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 | December 07, 2014

We Worship Christ the Lord

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: Hebrews 1:1-9

We Worship Christ the Lord

Students will discuss how we worship Christ alone because we know who He is.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 01 | December 07, 2014

We Worship Christ the Lord

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: Hebrews 1:1-9

We Worship Christ the Lord

Students will discuss how we worship Christ alone because we know who He is.

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Adult

Lesson 01 | December 07, 2014

Changed!

by Caroline Ferdinandsen

Bible Basis: Acts 26:9-20

Changed!

Students will discuss the transformation that can occur when someone submits to a radical change. To emphasize the concept of transformation, a clip is provided of time-lapse make-up morphs on SyFy network’s competition show Face Off. Teens analyze transformation in their own lives, and are challenged to connect with God about changes that still need to occur.

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High School

Lesson 01 | December 07, 2014

The Big Hoax

by George Halitzka

Bible Basis: Acts 22:3-4; Philippians 3:4-9

The Big Hoax

A fictional news report about a pickup saving a plane with broken landing gear kicks off a conversation about hoaxes. Students soon discover one of the greatest hoaxes of all time: that good deeds can make us right with God. A wrapped gift box gives them a tangible reminder that salvation is a free gift. A link is provided to a picture of a gift as an alternative to using a real wrapped box.

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Middle School

Lesson 01 | December 07, 2014

A Life-Changing Gift

by Lisa Brock

Bible Basis: Acts 7:58; 8:1-4; 9:1-22; 22:12-16

A Life-Changing Gift

Students discuss what it means to have a life-changing experience, and they discover how God can make them new through the gift of His Son. During the discussion, they watch a video about a Bosnian whose life was changed when she received a pair of shoes in Jesus’ name. Preteens make a shoelace reminder that they are made new in Christ. An optional music video is provided as background.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 13 | November 30, 2014

Rejoice in the Lord

by Diana M Stucky

Bible Basis: Isaiah 52:1-2, 7-12

Rejoice in the Lord

Students will discuss how they respond to God¹s reign.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 13 | November 30, 2014

Rejoice in the Lord

by Diana M Stucky

Bible Basis: Isaiah 52:1-2, 7-12

Rejoice in the Lord

Students will discuss how they respond to God¹s reign.

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Adult

Lesson 13 | November 30, 2014

Slow and Steady

by Levi Schofield

Bible Basis: James 4:6-10; 5:7-11; Psalm 24:3-5

Slow and Steady

Realizing the importance of developing a deeper connection with God, teens discover that results come from patience and perseverance rather than instant gratification. They watch a video about ³music² generated by the rings of a tree resulting from decades of growth. Teens utilize tips and tricks that can help them stick by their commitment to grow their relationship with God.

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High School

Lesson 13 | November 30, 2014

Surprised by Hope

by George Halitzka

Bible Basis: Malachi 1:1, 5, 11; 2:8; 3:1-4

Surprised by Hope

Students will discuss the nature of hope, and how risky it is to place our hope in anyone other than God. A news clip about a young man who left thousands of dollars on a park bench emphasizes what the loss of hope can feel like. Students discover that hope in God is like ³money in the bank² as they create a reminder to place their hope in God.

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Middle School

Lesson 13 | November 30, 2014

Bad Influence

by Lisa Brock

Bible Basis: 1 Kings 11—12

Bad Influence

Preteens discuss negative friendships after watching a video about dogs trying to befriend cats. Students discover that he wrong associations can turn them away from God. An object lesson that emphasizes how some affiliations can dilute our love for God leaves preteens with a take-home reminder to seek friendships that enhance rather than hinder their relationship with God.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 12 | November 23, 2014

Our Inheritance

by Daphne Myers

Bible Basis: Ezekiel 47:13-23

Our Inheritance

Students will discuss the inheritance God has for those who follow Him.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 12 | November 23, 2014

Our Inheritance

by Daphne Myers

Bible Basis: Ezekiel 47:13-23

Our Inheritance

Students will discuss the inheritance God has for those who follow Him.

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Adult