Glider Gazette: News and Devotions

Compassion

May 20, 2019

Transmission from Lightglider Academy

Hi there! My name is Tova. I was one of the first here at Lightglider Academy. Why? I saw the Gliddles in trouble and I wanted to help. My heart was burdened and I had to come. It really didn’t take a lot of thought or planning. Before I knew it, Bryce sent me on a mission to the Yonders.  


I grew up in the United Kingdom. Growing up, I always enjoyed meeting new people and striking up conversations. I realized that many people are hurting, so I made it my mission to be a source of healing and encouragement. I care deeply for the poor, for orphans, and for those who are lonely. Who do you care deeply for?


I like to think of each day as a new opportunity to go on a purposeful adventure. You never know what new friend or significant moment awaits you! So be on the lookout, and don’t be afraid to care deeply for those you meet.


Glide On!

Tova


Scripture

“Jesus replied, ‘’You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” - Matthew 22:37-39


Tova “Care”

Meet our favorite adventurer, Tova. From the United Kingdom, Tova brings a carefree and loving attitude wherever she goes. And she goes to lots of places! Tova sees each day as an opportunity to embark upon purposeful adventures, and she looks to show care and compassion along the way. Tova is always open to new experiences, even ones without much planning or structure. She knows that every situation and interaction is an opportunity to be a sample of God’s love.


Things to Think About

  • What does it mean to go on a purposeful adventure?
  • Have you ever been helped by someone you didn’t know very well?
  • Think of three hurting people or situations. How can you bring care to them?
  • Watch this week’s Spark, Tova’s Story.
  • Join Tova in prayer this week by watching, A New Commandment.


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TOVA

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Wisdom

May 13, 2019

Transmission from Lightglider Academy

My name is Marlon. Let me tell you a little bit about me. I am usually hanging out in the Library at Lightglider Academy. I am from the United States and I love doing two things - reading books and lifting weights. It’s important to exercise the mind and the body. I am usually the more “brainy” of the Academy leaders. I think hard about any new idea before believing it or acting on it. That’s why I was the last to join the Academy leaders. I had to make sure that rescuing Gliddles and clearing blight were the right things to do. Usually when we are thinking of others before ourselves, it is the right thing to do. But I had to make sure.


I am passionate about finding the truth. Discovering truth is one of life’s greatest adventures. We are in a world filled with many ideas competing for our attention. Ideas are either helpful or hurtful to others, ourselves, or the world around us. My dream for you is that you learn to tell the difference between a good idea and a bad one. I encourage all Lightgliders to search hard for truth and don’t be afraid to ask questions.


Glide On!

Marlon


Scripture

“Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.” - Luke 2:52 (NLT)


Marlon “Think”

From the United States, Marlon is smart and confident and seeks to learn and defend truth. You can find Marlon hanging out in the Lightglider Academy Library. Marlon loves having discussions about why we believe the things we do. He will encourage you to think and ask questions. In a world of competing ideas and philosophies, Marlon is confident that the Bible explains reality and answers life’s biggest questions better than any other philosophy or religion. It is our greatest source of truth and wisdom. Not only does it teach us how to live, but it tells the story of Jesus, who came to earth to rescue us from our sin.


Things to Think About

  • Why can we trust the Bible?
  • What are ways to grow in wisdom and in stature?
  • Who do you go to when you have questions?
  • Watch this week’s Spark, Marlon’s Story.
  • Join Marlon in prayer this week by watching, Prayer for Understanding.


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MARLON

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Service

May 6, 2019

Transmission from Lightglider Academy

My name is Nisha. I am one of the “quieter” Lightgliders. You may not notice me and I don’t mind that at all. You can make a powerful impact on the world without anyone ever knowing your name!


I was born and raised in India. Being the oldest of seven kids, I had a lot of responsibility with my brothers and sisters. They needed me to be consistent and caring. Do you have siblings? Having little brothers and sisters has taught me a lot about what it means to give without expecting much in return. I came to Lightglider Academy a bit nervous. There were so many big personalities and talented people here. Bryce is courageous. Tambika leads the Academy. Marlon is a genius. I didn’t know what I had to offer, so I just looked for ways to serve. I helped Bryce plan out Yonders missions in Mission Control. I assisted Kwan as he created new tech in the Innovation Lab. I worked with Tambika to organize new Treehouses for the Gliddles. One day Tova thanked me for doing the little things that seemed to go unnoticed. She said that these were the things that helped others be effective.


I guess I am learning that the little things make a big difference. It brings me joy to serve. Putting the needs of others before my own helps me to be humble and encourage others all at the same time!



Glide On!

Nisha


Scripture

“But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant” - Mark 10:43 (NLT)


Nisha “Serve”

From India, Nisha is quiet and wise, and seeks to serve through prayer and hospitality. She is an example of a leader who may not have the most visible role, but who makes a tremendous impact using her uniqueness. One who is quiet and listens can better understand and serve the needs of others. Nisha didn’t know what she had to offer until someone thanked her for always doing the little things that seemed to go unnoticed. She now understands that the little things make a big difference!


Things to Think About

  • Who do you know who is quiet and wise?
  • What does it mean to show hospitality?
  • In what ways might you serve those around you today?
  • Watch this week’s Spark, Nisha’s Story.
  • Join Nisha in prayer this week by watching, Love is Patient & Kind.


Mystery Code

NISHA

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Gliddle Millionaire!

May 1, 2019
Hiya, Lightglider! It’s Tova. I just found out that some of the Gliddles created their own gameshow, and they’re always looking for new contestants. The host asks you Bible questions, specifically questions about a biblical worldview. If you answer them correctly, they’ll give you...grapes? Yes, that’s right, grapes! The Gliddles are always making new ways to have fun, aren’t they? Have fun with those little brain-teasers! Wait, I mean Gliddle brain-teasers!

Encouragement

April 29, 2019

Transmission from Lightglider Academy

Hi, I’m Kwan. I was born and raised in South Korea. I have always been curious and inventive. And I like to work behind the scenes. My biggest passion at Lightglider Academy is to figure out the blight problem. That dark ooze is destroying the land and taking away its beauty and purpose. Have you seen it yet on one of your missions? Thankfully, we can use our light to clear the blight. But, I want to find a permanent solution. That is my goal.


I usually hang out in the Innovation Lab. Feel free to come visit me there. I work closely with the Gliddles to invent things that can help -- better gliders, new technologies, stuff like that. To solve problems, we need to be creative and we need to work together!


I don’t like to be the center of attention but that doesn’t mean I can’t make a powerful impact on the world. I work behind the scenes to help Tambika run the Academy, assist Bryce on missions, and support each Lightglider in the mission to Respect, Rescue and Restore. I have discovered ways to use my unique gifts to help others.



Glide On!

Kwan


Scripture

“For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your spiritual nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.” - Galatians 5:13 (NLT)


Kwan “Help”

Similar to Kwan, this week’s Lightglider role model, those of us who may not want to be in the spotlight can find lots of ways to make a significant impact on a team. Humble and encouraging, Kwan uses his gifts to support others. He knows that the greater mission to Respect, Rescue, and Restore this broken world around us requires that everyone work together and look for ways to support each other.


Things to Think About

  • What does it mean to work behind the scenes?
  • Who is a good example of someone who leads with humility?
  • Who needs your support and encouragement today?
  • Watch this week’s Spark, Kwan’s Story.
  • Join Kwan in prayer this week by watching, Fruit of the Spirit


Mystery Code

KWAN

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Leadership

April 22, 2019

Transmission from Lightglider Academy

Jabari yako rafiki! That means ‘How are you my friend?’ in Swahili. I’m Tambika. I manage Lightglider Academy while the Professor is away. Running this place isn’t easy, but it is rewarding. I get to meet all the new Lightgliders when they arrive in the Courtyard. That is a fun part of my job! I even get to send you on your first mission to the Yonders.


I was born and raised in Tanzania. Do you know where that is? It is a beautiful country in Africa. Growing up, I always looked for leadership positions in my school and community. I love to serve others through organization. I love plans. I love calendars. I love details. And, all of these things are important at Lightglider Academy. Otherwise, everything would be more chaotic than it already is!


My desire is for you to look for opportunities to be a servant leader. We need people in this world with all types of gifts and talents. No matter how you are gifted, always remember that above all else, being a leader means serving others first.


Glide On!

Tambika


Scripture

“If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.” - Romans 12:8 (NLT)


Tambika “Lead”

From Tanzania, Tambika is ambitious and outgoing, and seeks to serve in leadership roles. Tambika encourages Lightgliders to discover their gifts and passions so they may lead the way God uniquely designed them to lead. Tambika is a great example of leadership being first and foremost about serving others.


Things to Think About

  • What does it mean to be a leader by first becoming a servant?
  • In what ways could you be a servant leader?
  • What are your gifts and talents and how can you use them to serve others?
  • Watch this week’s Spark, Tambika’s Story
  • Join Tambika in prayer this week by watching, Following God


Mystery Code

TAMBIKA

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Easter

April 15, 2019

Transmission from Lightglider Academy

Happy Easter Week, Lightgliders! In Lightglider Academy, we go on rescue missions into the Yonders every day. But at Easter, we are reminded of the greatest rescue mission of all time. From the beginning of creation, God had a plan to rescue the world from sin and brokenness. That plan was and is Jesus. At the cross, Jesus gave up His life knowing that only His blood could pay the penalty of our sins. And on Easter Sunday, God raised Jesus back to life. He is alive! Let’s celebrate what He has done for us!

Glide On!

Marlon


Scripture

“They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus.” - Luke 24:2-3 (NLT)

Things to Think About

  • How does your family celebrate Easter?
  • What miracle happened at Easter?
  • Why is the cross important?
  • Watch this week’s Spark, Easter
  • Join Marlon in prayer this week by watching, Easter Prayer


Mystery Code

EASTER

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Courage

April 8, 2019

Transmission from Lightglider Academy

Hey team. I just got back from the Yonders and it was crazy! I barely made it back to the Academy. I still can’t figure out why the Machines keep capturing Gliddles. It really bothers me.

Anyway, I’m Bryce. Maybe you know that by now. I was the first leader at Lightglider Academy. I came here from Australia, and I never looked back. I love adventure. I love going on missions into the Yonders. I love battling the Machines. And I love rescuing Gliddles. Maybe you do too by now.

My key word is “Go!” To go is to be courageous. To go is to take a risk. To go is to move away from your place of comfort. Today I want to encourage you to go. Go and look for ways to make an impact. Go and be a friend to a person who needs one. Go and make a difference. You were made for this!

Glide On!

Bryce


Scripture

“And then he told them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.’” - Mark 16:15 (NLT)


Bryce “Go”

Bryce is one of the leaders inside Lightglider Academy, and his key word is “go.” From Australia, Bryce is bold and winsome, and is passionate about sharing truth with his friends. Bryce is not afraid to go and make an impact. He shows us that living for something greater than ourselves is the secret to living a life of purpose. Yes, it takes courage and faith, but it is an incredible adventure to love others and to share the good news of the gospel.


Things to Think About

  • What does it mean to live for something greater than yourself?
  • In what ways might you go and make an impact?
  • What does it mean to “preach the Good News to everyone?”
  • Watch this week’s Spark, Bryce’s Story
  • Join Bryce in prayer this week by watching, Love is Not Rude


Mystery Code

BRYCE

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Role Models

April 1, 2019

Transmission from Lightglider Academy

I can’t tell you how important it is to have good role models! I know what what you’re thinking. “Isn’t a role model just really good-looking bread?” And to that I say, “No! That’s a roll model.”

A role model is someone you can look up to! He or she serves as an example to you for how to live, how to treat people, and how to grow in your faith. For me, it’s Marlon. He cares about me and shows me what it looks like to walk with God. Who is it for you? It could be a parent, an older sibling, or perhaps a leader in your church. I encourage you to find someone you can look up to and ask them lots of questions. Remember to listen to their answers!!


Glide On!

Santiago


Scripture

“Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith.” - Hebrews 13:7 (NLT)


Role Models

A role model is defined as "a person looked to by others as an example to be imitated." We often adopt role models based upon what appeals to us on a daily basis. That is why athletes, actors, and musicians in the spotlight are often chosen. However, we should be more selective about who we look up to. Those who walk with God and love others well make great role models. We want Lightgliders everywhere to find people like this and spend time with them, observe their lives, ask them questions, and listen to their answers. These interactions can change the course of a person’s life!


Things to Think About

  • Who do you look up to?
  • Who can show you how to walk with God?
  • How can you be a role model for others?
  • Watch Marlon and Tova in this week’s Spark, What Does It Mean To Shine?
  • Join Tambika in prayer this week by watching, Prayer for Strength


Mystery Code

MODELS

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Love

March 25, 2019

Transmission from Lightglider Academy

As Lightgliders, we seek to respect others, rescue Gliddles, and restore the land of Glideon! Hopefully, you know that by now. But do you know why we do these things? Because we value love here. Love motivates each of these goals. We want it to motivate everything we do in life, but this is very difficult to do every moment of every day. That’s why it is one of our core values. Sometimes we need to be reminded to be motivated by love. When we love, we put the needs of others ahead of our own. When we love, we offer words of encouragement, acts of service, gifts, hugs, and sometimes just our presence. Love energizes any atmosphere. It is how we shine!


I almost forgot something really important! You can only love fully when you are confident that you are loved. And you are! Something happened 2,000 years ago to prove it.  


Glide On!

Nisha


Scripture

“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” - John 13:34 (NLT)


Love

God wants us to live knowing that we are loved. The sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is the proof that God loves us. Only when we live truly knowing that we are loved can we love others in return. We can love God. We can love others. We can love ourselves. And important question to always be asking is, “What does love look like here?” Lightgliders look for ways to be a sample of love wherever they go.


Things to Think About

• How can we know that God loves us?

• Why should we love others, even when they don’t seem to love us back?

• What does love look like here?

• Watch Nisha in this week’s Spark, The Value of Love

• Join Bryce in prayer this week by watching, Strength to Love


Mystery Code

LOVE

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