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 | July 02, 2017

God Uniquely Calls Moses

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: Exodus 3:1-12

God Uniquely Calls Moses

Students will discuss the unique calling God has for each of us.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 05 | July 02, 2017

God Uniquely Calls Moses

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: Exodus 3:1-12

God Uniquely Calls Moses

Students will discuss the unique calling God has for each of us.

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Adult

Lesson 05 | July 02, 2017

Honesty—The Best Policy

by Caroline Ferdinandsen

Bible Basis: Exodus 20:16; Numbers 23:11-20

Honesty—The Best Policy

An article from a former FBI agent on ways to spot a liar opens a discussion about signs of dishonesty as students explore what it means to take pains to do what is right.

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High School

Lesson 05 | July 02, 2017

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

by George Halitzka

Bible Basis: Exodus 20:16; John 8:44; Matthew 26:31-35, 56b; Luke 22:54-62

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

Students will be reminded that while everybody lies sometimes, God calls us to a higher standard. A video about how to tell if someone is lying to you adds to the discussion. A link to a graphic is provided in Step 4.

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Middle School

Lesson 05 | July 02, 2017

Courage to Speak Truth

by Paula Yingst

Bible Basis: Exodus 20:16; John 8:12-47

Courage to Speak Truth

Students will watch a silly video about a monkey who won’t tell the truth as a fun way to open a discussion on the need for courage as they explore the importance of being truthful.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 04 | June 25, 2017

Seeing Miracles

by Carol Wilde

Bible Basis: Judges 13:1-7, 24-25

Seeing Miracles

Students will discuss how to recognize a miracle that God is doing.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 04 | June 25, 2017

Seeing Miracles

by Carol Wilde

Bible Basis: Judges 13:1-7, 24-25

Seeing Miracles

Students will discuss how to recognize a miracle that God is doing.

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Adult

Lesson 04 | June 25, 2017

Put God Ahead of Things

by Jill Meek

Bible Basis: Exodus 20:15, 17; Luke 12:13-21

Put God Ahead of Things

As they explore putting God first, students will watch a video of a minimalist as they consider whether less is more when it comes to material objects.

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High School

Lesson 04 | June 25, 2017

Princely Estate

by George Halitzka

Bible Basis: Exodus 20:15, 17; Matthew 6:19-34

Princely Estate

As students view a virtual tour of Paisley Park, mansion of the late pop singer Prince, they will be reminded that possessions are not the most precious thing in life.

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Middle School

Lesson 04 | June 25, 2017

What Money Cannot Buy

by Nance Keyes

Bible Basis: Exodus 20:15, 17; Luke 12:13-21, 33-34

What Money Cannot Buy

Students will consider the value of material items and the value of intangible gifts to determine that they can be content with what they have. Video links to clips about a $1,000,000 Wheel of Fortune winner and a homeless man who returned $2,000 he found add to the discussion. A tutorial link in Step 4 helps with a reminder craft.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 03 | June 18, 2017

God Calls the Unlikely

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: Judges 11:4-11, 29-31

God Calls the Unlikely

Students will discuss how God sometimes chooses unlikely people for His work.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 03 | June 18, 2017

God Calls the Unlikely

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: Judges 11:4-11, 29-31

God Calls the Unlikely

Students will discuss how God sometimes chooses unlikely people for His work.

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Adult