There are three main excuses used for ignoring God & His Word. 
    1. "No Time"      2. "Can't Afford It"       3. "Boring

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Uh Oh,  now that your excuses are gone, what are you going to do?  It's Time to Grow Up on Purpose!

The "E" word! "EFFORT"  Salvation takes NO EFFORT, that work is done by Jesus, but DISCIPLESHIP takes EFFORT.   

When you spend your hard earned money on your Spiritual Education and Discipleship in Christ you will value it.  
In the words of King David,  

    "No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing." 2Sa 24:24 N 


Here is a free resource for your spiritual discipleship.  

Discover Your SHAPE.  God made you specific and unique.  

Serve Him as you are made.  Click here free study guide

Reading is a great sleeping pill, especially when you work hard all day.  So listen to the Bible dramatized just like a movie!  

20286: NIV Audio Bible NT on CD, Dramatized  1984 NIV Audio Bible NT on CD, Dramatized 1984
By Zondervan

The dramatized NIV Audio Bible is a completely new recording with new packaging. It is perfect for Christians who want to use the time they have to get into God's Word. The Bible speaks anew in this new release of Zondervan's audio NIV Bible, first released 20 years ago. This new recording keeps listeners' attention and increases their knowledge of God and His Word. Features include: The best-selling New International Version translation of the Bible; all-new, fully digital recording; a fully dramatized recording of the NIV using multiple character voices and musical accompaniment; fully orchestrated, complete with sound effects; the carrying case is made of durable nylon with a zipper. The CDs are arranged in book order in sleeves (CDs). Each unit is clearly marked so that consumers can easily find the passage they are looking for; an attractive cardboard sleeve accommodates slat-wall brackets or shelf displays; and each comes with a lifetime guarantee. 16 CDs.

 Get A Good Bible In English, so you can read it easily.   Read along with your Audio Bible.   I cut my teeth on this Bible.  

27862: NIV Student Bible, Revised - Black Bonded Leather 1984 NIV Student Bible, Revised - Black Bonded Leather 1984
By Zondervan

The Student Bible's proven, common sense approach to studying the Scriptures appeals to high school and college readers, as well as adults of every age. This compact edition offers more than just good looks and portability. Its thoughtful, carefully researched features will help you overcome common obstacles to reading and understanding the Bible.

Edited by award-winning authors Philip Yancey and Tim Stafford, this Bible enables you to understand what you read, find the topics you're looking for, and make real progress in your studies.

The newest feature is called the "Guided Tour," in which Philip Yancey takes the reader through the Bible, highlighting important passages that show the interconnectedness of the Biblical narrative from Genesis to Revelation. In Yancey's words, the goal of the authors and editors of this Bible is "Not to get the reader into the Bible, but to get the Bible into the reader."

The NIV Student Bible addresses the three most common complaints about the Bible:

  • "I can't understand it." The NIV Student Bible makes it easy to understand what you read. In-text "Insights" and "Highlights" explain an help you think about what the Bible is saying. Profiles introduce you to "100 People You Should Know."
  • "I can't find it." The "Where to Find It" reference section guides you comfortably around the Bible and supplies you with accessible definitions and important information.
  • "The Bible is too big and intimidating." The "Guided Tour" offers an enriching six-month walk through the Bible, with devotional stops at significant points of interest. Or set your own pace with the two other options in the 3-track Reading Program, offering two-week or three-year reading plans.

Other Features:

  • Book introductions and overviews summarize the content and point out important facts, themes and characters for each book of the Bible
  • Updated subject guide points to the Bible's message on topics of interest
  • Updated glossary of non biblical people and places
  • Ministry of Jesus, Miracles of Jesus, Parables of Jesus and other useful indexes
  • Timeline of Old Testament History
  • "Lineup of Rulers" outlines the rulers of Israel and Judah
  • Table of Weights & Measures
  • Presentation Page
  • Two-Column format
  • Black letter edition
  • Full color maps with index
  • Compact Edition
  • 9 point text
  • 9 1/4" x 6 1/4" x 1 1/2"
  • Gilded page edges
  • Ribbon marker
  • Black Bonded Leather

*A Must Own Book.* If there was ever a book that I would say is the Disciples Handbook, this is it!   
The Purpose Driven Life details the 5 Disciplines of a Christian.

76994: The Purpose Driven Life, Softcover The Purpose Driven Life, Softcover
By Rick Warren / Zondervan

In this remarkable best-seller Rick Warren will help you understand God's purpose and plan for your life so that you can learn to live the life for which you were created. The book is divided into 40 short chapters so that it can either be read as a personal devotional or studied in a small group setting. Don't let yourself or your family and friends go without this life-transforming book!

For additional resources, visit the Purpose-Driven Life Shop.

Don't want to read the book?   Then watch the movie! 

78642: The Purpose-Driven Life, DVD The Purpose-Driven Life, DVD
By Zondervan

Host a Purpose-Driven small group with this 6-week study! Rick Warren shows you and your friends how to discover the answer to life's most fundamental question: "What on earth am I here for?" As you discuss the implications and applications of the truths found in Warren's best-selling book, you'll discover your own place of significance in God's creation. Approx. 154 minutes.

Sessions Included:

  1. What on Earth Am I Here For?
  2. Worship &#151 You Were Planned for God's Pleasure
  3. Fellowship &#151 You Were Formed for God's Family
  4. Discipleship &#151 You Were Created to Become Like Christ
  5. Ministry &#151 You Were Shaped for Serving God
  6. Evangelism &#151 You Were Made for a Mission

 This book will give passion to your Godly pursuit  A must read for men and women.  

200392: Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man"s Soul, revised and expanded Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul, revised and expanded
By John Eldredge / Thomas Nelson

Do you dare to be the man God created you to be---passionate, adventurous, and free? In this revised edition of his look at Christian manhood, Eldredge challenges you to pursue the purpose God has given you. Encouragement for every man who wants to walk the road least taken---and insights for the woman who loves him! 272 pages, softcover from Nelson.

 Uh Oh,  No excuse not to get into this book now!    Just sit back and listen.  

63707: Wild at Heart - Unabridged Audiobook on CD Wild at Heart - Unabridged Audiobook on CD
By John Eldredge / Oasis Audio Llc

Every man was once a boy. And every little boy has dreams; dreams of being the hero, of beating the bad guys, of doing daring feats and rescuing the damsel in distress. Every little girl has dreams too: dreams of being rescued of by her prince and swept up into a great adventure, knowing that she is the beauty. But what happens to those dreams when we grow up? Walk into most churches, have a look around, and ask yourself: What is a Christian man? Without listening to what is said, look at what you find there. Most Christian men are...bored. In this audiobook, John Eldredge invites men to recover their masculine heart, defined in the image of a passionate God. And he invites women to discover the secret of a man's soul and to delight in the strength and wildness men were created to offer. Read by Kelly Ryan Dolan. Unabridged. 9 CDs.
541842: Wild at Heart Video Discussions Wild at Heart Video Discussions
By John Eldredge / Thomas Nelson

Dare to be the man God created you to be! In eight provocative lessons on authentic masculinity, John Eldredge challenges you to abandon passivity and actively pursue your God-given dreams. Encouragement for men to walk the road least taken---and important insights for the women who love them! Includes a CD-ROM with promotional materials. Three DVDs, approx. 4 hours total.