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 10 | August 09, 2015

Choose to Be Just

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: Jeremiah 7:1-15

Choose to Be Just

Students will discuss the protection God gives to those who are just and obey Him.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 10 | August 09, 2015

Choose to Be Just

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: Jeremiah 7:1-15

Choose to Be Just

Students will discuss the protection God gives to those who are just and obey Him.

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Adult

Lesson 10 | August 09, 2015

“Together” Prayer

by Jill Meek

Bible Basis: Matthew 18:19-20; Acts 4:23-31

“Together” Prayer

A video clip about the Charleston community coming together after the church shooting emphasizes that there is strength in numbers helps teens recognize that there is power in “together” prayer. Students commit to pray together using various prayer strategies (instructional links provided).

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High School

Lesson 10 | August 09, 2015

Body Building

by Levi Schofield

Bible Basis: 1 Corinthians 12:14-27

Body Building

Students discuss the importance of small things and their importance in a larger context as they view a video clip about a house made completely out of Legos. Students discover that each of them plays an important part in the church; they identify spiritual gifts and the roles that they might fill in the Body of Christ.

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Middle School

Lesson 10 | August 09, 2015

Praying Together

by Nance Keyes

Bible Basis: 2 Chronicles 20:1-30

Praying Together

Students will acknowledge the concept of strength in numbers as they look at a community that came together after a devastating storm. They apply the concept of strength in numbers to their prayer lives as they commit to pray together for the same person on the same day of the week. A link to a printable prayer calendar is provided.

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Upper Elementary

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