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 10 | May 07, 2017

Expect the Unexpected

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: Jonah 1:7-17

Expect the Unexpected

Students will discuss how God often brings people to Him in unexpected ways.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 10 | May 07, 2017

Expect the Unexpected

by Doug Schmidt

Bible Basis: Jonah 1:7-17

Expect the Unexpected

Students will discuss how God often brings people to Him in unexpected ways.

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Adult

Lesson 10 | May 07, 2017

Team United

by Levi Schofield

Bible Basis: Acts 2:41-47; 1 Corinthians 12:12-18

Team United

Your teens will develop an understanding of the power created by working with other believers toward a common goal. A video clip of an amusing riddle about teamwork helps students connect with the discussion. Links are also provided as resources for the teacher for Step 4 activities.

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High School

Lesson 10 | May 07, 2017

A Generous Heart

by Kelsey Grulke

Bible Basis: Acts 4:32-37; Acts 5:1-11

A Generous Heart

Students will think about their favorite possessions and explore how generosity feels after watching a video about a baseball fan generously giving up a game ball to another fan. Additional resource links are provided in Step 4 as possible giving opportunities.

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Middle School

Lesson 10 | May 07, 2017

Promised Power

by Jenn Joshua

Bible Basis: Acts 3:1-22; 9:36-43

Promised Power

Students will talk about times they’ve given or received unexpected help as they explore how the Holy Spirit empowers us to minister to others. A video clip about animals helping each other kicks off the discussion.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson 09 | April 30, 2017

God’s Preserving Love

by Carol Wilde

Bible Basis: John 10:1-15

God’s Preserving Love

Students will discuss how you know God’s voice when you hear it and why that’s important.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson 09 | April 30, 2017

God’s Preserving Love

by Carol Wilde

Bible Basis: John 10:1-15

God’s Preserving Love

Students will discuss how you know God’s voice when you hear it and why that’s important.

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Adult

Lesson 09 | April 30, 2017

What to Do?

by Caroline Ferdinandsen

Bible Basis: 1 Corinthians 8:4-11; 10:23-31

What to Do?

Students will discuss sacrificing personal rights in order to serve others as they consider pleasing God with personal choices. An article about a company banning a tradition due to one worker’s needs kicks off the discussion.

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High School

Lesson 09 | April 30, 2017

Jesus: Our Super Glue

by Jill Meek

Bible Basis: Acts 1:8; 2:5-11, 14, 40-42, 46-47

Jesus: Our Super Glue

Students will find that we are more connected than we think we are in our diversity. Two video options are provided about people discovering their countries of origin through DNA testing to illustrate the focus. Video options: Please note that while the first video option best expresses the concept of this Step 1, the phrase “Oh, my God” is used in excitement and delight. You may prefer to use the alternate video instead.

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Middle School

Lesson 09 | April 30, 2017

Godly Courage

by Lea Vaverchak

Bible Basis: Acts 1:4-5; 2:1-47

Godly Courage

Students will discuss a video about a student starting a “We Dine Together” lunch club as an illustration of what it means to be courageous. They will learn how the Holy Spirit will give us His power to do bold things for God.

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Upper Elementary

Lesson Ascension | April 23, 2017

God’s Reconciling Love

by Carol Wilde

Bible Basis: Romans 5:6-11; 8:31-39

God’s Reconciling Love

Students discuss what reconciliation with God means and why it’s important.

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Echoes Adult

Lesson Ascension | April 23, 2017

God’s Reconciling Love

by Carol Wilde

Bible Basis: Romans 5:6-11; 8:31-39

God’s Reconciling Love

Students discuss what reconciliation with God means and why it’s important.

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Adult