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#24: “Gotcha!”
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1 John 4:1-6

1Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

2This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. 4You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them.

6We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.

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“Gotcha!” is episode #24 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Phil Lollar, and originally aired on April 30, 1988.


Middle-schooler Philo Sanderson loves pulling practical jokes, but Whit is disturbed when Philo says that his lucky rabbit's foot keeps him safe.


There's been a rash of practical jokes around Whit's End, and Philo Sanderson is the culprit. After he pulls three successive jokes on Whit, Tom, and Officer Harley, Tom warns Philo that the problem with pulling practical jokes is that someone will usually retaliate. Philo says he doesn't have to worry about that because he has a lucky rabbit's foot. Whit immediately dismisses this notion, but Philo says Connie told him he needed the rabbit's foot after she read him his horoscope that morning.

Concerned, Whit borrows the foot and marches off to find Connie. Whit asks for an explanation and finds that Connie didn't know there was anything wrong with horoscopes and good-luck charms. When Whit tells her that they're all a part of the occult, Connie is horrified. She apologizes and reminds Whit that horoscopes are cheap and are everywhere — after all, they're in the paper every day. This starts Whit thinking, and he expresses his concern to Tom the next day. Tom suggests that they simply need to make the message of the Bible more exciting to kids than the occult or horoscopes. Whit agrees, then excuses himself and gets to work.

Later that week, he unveils Whit's End's newest and grandest attraction: The Bible Room, designed to bring the Scriptures literally to life. In it are displays such as the full armor of God and the city of Jericho — complete with collapsible walls and a talking mirror that speaks Bible verses. Other displays are in the works. The room has also been inspired by Connie, Tom, and especially Philo, whose practical jokes helped Whit see that horoscopes and the occult are Satan's practical jokes on us. Speaking of practical jokes, Philo enters the Bible Room, covered with blue paint. He was setting up another practical joke that backfired on him. Everyone has a good laugh — and silently wonders what kinds of adventures this new room will bring.

Discussion Questions

  1. Is it wrong to pull practical jokes?
    • Why or why not?
  2. Did Philo take his joking too far?
    • Did he learn a lesson?
    • Explain.
  3. What are some "practical jokes" Satan likes to pull on us?
    • How can we avoid them?





John Whittaker: You'll get more protection out of a deodorant spray than from that silly rabbit's foot!