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 04 | September 28, 2014

The Lord Restores Us

by Daphne Myers

Bible Basis: Jeremiah 33:2-11

The Lord Restores Us

Students will discuss how God rebuilds us for His glory out of the ruin we sometimes make of our lives.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 04 | September 28, 2014

The Lord Restores Us

by Daphne Myers

Bible Basis: Jeremiah 33:2-11

The Lord Restores Us

Students will discuss how God rebuilds us for His glory out of the ruin we sometimes make of our lives.

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Adult

Lesson 04 | September 28, 2014

Wisdom Filter: On

by Jill Meek

Bible Basis: Proverbs 22:17-21; 23:4-5,17-21; 24:3-6

Wisdom Filter: On

Students discuss voices that influence their thinking and watch a video about Facebook labeling posts as satirical because Internet hoaxes abound. Students will see that even if others turn off filters for information received, we can be discerning. They are challenged to memorize Scripture as a spiritual chant and seek a relationship with an adult Christian when advice is needed.

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High School

Lesson 04 | September 28, 2014

Promises, Promises!

by Sandra Higley

Bible Basis: 2 Samuel 7:8-17; Hebrews 8:8b-13

Promises, Promises!

Students will discuss broken promises and discover that God’s promises to us are never empty. As part of the discussion, they talk about the film Napoleon Dynamite where campaign promises were made with no intention of being kept. A brief video clip from the movie is provided as well as a resource link to quotes from the movie. Students evaluate their part in their covenant relationship with God.

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Middle School

Lesson 04 | September 28, 2014

Trust When Puzzled

by Holly De Herrera

Bible Basis: 1 Samuel 18:5—19:18

Trust When Puzzled

Using a humorous clip from the movie Elf, students discuss what it’s like when life takes unexpected detours. They discover that even when things seem to go wrong, God knows the missing pieces. Pre-teens make a puzzle piece key ring as a reminder that God has the perfect plan. An optional link is provided for a puzzle template if old puzzle pieces are not readily available.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 03 | September 21, 2014

The Best Investment

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: Jeremiah 32:2-9, 14-15

The Best Investment

Students will discuss the wisdom of investing in God’s plan for the future.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 03 | September 21, 2014

The Best Investment

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: Jeremiah 32:2-9, 14-15

The Best Investment

Students will discuss the wisdom of investing in God’s plan for the future.

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Adult

Lesson 03 | September 21, 2014

I Give You My Words

by Jill Meek

Bible Basis: Proverbs 16:16-24; 27-28

I Give You My Words

Teens use an interactive voting link as they discuss images and connotations behind words in potential new name selections for the Washington Redskins. As they explore the concept that regardless of age, career, or prestige, people see you through your words, they are invited to use words wisely in a “wisdom post” round-robin challenge on a social media site.

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High School

Lesson 03 | September 21, 2014

Kingdom of darkness

by Sandra Higley

Bible Basis: 1 Samuel 28:1a, 3-19

Kingdom of darkness

Students will recognize that the kingdom of darkness is real and the enemy wants to lure them in. During the discussion, they watch the audition of a man claiming to channel spirits on America’s Got Talent as well as a clip about a man who can start fires by demonic power. Students take an inventory of occult involvement and are invited to do away with those things in their lives.

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Middle School

Lesson 03 | September 21, 2014

Rescue Me!

by Nance Keyes

Bible Basis: I Samuel 17

Rescue Me!

Students explore the need to be rescued as they watch and discuss a video about 24 people trapped on a rollercoaster ride. They construct a pouch similar to David’s when he faced Goliath, and fill it with verses reminding them that God wants to rescue us; our salvation comes from Him. Links are provided for or an online Scripture search as well as an optional music video.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 02 | September 14, 2014

Wholehearted Devotion

by Dick Lentz

Bible Basis: Jeremiah 31:31-37

Wholehearted Devotion

Students discuss what it means to have wholehearted devotion in their covenant with God.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 02 | September 14, 2014

Wholehearted Devotion

by Dick Lentz

Bible Basis: Jeremiah 31:31-37

Wholehearted Devotion

Students discuss what it means to have wholehearted devotion in their covenant with God.

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Adult