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 04 | March 29, 2015

Recognizing the Real Jesus

by Diana M Stucky

Bible Basis: Mark 11:1-11

Recognizing the Real Jesus

Students will discuss how they have recognized who Jesus really is.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 04 | March 29, 2015

Recognizing the Real Jesus

by Diana M Stucky

Bible Basis: Mark 11:1-11

Recognizing the Real Jesus

Students will discuss how they have recognized who Jesus really is.

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Adult

Lesson 04 | March 29, 2015

Truth in Worship

by Kathy Wenrich

Bible Basis: Isaiah 58:1-11

Truth in Worship

As your teens explore what constitutes real worship, they discuss real versus fake by taking an online hoax quiz. A video clip on how our actions as Christians don’t always line up with our words gets teens to realize the affect hypocrisy has on each of us.

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High School

Lesson Palm Sunday | March 29, 2015

The Predicted One

by Jill Meek

Bible Basis: Zechariah 6:12-13; 9:9; 11:12-13; 12:10; 14:3-4

The Predicted One

A video clip from Back to the Future 2 shows incorrect predictions made about 2015 and helps students recognize that accurately guessing the future is tough. As students explore how Jesus fulfilled all the ancient predictions of Scripture, they are challenged to pursue getting to know Jesus through the Bible. A link is provided for a Holy Week reading plan from The Artist Bible.

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Middle School

Lesson 04 | March 29, 2015

Be an Overcomer

by Nance Keyes

Bible Basis: 2 Kings 6:8-23

Be an Overcomer

Students will discuss big and small fears as they watch a recent news clip about Christians taken hostage in the Middle East. Preteens will discover that fear can be overcome when it is handed over to God. Links are provided to a tutorial and other helps for creating a 3D “Hand Your Fear over to God” project. An optional music video is offered as students work.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 03 | March 22, 2015

The Power of the Holy Spirit

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: John 20:19-23

The Power of the Holy Spirit

Students will discuss how to live their lives in the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 03 | March 22, 2015

The Power of the Holy Spirit

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: John 20:19-23

The Power of the Holy Spirit

Students will discuss how to live their lives in the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Adult

Lesson 03 | March 22, 2015

Genuine Forgiveness

by Frieda Nossaman

Bible Basis: Isaiah 55:1-7; Hosea 14:1-4

Genuine Forgiveness

Teens will seek to understand the depth of God’s forgiveness. During the discussion, they watch a video clip of the mother of a slain teen showing extraordinary forgiveness to her son’s killer as she pleads with him to accept Jesus. Teens are encouraged to commit to making an appointment during the week when they will spend time in prayer experiencing God’s love and forgiveness.

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High School

Lesson 03 | March 22, 2015

What Are You Doing?

by Kelsey Grulke

Bible Basis: Isaiah 1:1-5, 11-20

What Are You Doing?

An improv game (tutorial link provided) helps students experience saying one thing while doing another as they explore how we often “fake it” spiritually. Christian musician Matthew West’s story of “going through the motions” with God leads students to identify ways they may be doing the same thing themselves and commit to pray with one another for transformation.

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Middle School

Lesson 03 | March 22, 2015

Trust in God’s Power

by Lea Vaverchak

Bible Basis: 2 Kings 2:1-15

Trust in God’s Power

A video clip about the dramatic changes that occurred at Yellowstone after wolves were introduced in 1995 gets students to think and talk about the effects of change on our lives. They discover that when tough changes occur, we can ask for God’s power to see us through. Students turn Scripture into prayer as they learn to approach God when they need powerful solutions.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 02 | March 15, 2015

The Spirit Guides Us to Truth

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: John 16:4-15

The Spirit Guides Us to Truth

Students will discuss how the Holy Spirit is the One who convicts us and guides us to Jesus Christ, the Truth.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 02 | March 15, 2015

The Spirit Guides Us to Truth

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: John 16:4-15

The Spirit Guides Us to Truth

Students will discuss how the Holy Spirit is the One who convicts us and guides us to Jesus Christ, the Truth.

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Adult