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 05 | April 05, 2015

Celebrate the Resurrection

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, 20-22

Celebrate the Resurrection

Students will understand the trust they can have in the certainty of Jesus’ resurrection.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 05 | April 05, 2015

Celebrate the Resurrection

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, 20-22

Celebrate the Resurrection

Students will understand the trust they can have in the certainty of Jesus’ resurrection.

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Adult

Lesson Easter Sunday | April 05, 2015

Seeing the True King

by Kelsey Grulke

Bible Basis: Isaiah 53

Seeing the True King

A video clip about animal disguises in nature kicks off a discussion about things that don’t look like what you expect them to look like. Students consider how Jesus—although the predicted King—came as a suffering Servant. Students are encouraged to follow Jesus after watching a Twitter version of the Easter story.

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High School

Lesson Easter Sunday | April 05, 2015

Attention-Getters

by Frieda Nossaman

Bible Basis: Jonah 2:1-6; Matthew 12:38-41

Attention-Getters

What gets your attention? Students will view a flash mob in Wisconsin that grabbed the attention of everyone who watched. They are challenged to make a date to spend time with God as they contemplate how God might be trying to get their attention also.

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Middle School

Lesson Easter Sunday | April 05, 2015

The Possible Impossible

by Duane Montague

Bible Basis: Matthew 28; 1 Corinthians 15

The Possible Impossible

Considering the impossibilities of a hummingbird helps students think about what it takes to believe in something that may seem too impossible to be real. They explore Jesus’ resurrection—one of the most “impossible” moments in history, and commit a “possible impossible” to the resurrection power of Jesus.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 04 | March 29, 2015

Recognizing the Real Jesus

by Diana M Stucky

Bible Basis: Mark 11:1-11

Recognizing the Real Jesus

Students will discuss how they have recognized who Jesus really is.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 04 | March 29, 2015

Recognizing the Real Jesus

by Diana M Stucky

Bible Basis: Mark 11:1-11

Recognizing the Real Jesus

Students will discuss how they have recognized who Jesus really is.

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Adult

Lesson 04 | March 29, 2015

Truth in Worship

by Kathy Wenrich

Bible Basis: Isaiah 58:1-11

Truth in Worship

As your teens explore what constitutes real worship, they discuss real versus fake by taking an online hoax quiz. A video clip on how our actions as Christians don’t always line up with our words gets teens to realize the affect hypocrisy has on each of us.

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High School

Lesson Palm Sunday | March 29, 2015

The Predicted One

by Jill Meek

Bible Basis: Zechariah 6:12-13; 9:9; 11:12-13; 12:10; 14:3-4

The Predicted One

A video clip from Back to the Future 2 shows incorrect predictions made about 2015 and helps students recognize that accurately guessing the future is tough. As students explore how Jesus fulfilled all the ancient predictions of Scripture, they are challenged to pursue getting to know Jesus through the Bible. A link is provided for a Holy Week reading plan from The Artist Bible.

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Middle School

Lesson 04 | March 29, 2015

Be an Overcomer

by Nance Keyes

Bible Basis: 2 Kings 6:8-23

Be an Overcomer

Students will discuss big and small fears as they watch a recent news clip about Christians taken hostage in the Middle East. Preteens will discover that fear can be overcome when it is handed over to God. Links are provided to a tutorial and other helps for creating a 3D “Hand Your Fear over to God” project. An optional music video is offered as students work.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 03 | March 22, 2015

The Power of the Holy Spirit

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: John 20:19-23

The Power of the Holy Spirit

Students will discuss how to live their lives in the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 03 | March 22, 2015

The Power of the Holy Spirit

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: John 20:19-23

The Power of the Holy Spirit

Students will discuss how to live their lives in the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Adult