Lincoln, Part 1

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Romans 13:1-5

1Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

2Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. 4For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.

5Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.

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Lincoln, Part 1

“Lincoln, Part 1” is episode #104 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Phil Lollar, and originally aired on February 17, 1990.


Jimmy uses the Imagination Station to travel back to the 1800's! He meets up with a fellow named Abraham Lincoln in Washington, D.C., but events soon take a drastic turn!



Jimmy Barclay thinks history is one long snooze and that the Imagination Station isn't nearly as exciting as the Zapazoids video game. But when Whit programs the Station to take Jimmy back to 1865, he soon discovers how wrong he is.

There, he meets a tall, elderly gent who teaches him how to hunt squirrels with a sling. The gent, it turns out, is the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Jimmy experiences firsthand the last days of the Civil War, including the Battle of Richmond, General Lee's surrender to Grant at Appomattox, and the assassination of Honest Abe. Zappazoids better than the Imagination Station? History boring? Not anymore, according to Jimmy Barclay!

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Discussion Questions

  • Why did Jimmy think history is boring?
  • When did the Civil War end? Why was it fought?
  • Why did Whit think Lincoln was the greatest president the U.S. has ever had?


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Oscar Peterson Jimmy Barclay
"The Captain" David Herold


  • This episode introduces yet another new element of the Imagination Station: a remote control that allows users to "fast forward" through the adventure. It was used again years later in #601: “Bernard and Jeremiah” by AIO's "cookie" hero: Nathan Hoobler.
  • The Imagination Station is used for a historical adventure rather than a Biblical one for the first time in this episode.
  • This version of the Imagination Station features a white button instead of a red one, just as it did in #87: “Elijah, Part 1”.



John Whittaker: Far be it from me to compare any of my measly inventions to the brilliance of Zapazoids.

John Whittaker: Just sit down, and after I close the door, push that white button.
Jimmy Barclay: The one that's flashing?
John Whittaker: That's the one.

Jimmy Barclay: This is worse than free ice cream day at Whit's End.