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 06 | January 11, 2015

Protection, Holiness, and Unity

by Dick Lentz

Bible Basis: John 17:6-21

Protection, Holiness, and Unity

Students will discuss what Jesus prayed for and what they in turn should pray for.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 06 | January 11, 2015

Protection, Holiness, and Unity

by Dick Lentz

Bible Basis: John 17:6-21

Protection, Holiness, and Unity

Students will discuss what Jesus prayed for and what they in turn should pray for.

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Adult

Lesson 06 | January 11, 2015

Tear Down this Wall!

by Frieda Nossaman

Bible Basis: Ephesians 2:11-18; 3:1-6; 4:3-6

Tear Down this Wall!

A video celebrating the 25th anniversary of the toppling of the Berlin wall helps teens think about things that divide people as they discover that Jesus tears down every wall. Students identify individuals or groups to whom they have been estranged or indifferent and brainstorm ideas to tear down walls as they reach out in love.

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High School

Lesson 06 | January 11, 2015

A Change of Direction

by Levi Schofield

Bible Basis: Acts 16:6-15

A Change of Direction

A video interview with small children explaining what they want to be when they grow up launches a discussion about the importance of being open to a change of direction. Students reflect on how they might react when faced with unexpected guidance and are challenged to submit their plans for the future to the leading and direction of the Holy Spirit.

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Middle School

Lesson 06 | January 11, 2015

Promise of Help

by Jenn Joshua

Bible Basis: Acts 18:1-23

Promise of Help

As preteens think about times they’ve needed help, they watch a news clip about a detective who helps two boys living in an abusive foster home and discuss how our Father helps us in all we do. Students acknowledge their need for God’s help as they share prayer requests and commit to praying for one another throughout the week.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 05 | January 04, 2015

Pray Boldly

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: Luke 11:1-13

Pray Boldly

Students will discuss how they can pray boldly, as Jesus did.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 05 | January 04, 2015

Pray Boldly

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: Luke 11:1-13

Pray Boldly

Students will discuss how they can pray boldly, as Jesus did.

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Adult

Lesson 05 | January 04, 2015

Free but Priceless

by Kathy Wenrich

Bible Basis: Ephesians 1:3-6; 2:4-10

Free but Priceless

As teens identify gifts they take for granted, they will discover that we identify with what we value. During the discussion, students watch a rap video about a teen who identified with things of the world until he discovers the priceless gift of salvation in Christ.

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High School

Lesson 05 | January 04, 2015

Power to Be Bold!

by Sandra Higley

Bible Basis: Acts 13:2-5a, 14, 42-46

Power to Be Bold!

Students will discuss what empowers us to be bold as they watch a news clip about a teen who boldly stepped in and saved the life of an infant at Walmart. Students discover that the Holy Spirit helps us speak boldly about Jesus as they prepare prayer calendars identifying those who need to hear the Gospel. A link is provided to a free, printable calendar template.

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Middle School

Lesson 05 | January 04, 2015

The Rest Is Up to God

by Lisa Brock

Bible Basis: Acts 17

The Rest Is Up to God

As students watch a video about how sharing kindness with others can multiply, they learn how they can let God take over once they have shared His love with others. Preteens prepare small care bags that contain the salvation message for those in need and pray for the recipients.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 04 | December 28, 2014

Bold Worship

by Daphne Myers

Bible Basis: Matthew 14:22-36

Bold Worship

Students will discuss how our unwavering faith in God allows us to be courageous and confident in worshiping Him.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 04 | December 28, 2014

Bold Worship

by Daphne Myers

Bible Basis: Matthew 14:22-36

Bold Worship

Students will discuss how our unwavering faith in God allows us to be courageous and confident in worshiping Him.

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Adult