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 01 | September 06, 2015

Praying for Boldness

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: Acts 4:23-31

Praying for Boldness

Students will discuss how to pray for boldness in witnessing for the Lord.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 01 | September 06, 2015

Praying for Boldness

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: Acts 4:23-31

Praying for Boldness

Students will discuss how to pray for boldness in witnessing for the Lord.

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Adult

Lesson 01 | September 06, 2015

God Did It!

by Caroline Ferdinandsen

Bible Basis: Genesis 1; Romans 1:19-20; Hebrews 11:3

God Did It!

Students will discuss how impossible it is for man to duplicate God’s creative power and will discover the evidence in creation that confirms His existence. A video clip of a robot that mimics human emotions and another of amazing photos from the Hubble telescope add to the discussion.

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High School

Lesson 01 | September 06, 2015

An Awesome God

by Caroline Ferdinandsen

Bible Basis: Genesis 1:1-26

An Awesome God

Your students will watch a news piece and discuss NASA’s historic nine-year mission to discover more about Pluto as they explore how awesome God is through His extraordinary handiwork. A music video about God’s indescribable attributes is provided to use in a time of reflection.

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Middle School

Lesson 01 | September 06, 2015

Creative Thread

by Duane Montague

Bible Basis: Genesis 1:1-5. 14-19; Jeremiah 10:12

Creative Thread

Through the use of a video about the common thread in creation and a sewing analogy, students will discover the power and purposeful design of God as He spoke all of Creation into existence. Links are provided to an example of a sewing pattern, and a music video option during a Step 4 activity.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 13 | August 30, 2015

Giving Back to Him

by Diana M. Stucky

Bible Basis: Malachi 3:1-10

Giving Back to Him

Students will discuss how to give back to God what is His in the first place.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 13 | August 30, 2015

Giving Back to Him

by Diana M. Stucky

Bible Basis: Malachi 3:1-10

Giving Back to Him

Students will discuss how to give back to God what is His in the first place.

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Adult

Lesson 13 | August 30, 2015

Music Moves Us

by Levi Schofield

Bible Basis: Psalm 150; Revelation 15:2c-4

Music Moves Us

Your students will analyze the impact that music has on their lives, and discover that it is important to praise God through musical expression. To get the discussion started, students watch a clip about a group of musicians who create music with a Jeep. Teens are challenged to replace some of the music that does not draw them to God with Christ-centered music.

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High School

Lesson 13 | August 30, 2015

Previews of the Coming Savior

by Kelsey Grulke

Bible Basis: Isaiah 61:1-2; Luke 4:16-20; Acts 13:23, 26, 29-30, 38-39

Previews of the Coming Savior

As students watch the preview for an upcoming movie, they consider movie previews to get them thinking about anticipation, and will understand that God’s Word points the way to Christ. They discuss ways to give previews of the Gospel to others and watch an example of an Internet conversation starter.

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Middle School

Lesson 13 | August 30, 2015

What Can I Give?

by Jenn Joshua

Bible Basis: 2 Corinthians 8—9

What Can I Give?

Students discuss examples of giving to people in need, and discover that God wants us to be generous givers. A clip about strangers who fed a parking meter to help a woman with a baby in crisis emphasizes how generous giving comes in a variety of forms. Step 4 suggests joining a giving project and provides links to some possibilities if no church-based programs are available.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 12 | August 23, 2015

Listen to God

by Dick Lentz

Bible Basis: Zechariah 7:8-14

Listen to God

Students will discuss how to become better listeners so they hear and follow what God tells them.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 12 | August 23, 2015

Listen to God

by Dick Lentz

Bible Basis: Zechariah 7:8-14

Listen to God

Students will discuss how to become better listeners so they hear and follow what God tells them.

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Adult