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 | September 24, 2017

A Changed Heart

by Carol Wilde

Bible Basis: Ezekiel 36:22-32

A Changed Heart

Explore how God alone can change hard hearts and open closed minds.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 04 | September 24, 2017

A Changed Heart

by Carol Wilde

Bible Basis: Ezekiel 36:22-32

A Changed Heart

Explore how God alone can change hard hearts and open closed minds.

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Adult

Lesson 04 | September 24, 2017

Wise Counsel

by Caroline Ferdinandsen

Bible Basis: Proverbs 22:17-21 23: 4-5, 17-21; 24:3-6

Wise Counsel

Students will watch a video and respond to a study about the teenage brain and risk-taking as they explore the value of godly advice.

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High School

Lesson 04 | September 24, 2017

Promises Kept

by Frieda Nossaman

Bible Basis: 2 Samuel 7:8-17; Hebrews 8:8b-13

Promises Kept

Students will seek to understand the importance of keeping their promises as they explore how God’s promises to us are reliable. A music video is provided for Step 4.

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Middle School

Lesson 04 | September 24, 2017

Emerging Trust

by Jenn Joshua

Bible Basis: 1 Samuel 18:5—19:18

Emerging Trust

Students will watch a nature video of a dragonfly struggling to emerge from its skin as they talk about trusting God in difficult situations. A resource link and music video are provided in Step 4.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 03 | September 17, 2017

Rest and Renew

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: Exodus 31:12-18

Rest and Renew

Students will discuss how we need the rest in our lives that God calls for in the Sabbath.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 03 | September 17, 2017

Rest and Renew

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: Exodus 31:12-18

Rest and Renew

Students will discuss how we need the rest in our lives that God calls for in the Sabbath.

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Adult

Lesson 03 | September 17, 2017

Words from the Heart

by Kelsey Grulke

Bible Basis: Proverbs 16:16-24, 27-28

Words from the Heart

Students will explore how the way we say things impacts others and will begin to think about the importance of communicating well. A video clip of a son who treated his mother disrespectfully as he grew up but changed his ways because he realized how much he owed and appreciated her opens the discussion.

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High School

Lesson 03 | September 17, 2017

Dangerous Powers

by Levi Schofield

Bible Basis: 1 Samuel 28:1a, 3-19

Dangerous Powers

By discussing current trends of the occult in media and watching a video clip of David Blaine perform “magic,” students will develop an understanding of how the devil uses media to trap us into giving in to evil. They will discover how to evaluate future encounters with the occult by using God’s Word.

Video [total length is 6:50. Your students will be evaluating this clip in Step 4, so watching it in its entirety would be helpful; however, if time is an issue, start at 3:37 and stop at 5:46]:

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Middle School

Lesson 03 | September 17, 2017

God Delivers Us

by Lea Vaverchak

Bible Basis: 1 Samuel 17

God Delivers Us

To help students explore our need to be delivered from sin, they will view a video of skydiver Luke Aikins whose salvation from a 25,000 ft. free fall rested solely on a piece of netting. A music video is provided in Step 4.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 02 | September 10, 2017

Our Eternal Inheritance

by Dick Lentz

Bible Basis: Genesis 17:1-14

Our Eternal Inheritance

Students will respond to knowing they have received an inheritance from God.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 02 | September 10, 2017

Our Eternal Inheritance

by Dick Lentz

Bible Basis: Genesis 17:1-14

Our Eternal Inheritance

Students will respond to knowing they have received an inheritance from God.

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Adult