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 05, 2017

God’s Perfect Love

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: 1 John 4:7-19

God’s Perfect Love

 Students will discuss how much God loves us and why we should love others.

 

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 01 | March 05, 2017

God’s Perfect Love

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: 1 John 4:7-19

God’s Perfect Love

Students will discuss how much God loves us and why we should love others.

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Adult

Lesson 01 | March 05, 2017

Miraculous Rescue

by Frieda Nossaman

Bible Basis: Luke 23:33-34; Colossians 1:13-22

Miraculous Rescue

Students will watch a dramatic rescue as they contemplate how Jesus has rescued us from sin. Links are provided to two examples so that one or both can be used.

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High School

Lesson 01 | March 05, 2017

Fair-Weather Followers

by Jill Meek

Bible Basis: John 12:12-19

Fair-Weather Followers

Students will consider how we follow trends as they explore following Jesus out of love vs. because it is popular. A video about an app designed to find out what is popular with teens leads off the discussion. Students are challenged to get to know Jesus better by daily reading a portion of the words He spoke. A link is provided to the preferences page of Biblegateway.com so that students can change their smartphone app to reflect a red-letter edition if they don’t have one.

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Middle School

Lesson 01 | March 05, 2017

Follow the Leader

by Nance Keyes

Bible Basis: John 10:1-6, 14; Psalm 23

Follow the Leader

A video about a zipline tour guide helps students discuss the importance of knowing and trusting the ones they follow as they explore following Jesus because we know Him. An optional Step 4 video is provided as background music.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 13 | February 26, 2017

The Fruit of the Spirit

by Daphne Myers

Bible Basis: Galatians 5:18—6:10

The Fruit of the Spirit

Students will follow the Holy Spirit to produce good fruit in their lives for the Kingdom.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 13 | February 26, 2017

The Fruit of the Spirit

by Daphne Myers

Bible Basis: Galatians 5:18—6:10

The Fruit of the Spirit

Students will follow the Holy Spirit to produce good fruit in their lives for the Kingdom.

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Adult

Lesson 13 | February 26, 2017

The God Squad

by Kelsey Grulke

Bible Basis: John 17:1-6, 20-23

The God Squad

Students will look at how being part of a group can have many benefits as we face a hostile world. A funny animated clip adds to the discussion. In Step 4, a brief video helps students understand how the world sees Christians in general.

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High School

Lesson 13 | February 26, 2017

Red Skittles

by George Halitzka

Bible Basis: Matthew 25:31-40

Red Skittles

As students watch a video clip about rejected Skittles, they will consider their responsibility to help others out of their abundance. Whatever we do for others, we do for Christ.

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Middle School

Lesson 13 | February 26, 2017

A Treasured Friend

by Paula Yingst

Bible Basis: Matthew 13:44-46

A Treasured Friend

God wants us to treasure Him more than anything else. Students will consider a story about unexpectedly finding valuable treasure as they explore how God wants us to treasure Him more than anything. A music video is provided in Step 4 as part of an analysis of God’s qualities as a friend.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 12 | February 19, 2017

Stand Firm in Christ

by Students will discuss how we must stand firm for Christ no matter what.

Bible Basis: Galatians 5:1-17

Stand Firm in Christ

Students will discuss how we must stand firm for Christ no matter what.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 12 | February 19, 2017

Stand Firm in Christ

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: Galatians 5:1-17

Stand Firm in Christ

Students will discuss how we must stand firm for Christ no matter what.

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Adult