Harley Takes the Case, Part 2

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#26: “Harley Takes the Case, Part 2”
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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 2

“Harley Takes the Case, Part 2” is episode #26 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on May 14, 1988.


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


Cassettes for "Harley Takes the Case" from 1988

At the carnival, a lady tells the chief and Al Larson that she saw Steve talking with a man who is standing by the merry-go-round. The chief tries to handle it, but before he can, Al Larson yells at the man, who starts running. The chase is on. When they finally corner the guy, Al wants to kill him. Fortunately, before he can, the man's son runs up - and he looks almost exactly like Steve. Al apologizes, and the chief tells a trooper to take Al home.

Once at home, Al and his wife pray.

Meanwhile, back at the barn, Steve and Officer Harley are trapped under a bunch of rubble. When they realize they're all right, Steve finally explains why he ran away. He feels his dad doesn't care about him. Harley tries to tell Steve otherwise, but Steve thinks Al will only love him if he plays softball. Harley disputes this and tells Steve that it's foolish to run away. Harley knows because he did it once, and it broke his father's heart. Suddenly, they hear noises. They think it might be a rescue team - until they hear growling. It's a pack of wild dogs. Harley tells Steve to cover himself up as best he can. Steve does, and the dogs break in and start to attack. The dogs kick the walkie-talkie over where Harley can reach it. He calls in, telling the chief he has a present for him, and it's trapped under some rubble in the old Gower barn.

Later, after the rescue team arrives on the scene, Steve and Al agree to talk about the softball issue. Al reaffirms his love for his son, then apologizes to Harley. The chief congratulates Harley and offers to buy him a cup of coffee. Harley says "fine" - but first, he's going to call his dad.

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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