knew about superheros!! thats awesome i am batmans biggest fan of clonewars biggest fan and what is your real name? mine is not a book in the bible but he is in the bible!

  • cream on October 25th, 2013 - 3:02pm


    @vador! I am 8 and 2morrow I will turn 9!!!! can I b your posting buddy? I luv Legos! and watching movies!

  • marie on April 26th, 2016 - 9:13am



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