Glider Gazette

Weekly Lightglider news for faith and fun!

Hope

September 28, 2020

SEPTEMBER 28 - OCTOBER 4


HOPE

Hey Lightgliders!

This week we are talking about hope. To live with hope means to look to the future with the expectation that good things are ahead.  

This is tough to do sometimes, especially if the circumstances around us today are difficult. But, we always have a reason to live with hope because of God’s promises to His children. He promises a future restoration--He will make everything right some day. He also promises eternal life--we will live with Him forever! The future is secure. Jesus proved it by defeating death. We can live with hope!

And, trust me on this, hope is invigorating. It is electrifying. It is powerful! When we live with hope, it is shared with others. And, like a spark, the fire of hope spreads and the future actually begins to look brighter and brighter to those around you. For example, think of the Gliddles in the Yonders. Just knowing that Lightgliders are out there gives them hope that their future will be bright. This is the power of hope.

I try to wake up each day with hope--with the expectation that the best is yet to come. And, because of Jesus, I know this is true. I'm telling you, living with hope makes a difference!

Glide On!

Bryce

Here are some activities for you to do and questions to reflect upon this week in Lightgliders. Do these by yourself or with a family member!


Things to Do This Week:

• Play the Game of the Week, Glider Training!

• Watch the Spark and Prayer Videos.

The Value of Hope

Hope in Hard Times

• Use this week’s Mystery Code - HOPE - to receive a surprise in your inventory!

• Look for a moderator inside the Courtyard at 5pm EST each weekday and get a prize. Check your time zone!


Things to Think About This Week:

• Read 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 in the Bible. According to these verses, what does Jesus give us?

• How can you spread hope to others?

• What do you hope for in life?

• What does it look like to have hope in hard times?

• What are ways to live every day with hope?

• How does Jesus’ love for us give us hope?

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Lightglider Spotlights #8

September 26, 2020

It's time to spotlight some Lightgliders who have been shining brightly in the Academy. Congratulations, Jasper Brooklyn Explorer and Blaze Risky Champion: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

What a radiant glow!

Jasper Brooklyn Explorer, staying true to his name, has been exploring the Academy with new Lightgliders! Thanks for taking the lead and showing new friends around, Jasper!

Blaze Risky Champion has been another helpful leader inside Lightgliders, reminding fellow players about encouraging one another and providing help whenever others need it! 


Keep shining in all you do in Lightglider Academy -- join the community events, show respect to other Lightgliders, create amazing postcards, rescue Gliddles, restore blight, lead other Lightgliders in a game you made up, or just be a positive influence to others. There are lots of ways to shine!

Glide on!


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Restoration

September 21, 2020

SEPTEMBER 21 - SEPTEMBER 27


RESTORATION

Hey Lightgliders!

We’ve been looking at the Far Greater Story this summer. We’ve learned about Creation, Rebellion, and Redemption. Now it’s time for the final act--Restoration! Every good story has a BIG ending. Well, the Far Greater Story has the BIGGEST ending that actually leads to a new beginning. This is the one part of the Far Greater Story that we have yet to experience fully. It will happen some time in the future, and we can look forward to it with great anticipation!

To restore something means to bring it back to its original condition. This is what God will do with our broken world when Jesus comes back. God has redeemed His children through Jesus, but we still experience the consequences of sin and rebellion in our world today. Jesus has promised us that He will return and make right all that has gone wrong. This is what “Restoration” is all about. Scripture tells us that there will be no more pain, or crying, or suffering for those who have placed their faith in Jesus. 

Until that day comes, we can work to restore the world around us in small ways. Every word of truth that we speak and every act of love that we do in His name points to this future restoration. When we shine light in the darkness, we are a signpost of what is to come.


Glide On!

Kwan



Here are some activities for you to do and questions to reflect upon this week in Lightgliders. Do these by yourself or with a family member!


Things to Do This Week:

• Play the BRAND NEW Game of the Week, Glider Paint!

• Watch this week’s Spark and Prayer Videos, Restoration and Prayer for Healing

• Use this week’s Mystery Code - RESTORE - to receive a surprise in your inventory!

• Join Lightglider Moderators in the Academy Courtyard on Friday at 5pm EST / 4pm CST for a Super Sports Party! You’ll get your choice of helmet, hat, or hair!

• Check out the Lightglider Spotlight on the front page to see who’s shining this week!


Things to Think About This Week:

• Read Revelation 21:3-4 in the Bible. Where will God’s home be? What will be gone forever?

• Why do we have a reason to live with hope?

• What does it mean to restore something?

• Who can you pray for who needs God’s healing and comfort?

• How does God restore us?

• What are some things in your world that are broken and in need of restoration?

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Lightglider Spotlights #7

September 19, 2020

Every week, more and more Lightgliders shine brightly in Lightglider Academy. It’s time to recognize them for their achievements! Congratulations, Faith Nice Superstar and Silas Fiery Crunch: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

Keep those glasses on - you’re so bright!

Faith Nice Superstar loves playing with other Lightgliders in the Academy and showing them around! She gladly explains new games and shares rules so it can be fair for everyone! Faith also encourages others to read the community rules, so everyone can respect each other and have a great time!

Silas Fiery Crunch has been so helpful with new Lightgliders, giving tours around the Academy and making everyone feel welcome! Way to go, Silas!


Keep shining in all you do in Lightglider Academy -- join the community events, show respect to other Lightgliders, create amazing postcards, rescue Gliddles, restore blight, lead other Lightgliders in a game you made up, or just be a positive influence to others. There are lots of ways to shine!

Glide on!


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Courage

September 14, 2020

SEPTEMBER 14 - SEPTEMBER 20


COURAGE


Hey Lightgliders!


How is your new school year going? We have been discussing The Far Greater Story of God’s love for us in recent weeks. We are currently learning about redemption and how God bought back our lives with the blood of Jesus. As we understand this truth, we can live with great confidence in God’s never ending love.

And, when we are confident, then we can show courage!  To be courageous is to be brave. To take risks. To initiate. To try new things. To do hard things. To not be afraid of failing. We can be courageous because our confidence comes from God’s love for us, and not from anything else! 

As Lightgliders, we will not shrink back from difficulties or danger. We will not run away from opportunities to help those in need. 

Be courageous today, Lightgliders! Remember that you are never alone. Nothing can separate you from God’s love.

Glide On!

Tova


Here are some activities for you to do and questions to reflect upon this week in Lightgliders. Do these by yourself or with a family member!


Things to Do This Week:

• Play the Game of the Week, Forest Defense!

• Watch this week’s Spark and Prayer Videos

Purposeful Adventures

Prayer for Protection

• Use this week’s Mystery Code - COURAGE - to receive a surprise in your inventory!

• Join Lightglider Moderators in the Academy Courtyard on Wednesday at 4pm EST / 3pm CST for a game of Sardines Hide and Seek!

• Check out the Lightglider Spotlight on the front page! There’s even some new information about our Lightglider Ambassadors in there!


Things to Think About This Week:

• Read Romans 8:38-39 in the Bible. Why can God’s love give you courage?

• What are some ideas for purposeful adventures in your neighborhood, at your school, or in your community?

• When have you been courageous?

• What can you do to overcome fear?

• What makes you feel brave?

• What does it look like to live with courage?

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Lightglider Spotlights #6

September 12, 2020
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There are so many Lightgliders shining brightly every week! We want to highlight some of the amazing things YOU are doing!! Congratulations, Seth Epic Walker and Aurora Exuberant Victory: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

Like a light, we’re made to shine!

Seth Epic Walker is part of a Lightglider family! He has encouraged other Lightgliders to join in with his sister’s (Rose Ninja Adventurer) Bible studies inside the Academy! He also participates and has wonderful conversations with Lightgliders during these studies.

Aurora Exuberant Victory started a new Bible club as well! She’s inviting her friends to join her at a Sunday School gathering every Sunday afternoon. Their first topic was loyalty! Aurora even celebrated her birthday in the Academy with friends last week! Happy birthday and way to go, Aurora!


Another thing you might start noticing in Lightglider Academy are friends gliding around with GREEN NAME PLATES!! These are our new Lightglider Ambassadors! We’re so excited to launch this new program as a way to reward YOU for setting a good example and showing excellent behavior in the game!



Ambassadors are given special privileges and items in the game so other players will know that they are a role model. Ambassadors attend community events in the Academy, interact positively with our in-game moderators, and are helpful to others who are new to the game. Ambassadors are expected to continue to interact positively with others, helping make our online community a safe place to have fun and learn about God. This is a great honor and responsibility! Keep your eyes out for Lightglider Ambassadors inside the Academy!

Keep shining in all you do in Lightglider Academy -- join the community events, show respect to other Lightgliders, create amazing postcards, rescue Gliddles, restore blight, lead other Lightgliders in a game you made up, or just be a positive influence to others. There are lots of ways to shine!

Glide on!



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Confidence

September 7, 2020

SEPTEMBER 7 - SEPTEMBER 13


CONFIDENCE


Hey Gliders!


If we understand Redemption, which was last week’s theme, we will grow in Confidence, which is this week’s theme. Confidence is one of the five values of a Lightglider. It comes from a strong belief that you are both fully known AND fully loved. We can live with confidence because of the cross! At the cross, Jesus had to die because of our sin. At the cross, Jesus was glad to die because of God’s love for us. You see, friends, God created us and knows everything about us, both the good and the bad. We cannot hide our sin or our beauty from God. At the cross, Jesus paid the penalty for our sin. It is the proof that God knows us fully and loves us radically. 

Do you realize what this means? It means that we never have to question our value, no matter what anyone says or thinks about us. We are greatly loved by the Creator of the universe!


Never forget how valuable you are. Never lose your confidence in God’s love for you. If you do, remember what happened at the cross. It is the ultimate reminder that our confidence does not come from our abilities, our friends, or our behaviors. These things are not dependable. No, our confidence comes from God's love. And His love is never changing. 


When we live confidently in His love, we will walk with the courage and boldness necessary to shine in dark places, to stand up for what is right, and to repent when we make mistakes.


Glide On!

Tambika


Here are some activities for you to do and questions to reflect upon this week in Lightgliders. Do these by yourself or with a family member!


Things to Do This Week:

• Play the BRAND NEW Game of the Week, Sludge Valley!

Sludge Valley

• Watch this week’s Spark and Prayer Videos

The Value of Confidence


Confidence in God’s Love

• Use this week’s Mystery Code - CONFIDENCE - to receive a surprise in your inventory!

• Join Lightglider Moderators in the Academy Courtyard on Wednesday at 4pm EST / 3pm CST for a game of Reaction!

• Check out the Lightglider Spotlight on the front page! Don’t be afraid to shine this week in Lightglider Academy. 


Things to Think About This Week:

• Read Ephesians 3:10-12 in the Bible. What does our faith in Christ give us? What is an example of a time when you stood up for what was right?

• How can a knowledge of God’s love affect our confidence?

• Where does your confidence come from?

• What distracts you from resting in God’s love?

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Lightglider Spotlights #5

September 5, 2020

Here at Lightgliders, we know that we are all MADE TO SHINE! Every week, we want to highlight some of the amazing things YOU are doing!! Congratulations, Storm Bundle Cloudburst and Lexi Dashing Champion: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

Whoa! Put some sunglasses on!

Storm Bundle Cloudburst is a great example to others in the Academy! He always has a great attitude, encourages others, and spends a lot of time in the Courtyard!

Lexi Dashing Champion definitely turns up the FUN in the Academy! She is always encouraging other Lightgliders to play fun games around the Academy like tag and high and seek, and even has fashion shows! Way to bring the joy, Lexi!

Just like Storm and Lexi, you too can be in the Spotlight and receive the Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to wear. Keep shining in all you do in Lightglider Academy -- join the community events, show respect to other Lightgliders, create amazing postcards, rescue Gliddles, restore blight, lead other Lightgliders in a game you made up, or just be a positive influence to others. There are lots of ways to shine!

Glide on!


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Redemption

August 31, 2020

AUGUST 31 - SEPTEMBER 6


REDEMPTION 

Hey Lightglider!


Continuing in The Far Greater Story, we have come to its climax, known as Redemption. To redeem something means to buy it back. Remember that God created everything and called it good. This is why there is dignity in the world and within everyone in it. We have rebelled against God’s standard of goodness. This is called sin. And, because of our sin, we are separated from God. Without the next part of the story, we are left without hope. 


But God, in His goodness, didn’t leave us hopeless! He sent His Son Jesus to redeem us. When Jesus died on the cross, He paid the penalty for our sin. He bought us back! He made a way for us to be restored to God and to live with Him forever! This is what it means to be redeemed. This is the heart of The Far Greater Story and the proof that God loves us.  


Glide On!

Marlon


Here are some activities for you to do and questions to reflect upon this week in Lightgliders. Do these by yourself or with a family member!


Things to Do This Week:

• Play the Game of the Week, Wall Ball!

• Watch this week’s Spark and Prayer Videos

Redemption

Thankful for Redemption

• Use this week’s Mystery Code - REDEEM - for a surprise in your inventory!

• Join Lightglider Moderators in the Academy Courtyard on Wednesday at 4pm EST / 3pm CST for a game of Mother May I!


Things to Think About This Week:

• Read 1 Peter 2:21-25 in the Bible. How are you healed? What are ways to follow in the steps of Jesus?

• How can we be redeemed by God?

• What is redemption?

• How do you show people you care?

• How can being redeemed give you confidence?

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Lightglider Spotlights #4

August 29, 2020

8/29/2020

Every week, more and more Lightgliders shine brightly in Lightglider Academy. It’s time to recognize them for their achievements! Congratulations, Rose Ninja Adventurer and Justice Ninja Professor: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

Wow! So bright!

Rose frequently holds discussions inside the Academy on wonderful topics such as, “What is forgiveness?” She shared, “The Bible says it is never too late to forgive, if HE loves us enough to forgive us, we can forgive too. That is what I love about HIM.” Rose encourages other Lightgliders to join in and grow in faith together!

Justice Ninja Profesor is being showcased this week for making new Lightgliders in the Academy feel welcomed and part of the community! Justice is kind to all he interacts with and is an excellent leader inside the Academy. Way to go, Justice! Keep it up!

Just like Rose and Justice, you too can be in the Spotlight and receive the Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to wear. Keep shining in all you do in Lightglider Academy -- join the community events, show respect to other Lightgliders, create amazing postcards, rescue Gliddles, restore blight, lead other Lightgliders in a game you made up, or just be a positive influence to others. There are lots of ways to shine!

Glide on!


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