Glider Gazette: News and Devotions

Prayer

November 19, 2018

Scripture

“Never stop praying.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NLT)


Message

Prayer simply means talking with God. The goal of prayer is always the same - intimacy with the One who made us! God loves when we talk with Him about our lives, thank Him for the good things He has given us, and ask Him to help us when we need Him. Prayer doesn’t have to be long and full of big words for it to matter. Prayer is offering up to God what you want to say to Him. As our theme verse says, we can constantly be praying. We can constantly turn our minds and hearts toward God. We can constantly connect with the One who loves us so much. This is prayer!


Conversation Starters
•What does your prayer life look like?
•What are three things you can thank God for in prayer?
•Who is someone you can pray with?


Mystery Code

PRAYER

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Additional Activities
•Review the Spark - Ways to Pray
Reflect upon the Prayer - Prayer for School

Game of the Week - Forest Defense!

November 17, 2018

Guy Valiant Avenger blew the competition away in Forest Defense this week!

Nice work!! What a...Guy!

Bible

November 12, 2018

Scripture

“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)


Message

The Bible. It’s a big book that has a lot of meaning. Some see it as an intimidating book that is hard to read and understand. However, the Bible reveals the true story of God’s love for us. God has made Himself known through the pages of the Bible and we have the amazing 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. While some of the stories can be hard to understand, as we continue to grow in our knowledge of God, ourselves, and the world around us, the Bible begins to become more clear. We can pray and ask God for wisdom and understanding 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 new time we open it up!


Conversation Starters

  • Do you read the Bible? Why or why not?
  • Why is the Bible so important?
  • How can you grow in reading your Bible?


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BIBLE

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Additional Activities

Review the Spark - Reading the Bible
Reflect upon the Prayer - Prayer for Purity

Game of the Week: Gliddle Blocks!

November 10, 2018
Corrigan Hickory Sage topped the leaderboard this week!
Nice work, Corrigan!

Faith

November 5, 2018

Scripture

“You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.” - 1 Peter 1:8-9 (NLT)


Message

Faith is a word you will hear quite a bit among Christians. The word literally means trust and belief. We all practice faith on a daily basis. If you sit down in a chair, you trust and believe in that chair, that it will hold you up when you sit down! Faith in Jesus is similar. It means that our trust and belief is in Him and in what He did for us on the cross. We can live with confidence and joy because our faith is in the One who has never let us down. And, according to our theme verse this week, the reward for our faith in Jesus is salvation. Jesus saves us from our sin and gives us eternal life.


Conversation Starters
What do you have faith in?
•What are ways to exercise your faith?
•How can faith in Jesus give you confidence?


Mystery Code

FAITH

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Additional Activities

Review the Spark - What does it mean to have faith?
Reflect upon the Prayer - Encourage My Faith

Compassionate

October 29, 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
Choosing to love others through our words and actions can also be known as compassion. As we understand God’s compassion towards us, we will want to show compassion to others.  Being compassionate means that we are kind and tenderhearted toward other people. We try to place ourselves in their shoes and treat them with love, dignity, and respect. We treat them how we would want to be treated.

Showing compassion to others can happen in many different ways. We can hold the door open for our mom or dad, invite a new friend to eat lunch with us at school, or write a kind note to our siblings. Small acts of compassion make a big difference.  

Can you imagine if everyone showed a little bit of compassion every day? It would change the world!

Conversation Starters
When has someone been compassionate toward you?
•What are ways to show compassion to others?
•How can being compassionate show the love of Jesus?


Mystery Code

COMPASSION
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Additional Activities
Review the Spark - Compassionate
Reflect upon the Prayer - Prayer for My Neighborhood

Game of the Week - Gliddle Colors

October 27, 2018
Justice Tenacious Strider made it to the top of the leaderboard this week!

Who will rule next week's Color Craze?!

Don't miss the game of the week for your chance to be on top!

Love

October 22, 2018

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)


Message

Last week, we looked at the cross and how Jesus’ death and resurrection gives us new life. Jesus’ willingness to die on the cross in our place is the greatest act of love this world has ever known. He willingly gave up His life so that we might live.

This love was not a feeling. It was a choice. Jesus made the decision to love us, and He followed through. So often we think of love just as a feeling. If love is just a feeling, our motivation to care for others can quickly go away. When love is a choice we make, one that is motivated by God’s love for us shown on the cross, we can follow through on choosing to love others, no matter how we may feel toward them.

Conversation Starters

What does love mean to you?
•Why do you love others?
•How is love more of a choice than a feeling?

Mystery Code

LOVE
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Additional Activities

  • Review the Spark - The Value of Love
  • Reflect upon the Prayer - Strength to Love


The Cross

October 15, 2018

Scripture

“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)


Message

All that we have talked about in The Far Greater Story--Creation, Rebellion, Redemption, and Restoration--is based upon one historical event: the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Think about that. Something happened in human history that confirms that the story is true!

Please watch all The Far Greater Story sparks this week.

•Creation tells us how this world became a reality. God created.
Rebellion explains why there is suffering, brokenness, and strife all around us. We are each sinners, and our sin requires judgment.
Redemption shares how Jesus paid the penalty for our sin at the cross and bought back our lives.
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 reminds us that this is not a fairy tale. This is a true story based upon a historical event, the death and resurrection of Jesus.


Christianity rests upon this event. If Jesus did not die on a cross and come back to life, then our faith in Him is ultimately useless.

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. This is what we call the Gospel. Gospel simply means “good news,” and the good news that we have in Jesus is that through His death, burial, and resurrection we can be forgiven and live with God forever.


Conversation Starters

Why is the cross important?
•What does the word “gospel” mean?
•How can Jesus’ death be good news for us?


Mystery Code

CROSS
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Additional Activities

  • Review the Spark - The Cross
  • Reflect upon the Prayer - From East to West


Game of the Week - Glider Training!

October 13, 2018
The leaderboard has been lighting up from this week's Game of the Week - Glider Training!
Congrats to all the Lightgliders listed below!