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 30, 2015

Giving Back to Him

by Diana M. Stucky

Bible Basis: Malachi 3:1-10

Giving Back to Him

Students will discuss how to give back to God what is His in the first place.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 13 | August 30, 2015

Giving Back to Him

by Diana M. Stucky

Bible Basis: Malachi 3:1-10

Giving Back to Him

Students will discuss how to give back to God what is His in the first place.

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Adult

Lesson 13 | August 30, 2015

Music Moves Us

by Levi Schofield

Bible Basis: Psalm 150; Revelation 15:2c-4

Music Moves Us

Your students will analyze the impact that music has on their lives, and discover that it is important to praise God through musical expression. To get the discussion started, students watch a clip about a group of musicians who create music with a Jeep. Teens are challenged to replace some of the music that does not draw them to God with Christ-centered music.

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High School

Lesson 13 | August 30, 2015

Previews of the Coming Savior

by Kelsey Grulke

Bible Basis: Isaiah 61:1-2; Luke 4:16-20; Acts 13:23, 26, 29-30, 38-39

Previews of the Coming Savior

As students watch the preview for an upcoming movie, they consider movie previews to get them thinking about anticipation, and will understand that God’s Word points the way to Christ. They discuss ways to give previews of the Gospel to others and watch an example of an Internet conversation starter.

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Middle School

Lesson 13 | August 30, 2015

What Can I Give?

by Jenn Joshua

Bible Basis: 2 Corinthians 8—9

What Can I Give?

Students discuss examples of giving to people in need, and discover that God wants us to be generous givers. A clip about strangers who fed a parking meter to help a woman with a baby in crisis emphasizes how generous giving comes in a variety of forms. Step 4 suggests joining a giving project and provides links to some possibilities if no church-based programs are available.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 12 | August 23, 2015

Listen to God

by Dick Lentz

Bible Basis: Zechariah 7:8-14

Listen to God

Students will discuss how to become better listeners so they hear and follow what God tells them.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 12 | August 23, 2015

Listen to God

by Dick Lentz

Bible Basis: Zechariah 7:8-14

Listen to God

Students will discuss how to become better listeners so they hear and follow what God tells them.

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Adult

Lesson 12 | August 23, 2015

Distinctive Ceremonies

by Jill Meek

Bible Basis: Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 11:23-28

Distinctive Ceremonies

Students watch a video about and consider celebrations in various cultures as they discover that Baptism and Communion are both celebrations of Christ’s love for us. A music video is provided in Step 4 for use in a time of reflection/celebration.

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High School

Lesson 12 | August 23, 2015

Worship in all Things

by Kathy Wenrich

Bible Basis: 2 Chronicles 5:12-13; Ezra 3:10-11; 1 Corinthians 14:15, 26-33

Worship in all Things

Students will discuss the attributes of being a fan of something after watching a compilations of soccer fans around the world, and discover that being a fan of God is our highest calling. A music video is provided for a time of worship in Step 4 as students are challenged to take their worship to the next level.

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Middle School

Lesson 12 | August 23, 2015

Heavenly Hope

by Duane Montague

Bible Basis: John 14:1-3, 18-20; Acts 1:6-11

Heavenly Hope

Students will begin to think differently, and get excited about, eternity in heaven. A brief video of kids sharing what they think heaven will be like enhances the discussion. A music loop is provided for use several times during classroom activities.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 11 | August 16, 2015

The Need for Repentance

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: Ezekiel 18:1-13

The Need for Repentance

Students will discuss how repentance brings us to God and leads us to new life.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 11 | August 16, 2015

The Need for Repentance

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: Ezekiel 18:1-13

The Need for Repentance

Students will discuss how repentance brings us to God and leads us to new life.

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Adult