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 | May 31, 2015

Gifts Shared in Love

by Diana M. Stucky

Bible Basis: 1 Corinthians 13

Gifts Shared in Love

Students will see how they must use their spiritual gifts with the love of Christ.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 13 | May 31, 2015

Gifts Shared in Love

by Diana M. Stucky

Bible Basis: 1 Corinthians 13

Gifts Shared in Love

Students will see how they must use their spiritual gifts with the love of Christ.

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Adult

Lesson 12 | May 31, 2015

Staying in Focus

by George Halitzka

Bible Basis: Nehemiah 2:11-19; 6:15-16

Staying in Focus

Students discuss the importance of staying focused on God’s priorities. During the discussion they watch a Good Samaritan experiment. Students identify things they know God wants them to do in the coming week and pinpoint what might keep them from staying focused on those priorities. They create a “stay focused” reminder using a downloadable graphic (link provided).

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High School

Lesson 11 | May 31, 2015

Courageous Risk

by Frieda Nossaman

Bible Basis: Esther 2:5-10; 3:1, 5-6, 13; 4:13-16

Courageous Risk

Students will think about the courage needed to take risks and consider if risk-taking is worthwhile as they watch a video clip of a bus driver taking risks to save the school children on her bus from a tornado. Students discover that God gives us courage to take risks for others, and they identify one specific risk God may be asking them to take this week.

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Middle School

Lesson 12 | May 31, 2015

The Prayer Habit

by Holly De Herrera

Bible Basis: Daniel 6

The Prayer Habit

A discussion about cell phones gets your students thinking about communication; a video clip about young kids explaining what prayer is helps them explore why God wants us to communicate with Him regularly. Students use an online template to create prayer dice as a fun way to encourage intercession.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 12 | May 24, 2015

The Power of Pentecost

by Daphne Myers

Bible Basis: Acts 2:1-7, 12; 1 Corinthians 14:13-19

The Power of Pentecost

Students will discuss how the Holy Spirit wants all gifts to be used for the benefit of the whole body.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 12 | May 24, 2015

The Power of Pentecost

by Daphne Myers

Bible Basis: Acts 2:1-7, 12; 1 Corinthians 14:13-19

The Power of Pentecost

Students will discuss how the Holy Spirit wants all gifts to be used for the benefit of the whole body.

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Adult

Lesson 11 | May 24, 2015

What Are You Afraid Of?

by Frieda Nossaman

Bible Basis: Esther 3:8-11; 4:9-16; 5:1-3; 8:5-8

What Are You Afraid Of?

Students will look at their fears and discover that faith is needed to conquer them. During the conversation, students watch a humorous video about ways to kill fear. They connect with a partner for encouragement as they face conquering fear by faith over the next week.

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High School

Lesson 10 | May 24, 2015

Taking a Stand

by Kelsey Grulke

Bible Basis: Daniel 6:3-5, 10-12, 16-23, 26a

Taking a Stand

A video clip of an experiment in what makes people obey/disobey helps students take a look at obedience. They explore how God wants us to stand up for what is right and leave the consequences to Him. Middle schoolers will identify areas of disobedience in their own lives and come up with a practical plan that will help them walk in obedience in that area.

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Middle School

Lesson 11 | May 24, 2015

Handwriting on the Wall

by Lisa Brock

Bible Basis: Daniel 5

Handwriting on the Wall

Graffiti art and the defiance that is usually behind it helps students connect with the concept that defying God leads to trouble. Preteens watch a video clip about reverse graffiti and create their own reverse graffiti poster to help them remember to put God first always. Links to craft visuals are provided.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 11 | May 17, 2015

One Spirit, One Body

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: I Corinthians 12:14-31

One Spirit, One Body

Students will discuss why every part of the Body is important for what God wants it to do.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 11 | May 17, 2015

One Spirit, One Body

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: I Corinthians 12:14-31

One Spirit, One Body

Students will discuss why every part of the Body is important for what God wants it to do.

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Adult