Marvin is excited when he wins the bike of his dreams. But soon he thinks that God may be telling him to do something unexpected.
Meanwhile, Grady tries to understand how God can listen to him. They both learn about how prayer works and how God can use people.
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- In addition to being the prize for the fundraising campaign in this episode, a Stingray bike was also a prize in #470: “Break a Leg”.
- In addition to this episode, Grady was also previously in Marvin's Sunday School class in #585: “The Poor Rich Guy”.
- The pizza oven made from a copier, mentioned in this episode, first appeared in #1: “Whit's Flop”. Marvin's knowledge of it stems from his helping Whit to fix it in #549: “Think on These Things”.
- This episode's topic of prayer was previously explored with another child's bike at stake with rainy weather used as a plot device in #60: “And When You Pray...”.
- Whit's warning to Grady in this episode that gambling could be dangerous foreshadows the revelation of his father's gambling addiction in #628: “The Highest Stakes, Part 1”.
- This is the 600th Adventures in Odyssey episode.
- This is John Fornof's last episode to date.
QuotesMarvin Washington: Trent, you may very well be walking in the presence of the future fundraising champ of Odyssey Middle School!
Trent DeWhite: Wow. Y'know, I think I'm getting goosebumps.
John Whittaker: Well, did you know that prayer is more than just talking to God—prayer is having a conversation with God? And when we do that, we need to allow room for God to talk to us.
Marvin Washington: God talks to us?
John Whittaker: Well, yes, in different ways—maybe not in an audible voice, but He talks to us in our thoughts, through our teachers, through the Bible. And sometimes we have to just be still and listen.
Trent DeWhite: You know, I've never actually had a Whit's End pizza.
Marvin Washington: Yeah, well, he makes it with an old copy machine.
Trent DeWhite: Heh. I should've asked for extra toner.
Marvin Washington: God, I had this really weird thought the other day, and I wanted You to tell me what it was all about. You see, something popped into my head that I should give Grady my bike. Now I know that sounds crazy, but... then I found out he doesn't have one. I mean... this is my brand new bike! Okay... I'll tell you what. If you want me to give away my bike, just send me a sign. Right now. I'll wait. <thunder rumbles> Just any sign at all. ...Okay, I'll just take that as a "no."
John Whittaker: Well, Grady, it's good that you're talking to God, but He's not like a water faucet—you can't just turn His blessings on whenever you want them.
Trent DeWhite: So let me get this straight—you're gonna leave your old junker bike here... as a surprise gift?
Marvin Washington: It's not a junker, it's a classic.
Trent DeWhite: You're nuts.
Marvin Washington: Maybe we can give him your bike!
Trent DeWhite: Why?!
Marvin Washington: Why not?
Trent DeWhite: Well, God didn't tell me to!
Marvin Washington: But I can't give him mine! It's a brand-new Stingray 21-speed bike!
Trent DeWhite: Yes—that you won't let anyone else ride, Marvin!
Marvin Washington: Doesn’t God tell Peter not to give his horse to a Gentile or something like that?
John Whittaker: I don’t remember that passage.
Marvin Washington: Maybe that was the movie version.