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 09 | January 29, 2017

The Creation Praises the Creator

by Carol Wilde

Bible Basis: Psalm 148

The Creation Praises the Creator

Students will discuss how the beauty of creation inspires us to praise God.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 09 | January 29, 2017

The Creation Praises the Creator

by Carol Wilde

Bible Basis: Psalm 148

The Creation Praises the Creator

Students will discuss how the beauty of creation inspires us to praise God.

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Adult

Lesson 09 | January 29, 2017

Fuzzy or Focused

by Caroline Ferdinandsen

Bible Basis: Hebrews 2:9-10; 12:1-3

Fuzzy or Focused

Students will watch a video clip about a marathon runner to introduce the subject of how fixing our eyes on Jesus gives us strength and courage. A link is provided for a marathon runner’s tag as part of the Step 4 activity.

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High School

Lesson 09 | January 29, 2017

The Greatest!

by Frieda Nossaman

Bible Basis: Mark 10:35-45

The Greatest!

What does it mean to be great? Students will discuss this question as they focus on Jesus’ definition of greatness: serving others. A video clip about people around the world helping each other kicks off the discussion.

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Middle School

Lesson 09 | January 29, 2017

Staying Connected

by Nance Keyes

Bible Basis: John 15:1-8; Galatians 5:22-23

Staying Connected

Students will consider the ways they maintain connections with loved ones after watching a video clip about a young man who had a pizza delivered to check on his grandma after exhausting all other means of connecting with her during Hurricane Matthew. A tutorial on how to draw vines helps them make a visual vine-and-branches plan to stay connected with God. An optional music video is provided.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 08 | January 22, 2017

Seeing God’s Glory in Creation

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: Psalm 104:1-4, 24-30

Seeing God’s Glory in Creation

Students will discuss how we see God and His glory in His creation.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 08 | January 22, 2017

Seeing God’s Glory in Creation

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: Psalm 104:1-4, 24-30

Seeing God’s Glory in Creation

Students will discuss how we see God and His glory in His creation.

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Adult

Lesson 08 | January 22, 2017

Unfrozen

by George Halitzka

Bible Basis: Hebrews 9:11-15; 10:1-12

Unfrozen

Students will discover that Jesus’ sacrifice brings a spiritual spring into our lives by making us holy. A clip from the movie Frozen kicks off the discussion. Links to line art graphics are provided for the Step 4 activity.

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High School

Lesson 08 | January 22, 2017

Compassion in Action

by Megan Barone

Bible Basis: Matthew 14:14; Mark 1:40-45; 6:30-34

Compassion in Action

As students explore the lesson focus “Take time to be compassionate,” they discover that Jesus values compassion over success. A video clip about a Harvard study of middle school and high school students placing more value on success than on the value of kindness sparks lots of conversation.

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Middle School

Lesson 08 | January 22, 2017

Absolute Power

by Lea Vaverchak

Bible Basis: John 11:1-44

Absolute Power

After watching a video clip about a group of Christians meeting at Time Square to worship and pray prior to the presidential election, students discuss their fears and learn that Jesus has absolute power over everything including death. They create a slogan reminder to focus on God and His absolute power.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 07 | January 15, 2017

God Is Our Provider

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: Psalm 65:1-2, 5, 9-13

God Is Our Provider

Students will discuss how God provides us with what we need.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 07 | January 15, 2017

God Is Our Provider

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: Psalm 65:1-2, 5, 9-13

God Is Our Provider

Students will discuss how God provides us with what we need.

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Adult