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 02 | March 12, 2017

Saved by Grace

by Dick Lentz

Bible Basis: Ephesians 2:1-10

Saved by Grace

Students will discuss how grateful we should be as recipients of God’s grace and how we should give grace to those around us.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 02 | March 12, 2017

Saved by Grace

by Dick Lentz

Bible Basis: Ephesians 2:1-10

Saved by Grace

Students will discuss how grateful we should be as recipients of God’s grace and how we should give grace to those around us

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Adult

Lesson 02 | March 12, 2017

Radically Changed

by Frieda Nossaman

Bible Basis: Mark 15:34; Colossians 3:1-14

Radically Changed

Students will reflect on times when they have experienced radical change as they focus on what God wants from those who trust in Him. A Step 4 video about the radical transformation of ex-gangster Nicky Cruz encourages them to live radically changed lives in order to win others to Him.

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High School

Lesson 02 | March 12, 2017

Shape Up!

by Caroline Ferdinandsen

Bible Basis: Mathew 21:12-17

Shape Up!

Your students will discuss honesty in business after they watch a 30-second commercial about a dishonest lemonade stand proprietor. Exploring and responding to how Jesus expects us to live as His followers, students will make a rules poster to help them work on things that need to shape up in one area of their lives. Links to rules posters are provided for reference.

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Middle School

Lesson 02 | March 12, 2017

Willing to Surrender

by Lea Vaverchak

Bible Basis: John 10:7-18; 15:13

Willing to Surrender

After watching a clip about candidates for the Mars One mission where participants are expected to give their lives completely to this program and never return, students will discuss what it means to surrender and learn how Jesus willingly surrendered His life for us. A link is provided to a worksheet used in Step 4 along with an optional music video.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 01 | March 05, 2017

God’s Perfect Love

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: 1 John 4:7-19

God’s Perfect Love

 Students will discuss how much God loves us and why we should love others.

 

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 01 | March 05, 2017

God’s Perfect Love

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: 1 John 4:7-19

God’s Perfect Love

Students will discuss how much God loves us and why we should love others.

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Adult

Lesson 01 | March 05, 2017

Miraculous Rescue

by Frieda Nossaman

Bible Basis: Luke 23:33-34; Colossians 1:13-22

Miraculous Rescue

Students will watch a dramatic rescue as they contemplate how Jesus has rescued us from sin. Links are provided to two examples so that one or both can be used.

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High School

Lesson 01 | March 05, 2017

Fair-Weather Followers

by Jill Meek

Bible Basis: John 12:12-19

Fair-Weather Followers

Students will consider how we follow trends as they explore following Jesus out of love vs. because it is popular. A video about an app designed to find out what is popular with teens leads off the discussion. Students are challenged to get to know Jesus better by daily reading a portion of the words He spoke. A link is provided to the preferences page of Biblegateway.com so that students can change their smartphone app to reflect a red-letter edition if they don’t have one.

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Middle School

Lesson 01 | March 05, 2017

Follow the Leader

by Nance Keyes

Bible Basis: John 10:1-6, 14; Psalm 23

Follow the Leader

A video about a zipline tour guide helps students discuss the importance of knowing and trusting the ones they follow as they explore following Jesus because we know Him. An optional Step 4 video is provided as background music.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 13 | February 26, 2017

The Fruit of the Spirit

by Daphne Myers

Bible Basis: Galatians 5:18—6:10

The Fruit of the Spirit

Students will follow the Holy Spirit to produce good fruit in their lives for the Kingdom.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 13 | February 26, 2017

The Fruit of the Spirit

by Daphne Myers

Bible Basis: Galatians 5:18—6:10

The Fruit of the Spirit

Students will follow the Holy Spirit to produce good fruit in their lives for the Kingdom.

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Adult