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 08 | April 26, 2015

Deceivers among Us

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: 2 John 1-13

Deceivers among Us

Students will discuss how obedience to God can help us detect and avoid counterfeit messages.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 08 | April 26, 2015

Deceivers among Us

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: 2 John 1-13

Deceivers among Us

Students will discuss how obedience to God can help us detect and avoid counterfeit messages.

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Adult

Lesson 07 | April 26, 2015

Finding Peace

by Kathy Wenrich

Bible Basis: Micah 4:1-4; James 4:1-4

Finding Peace

Teens watch a current news clip about war in the Middle East as a discussion starter on different types of war and how it affects our emotional and physical security. They will find that lasting peace only comes from God, and are challenged to evaluate and interact with God on their level of inner peace over the coming week. An optional music video is provided.

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High School

Lesson 06 | April 26, 2015

Standing for Truth

by Kelsey Grulke

Bible Basis: Amos 1:1; 7:10-17

Standing for Truth

Students explore the idea of standing up for something and discover that sometimes standing for God means standing alone. During the discussion, they watch a video about middle school basketball players who took a stand for what was right. They are challenged to identify areas where they have been hesitant to take a stand in the past and ask God for strength to stand for His truth in those areas.

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Middle School

Lesson 07 | April 26, 2015

Taking a Stand

by Lisa Brock

Bible Basis: Esther 2:17—9:5

Taking a Stand

Students will discuss what it means to stand up for something as they watch a video clip about Marvel comic book superheroes. Preteens will create an emblem to help remind them that when we stand for God, He will stand for us. A craft tutorial link is provided.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 07 | April 19, 2015

Love Defeats Fear

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: 1 John 4:13—5:15

Love Defeats Fear

Students will discuss how God’s love living in us helps us overcome fear.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 07 | April 19, 2015

Love Defeats Fear

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: 1 John 4:13—5:15

Love Defeats Fear

Students will discuss how God’s love living in us helps us overcome fear.

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Adult

Lesson 06 | April 19, 2015

The Bully & the Cheerleader

by George Halitzka

Bible Basis: Micah 3:1-5, 9-12

The Bully & the Cheerleader

A video about basketball players who defend a cheerleader with Down syndrome helps teens examine what it means to stand up for someone who is being wronged. Students follow an athlete’s exercise of visualizing sinking a basket as they work through scenarios that might require coming to someone’s aid.

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High School

Lesson 05 | April 19, 2015

Truth Test

by Levi Schofield

Bible Basis: Jeremiah 14:14; 22:3; 23:2, 26; 28:15

Truth Test

A video clip of the winner of the Biggest Liar Contest provides an example of how commonplace false messages have become in today’s world. Students create a Truth Test card based on Philippians 4:8 as they learn to use the Bible to detect truth.

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Middle School

Lesson 06 | April 19, 2015

Good vs. Evil

by Kathy Wenrich

Bible Basis: Amos 2:6-7, 10-12; 5:6-8, 12-15, 21-24; 7:10-15

Good vs. Evil

Using a clip from a classic good vs. evil story—the new Cinderella movie—students work together to understand what constitutes evil. As they discover that God desires us to love good and hate evil, they execute a plan to implement good in evil situations.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 06 | April 12, 2015

Incredible Love

by Dick Lentz

Bible Basis: 1 John 3:11-14

Incredible Love

Students will discuss what it means to show God’s incredible love to someone.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 06 | April 12, 2015

Incredible Love

by Dick Lentz

Bible Basis: 1 John 3:11-14

Incredible Love

Students will discuss what it means to show God’s incredible love to someone.

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Adult