Glider Gazette

Weekly Lightglider news for faith and fun!

The Bible

May 10, 2021

MAY 10 - MAY 16


THE BIBLE


Hey Lightgliders!


The Bible. It’s a big book that has a lot of meaning. Some see it as an intimidating book that is hard to understand. Some see it as an old book meant for an older time. Do not let these opinions stop you from reading it! The Bible reveals the most important story we could ever know - the true story of God’s love for us. God has made Himself known through the pages of the Bible and we have the opportunity to get to know Him every time we read it! Not a word is wasted in the pages of the Bible. All of it points to our good, loving God who created, redeems, and restores His people. Though some of the stories can be hard to understand, the Bible begins to become more clear as we continue to read it, ask questions, and grow in our understanding. We can pray and ask God for wisdom when we open up our Bibles. We can ask those that are older and wiser to read the Bible with us and help us understand! Engaging with the Bible isn’t a one-time thing. We can read it for a lifetime and gain more knowledge, understanding, and wisdom with each time we open it up!


“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” - 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT)


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, Slam Jam! Everyone on the leaderboard gets a surprise in your inventory on Saturday morning!

• Watch the Spark and Prayer videos.

Reading the Bible

Prayer for Purity

• Use the Mystery Code - BIBLE - to receive a surprise in your inventory!


Lightglider Academy Events This Week:

• Monday: Jokes with Norman Snowman Cook in Mission Control at 5:30pm EST / 4:30pm CST! Don’t miss this hilarious hang!

• Tuesday: Come to the Spotlight Celebration at 5:30pm EST / 4:30pm CST in the Courtyard to congratulate this week’s Lightglider RES head recipients!

• Wednesday: Come to the Courtyard at 4pm EST / 3pm CST for a game of Sardines Hide & Seek!

• Thursday: Join us in the Library at 6pm EST / 5pm CST for a Bible Chat to discuss this week’s theme and verse! 

• Friday: Meet game designer, Corrigan Hickory Sage, in the Innovation Lab at 5pm EST / 4pm CST to share game ideas!

• Saturday: Connect with the Ambassadors in the Courtyard at 3pm EST / 2pm CST for some fun and games.


Things to Think About This Week:

• Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17 in the Bible. What is all Scripture useful for? How does God use Scripture in the lives of His people?

• What is something new you are learning from the Bible?

• Do you read the Bible? Why or why not?

• What are ways to get to know the Bible better?

• Why is the Bible so important?

• When is the best time for you to read the Scriptures?

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Spotlights #38

May 8, 2021

It's time to spotlight some Lightgliders who have been shining brightly in the Academy.  Congratulations, Macy Golden Champion and Amber Awesome Artist: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

So bright!!

Macy Golden Champion is in the spotlight this week because of her stellar participation in Bible Chat with Gertrude! Macy is encouraging to other Lightgliders and does such a great job chatting with friends during Bible Chat! Keep it up, Macy!

Amber Awesome Artist was the top Lightglider for the newest Game of the Week, Mission: Neglected Institute! Well done, Amber!

And 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!

Sludge Canyon

Hey, it’s Tambika! Your next mission takes you back to the swamps: it’s time to move to Sludge Canyon! These little islands are surrounded by swamp water, but they’re so covered with blight that you can barely move around! This mission will take a lot of RES to clear all the blight and rescue those Gliddles. When you run out of RES, just come back to the Academy and rest. Your RES will recharge and you can take on the blight again!

Have you noticed that there are different kinds of blight? The plain dark blight is easy enough to clear away, but the speckly and gnarly blight require more RES to clear! The more twisted a patch of blight is, the harder it will be to restore. But watch for the purple blight! It often grows on top of RES orbs. Clearing this blight can give you back more RES than you use!


Glide on!


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The Cross

May 3, 2021

MAY 3 - MAY 9


THE CROSS


Hey Lightgliders!


Did you know that the Far Greater Story is not a fairy tale or a myth? All we have talked about over the last few weeks--Creation, Rebellion, Redemption, and Restoration--is absolutely true. It was proven true by an event that we can investigate--the death and resurrection of Jesus. 


Think about that. Something happened in human history that proves that the story of God’s love for you is true.


As a refresher, here are all the parts of the Far Greater Story:

• Creation tells us how this world became a reality. God created.

• Rebellion explains why there is suffering and brokenness in this world. It is because we and everyone else are sinners. Sin has consequences and requires judgment.

• Redemption shares how Jesus paid the penalty for our sin at the cross and bought back our lives. He took the judgment for our sin.

• Restoration gives us insight into why our future is bright. Jesus will restore all that is broken, and God will live with His people forever.

• The Cross proves that this is no fairy tale. This is a true story based upon facts. 


Christianity rests upon the cross event. If Jesus did not die on a cross and come back to life, then our faith in Him is only wishful thinking. But the truth is that He did die. He was buried in a tomb and He rose again, defeating death and conquering sin on our behalf. We recently celebrated this amazing, true event at Easter! This good news of the gospel is that by trusting in Jesus and in what He did for us at the cross, we can be forgiven and live with God forever.


“I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.” - 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (NLT)


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 BRAND Game of the Week, Mission: Neglected Institute!

• Watch the Spark and Prayer Videos

The Cross

From East to West

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


Lightglider Academy Events This Week:

• Monday: Jokes with Norman Snowman Cook in Mission Control at 5:30pm EST / 4:30pm CST! Don’t miss this hilarious hang!

• Tuesday: Come to the Spotlight Celebration at 5:30pm EST / 4:30pm CST in the Courtyard to congratulate this week’s Lightglider RES head recipients!

• Wednesday: Come to the Courtyard at 4pm EST / 3pm CST for a game of 20 Questions!

• Thursday: Join us in the Library at 6pm EST / 5pm CST for a Bible Chat to discuss this week’s theme and verse! 

• Friday: Meet game designer, Corrigan Hickory Sage, in the Innovation Lab at 5pm EST / 4pm CST to share game ideas!

• Saturday: Connect with the Ambassadors in the Courtyard at 3pm EST / 2pm CST for some fun and games.


Things to Think About This Week:

• Read 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 in the Bible. According to these verses, what does the author say is the most important thing that he has passed on?

• Why is the cross so important?

• What Lightglider values come from understanding Creation and Rebellion?

What Lightglider values come from understanding Redemption and Restoration?

What evidence is there for Jesus’ resurrection?


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Spotlights #37

May 1, 2021

It's time to spotlight some Lightgliders who have been shining brightly in the Academy.  Congratulations, Macy Firey Woo and Ruby Brave Adventurer: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

So bright!!

Macy loves playing with her friends and she is very encouraging! Fellow Lightgliders have a great time with her!

Ruby is very respectful to all Lightgliders! She's such a wonderful friend to have!

And 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!


Timberlands Treetops

Hey, Lightglider! It’s Bryce. Our next mission is to head back to the Timberlands and explore the treetops! There are lots of dangerous Machines up there, but I know you’ll battle them with ease!

A great tactic to deal with faster Machines is to “kite!” When a Machine charges you, start slowly backing away, firing behind you as you go. The Machine will try to chase you, but they won’t be able to catch you. It’s like you’re stringing along a kite behind you!

Use this tactic on many of the smaller Machines. You’ll come out on top! Glide on!

Glide on!


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Restoration

April 26, 2021

APRIL 26 - MAY 2

RESTORATION


Hey Lightgliders!


We’ve spent the last few weeks looking at the Far Greater Story. 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 Game of the Week, Gliddle Colors!

• Watch this week’s Spark and Prayer Videos

Restoration

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 the Animal Extravaganza Party! There will be gliders and hats given out to everyone in attendance!

• Don’t miss Gliddle Game Gab #29 on the frontpage!


Lightglider Academy Events This Week:

• Monday: Jokes with Norman Snowman Cook in Mission Control at 5:30pm EST / 4:30pm CST! Don’t miss this hilarious hang!

• Tuesday: Come to the Spotlight Celebration at 5pm EST / 4pm CST in the Courtyard to congratulate this week’s Lightglider RES head recipients!

• Wednesday: Come to the Courtyard at 4pm EST / 3pm CST for a Crazy Outfit Show!

• Thursday: Join us in the Library at 6pm EST / 5pm CST for a Bible Chat to discuss this week’s theme and verse! 

• Friday: PARTY DAY! Join Lightglider Moderators in the Academy Courtyard at 5pm EST / 4pm CST for the Animal Extravaganza Party! There will be gliders and hats given out to everyone in attendance!

• Saturday: Connect with the Ambassadors in the Courtyard at 3pm EST / 2pm CST for some fun and games.


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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Spotlights #36

April 24, 2021

It's time to spotlight some Lightgliders who have been shining brightly in the Academy.  Congratulations, Violet Legendary Defender and Aurora Brave Adventurer: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

Like a light, you SHINE!

Violet is very encouraging when it comes to helping Lightgliders in general. She loves sharing ideas in many areas and she loves interacting with everyone in the Academy!

Aurora is in the spotlight this week for topping the leaderboard for our newest game, Bunker Escape! Way to go, Aurora!


And 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!

Neglected Institute

Bryce here! I’ve pinpointed the location of an abandoned Institute. It’s full of Machines that we have to battle, as well as Gliddles we need to rescue! 

Be careful roaming those halls--our sensors show that there are giant Machines inside. Team up with Gliddles and battle hard! Remember, if a Gliddle gets tired, the next Gliddle will take its place as your battle partner. Right-click to switch Gliddles on the fly. Maybe you want to conserve a Gliddle’s energy, or maybe you’ll want to use the right Gliddle for the job!

There seems to be an interconnected door system in the Institute. Unlocking one door will unlock many others! Be on the lookout for door switches and out-of-place grates!

Glide on!


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Redemption

April 19, 2021

APRIL 19 - APRIL 25


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. However, 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! When Jesus was resurrected three laters later, he defeated death. 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 BRAND NEW Game of the Week, Bunker Escape!

Bunker Escape

• 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!


Lightglider Academy Events This Week:

• Monday: Jokes with Norman Snowman Cook in Mission Control at 5:30pm EST / 4:30pm CST! Don’t miss this hilarious hang!

• Tuesday: Come to the Spotlight Celebration at 5pm EST / 4pm CST in the Courtyard to congratulate this week’s Lightglider RES head recipients!

• Wednesday: Come to the Courtyard at 4pm EST / 3pm CST for a game of Rock/Paper/Scissors!

• Thursday: Join us in the Library at 6pm EST / 5pm CST for a Bible Chat to discuss this week’s theme and verse! 

• Friday: Meet game designer, Corrigan Hickory Sage, in the Innovation Lab at 5pm EST / 4pm CST to share game ideas!

• Saturday: Connect with the Ambassadors in the Courtyard at 3pm EST / 2pm CST for some fun and games.


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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Spotlights #35

April 17, 2021

It's time to spotlight some Lightgliders who have been shining brightly in the Academy.  Congratulations, Roderick Mysterious Champion and Daisy Wild Woo: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

Keep those glasses on because you are BRIGHT!

Roderick loves sending encouraging words to other Lightgliders! He loves reminding his friends that God loves them and that we all were created for a purpose.

Daisy loves playing around with everyone in the Academy and is very respectul to everyone.


And 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!

Sludge Canyon

Hey, it’s Tambika! This mission takes you back to the swamps: it’s time to go to Sludge Canyon! These little islands are surrounded by swamp water, but they’re so covered with blight that you can barely move around! This mission will take a lot of RES to clear all the blight and rescue those Gliddles. When you run out of RES, just come back to the Academy and rest. Your RES will recharge and you can take on the blight again!


Have you noticed that there are different kinds of blight? The plain dark blight is easy enough to clear away, but the speckly and gnarly blight require more RES to clear! The more twisted a patch of blight is, the harder it will be to restore. But watch for the purple blight! It often grows on top of RES orbs. Clearing this blight can give you back more RES than you use!


Glide on!


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Rebellion

April 12, 2021

APRIL 12 - APRIL 18


Rebellion


Hey Lightglider!


We spent last week learning about Creation. To understand Creation is to recognize that God created everything, and that includes you and me! And because He created us in His image, our lives have purpose and tremendous value. This is the first part of the Far Greater Story of God’s love for us revealed in the Bible. It answers some really important questions like:

• How did we get here?

• Do our lives matter?

The second part of the story answers another really important question, which is:

• What is wrong with the world?

This is a question that we have to ask if we are being honest with what we see in the world around us and even in our own hearts. A rebellion is an open resistance to an authority. As our Creator, God is our authority. To rebel against Him is to disobey His commands. This is called “sin.” It happens every time we do not live up to God’s standard of goodness and love. Whether we sin on purpose or by accident, we are rebelling against the way God has commanded us to live. This separates us from God and causes havoc in the world. 

We all have rebelled against God and His goodness. And the Bible tells us that the penalty of our rebellion is death because our sin needs to be punished. This is why we need to be rescued. This is why we need a Savior. The penalty for our rebellion needs to be paid. Our sin needs to be forgiven. Until we understand this, the story of Jesus will never make any sense to us.  


Pray this week for help to recognize how you have rebelled and for the courage to confess it to God. 


Glide On!

Santiago



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, Match’N’Snatch!


Match’N’Snatch



• Watch this week’s Spark and Prayer Videos


Rebellion


The Greatest Commandments:

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

• Find the “Rebellion” Sticker Page on the frontpage this week and send it in to community@lightgliders.com to be featured on the Glider Gazette!

• Check out what Ethel and Clem are up to in this week’s Gliddle Game Gab #28!


Lightglider Academy Events This Week:

• Monday: Jokes with Norman Snowman Cook in Mission Control at 5:30pm EST / 4:30pm CST! Don’t miss this hilarious hang!

• Tuesday: Come to the Spotlight Celebration at 5pm EST / 4pm CST in the Courtyard to congratulate this week’s Lightglider RES head recipients!

• Wednesday: Come to the Courtyard at 4pm EST / 3pm CST for a Race around the Academy!

• Thursday: Join us in the Library at 6pm EST / 5pm CST for a Bible Chat to discuss this week’s theme and verse! 

• Friday: Meet game designer, Corrigan Hickory Sage, in the Innovation Lab at 5pm EST / 4pm CST to share game ideas!

• Saturday: Connect with the Ambassadors in the Courtyard at 3pm EST / 2pm CST for some fun and games.


Things to Think About This Week:

• Read Romans 3:21-24 in your Bible. What does sin mean? 

• In what ways have you rebelled against God?

• When has someone wronged you?

• What does it look like for you to obey God’s commandments?

• How can understanding our rebellion lead us to humility?

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Spotlights #34

April 10, 2021

It's time to spotlight some Lightgliders who have been shining brightly in the Academy.  Congratulations, Daisy Wonderful Runner and Percy Mysterious Wanderer: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

SHINE SO BRIGHT!

Daisy Wonderful Runner is an amazing friend who loves helping and interacting with all kids in the Academy. She loves making new friends and offers help when someone is in need! Keep it up!

And did you know that sometimes our spotlight shines on Game of the Week Leaderboard Lightgliders?! Coming in on top of the Leaderboard for last week’s BRAND NEW Game of the Week, Timberlands Treetops, is Percy Mysterious Wanderer with a score of 33,553! Way to crush it, Percy!


And 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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