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Game for a Mystery — Devotional: All Your Heart

Friday, March 26th, 2010

After you’ve heard “Game for a Mystery,” 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 Catherine Wilson

Ah, what a beautiful day outside! The sun is shining. The birds are singing. I think I’ll go take a bike ride right now.

Oh, wait, I said that I would write a devotional thought first. Oh, but that sun feels so nice through the window…

Sorry, everybody. Back to Adventures in Odyssey. In today’s episode, Barrett didn’t do the chores his father gave him and, instead, he played his video game. I would never do something like that…oh wait! I think I almost did that just now, when I wanted to go outside. It’s easy to put off the tasks that we’re assigned. Chores can seem so unimportant. But what if we looked at chores and tasks a different way?

The apostle Paul tells us that, “whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Colossians 3:23). If we look at all our work as God’s work, maybe we would all change how we go about our tasks and chores. If Barrett had thought of trimming the hedge as something he was doing for God, he probably would have started his chores a lot sooner! God wants us to honor our parents. So doing the chores that our parents assign us is working for God.

You know, I actually did enjoy writing this devotional thought, and I still have time to go for a bike ride. But do you know what’s even better? By writing this devotion I honored God, and, by going on a bike ride I can honor God again, by appreciating his creation. I think it’s pretty great how you can honor God in “whatever you do.”

By doing our everyday tasks to the best of our ability we are working for God. Can you think of some of the jobs that you do everyday? How do you do your best at those tasks? You can tell us about it right here!

Clutter — Devotional: Stuff, Stuff, and more Stuff

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

After you’ve heard “Clutter,” 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 Catherine Wilson

A few years ago my Grandma moved into the house with my family. To make room, I had to move into a smaller bedroom with no closet. I put all my stuff into cardboard boxes and moved them into our basement. My boxes of books, clothes, old toys, and who-knows-what-else, were stacked on top of each other like Jenga blocks halfway through the game—fairly stable, but you wouldn’t want to try to take anything out of the bottom. I remember being annoyed that I had to pack up all my things, but I did it anyway.

Months after I moved to the smaller room, I tried to find an old journal in the basement. It turned into an expedition because I first had to wade through all of my other stuff. As I dug through a garbage bag full of stuffed animals, I started to wonder, “why am I keeping all this junk anyway?” And why did I need a bigger room just to keep so much stuff?

I could certainly relate to the Parker family in the episode “Clutter.” They had so much in their garage that the stacks of old junk toppled over! Like the Parker family, I decided it was time to de-clutter my things. I gave some of my books to a school in Haiti and I gave a lot of the toys and clothes to a local thrift store. And in the process, I finally found my journal.

It made me think about the importance – or maybe the “un-importance” – of my stuff. Having a bigger room to keep my things wasn’t as important as a place for my grandma to stay. By getting rid of some of my possessions, I was able to help people in need. And by letting someone else use my room, I could help my Grandma. What a blessing to give away things I didn’t need!

What are some things that you could give up to help some one in need? Let us know in the comments below!

Christopher Maselli talks about crafting mystery, plus more calls to Connie

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

A Brain Splat

A Brain Splat

Christopher Maselli talks about crafting the Emily and Matthew mystery stories in Clubhouse Magazine. Bob and Jesse hear more fan calls in the “Your Chance to be on Adventures in Odyssey Contest.” Fans answer the question, “How does Connie inspire me?”

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A Chat with Dave Madden

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

PluggedIn Online recently chatted with our own Dave Madden (voice of Bernard Walton). Read their interview.

Scoop Yourself Contest Winners

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Odyssey Collection

From February 20 to March 3, 2010, an Odyssey fansite held a contest to win a free copy of Take It from the Top. They wanted to see fans’ Adventures in Odyssey collections. They also wanted to find out who would come up with the most creative display of their Odyssey albums, books, videos, DVDs, action figures, T-shirts, and more. They received 30 entries and announced on Friday, March 5th – the day before the brand-new season of Adventures in Odyssey!

Tell us about your collection in the comments below.


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