Real Life in Real Time

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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 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

Lesson 10 | May 17, 2015

Trust and Obey

by Levi Schofield

Bible Basis: Jeremiah 1:1, 7, 17-19; 37:6-8, 13-15

Trust and Obey

Teens discuss how difficult it can be to tell the truth as they gain insight into the challenges of trusting and obeying God. Silly lyrics from a song from the 1980s movie Ishtar drive home a point about the results of truthfulness. Students watch a whiteboard animation about how to stand up to the crowd in order to bolster their resolve to do what’s right and leave the results to God.

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High School

Lesson 09 | May 17, 2015

Civil Obedience

by Jill Meek

Bible Basis: Daniel 1:8-17

Civil Obedience

Students consider their relationships with those in authority as they watch a video clip about a teacher who asked for input from her students. A discussion follows about why authority figures might not listen to us and the need for God’s wisdom to make necessary changes. Students are challenged to search for God’s wisdom; links for online resources to help with that are provided.

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Middle School

Lesson 10 | May 17, 2015

Mighty to Save

by Nance Keyes

Bible Basis: Daniel 3

Mighty to Save

Students watch a video about a dramatic rescue that prompts discussion on God’s power to save us from physical crises as well as from our imperfect spiritual condition. Students make a M2S (Mighty to Save) message board as a reminder. An optional music video link is provided.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 10 | May 10, 2015

Gifts for the Common Good

by Dick Lentz

Bible Basis: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11

Gifts for the Common Good

Students will discuss why it’s important to use the gifts the Holy Spirit has given us to serve others.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 10 | May 10, 2015

Gifts for the Common Good

by Dick Lentz

Bible Basis: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11

Gifts for the Common Good

Students will discuss why it’s important to use the gifts the Holy Spirit has given us to serve others.

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Adult