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 | October 26, 2014

Humbling Ourselves Before God

by Daphne Myers

Bible Basis: Job 42:1-10

Humbling Ourselves Before God

Students will discuss how we should approach the Lord with the humble admission that we are usually wrong and He is always right.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 08 | October 26, 2014

Humbling Ourselves Before God

by Daphne Myers

Bible Basis: Job 42:1-10

Humbling Ourselves Before God

Students will discuss how we should approach the Lord with the humble admission that we are usually wrong and He is always right.

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Adult

Lesson 08 | October 26, 2014

Troubles Come & Troubles Go

by Caroline Ferdinandsen

Bible Basis: Job 1:1, 6, 11-12, 20-22; 2:7-10

Troubles Come & Troubles Go

Students discuss the complexity of suffering using websites that focus on natural disasters around the world, and will recognize that God is in control. Teens journal about times of suffering in their lives, and are challenged to use their journals to reach out to God’s unfailing presence in every struggle. A music video is offered with options on how to use it as your teens journal.

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High School

Lesson 08 | October 26, 2014

On the Winning Team

by Jill Meek

Bible Basis: 1 Kings 16:29-31; 18:17-24, 36-40

On the Winning Team

A video on the new college football playoff system kicks off a discussion of the different ways we determine winners in our world. A brief clip on the meaning behind the design of football uniforms encourages a look at God’s armor. Students create their own design element to be used throughout the week as a reminder that they are on God’s winning team.

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Middle School

Lesson 08 | October 26, 2014

The Gratitude Experiment

by Duane Montague

Bible Basis: 1 Samuel 31; 2 Samuel 5—6; 1 Chronicles 13—16

The Gratitude Experiment

Students will think about what they are grateful for, and will recognize that even though it is difficult to show gratitude when things are rough, God wants us to be thankful all the time. Students watch a portion of a video on the benefits of thankfulness, and they are challenged to journal a prayer each day thanking God in the midst of their most difficult trial of the day.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 07 | October 19, 2014

Waiting for God’s Justice

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: Job 24:1, 9-12, 19-25

Waiting for God’s Justice

Students will discuss how justice may be long in coming, but true justice always comes from God.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 07 | October 19, 2014

Waiting for God’s Justice

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: Job 24:1, 9-12, 19-25

Waiting for God’s Justice

Students will discuss how justice may be long in coming, but true justice always comes from God.

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Adult

Lesson 07 | October 19, 2014

Making Time for God

by Kathy Wenrich

Bible Basis: Ecclesiastes 3:1-14

Making Time for God

Students will explore how they manage their time, and discover that God has made a time for everything. During the discussion, they watch a video about a teen whose intentions are good, but he gets easily distracted from spending time with God. A link is provided to a quote about the importance of time. Teens diagram their schedule and devise a plan to prioritize things that are most important.

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High School

Lesson 07 | October 19, 2014

Some Advice on Advice

by Kelsey Grulke

Bible Basis: 1 Kings 12:3-16

Some Advice on Advice

Students watch a video of Kid President giving advice as they explore good advice versus bad advice, and will discover that godly advice will make them wise. They utilize a symbol as a private reminder to always check with God when any advice comes their way.

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Middle School

Lesson 07 | October 19, 2014

What’s Mine Is Yours

by Sandra Higley

Bible Basis: 1 Samuel 30:1-25

What’s Mine Is Yours

Preteens will discuss sharing and discover that God wants us to share with others even when the outcome appears to be unfair. A video clip about conjoined twins gets them thinking about what it would be like to have to share everything all the time. Students look at areas where they have a difficult time sharing and find a practical way to turn that into a sacrifice of praise.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 06 | October 12, 2014

Confidence in God

by Dick Lentz

Bible Basis: Job 19:1-7, 23-29

Confidence in God

Students will discuss why they can be confident in God’s help when they are in need of redemption.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 06 | October 12, 2014

Confidence in God

by Dick Lentz

Bible Basis: Job 19:1-7, 23-29

Confidence in God

Students will discuss why they can be confident in God’s help when they are in need of redemption.

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Adult