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 09 | August 02, 2015

The Lord’s Redemption

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: Isaiah 59:15-21

The Lord’s Redemption

Students will discuss how God redeems us and makes us new people.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 09 | August 02, 2015

The Lord’s Redemption

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: Isaiah 59:15-21

The Lord’s Redemption

Students will discuss how God redeems us and makes us new people.

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Adult

Lesson 09 | August 02, 2015

Family Focus

by Levi Schofield

Bible Basis: Galatians 5:24—6:2; James 5:16; 1 John 3:16-18

Family Focus

A humorous movie clip of one family member disrespecting another kicks off a discussion about the role that honor plays in our households. Teens discover that God wants us to highly regard one another as they write notes to family members expressing appreciation. A link is provided to a site that gives instruction on how to express gratitude when wtiting thank you notes.

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High School

Lesson 09 | August 02, 2015

God Lives at My House

by Caroline Ferdinandsen

Bible Basis: Deuteronomy 6:6-9, 20-21, 24

God Lives at My House

Your students will discuss how a home reflects the values of its owner after looking at a photo gallery of famous celebrity homes. They will recognize that God wants us to fill our homes with Him and His Word, and will use a template to design a God-honoring entryway as a reminder to utilize their space at home to honor Him.

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Middle School

Lesson 09 | August 02, 2015

A Family Friend

by Lisa Brock

Bible Basis: John 4:43-53

A Family Friend

Students will discover that we can trust Jesus when our family needs help. A video clip about some puppies who save the life of a Down syndrome boy who went missing kicks off the discussion. Preteens create dog tags to remind them how much our heavenly Father watches over and cares for our families.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 08 | July 26, 2015

Our Hope Is in the Lord

by Daphne Myers

Bible Basis: Micah 7:14-20

Our Hope Is in the Lord

Students will discuss how we can find hope in God’s compassion and forgiveness.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 08 | July 26, 2015

Our Hope Is in the Lord

by Daphne Myers

Bible Basis: Micah 7:14-20

Our Hope Is in the Lord

Students will discuss how we can find hope in God’s compassion and forgiveness.

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Adult

Lesson 08 | July 26, 2015

Best Pairings

by Kathy Wenrich

Bible Basis: Matthew 5:1-10; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18

Best Pairings

As students learn about God’s best plans for them in marriage, they will discover that some things don’t pair as well as others. A video clip of a donkey and ox trying to plow together drives the concept home, and teens take a deeper look at relationships in their own lives that may not be honoring to God.

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High School

Lesson 08 | July 26, 2015

The Big Payoff

by Jill Meek

Bible Basis: Proverbs 4:10-11; 29:17; Luke 2:51-52; Ephesians 6:1-3; Colossians 3:20

The Big Payoff

In a video clip, students will be reminded by other young people that parents have our best interests at heart, and that listening to and obeying them is for the best. They are challenged to investigate more about their parents during the week using a questionnaire.

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Middle School

Lesson 08 | July 26, 2015

Showing Honor

by Duane Montague

Bible Basis: 1 Chronicles 17; 2 Chronicles 7:1-10

Showing Honor

Students will investigate what it means to honor someone by watching a video of President Obama presenting a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and exploring a news story about a man honoring his brother by riding rollercoasters. They will discover that God is truly worthy of worship and honor; preteens create an honor chart using a link to a printable calendar.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 07 | July 19, 2015

Sacrifices from the Heart

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: Micah 6:3-8

Sacrifices from the Heart

Students will discuss how God honors sacrifices made with justice, love, and humility

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 07 | July 19, 2015

Sacrifices from the Heart

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: Micah 6:3-8

Sacrifices from the Heart

Students will discuss how God honors sacrifices made with justice, love, and humility

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Adult