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 | June 24, 2018

God’s Justice for All People

by Carol Wilde

Bible Basis: Luke 16:19-31

God’s Justice for All People

Students explore what God’s justice means to our lives now and into eternity.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 04 | June 24, 2018

God’s Justice for All People

by Carol Wilde

Bible Basis: Luke 16:19-31

God’s Justice for All People

Students explore what God’s justice means to our lives now and into eternity.

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Adult

Lesson 04 | June 24, 2018

A Word with the Father

by Levi Schofield

Bible Basis: Psalm 42:1-8

A Word with the Father

Your students will look at why they keep secrets from others in order to understand why we should be open with God. A humorous video clip about a lie detector test kicks off the discussion.

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High School

Lesson 04 | June 24, 2018

Faithful Friend

by Jill Meek

Bible Basis: Ps. 34:17-18; 55:16-17; Matt. 6:6-8; Phil. 4:6-7; 1 Thess. 5:17

Faithful Friend

A quick video clip about how long it takes to make and develop friendships will help students explore making God their best friend.

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Middle School

Lesson 04 | June 24, 2018

Hard to Wait

by Anne Love

Bible Basis: Ezra 1—6

Hard to Wait

As they reflect on the ways God is in control of their lives, students will participate in an opinion game about waiting and discuss the challenges that come with having to wait. A video clip about kids trying to wait patiently to eat a marshmallow adds to the discussion, and a music video is provided for Step 4.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 03 | June 17, 2018

Traditions and Honoring God

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: Matthew 15:1-9

Traditions and Honoring God

Students will discuss how our traditions at times can keep us from honoring God.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 03 | June 17, 2018

Traditions and Honoring God

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: Matthew 15:1-9

Traditions and Honoring God

Students will discuss how our traditions at times can keep us from honoring God.

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Adult

Lesson 03 | June 17, 2018

The Un-Cover Up

by Sandra Higley

Bible Basis: Psalm 32

The Un-Cover Up

As they discuss the enjoyment of God’s forgiveness, students will watch a video about a man facing consequences that forced him to confess. An optional Step 4 music video is provided for use as students identify areas of their lives where they need to enjoy God’s forgiveness.

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High School

Lesson 03 | June 17, 2018

Thinking about God’s Word

by Frieda Nossaman

Bible Basis: Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:2; 119:11, 15, 47, 97, 165; I Timothy 4:15

Thinking about God’s Word

Students will think about what God has said and why they should follow Him. A video by Christian artist Odd Thomas on why God’s Word is so important adds to the discussion.

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Middle School

Lesson 03 | June 17, 2018

God Knows

by Nance Keyes

Bible Basis: Daniel 2:1-49

God Knows

As they watch a video about the top five smartest kids in the world, students will consider that even the smartest people know only a small portion of what God knows and will realize the need to turn to God for answers.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 02 | June 10, 2018

Overcoming the Obstacles

by Dick Lentz

Bible Basis: Matthew 13:24-33

Overcoming the Obstacles

Students will identify some of the obstacles that can hinder or slow the growth of God’s kingdom and how those can be overcome.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 02 | June 10, 2018

Overcoming the Obstacles

by Dick Lentz

Bible Basis: Matthew 13:24-33

Overcoming the Obstacles

Students will identify some of the obstacles that can hinder or slow the growth of God’s kingdom and how those can be overcome.

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Adult