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 07, 2014

Hope and a Future

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: Jeremiah 30:1-3, 18-22

Hope and a Future

Students will see that God is the one who gives us hope and a future.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 01 | September 07, 2014

Hope and a Future

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: Jeremiah 30:1-3, 18-22

Hope and a Future

Students will see that God is the one who gives us hope and a future.

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Adult

Lesson 01 | September 07, 2014

Wisdom Says…

by Levi Schofield

Bible Basis: Proverbs 1:1-7

Wisdom Says…

Students discuss how easy it is to make unwise decisions. During the discussion on “Wisdom says…don’t do it,” they watch a video clip about the dangerous new Internet trend of teens lighting themselves on fire. Teens explore the differences between worldly wisdom vs. godly wisdom and are invited to commit to choose God’s wisdom in an area they know will be challenging during the school year.

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High School

Lesson 01 | September 07, 2014

Out of the Crowd

by Caroline Ferdinandsen

Bible Basis: I Samuel 8:4-10, 19-22

Out of the Crowd

A video clip about a college student standing out for his “old school” approach to taking notes in class kicks off a discussion about how hard it is to go against the crowd. Students discover that God’s path is the only right way to go, and create a reminder that will help them be courageous as they push back against the crowd and become “non-conformists for Jesus.”

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Middle School

Lesson 01 | September 07, 2014

What’s Hot & What’s Not

by Duane Montague

Bible Basis: 1 Samuel 8—10

What’s Hot & What’s Not

Students discover that choosing what’s right over something that others have decided is cool or popular is the best way. A video clip featuring the controversy over Google Glass helps them understand that the newest trends can have their downsides. Preteens create a reminder that God will always direct our path when we ask Him for help.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 14 | August 31, 2014

Growing in Giving

by Diana M. Stucky

Bible Basis: 2 Corinthians 8:1-14

Growing in Giving

Students will discuss how to grow in their willingness to give to the Lord.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 14 | August 31, 2014

Growing in Giving

by Diana M. Stucky

Bible Basis: 2 Corinthians 8:1-14

Growing in Giving

Students will discuss how to grow in their willingness to give to the Lord.

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Adult

Lesson 13 | August 24, 2014

Finding a Peaceful Resolution

by Daphne Myers

Bible Basis: 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; 7:2-4

Finding a Peaceful Resolution

Students will talk about how to resolve differences in a godly way.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 13 | August 24, 2014

Finding a Peaceful Resolution

by Daphne Myers

Bible Basis: 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; 7:2-4

Finding a Peaceful Resolution

Students will talk about how to resolve differences in a godly way.

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Adult

Lesson 13 | August 24, 2014

The Good Life

by Jill Meek

Bible Basis: John 10:7-10; Ephesians 3:14–21a; 2 Corinthians 9:8, 11-12

The Good Life

Students will explore “what makes a good life?” by watching a video and discussing interview responses to that question. A Step 4 link is provided to the Audio Adrenaline music lyrics to “Good Life” as students create a social media post to encourage others that a truly abundant life comes only through Christ.

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High School

Lesson 13 | August 24, 2014

The Wallet Thief

by George Halitzka

Bible Basis: Luke 10:29-37

The Wallet Thief

Students will grow in their understanding of loving one’s neighbor and discover that Jesus wants us to be a neighbor to everyone who needs one. An audio link to an interview with a man who took his mugger to dinner helps students explore who our neighbors are and how to love them. Students commit to showing God’s love to their least favorite “neighbor.”

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Middle School

Lesson 13 | August 24, 2014

Cooperation or Chaos?

by Holly De Herrera

Bible Basis: 3 John 1-12

Cooperation or Chaos?

Students will discover that they are an important part of a bigger story and that cooperation is essential to the health of God’s family. Preteens are drawn into the topic with the knot game; a link on how to play the game is provided as a teacher-only resource. Preteens watch and discuss a clip of a marching band cooperating to complete an amazing armed forces tribute.

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Upper Elementary