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 01 | March 08, 2015

The Holy Spirit Teaches Us

by Dick Lentz

Bible Basis: John 14:15-26

The Holy Spirit Teaches Us

Students will discuss the role the Holy Spirit plays in their lives as their teacher, counselor, and guide.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 01 | March 08, 2015

The Holy Spirit Teaches Us

by Dick Lentz

Bible Basis: John 14:15-26

The Holy Spirit Teaches Us

Students will discuss the role the Holy Spirit plays in their lives as their teacher, counselor, and guide.

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Adult

Lesson 01 | March 08, 2015

Religion or Relationship?

by Jill Meek

Bible Basis: Isaiah 1:10-18

Religion or Relationship?

Students discern the difference between the emptiness of impersonal connections and the depth of real relationships. A video about auto-correcting humanity provides a springboard for discussion. As teens recognize that doing things out of habit or obligation is no substitute for a deep relationship with Jesus, they are challenged to slow down and go deeper.

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High School

Lesson 01 | March 08, 2015

Custom Made

by Caroline Ferdinandsen

Bible Basis: Jeremiah 1:4-10; 20:7-11; 23:28-29

Custom Made

As students watch a clip on the original Batmobile that sold at auction for $4.6 million, they explore how something unique, created for a specific purpose gives value. They recognize that God’s plan and design makes them one-of-a-kind and priceless. Students make an auction sign to remind them of their unique features and worth (a link is provided to a sample).

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Middle School

Lesson 01 | March 08, 2015

Follow the Leader

by Lisa Brock

Bible Basis: 1 Kings 18

Follow the Leader

 

Students will explore what it means to follow, who we follow, and why. During the discussion, they watch a video clip about people blindly following someone they don’t know into a dangerous situation simply because he tells them to. As they discover the value of letting God lead them, they create an emoticon name tag/zipper pull that identifies them as a God-follower.

 

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 13 | March 01, 2015

What Jesus Has Done for Me

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: John 21:29-34

What Jesus Has Done for Me

Students will discuss how they give their testimony of what Jesus has done for them.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 13 | March 01, 2015

What Jesus Has Done for Me

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: John 21:29-34

What Jesus Has Done for Me

Students will discuss how they give their testimony of what Jesus has done for them.

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Adult

Lesson 13 | March 01, 2015

I Can Only Imagine

by Levi Schofield

Bible Basis: Revelation 21:1-4; 22:1-5, 20-21

I Can Only Imagine

Your teens will look at some of the most beautiful locations on Earth in order to arrive at the understanding that even these breathtaking places fall completely short of what God has in store for us. Teens spend time investigating Scriptures that describe what awaits for us in heaven and then choose one to memorize during the week to help them reflect on what really matters.

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High School

Lesson 13 | March 01, 2015

Forged in Forgiveness

by Levi Schofield

Bible Basis: Acts 12:25; 13:4-5; 15:36-41; 2 Timothy 4:11

Forged in Forgiveness

Portions of a powerful video clip are used in Steps 1 and 4 to illustrate an extreme example of forgiveness in order to help students grasp the importance of second chances. Students examine their own lives to identify hurts and are invited to write about it privately and then tear it up as an outward expression that they will extend a second chance to that individual.

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Middle School

Lesson 13 | March 01, 2015

Press On

by Nance Keyes

Bible Basis: Philippians 1:19-27; 2 Timothy 4:6-8; Romans 12:1-2

Press On

Students will discuss what perseverance in a difficult situation looks like as they watch a video clip about two men who free climbed the Dawn Wall of El Capitan. They create a climbing-knot bracelet to remind them that with Jesus and for Jesus, they can press on. Links for additional resources about the record-breaking climb, a knot-tying tutorial, and an optional music video are provided.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 12 | February 22, 2015

Ready for Battle

by Daphne Myers

Bible Basis: Ephesians 6:10-20

Ready for Battle

Students will discuss how we need to be battle-ready for the everyday warfare of our faith.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 12 | February 22, 2015

Ready for Battle

by Daphne Myers

Bible Basis: Ephesians 6:10-20

Ready for Battle

Students will discuss how we need to be battle-ready for the everyday warfare of our faith.

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Adult