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 10 | August 03, 2014

Share Your Comfort

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: 2 Corinthians 1:3-11

Share Your Comfort

Students will discuss how God comforts us so we can comfort others.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 10 | August 03, 2014

Share Your Comfort

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: 2 Corinthians 1:3-11

Share Your Comfort

Students will discuss how God comforts us so we can comfort others.

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Adult

Lesson 10 | August 03, 2014

Spot the Lie

by Levi Schofield

Bible Basis: 1 John 3:8; Ephesians 2:2; 2 Corinthians 4:4; 11:14; 1 Peter 5:8; Ephesians 6:11-12

Spot the Lie

A video about how body language clues can help us detect whether someone is lying kicks off a discussion about lies as your teens begin to understand how they can detect, and defend, against the subtle deceit of the enemy. Students identify triggers the enemy uses in their lives and avoidance mechanisms to combat them.

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High School

Lesson 10 | August 03, 2014

Getting Along

by Caroline Ferdinandsen

Bible Basis: Romans 14:1-6, 13-15, 19

Getting Along

Disagreements between Christians is the subject, and a video about two toddlers arguing brings a light-hearted touch to an otherwise hot topic. Students explore the difference between essential doctrines and things that allow for variety of opinion, and discover that as Christians, we should seek to be peacemakers whenever we can.

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Middle School

Lesson 10 | August 03, 2014

Authority Appreciation

by Lea Vaverchak

Bible Basis: Matthew 22:15-22

Authority Appreciation

Students discuss their struggles with authority and recognize that no authority exists except those that God has placed there for a purpose. A video about soccer player Luis Suarez ignoring the soccer authorities/rules and biting his opponent adds to the discussion. An optional music video is provided as background while students prepare to bless an authority they have previously disrespected.

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Upper Elementary

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