Glider Gazette: News and Devotions

LGA News: Jun 10-16

June 10, 2019


Transmission from Lightglider Academy

Ooofph. I just got back from the Yonders and it was tough! I barely escaped without getting covered in blight. I know we’re talking about honesty this week in Lightgliders, so I guess I need to be honest. Sometimes it’s hard for me to admit when I’m discouraged. I want to live a life of courage, confidence, and conviction, but that’s difficult to do all the time. I guess I’m here to tell you today to be honest with others, but also with yourself. Pay attention to how you’re feeling and be honest about it. There is great encouragement to be found in the people who love us and in the God who made us.


Glide On!

Bryce



Gliddle Announcements

1. Every day this week, Monday through Friday, you can meet Lightglider moderator Corrigan Hickory Sage in the Courtyard at 6pm EST / 5pm CST. He will be giving tours of Lightglider Academy and will be handing out prizes to all who find him.

2. Check out the Theme post about Honesty, do the daily activities, and discuss the reflection questions with a family member

3. Play this week’s Game of the Week! Be on the Leaderboard on Saturday to receive a cool prize!

4. Use this week’s Mystery Code - HONESTY - to receive a prize!


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Honesty

June 9, 2019

This Week in Lightgliders


Hey Lightglider!


This week we’re taking a look at honesty. To be honest means to be truthful in our words. When we are honest with one another, we show respect for God and for the people He created. Check out what the Scripture says,


“Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds.” - Colossians 3:9 (NLT)


Have you ever told a lie to avoid getting into trouble? Protecting ourselves in this way may seem like a better option than being honest and accepting a consequence. However, being honest honors God and shows others that we can be trusted. Speaking the truth and refusing to lie are powerful ways to shine, and that’s what you were made to do!


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!


Monday

  • Watch the Spark video called Honesty in the green box.
  • What does it mean to be an honest person?

Tuesday

  • Read "LGA News" in the red box to see what events are happening inside Lightglider Academy this week.
  • What are you most looking forward to doing as a family this summer?

Wednesday

  • Watch the Prayer video in orange called Prayer for Honesty in the orange box.
  • In what ways could you be a more honest person?

Thursday

  • Compete with your child in the Game of the Week called Gliddle Colors to see who gets the highest score!
  • What's your favorite color and why?

Friday

  • Encourage your child to decorate the "Honesty" Sticker Page and send it to a friend.
  • How can dishonesty be hurtful? Talk about the consequences of lying.

Saturday/Sunday

  • Read Colossians 3:8-10 in the Bible.
  • What does it look like to strip off your old sinful nature and put on your new nature? How can we receive this new nature?

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Good Things Through You

June 3, 2019

Transmission from Lightglider Academy

Now that you’ve learned more about the leaders in Lightglider Academy, who do you relate to? Who would you want to hang out with?  It’s encouraging to see so many different types of people using their uniqueness to work together in the Academy!


God has created each of us with unique strengths and gifts! He has planned good things for us  to do with our lives that impact the world in a positive way. I hope that as you go on missions, play games, or watch videos in Lightgliders, you discover what you are passionate about.  Are you like Marlon and think things through before acting? Like Bryce, are you always up for an adventure? Or, like Kwan, do you prefer to work behind the scenes?  


However you were created, God will use you to do good in the world! You were made to shine!


Glide On!

Tambika


Scripture

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” - Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)


Good Things Through You

God wants to do good things in us and through us. As we love Him and serve others in the ways we were uniquely created to do so, we will shine. Our very lives become purposeful adventures filled with faith, hope, and love.



Things to Think About

  • What are some of the good things God has done through you?
  • What makes it hard to do good things sometimes?
  • How do you know when you are doing good things?
  • Watch the Lightglider Leaders in this week’s Spark, Good Things Through You.
  • Join Marlon in prayer this week by watching, The Lord Directs My Steps.


Mystery Code

GOODTHINGS

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Joy

May 27, 2019

Transmission from Lightglider Academy

How do you know if you have somebody else’s cheese? When it is nacho cheese!  Do you get it? If you thought it was funny, then please know that it was my joke. If you didn’t think it was funny, then it was Marlon’s!


Hey everybody! I am SANTIAGO! I try to bring life to the Lightglider Academy party! I cannot tell you HOW MUCH FUN it is to be a Lightglider. You know what our goals are, right? RESPECT. RESCUE. RESTORE.


I believe that to RESTORE includes bringing joy to people who need it. Sometimes through laughter. Sometimes through music. Sometimes through just hanging out and bring friendly. Everyone is totally different, so it can be difficult to know what will bring joy to another. I make it my goal to find out! Do you know what brings you joy? I would love to know.


I grew up in Honduras in a large house with a bunch of other boys. None of us were related but they are my brothers. We’ve been through a lot together. Do you know what brings me joy? People. Having people to talk to, hang out with, and care for is the greatest. You can have that here at Lightglider Academy.

So glad you’re here!

Ok, one more joke. Do we get fur from a skunk? Yes, as fur as possible! (Sorry, that joke stank!)


Glide On!

Santiago


Scripture

“Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!’” - Nehemiah 8:10 (NLT)


Santiago “Enjoy”

Last but certainly not least, we introduce the one and only Santiago! An orphan from Honduras, Santiago is creative, musical, joyful, and funny. With all that is serious and challenging in life, Santiago reminds us of the importance of laughter, singing and expressions of creativity. He shares joy wherever he goes and he looks for the beauty in everything and everyone.


Things to Think About

  • What brings you joy?
  • How do you spread joy?
  • Who could you give some joy to this week?
  • Watch this week’s Spark, Santiago’s Story.
  • Join Santiago in prayer this week by watching, The Lord Has Done Great Things.


Mystery Code

SANTIAGO

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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.


Mystery Code

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.


Mystery Code

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!
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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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