Glider Gazette: News and Devotions

The Far Greater Story

January 14, 2019

Transmission from Lightglider Academy

As you get to know all of us here at Lightglider Academy, you’ll find out that our goals are to RESPECT, RESCUE, and RESTORE. We seek to RESPECT those around us. We go on missions in Lightglider Academy to RESCUE the Gliddles from the clutches of the Machines. We clear the blight to RESTORE the land to its original beauty, purpose, and goodness.

As you continue to spend time with us, look for ways you can RESPECT, RESCUE, and RESTORE all that you see throughout the world of Lightgliders! And in the real world too!

Glide On!

Santiago



Scripture

“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.” - Ephesians 5:1-2 (NLT)

The Far Greater Story

The Lightglider story points to the Far Greater Story of God’s love for us revealed in the Bible. Jesus is the great respecter, rescuer, and restorer. He respects us as image-bearers of God. He rescues us from the grip of our sin and selfishness. And He seeks to restore us fully to live forever with Him. This is the true story of God’s love for us. We can trust the Far Greater Story because of an event that happened 2,000 years ago. Jesus died on a cross and rose again three days later. This is a historic fact that proves that God’s plan to rescue and restore us is true! We can live knowing that we are loved, and that our lives have purpose and hope. We are  a part of the Far Greater Story!

Things to Think About

  • What is the best way to learn about and imitate God’s love?
  • How do we follow Jesus as our example?
  • How does knowing God’s story help us to understand our own story?
  • Check out the Spark, An Example to Follow, to see how Bryce teaches Santiago about our goals!
  • Be sure to pray along with Tova this week by watching, Why We Love.


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STORY

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Made to Shine

January 7, 2019

Transmission from Lightglider Academy

Hey there, Lightglider! We’re so glad you’ve joined us! We - myself and the rest of the Lightglider leaders - want you to know that you were made to shine. With a lot of darkness in the world, that can feel like a big responsibility. But like a candle in dark tunnel, even the smallest light can be blinding. You were created with unique interests, personalities, and talents that can be used to make an impact on the world around you!

Glide On!

Bryce


Scripture

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” - John 1:5 (NLT)

Made to Shine

The Bible tells us that Jesus’ light will never go out. God sent His Son Jesus to shine light into the world and to save it. He also made us to shine with our unique passions and abilities, and we have Jesus to follow as our example. We have the opportunity to use our uniqueness to show God’s love to others. And, when we do, we are reflecting Jesus and shining light into the darkness. You may never know the impact you are having as you shine each day.  

Things to Think About

  • What do you think it means to shine?
  • How were you uniquely made to love God and love others?
  • How could your interests, personality, or talents be used to shine?
  • Don’t miss this week’s Spark, The Power of Light.
  • Reflect on the Prayer led by Bryce, Courage to Shine.

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SHINE

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Lightgliders

December 30, 2018

Hey there! Welcome to Lightgliders. My name is Kwan, and it’s my job to make sure you’re outfitted, trained, and ready for action. And that starts with you learning just what a Lightglider is!

Lightgliders are defenders of good, a force of kids just like you that shine in the darkness and help out those in need. Right now, the land of Glideon is in need!

For unknown reasons, a mysterious gooey substance called blight is spreading all over the land. At the same time, strange Machines have started appearing, kidnapping lovable creatures called the Gliddles! It’s up to us to clear away the blight and stop these Machines!

If you are on a computer, enter “Lightglider Academy” to access the full Lightgliders experience. You’ll battle Machines in the Yonders, meet other Lightgliders, rescue Gliddles, clear blight, and much more.  

If you are on a mobile device, play minigames, watch videos, create postcards, and read messages. As you do, you will build up light and gain rewards to use on your missions to the Yonders! Everything is color-coded, so make sure you learn what the colors mean. Let me try to help!

Each week there is a new Theme in Light Blue. You can read about the theme, learn the theme verse, and check out all the additional content associated with the theme.

Everything in Purple is a Game. There are lots of minigames inside Lightgliders. Try to get to the top of the leaderboards!

Everything in Green is a Spark. These are short video stories that encourage a biblical principle.

Everything in Orange is a Prayer. These are short videos that will help you as you pray each day.

Everything in Pink is a Postcard. Customize these with fun stickers and send them to friends!

Everything in Red is a Message. These are short articles about Lightgliders gameplay, story, and biblical themes.

Everything in Blue is Lightglider TV.  These are fun videos to help you understand Lightgliders and its gameplay.  

In time, you’ll learn more than just skills for battle and adventure. You’ll learn about the Far Greater Story found in the Bible. This is the true story about the God who loves you more than you could possibly imagine.  As Lightgliders, we seek to RESPECT, RESCUE, and RESTORE every day because that is what God has done and is doing for us, in us, and through us.  You were made to use what He has given you to help a world in need.  You were made to shine!  

Welcome to Lightgliders! Let’s glide!


Christmas

December 23, 2018

Scripture

Read the passages from the Bible below as a family.

Read Luke 2:1-15

“Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others - the armies of heaven - praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is please.’” - Luke 2:13-14 (NLT)

Why is Jesus’ birth important?

• How did the shepherds respond after they saw the angels praising God?

Read Luke 2:16-21

“After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel has said to them about this child.” - Luke 2:17 (NLT)

Have you shared the good news of Christmas with a friend?

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CHRISTMAS

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Additional Activities

Review the Spark - Christmas

Reflect upon the Prayer - Christmas Prayer

Motivated by Love

December 17, 2018

Scripture

“For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus...what is important is faith expressing itself in love.” - Galatians 5:6 (NLT)


Message

Last week we talked about faithfulness - how God is faithful to us, and how we are to be faithful through our lives. When we do this, we show His character to the world around us. Being faithful in our lives becomes easier the more we allow God’s love pour out towards others. When we come to understand just how much God loves us, the motivation of our heart changes from selfishness to love.

Pray and ask God to make the motivation of your heart be love. And then look for ways to love God, love others, and love yourself.


Conversation Starters

• What is love?

• Why can your faith in God’s love motivate you to love?

• How has God loved you?


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LOVE

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Additional Activities

Review the Spark - Motivated by Love

Reflect upon the Prayer - The Free Gift

Faithfulness

December 9, 2018

Scripture

“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.” - Luke 16:10 (NLT)


Message

The word “faithful” means to be true to one’s word and promises. Faithfulness is a character quality of God’s that we, as His children, can reflect. God has been, and will be, fully faithful to His promises that we read about in the Bible.

Because He is faithful, we too are called to be faithful. When we tell someone we are going to do something, we follow through. When we are gifted with a specific ability, we can be faithful to exercise that gift for God’s glory. As we continue in faithfulness, God’s character will be on display through us to the world around us! Something as simple as doing what our parents ask us to do shines God’s light in the darkness!


Conversation Starters

• Who do you know that is faithful?
• How are you a faithful person?
• How has God been faithful to you?


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FAITHFUL

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Additional Activities

• Review the Spark - Faithful
• Reflect upon the Prayer - Prayer for Guidance


It's Christmas in the Academy!

December 8, 2018
We are getting in the Christmas spirit here at the Academy! Be sure to check out all of the features in the game this month to get you in the Christmas spirit, including holiday decorations for your Treehouse, and stop by Glider Gear to grab a snowman head, new outfits, or some fun and festive stickers! Help us spread joy and wonder all month long!

Community

December 3, 2018

Scripture

“So it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.” - Romans 12:5 (NLT)


Message

When we place our faith in Jesus as our Savior we become a part of His church - a community of people who follow Jesus together. As a part of this faith community, we all offer something unique. God has made each one of us with specific gifts, talents, and passions in order to display His light throughout the world. No person is better or worse than another as God has made us all in His image.


When we come together as a church, we can put God’s glory and light on display in a great and powerful way for all the world to see! As a community, we are to encourage each other to be who God made us to be to shine!


Conversation Starters

• What are you gifted in?
• Who are three close friends of yours and how are they different from you?
• What does it mean to be in a community of faith?


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COMMUNITY

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Additional Activities

• Review the Spark - Community
Reflect upon the Prayer - Prayer for Parents

Reflection

November 26, 2018

Scripture

“Be still, and know that I am God!” - Psalm 46:10a (NLT)

Message

Our world operates at a fast pace. We wake up, eat breakfast, go to school, come home, do homework, eat dinner, go to bed, and repeat it all the next day. If we’re not careful, our schedules can quickly control our entire lives.

In this verse in Psalm 46, God is commanding that we be still before Him. Why? Because being still and slowing down allows a couple of things to happen: 1) we have the opportunity to reflect and remember all that God has done for us, and 2) we are reminded that we are not in control, that none of our working or our hustle gives us anything. All we have has been freely given by God. Being still shows us that God is God and we are not, and reminds us that He is good and in control.

Conversation Starters

•What does rest look like to you?
•How do you reflect upon God and what He is doing in your life?
•What will you do to be still before God this week?


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REFLECT

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Additional Activities

•Review the Spark - Time to Rest
•Reflect upon the Prayer - Prayer for Peace

Game of the Week - Tree Deck Races!

November 24, 2018
Guy Valiant Avenger is back on top of the leaderboard this week!

Who can take him on next week to claim the top spot?!