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 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

Lesson 12 | August 17, 2014

Shining for Jesus

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: 2 Corinthians 4:2-15

Shining for Jesus

Your students will discuss how the salvation found in Jesus shines through them as the Body of Christ.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 12 | August 17, 2014

Shining for Jesus

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: 2 Corinthians 4:2-15

Shining for Jesus

Your students will discuss how the salvation found in Jesus shines through them as the Body of Christ.

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Adult

Lesson 12 | August 17, 2014

Faith or Faithless?

by Jill Meek

Bible Basis: Hebrews 11:1-13a

Faith or Faithless?

Students will discover that all people function with some faith, and that God is pleased when we exercise faith in Him. During the discussion, teens watch a video clip about doctors who put their faith in the cure of a baby who had HIV only to discover that the virus had returned. Students are challenged to keep a journal of an on-going account of ways God has shown Himself worthy of their trust.

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High School

Lesson 12 | August 17, 2014

Time to Serve

by Frieda Nossaman

Bible Basis: Luke 17:7-10; Philippians 2:3-7

Time to Serve

Students will discuss examples of serving unselfishly after watching a video about Dr. Mark Bergel who saw a need and went to extremes to see it met. Following his example of self-sacrifice, students are challenged to have an attitude of servanthood to others through an on-going service project.

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Middle School

Lesson 12 | August 17, 2014

Freedom in Forgiveness

by Lisa Brock

Bible Basis: Philemon 1-21; Matthew 5:23-24; Ephesians 4:26-27

Freedom in Forgiveness

Students are engaged with a back-to-school mad-lib style game that leads them to discuss things that can be difficult about that event. As they explore other difficult things, they discover that even though forgiveness can be hard, it brings freedom. A tutorial is provided for making a duct-tape school supply case that will remind them to forgive. An optional music video is provided.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 11 | August 10, 2014

Give the Gift of Forgiveness

by Dick Lentz

Bible Basis: 2 Corinthians 1:23—2:11

Give the Gift of Forgiveness

Students will discuss how they need to forgive those who have harmed or offended them so healing and restoration can take place.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 11 | August 10, 2014

Give the Gift of Forgiveness

by Dick Lentz

Bible Basis: 2 Corinthians 1:23—2:11

Give the Gift of Forgiveness

Students will discuss how they need to forgive those who have harmed or offended them so healing and restoration can take place.

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Adult