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 | November 02, 2014

Seeing God’s Glory

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: Ezekiel 43:1-12

Seeing God’s Glory

Students will discuss how we see God’s glory as we follow and serve Him.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 09 | November 02, 2014

Seeing God’s Glory

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: Ezekiel 43:1-12

Seeing God’s Glory

Students will discuss how we see God’s glory as we follow and serve Him.

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Adult

Lesson 09 | November 02, 2014

When Things Get Tough

by Levi Schofield

Bible Basis: Job 40:1-8; 42:1-6; 10, 12

When Things Get Tough

The tragic Sewol ferry disaster is the subject of a video clip that helps teens recognize how easy it can be to abandon faith when faced with tough times, but they discover how reaching out to God during these times can help us grow in Him. A Step 4 video of trust-fall fails illustrates the point that although people can let us down, God is always there to catch us.

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High School

Lesson 09 | November 02, 2014

Taking It to the Streets

by Caroline Ferdinandsen

Bible Basis: I Chronicles 17:1-10

Taking It to the Streets

A video clip from the Pixar movie Up kicks off a discussion about how awkward it can be to try to sell something to a stranger, but students discover ways to share God’s Good News from the heart and are challenged to reach out to someone with the Gospel in the upcoming week.

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Middle School

Lesson 09 | November 02, 2014

No Sneaking!

by Holly De Herrera

Bible Basis: 2 Samuel 14:25—15:37; 17—18; Psalm 63

No Sneaking!

Students will learn that God’s plan is best when He asks us to treat each other with integrity. Preteens recognize that sneaking around to get their own way doesn’t pay off as they watch a funny video compilation of dogs who got caught doing something wrong. Students are challenged to set their sights on God’s ideals when it comes to developing their character.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 08 | October 26, 2014

Humbling Ourselves Before God

by Daphne Myers

Bible Basis: Job 42:1-10

Humbling Ourselves Before God

Students will discuss how we should approach the Lord with the humble admission that we are usually wrong and He is always right.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 08 | October 26, 2014

Humbling Ourselves Before God

by Daphne Myers

Bible Basis: Job 42:1-10

Humbling Ourselves Before God

Students will discuss how we should approach the Lord with the humble admission that we are usually wrong and He is always right.

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Adult

Lesson 08 | October 26, 2014

Troubles Come & Troubles Go

by Caroline Ferdinandsen

Bible Basis: Job 1:1, 6, 11-12, 20-22; 2:7-10

Troubles Come & Troubles Go

Students discuss the complexity of suffering using websites that focus on natural disasters around the world, and will recognize that God is in control. Teens journal about times of suffering in their lives, and are challenged to use their journals to reach out to God’s unfailing presence in every struggle. A music video is offered with options on how to use it as your teens journal.

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High School

Lesson 08 | October 26, 2014

On the Winning Team

by Jill Meek

Bible Basis: 1 Kings 16:29-31; 18:17-24, 36-40

On the Winning Team

A video on the new college football playoff system kicks off a discussion of the different ways we determine winners in our world. A brief clip on the meaning behind the design of football uniforms encourages a look at God’s armor. Students create their own design element to be used throughout the week as a reminder that they are on God’s winning team.

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Middle School

Lesson 08 | October 26, 2014

The Gratitude Experiment

by Duane Montague

Bible Basis: 1 Samuel 31; 2 Samuel 5—6; 1 Chronicles 13—16

The Gratitude Experiment

Students will think about what they are grateful for, and will recognize that even though it is difficult to show gratitude when things are rough, God wants us to be thankful all the time. Students watch a portion of a video on the benefits of thankfulness, and they are challenged to journal a prayer each day thanking God in the midst of their most difficult trial of the day.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 07 | October 19, 2014

Waiting for God’s Justice

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: Job 24:1, 9-12, 19-25

Waiting for God’s Justice

Students will discuss how justice may be long in coming, but true justice always comes from God.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 07 | October 19, 2014

Waiting for God’s Justice

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: Job 24:1, 9-12, 19-25

Waiting for God’s Justice

Students will discuss how justice may be long in coming, but true justice always comes from God.

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Adult