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 13 | May 28, 2017

God Is in Control

by Daphne Myers

Bible Basis: Jonah 4

God Is in Control

Students will talk about how we are often frustrated with God over how He works in our lives and in the world.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 13 | May 28, 2017

God Is in Control

by Daphne Myers

Bible Basis: Jonah 4

God Is in Control

Students will talk about how we are often frustrated with God over how He works in our lives and in the world.

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Adult

Lesson 11 | May 28, 2017

Cheerful Sharing

by Frieda Nossaman

Bible Basis: Acts 4:34-37; 2 Corinthians 8:1-5, 9-14

Cheerful Sharing

Students will reflect on how sharing helps us and others as they watch a social experiment about the selfless act of a homeless man. A music video is provided for Step 4.

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High School

Lesson 10 | May 28, 2017

What’s Your Motive?

by Levi Schofield

Bible Basis: Acts 8:5-25

What’s Your Motive?

Your students will increase their awareness of the selfishness of man by playing a game that tests their integrity and watching a portion of a video of infamous con artists. Students identify their own motivational characteristics.

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Middle School

Lesson 11 | May 28, 2017

Taken by Surprise

by Jenn Joshua

Bible Basis: Acts 12:1-19

Taken by Surprise

Students will talk about things that seem impossible as they explore how God’s answers to prayer can be surprising. To help them relate, they watch a sky-diving stunt that is hard to believe. A Step 4 video highlights a 13-year-old answered prayer.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 12 | May 21, 2017

God’s Compassion

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: Jonah 3

God’s Compassion

Students will understand how God has compassion on those who repent and turn to Him.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 12 | May 21, 2017

God’s Compassion

by Crystal Green

Bible Basis: Jonah 3

God’s Compassion

Students will understand how God has compassion on those who repent and turn to Him.

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Adult

Lesson 10 | May 21, 2017

Don’t Miss the Mark

by Caroline Ferdinandsen

Bible Basis: 1 Corinthians 13

Don’t Miss the Mark

Using a list of song titles from the PopSugar website, students will discuss modern concepts of love captured in the biggest “love” songs of 2017 as they explore the active love of Christ. An optional music video is provided in Step 4.

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High School

Lesson 09 | May 21, 2017

Doing Your Part

by Levi Schofield

Bible Basis: Acts 6:1-7

Doing Your Part

As your students watch two video clips about disgusting jobs featured on the television show Dirty Jobs, they will consider the role blue-collar jobs have in our society and examine their own perception of them. They explore how no job is too small for believers and pair themselves with known church opportunities.

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Middle School

Lesson 10 | May 21, 2017

First Choice!

by Paula Yingst

Bible Basis: Acts 4:1-22; 5:12-42

First Choice!

Students will think about how they make priorities as they explore what it means to obey God first in all situations. A video about a world view of how to make decisions opens the discussion. A Step 4 link to an article about Franklin Graham gives students an example of putting God first.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 11 | May 14, 2017

In Trying Times, Pray

by Dick Lentz

Bible Basis: Jonah 2

In Trying Times, Pray

Students will discuss how they can pray when they face situations that seem hopeless or beyond repair.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 11 | May 14, 2017

In Trying Times, Pray

by Dick Lentz

Bible Basis: Jonah 2

In Trying Times, Pray

Students will discuss how they can pray when they face situations that seem hopeless or beyond repair.

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Adult