Harley Takes the Case, Part 1

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Luke 15:11-32

11Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons.

12The younger one said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them. 13"Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. 17"When he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.' 20So he got up and went to his father. "But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. 21"The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' 22"But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. 24For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate. 25"Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27'Your brother has come,' he replied, 'and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.' 28"The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29But he answered his father, 'Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!' 31"'My son,' the father said, 'you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.

32But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.'"

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Harley Takes the Case, Part 1

“Harley Takes the Case, Part 1” is episode #25 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on May 7, 1988.


Officer David Harley tries to find a missing boy named Steve Larson.


Cassettes for "Harley Takes the Case" from 1988

It's carnival time in Odyssey, and young Steve Larson is missing. Officer Harley gets the call from the chief, and immediately, the good officer goes to Steve's house and interviews his father, Al Larson. Al is impatient and thinks that Harley isn't doing enough to find Steve. When Harley suggests that Steve might have run away, Al gets angry and walks off to the woods, where Steve was last seen going to softball practice that morning. Harley then makes his way over to Jay Brandt's house. Jay, Steve's best friend, mentions that Steve skipped out on softball practice because he hates the game, so there's no use looking for Steve around there.

After that, Harley talks to old Mr. Webster, who saw Steve heading for the woods carrying a bat, a glove, and a knapsack. Harley goes to search the woods and runs into Al again. Harley updates Al and again says that Steve might have run away. Al refuses to listen. Then, a neighbor runs up, saying he's searched the woods all the way out to Gower's Field, and there's nothing there but a rusted-out tractor and an old barn. Just then, Harley gets a static-filled call from the chief on his walkie-talkie. Someone thinks they saw Steve at the carnival. The chief tells Harley to finish what he's doing and join the rest of the searchers there. Al overhears this and tells everyone to head over to the carnival. Everyone leaves - except Harley. He continues to search the woods, trying to imagine he's a young boy running away. His method works: near Gower's Field, Harley finds Steve's abandoned bat and glove. Harley suspects that Steve is in the old barn.

Inside the barn, Harley finds a raccoon eating a cupcake. Harley, confident that Steve is there, calls out to him. Steve finally answers from the loft, saying he wants to be left alone. Harley pleads with Steve to come out of the barn. It's a dangerous place - so old, a sneeze could blow it over. Steve refuses, so Harley starts to climb to the loft. Suddenly, the barn creaks, shudders, then collapses on both of them.

Discussion Questions

  1. Why did Steve run away?
  2. The Bible tells us to honor our parents. Why was it dishonoring to Steve's parents when he ran away?
  3. How could you help a friend who is determined to run away?





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