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 | February 01, 2015

Discipline and Devotion

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: Daniel 1:5, 8-17; Matthew 6:16-18

Discipline and Devotion

Students will discuss how discipline and devotion help us faithfully walk with the Lord.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 09 | February 01, 2015

Discipline and Devotion

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: Daniel 1:5, 8-17; Matthew 6:16-18

Discipline and Devotion

Students will discuss how discipline and devotion help us faithfully walk with the Lord.

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Adult

Lesson 09 | February 01, 2015

The Right Tool for the Job

by Kathy Wenrich

Bible Basis: Ephesians 6:10-18

The Right Tool for the Job

To help teens discover how God equips us to withstand the forces of evil, they discuss the importance of using the right tools. They watch a humorous video about a woman trying to catch fish with every tool except the right one. Students explore which piece of God’s armor to use in different situations, and are challenged to use the appropriate piece needed for temptations they face.

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High School

Lesson 09 | February 01, 2015

Turning Bad into Good

by Frieda Nossaman

Bible Basis: Acts 28:16-23; Philippians 1:12-14

Turning Bad into Good

Students contemplate how bad things can be used for good as they watch a report on TV host Joan Lunden opted to pose for People magazine showing her bald head in order to raise awareness and encourage fellow cancer victims. To help students change perspective, they identify hard things they are going through, and try ascertain something good that might result.

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Middle School

Lesson 09 | February 01, 2015

Always Be Prepared

by Holly De Herrera

Bible Basis: Acts 24—25:12

Always Be Prepared

A video clip featuring survival show host Bear Grylls helps preteens begin to explore the idea of being prepared at all times. Students apply these concepts to sharing their faith, and create a “survival kit” to help them be prepared for telling others about Jesus. A link to a tutorial on making an envelope out of a brown paper bag is included as well as an optional music video.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 08 | January 25, 2015

A Life of Prayer

by Daphne Myers

Bible Basis: James 5:13-20

A Life of Prayer

Students will look at developing a life focused on prayer.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 08 | January 25, 2015

A Life of Prayer

by Daphne Myers

Bible Basis: James 5:13-20

A Life of Prayer

Students will look at developing a life focused on prayer.

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Adult

Lesson 08 | January 25, 2015

Light Changes Everything

by Frieda Nossaman

Bible Basis: Ephesians 5:6-17

Light Changes Everything

Teens begin to focus on the difference between light and darkness as they think about how important it is to live in the light. A video clip about an interesting source of solar light being used in the Philippines helps students understand how light can drastically change a situation. Teens identify “grey areas” in their lives and are challenged to shine the light of God’s Word on those areas over the next week.

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High School

Lesson 08 | January 25, 2015

Trying Times

by Jill Meek

Bible Basis: Acts 21:10-14, 27-28, 31, 33; 23:11

Trying Times

As your students watch a clip about the persecution of Christians in Iraq, they discover that when they face tough times as Christians, they are not alone. A brief clip from Prince Charles shares words of inspiration, and a link for guidelines and instructions is provided for students as they write letters of encouragement to persecuted Christians around the world.

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Middle School

Lesson 08 | January 25, 2015

Who Do You Trust?

by Jenn Joshua

Bible Basis: Acts 20:22-24; 21:1-15

Who Do You Trust?

Preteens are shown misleading advertisements and an Internet hoax to help them think about how and where we misplace our trust. They are challenged to find examples of messages that contradict God’s truth, and will discover that God is the only one who truly deserves our trust.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 07 | January 18, 2015

Jesus, Our Intercessor

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: Hebrews 4:14—5:10

Jesus, Our Intercessor

Students will discuss what intercession means and how Jesus intercedes for us as our great High Priest.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 07 | January 18, 2015

Jesus, Our Intercessor

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: Hebrews 4:14—5:10

Jesus, Our Intercessor

Students will discuss what intercession means and how Jesus intercedes for us as our great High Priest.

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Adult