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 | July 30, 2017

Called to Tell the Truth

by Carol Wilde

Bible Basis: Amos 7:10-17

Called to Tell the Truth

Talk about why people reject God’s truth and how we must keep presenting it.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 09 | July 30, 2017

Called to Tell the Truth

by Carol Wilde

Bible Basis: Amos 7:10-17

Called to Tell the Truth

Talk about why people reject God’s truth and how we must keep presenting it.

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Adult

Lesson 09 | July 30, 2017

Help Wanted

by Levi Schofield

Bible Basis: Romans 8:1, 5-11, 14-17, 26-27

Help Wanted

Your teens will realize their need for help when overcoming sinful behavior by relating to the metaphor of another unwinnable situation—computer game of QWOP. A link to a Step 4 resource provides teens with a way to combat sin by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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High School

Lesson 09 | July 30, 2017

Big Change Ahead!

by Caroline Ferdinandsen

Bible Basis: Luke 19:1-10

Big Change Ahead!

A video clip about how a rescue dog changed a man’s life will provide a springboard for your students to talk about big changes as they explore how Jesus can transform lives.

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Middle School

Lesson 09 | July 30, 2017

Faith Fitness

by Nance Keyes

Bible Basis: Acts 16:1-3; 17:13-15; 1 and 2 Timothy

Faith Fitness

Students will consider the effort put into body strengthening as they watch an 11-year-old rock-climbing champion train for dangerous climbs and will realize similar effort needs to be invested in exercising their faith.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 08 | July 23, 2017

Learn and Proclaim the Word

by Carol Wilde

Bible Basis: Ezekiel 3:1-11

Learn and Proclaim the Word

Discuss the value of studying God’s Word so we can proclaim His message.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 08 | July 23, 2017

Learn and Proclaim the Word

by Carol Wilde

Bible Basis: Ezekiel 3:1-11

Learn and Proclaim the Word

Discuss the value of studying God’s Word so we can proclaim His message.

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Adult

Lesson 08 | July 23, 2017

Sons and Daughters

by Jill Meek

Bible Basis: Colossians 2:9-10; John 1:1-12

Sons and Daughters

Students will reflect on the joys and challenges of becoming a family as they explore being one of God’s children. A clip from The LEGO Batman Movie adds to the discussion. A resource link is provided to information on the love languages.

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High School

Lesson 08 | July 23, 2017

Jesus—the Son of God

by Frieda Nossaman

Bible Basis: Matthew 17:1-12; 2 Peter 1:16-18

Jesus—the Son of God

Students watch a video clip of people on the street giving their opinions on who Jesus is as they explore the truth of Jesus’ divinity. A Step 4 video of  NBA star Stephen Curry’s testimony encourages students to live life purposefully based on who Jesus is.

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Middle School

Lesson 08 | July 23, 2017

Jesus Changes Lives

by Lea Vaverchak

Bible Basis: Acts 16:25-34

Jesus Changes Lives

A video about paying off school lunch debt that went viral gets preteens thinking about how something as small as a paid lunch ticket can change lives. A Step 4 video clip of surfer Bethany Hamilton’s testimony after losing her arm to a shark marks the dramatic way Jesus changes lives.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 07 | July 16, 2017

God’s Encouragement and Our Calling

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: Jeremiah 1:4-15

God’s Encouragement and Our Calling

Our encouraging God challenges us with His calling.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 07 | July 16, 2017

God’s Encouragement and Our Calling

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: Jeremiah 1:4-15

God’s Encouragement and Our Calling

Our encouraging God challenges us with His calling.

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Adult