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 05 | July 05, 2015

The Truth Hurts

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: Micah 2:4-11

The Truth Hurts

Students will discuss how hearing and following God’s truth may be painful but also good for us in our lives.

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Lesson 05 | July 05, 2015

The Truth Hurts

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: Micah 2:4-11

The Truth Hurts

Students will discuss how hearing and following God’s truth may be painful but also good for us in our lives.

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Lesson 05 | July 05, 2015

We Bow Down

by Jill Meek

Bible Basis: Psalm 98

We Bow Down

Teens will discuss the word awesome and explore its actual meaning as they watch a video clip about amazing stunts from 2014 labeled “People Are Awesome.” As they discover that what God does is truly awe inspiring, they are given the opportunity to take a worshipful posture before God. A link to a worship video is provided.

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Lesson 05 | July 05, 2015

Keep Trusting!

by Frieda Nossaman

Bible Basis: Job 1:1-3, 18-22; 42:10-13

Keep Trusting!

A news piece about a family who trusted God when their 14 year old suffered a devastating head injury helps students relate to why it is important to trust God even when life hurts. Students identify people and possessions they care deeply about and are encouraged to place them in God’s hands for safe keeping.

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Lesson 05 | July 05, 2015

True Confession

by Holly De Herrera

Bible Basis: Ezra 7—10

True Confession

Students discuss confession.  During the discussion, preteens watch a video clip about two boys who think they are hooked up to a lie detector and confess for ulterior motives. Students discover that God wants us to tell Him and be genuinely repentant when we’ve done something wrong.

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Lesson 04 | June 28, 2015

The Right Priorities

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: Amos 8:1-6, 9-10

The Right Priorities

Students will discuss which priorities please God and which do not.

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Lesson 04 | June 28, 2015

The Right Priorities

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: Amos 8:1-6, 9-10

The Right Priorities

Students will discuss which priorities please God and which do not.

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Lesson 04 | June 28, 2015

No Shame on You

by George Halitzka

Bible Basis: Psalm 42:1-8

No Shame on You

Students view several humorous “pet shaming” photos as they discuss what it is like to have your deepest confidences betrayed. Teens discover that they can confide in God and trust His acceptance. Teens produce affirmation signs based on Psalm 139 to remind them of God’s love and desire for them to pour their hearts out to Him. A link to the ESV translation of Psalm 139 is provided.

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Lesson 04 | June 28, 2015

My Very Best Friend

by Frieda Nossaman

Bible Basis: Psalm 34:17-18; 55:16-17; Matthew 6:6-8; Philippians 4:6-7; 1 Thessalonians 5:17

My Very Best Friend

Your students will look at friendship and consider making God their best friend. A video clip about a unique friendship between a young boy and a UPS driver helps students look at what makes a friendship special. Students are challenged to plan tangible ways they will strengthen their friendship with God this week.

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Lesson 04 | June 28, 2015

While You Wait

by Lea Vaverchak

Bible Basis: Ezra 1—6

While You Wait

Students discover God is in control at all times, and we can praise Him even during times of waiting. During the discussion, students watch a video about a man who waited 10 years for a new car, walking 21 miles to work each day. Students create a gratitude journal to praise God as they wait for His answers (journal page links included). Optional music video available as students journal.

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Lesson 03 | June 21, 2015

The Sin of Selfishness

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: Amos 6:4-8, 11-14

The Sin of Selfishness

Students will discuss how God wants us to be selfless, not selfish.

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Lesson 03 | June 21, 2015

The Sin of Selfishness

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: Amos 6:4-8, 11-14

The Sin of Selfishness

Students will discuss how God wants us to be selfless, not selfish.

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