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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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Passages: Darien’s Rise, Part 7 Devotional: No Time for Goodbye

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

After you’ve heard “Passages: Darien’s Rise, Part 7,” check out this devotional thought. (If you haven’t heard Part 7, check out the Media Player starting October 31. You can also find a station in your area.)

By Elizabeth Goldsmith


When I was growing up, I loved visiting my grandparents. There was one holiday that we tried not to miss: Thanksgiving. It was extra special because it doubled as my birthday celebration. I have many wonderful memories of those Thanksgivings, as the turkey and pumpkin pie were supplemented by birthday cake and balloons. All of that came to a halt one June morning. A few months after one of our visits, my grandpa passed away suddenly.

Saying goodbye to someone you love is never easy. Even though we know that this life is only temporary, and that eternal life with Jesus will be wonderful and joy-filled, losing a relative or friend still hurts. And usually, it’s completely unexpected and we don’t have the chance to say everything we wanted to say! I didn’t know that the Thanksgiving of my seventeenth birthday would be the last time I saw my grandpa. I was happy that my last time with my grandpa was filled with joy. But there were still a few things that I wished I could say to him if I could see him one last time.

In Darien’s Rise, Anna didn’t know that, when she left the Old Judge’s cottage, she wouldn’t see him again. He died suddenly and without warning, and she was deeply affected by his death.

We all know that life is temporary, but it’s easy to forget that. It should be a motivation not to put off the important things, like telling people how much you care about them and how much Jesus cares about them. We can’t assume that we’ll always have time later to do and say those things. Don’t wait for a better opportunity. Do it today!

What simple things can you do for the people in your life to show that you care, and to tell them about Jesus? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Passages: Darien’s Rise, Part 6 Devotional: Impossibly Possible

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

After you’ve heard “Passages: Darien’s Rise, Part 6,” check out this devotional thought. (If you haven’t heard Part 6, check out the Media Player starting October 24. You can also find a station in your area.)

By Jonathan Friday

The impossible?
In today’s episode, Anna told Darien that he would have victory in the battle over Kellen… the Unseen One guaranteed it. But, Colonel Oliver, Darien’s right-hand man, thought the idea was crazy, and even Anna didn’t know how a victory could happen. How could 100 men capture a city? The odds looked impossible.

The funny thing, though, is that God seems to really like working through impossible odds. He used a runaway shepherd to lead a group of slaves through a sea when they were being followed by one of the best armies in the world. He saved a slave from a pit of lions. He protected three followers from being burned alive. He even chose a young unmarried girl to raise the world’s Savior. And when that girl pointed out that she couldn’t possibly have a baby, God’s messenger responded: “…nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).

Later, Jesus did many miracles that seemed impossible, and taught things that were just as hard to believe. When his believers got discouraged because something looked impossible, Jesus told them, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God” (Mark 10:27, NIV.) Then he proved it by dying and coming back to life!

So how come we still cry over “unsolvable” problems in our families? Why do we panic over homework that “will never get done?” Why are we afraid of so many things? Why don’t we have confidence that anything can happen, with God? Maybe it’s just the way we are…or maybe we can change it. What do you think?

How would you live differently if you acted as if nothing was impossible, with God? Give us your thoughts in the comments below!

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Actor Paul Herlinger (former voice of “Whit”) explains the mystery of vocal foley and his experiences in Odyssey

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Paul Herlinger

Paul Herlinger

Actor Paul Herlinger and executive producer Dave Arnold talk about acting in New York, escape from Europe, the mysterious process of vocal foley, and surprise listeners on a train.

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