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 | October 05, 2014

Choosing to Rejoice

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: Habakkuk 2:1-5; 3:16-19

Choosing to Rejoice

Students will discuss how we can choose to rejoice in spite of our troubles.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 05 | October 05, 2014

Choosing to Rejoice

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: Habakkuk 2:1-5; 3:16-19

Choosing to Rejoice

Students will discuss how we can choose to rejoice in spite of our troubles.

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Adult

Lesson 05 | October 05, 2014

Why Friends Matter

by Frieda Nossaman

Bible Basis: Proverbs 1:10-15; 13:20:18:24; 19:4, 6-7; 22:24-25; 27:9

Why Friends Matter

Students will think about friendship, and recognize that it is important to choose friends wisely. Links are provided to various quotes on friendship that help your teens look at the subject of friendship more deeply. They will be challenged to spend time with God asking Him to help them analyze the pros and cons of current friendships from His point of view, and making adjustments as necessary.

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High School

Lesson 05 | October 05, 2014

Jackpot!

by George Halitzka

Bible Basis: 1 Kings 3:5-14

Jackpot!

As students watch a video about how lottery winners’ lives were ruined by the money they won, they will be reminded that money and possessions are not the most important things in life. They look at Solomon’s choice for wisdom over material possessions, and are challenged to dig for God’s wisdom in the problems they face. They are introduced to a website that can help them find God’s answers.

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Middle School

Lesson 05 | October 05, 2014

Friends Come First

by Jenn Joshua

Bible Basis: 1 Samuel 20

Friends Come First

Your preteens will talk about friendship and wanting God’s best for their friends. During the discussion, they watch a clip about a theater group that brings together abled and disabled students, ignoring differences to see each other thrive. Students are challenged to identify ways they might respond selflessly to see their friends excel.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 04 | September 28, 2014

The Lord Restores Us

by Daphne Myers

Bible Basis: Jeremiah 33:2-11

The Lord Restores Us

Students will discuss how God rebuilds us for His glory out of the ruin we sometimes make of our lives.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 04 | September 28, 2014

The Lord Restores Us

by Daphne Myers

Bible Basis: Jeremiah 33:2-11

The Lord Restores Us

Students will discuss how God rebuilds us for His glory out of the ruin we sometimes make of our lives.

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Adult

Lesson 04 | September 28, 2014

Wisdom Filter: On

by Jill Meek

Bible Basis: Proverbs 22:17-21; 23:4-5,17-21; 24:3-6

Wisdom Filter: On

Students discuss voices that influence their thinking and watch a video about Facebook labeling posts as satirical because Internet hoaxes abound. Students will see that even if others turn off filters for information received, we can be discerning. They are challenged to memorize Scripture as a spiritual chant and seek a relationship with an adult Christian when advice is needed.

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High School

Lesson 04 | September 28, 2014

Promises, Promises!

by Sandra Higley

Bible Basis: 2 Samuel 7:8-17; Hebrews 8:8b-13

Promises, Promises!

Students will discuss broken promises and discover that God’s promises to us are never empty. As part of the discussion, they talk about the film Napoleon Dynamite where campaign promises were made with no intention of being kept. A brief video clip from the movie is provided as well as a resource link to quotes from the movie. Students evaluate their part in their covenant relationship with God.

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Middle School

Lesson 04 | September 28, 2014

Trust When Puzzled

by Holly De Herrera

Bible Basis: 1 Samuel 18:5—19:18

Trust When Puzzled

Using a humorous clip from the movie Elf, students discuss what it’s like when life takes unexpected detours. They discover that even when things seem to go wrong, God knows the missing pieces. Pre-teens make a puzzle piece key ring as a reminder that God has the perfect plan. An optional link is provided for a puzzle template if old puzzle pieces are not readily available.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 03 | September 21, 2014

The Best Investment

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: Jeremiah 32:2-9, 14-15

The Best Investment

Students will discuss the wisdom of investing in God’s plan for the future.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 03 | September 21, 2014

The Best Investment

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: Jeremiah 32:2-9, 14-15

The Best Investment

Students will discuss the wisdom of investing in God’s plan for the future.

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Adult