Real Life in Real Time

Every week you'll find a hot topic in the world today that relates to students ages 11 through 18, plus adults. Scroll down for the most recent lessons or visit the lesson archive.

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Designed to be used with your Bible-In-Life or Echoes teacher guide. Enhance learning and class discussion by connecting current events with the Bible. Simply replace steps 1 and 4 with RLD.

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Lesson 09 | July 27, 2014

Building a Strong Church

by Daphne Myers

Bible Basis: 1 Corinthians 14:13-26

Building a Strong Church

Students will discuss how they are to use their gifts to build up the church.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 09 | July 27, 2014

Building a Strong Church

by Daphne Myers

Bible Basis: 1 Corinthians 14:13-26

Building a Strong Church

Students will discuss how they are to use their gifts to build up the church.

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Adult

Lesson 09 | July 27, 2014

Help When Needed

by Levi Schofield

Bible Basis: Romans 8:1, 5-11, 14-17, 26-27

Help When Needed

Students look at an example of how addictive behaviors can become too great to handle as they watch a video about a man meeting the person who kept him from taking his life. They discover that the Holy Spirit helps us conquer weaknesses and sinful habits. Teens identify a habit that distracts their walk with God and keep a log of interaction with the Holy Spirit as they ask for help to let it go. Video clip [stop clip at 2:02]:

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High School

Lesson 09 | July 27, 2014

Extreme Change

by Levi Schofield

Bible Basis: Luke 19:1-10

Extreme Change

Students will observe how others have embraced profound change as they watch a video clip about sole survivors of airline crashes. A challenge to identify areas in their own lives that need to change along with ways they can cooperate with God to see that change occur encourages your students to use their experience to positively impact others. Video [due to length, stop at 3:04]

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Middle School

Lesson 09 | July 27, 2014

A Strong Core

by Nance Keyes

Bible Basis: Acts 16:1-3; 17:13-15; 1 and 2 Timothy

A Strong Core

Students watch two brief videos relating to the recent World Cup soccer tournament as they discuss how regular exercise is needed to maintain spiritual fitness that will prepare them to handle the details of day-to-day life. Pre-teens create a soccer-related reminder to maintain a spiritual fitness program during the coming week. Video (video is 4:15 in length; feel free to stop it at any point once your students understand the rigorous training that is required)

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 08 | July 20, 2014

Fleeing Temptation

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: 1 Corinthians 10:12-22

Fleeing Temptation

Students will discuss how God helps us overcome temptation.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 08 | July 20, 2014

Fleeing Temptation

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: 1 Corinthians 10:12-22

Fleeing Temptation

Students will discuss how God helps us overcome temptation.

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Adult

Lesson 08 | July 20, 2014

Family Matters

by Frieda Nossaman

Bible Basis: Colossians 2:9-10; John 1:1-12

Family Matters

Teens talk about their families to get them thinking about what it means to be children of God. A video clip on that subject gets the discussion rolling. A Step 4 music video by Third Day called “Children of God” gives perspective on being adopted into God’s family and provides a backdrop for students to contemplate their relationship with the Father.

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Lesson 08 | July 20, 2014

The Way, Certified

by Caroline Ferdinandsen

Bible Basis: Matthew 17:1-12; 2 Peter 1:16-18

The Way, Certified

Students will discuss what happens when we go the wrong direction, and will discover that Jesus is who He says He is: the Way to the Father. During the discussion, students watch a news clip about a driver going the wrong way. Step 4 provides a take-home reminder that Jesus is who He says He is through a print-ready birth certificate template. Opportunity is given for the Gospel to be shared.

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Lesson 08 | July 20, 2014

Small = Big

by Duane Montague

Bible Basis: Acts 16:25-34

Small = Big

Preteens view a video clip about a toddler who saves his mother’s life as they consider how small things can cause big changes. They create an origami heart (tutorial provided) and identify any heart change that needs to be made in the coming week through Jesus’ as they discover that Jesus is our salvation. Anyone who wants to give their heart to Jesus is provided.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 07 | July 13, 2014

Be Sensitive to Others

by Dick Lentz

Bible Basis: 1 Corinthians 8

Be Sensitive to Others

Students will discuss why they sometimes should give up or forgo what they feel they are free to do in Christ because they are sensitive to others.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 07 | July 13, 2014

Be Sensitive to Others

by Dick Lentz

Bible Basis: 1 Corinthians 8

Be Sensitive to Others

Students will discuss why they sometimes should give up or forgo what they feel they are free to do in Christ because they are sensitive to others.

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Adult