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For the Week of November 25th, 2012
Fall, Lesson 13

Upper Elementary
Students learn about the example set by the Pilgrims and Native Americans, and how Squanto became a forerunner in turning conflict and suspicion into peace and friendship. Students prepare a paper bead bracelet to remind them of Squanto's example of conflict resolution and how God helps us deal with conflict. No video is shown during class; however, the following links are provided:

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Middle School
Students learn about what it means to persevere and discover that God calls them to stand strong through His strength. During the discussion they watch a videoabout Nick Vujicic and the extraordinary perseverance he has displayed while relying on God's strength. Tweens pray for one another throughout the week in areas of shared life experiences requiring perseverance.

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High School
After watching a video about Nik Wallenda's high wire crossing of Niagara Falls, students discuss what it means to trust God and be ready to step out in faith in all circumstances, no matter what the cost.

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Adults
Students will discuss how to be faithful and bold in their service to the Lord.

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For the Week of November 18th, 2012
Fall, Lesson 12

Upper Elementary
Students discuss the importance of guidance and how God is faithful to direct us from point A to point B. They watch a news clip about the space shuttle Endeavour being guided through the streets of Los Angeles and conduct an experiment on the difference between guidance and traveling with no direction. They create a Scripture reminder to help them remember to ask for God's guidance at all times.

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Middle School
Students will reflect on what it means to trust, especially in difficult situations, as they watch a video of Felix Baumgartner's recent sound-barrier breaking free fall from space. They are encouraged to place their cares in God's hands by making a paper basket to hold written notes entrusting the situations in their lives to God.

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High School
Students will discuss persistence and discover how it relates to their personal prayer lives. They watch a video about persistence in the animal kingdom as displayed in the construction of an underground ant city in Brazil that rivals the Great Wall of China. Students create a bookmark to help them remember three important aspects of prayer. Links are provided for looking up Scripture in translations they may not have on hand as well as optional background music:

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Adults
Students will think about opportunities they have to share the best news in the world through their loving actions.

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For the Week of November 11th, 2012
Fall, Lesson 11

Upper Elementary
As they watch brief video clips from presidential campaigns 50-60 years ago, students discuss unfulfilled promises and are reminded that God always keeps His. They create a promise poster to keep as a reminder of some of the good things God has promised them.

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Middle School
Students discuss how it feels to be disillusioned by someone they believe in. During the discussion, they watch a news clip about Lance Armstrong. In an activity designed to help them explore their beliefs, they are challenged to interact with God about where they are on their faith journey.

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High School
Students learn about the value of waiting for God's timing as they discuss Ron Wayne, one of the original owners of Apple who did not hold out for the end result. They are challenged to exercise their ability to wait by experiencing a "technology fast." No videos are shown, but the following links are provided as source information.

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Adults
Students will discuss the importance of faith in helping them survive life's storms.

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For the Week of November 4th, 2012
Fall, Lesson 10

Upper Elementary
Students discuss helping others and discover that prayer is the best way to accomplish it. They watch a news clip about a dog who rescued a dying baby by "asking" his owner's for help. In Step 4, students watch a clip about a boy in Africa who prayed for his friend, and they make a glow-in-the-dark prayer reminder to pray for a friend.

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Middle School
Students will be motivated to honor God with their money and possessions, and will be encouraged to commit to a specific act of giving. They discuss crazy purchases of the absurdly rich and how possessions do not bring happiness. They view an online gift catalog ofgifts that would change the lives of the people who receive them and are challenged to give up one gift on their own wish list this year in order to see someone in a third-world country receive something instead.

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High School
Students acknowledge the importance of keeping priorities straight, and communicating that other people are more important than possessions. During the discussion, students listen to a radio interview of a student who won a $75,000 prize with her study on the withdrawal symptoms teen experience when asked to give up their cell phones. They evaluate their own attachment to possessions and are challenged to engage in a one-on-one conversation with someone this week in place of texting.

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Adults
Students will discuss their testimonies of what God has done in their lives and how they can share those with others.

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For the Week of October 28th, 2012
Fall, Lesson 9

Upper Elementary
Students will see how God, in His great love for us, directs our paths. They will be encouraged to listen to God's directions for their lives, even though we can't always see where they lead. As part of the discussion, students watch a clip about a blind student and his seeing-eye dog. They play a game of blindfolded "Simon Says" as well.

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Middle School
After watching video clips of paratroopers learning how to jump from planes, students discuss how obeying God can be risky but how the benefits far outweigh the risks involved. They evaluate things God is asking them to do in their own lives and make a "parachute guy" to help remind them of their commitment to follow through in obedience even if there are risks involved.

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High School
Students will recognize that when we trust God, He places people and events in our lives as part of an adventure of faith that we never would have dreamed of. They watch a video of young people traveling to 11 countries in 11 months in an adventure of service and self-discovery. Students evaluate the people and situations in their lives right now in light of the faith adventure God has called them to.

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Adults
Students will discover how time spent in the Bible helps them to know and follow Jesus more deeply.

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For the Week of October 21th, 2012
Fall, Lesson 8

Upper Elementary
As students study Noah, they will be reminded that God is a promise-keeping God and has made a way for them when the situation seemed hopeless. After watching the Peanuts cartoon characters play a game of musical chairs, they play an impossible-to-win variation to illustrate that apart from God's rescue, we are helpless to save ourselves. They construct a rainbow promise reminder that "God promises to save" as they listen to Integrity Music's Desperation Band sing "Promises."

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Middle School
Students learn about a famous example of sinful pride, and then look within their own hearts to see where they might be prideful. They watch a video clip of LeBron James and discuss his prime time TV special The Decision. They are given the opportunity to surrender talents and skills to God.

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High School
Students explore God's irrevocable justice coupled with His acts of mercy as they watch and discuss a news report of last month's attack on the Libyan embassy, where Ambassador Christopher Stevens was brutally murdered along with three others in the Middle East. They are given the opportunity to respond to God's mercy as they journal about personal sins of free will. As an option, they listen to "Real Good Thing" by the Newsboys.

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Adults
Students will discuss how the most valuable things in life come without a price tag.

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For the Week of October 14th, 2012
Fall, Lesson 7

Upper Elementary
Students watch a clip from Disney's How to Train Your Dragon and talk about the value of standing up for what they believe in and being different, even when no one around them understands. They complete a Scripture-based bookmark activity that tells them how to do what's right, even when other people aren't.

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Middle School
Students will discover God's forever faithfulness in the midst of the unsettling events of our lives and His ability to rescue us in times of need. To highlight these principles, they watch a video about a man intervening to save some ducklings, and listen to Gateway Worship's "Faithful God" as they make locker magnets to remind them of where to place their trust.

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High School
Students explore the idea of reconciliation and why it is impossible to come by through human effort alone. They discuss the story of NFL player Michael Vick who went to prison in 2007 and how his reconciliation with friends, family and eventually the football league is ongoing; it will never be enough in the eyes of some. Students spend time thinking and praying about steps they might take to share God's message of reconciliation with someone who needs to hear the Good News.

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Adults
Students will discuss how Christians respond to the risks they face when sharing their faith.

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For the Week of October 7th, 2012
Fall, Lesson 6

Upper Elementary
Through discussion of a course correction made on the Curiosity Rover's approach to Mars this summer, students will look at what happens when we are corrected for our actions; they will explore the results of adjusting your course just slightly. They look at areas of their own lives that need a course correction and make a poster for their rooms to inspire making/receiving correction in that area.
Video animation of Curiosity Rover (stop at 3:44) - Click here for link

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Middle School
Students discuss justice and mercy, and discover God's compassion toward each one of us. They watch a video clip of an honor student who spent a night in jail due to truancy and discuss the judge's ruling in light of justice/mercy. They consider who might need their mercy and formulate an accountability plan to extend mercy to that person.

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High School
Students watch a video clip about Indonesian twins who were separated at birth and adopted out to different families and their reunion after almost 30 years as a springboard to a discussion about what it is like to be separated from relationship. As they explore separation and restoration of fellowship, students are challenged to respond to God's ultimate provision of restoration through Jesus to the ultimate separation caused by sin.

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Adults
Students will discuss how important it is to speak out for Christ at every opportunity.

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For the Week of September 30th, 2012
Fall, Lesson 5

Upper Elementary
Students learn that there are consequences for our actions and that it is wise to receive correction for our wrongdoing. They watch a brief video clip of a toddler getting his first "time-out" and make a memory verse ring to carry helpful verses of encouragement with them at all times.

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Middle School
As an object lesson that when one falls it causes all the rest to fall, the students watch one or more videos of dominoes toppling while they build their own domino structure. Students are invited to respond to God's provision at the Cross while they watch a music video of Third Day's Love Song..

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High School
Teens will discuss how nature has gone awry as a consequence of sin and whether humans can fix those negative consequences on their own. Students look at pictures of butterflies in Japan that have mutated; scientists believe these mutations are a result of the nuclear disaster last year. They also watch an example of how nature has gone awry in a video about killer bees. They respond to God's love for us in spite of our sinful nature.

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Adults
Students will discuss how their faith shows through as they love others.

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