Five Benefits of Sync

Posted by on 02/13/2017 in:

The definition of synchronization (sync for short) is, the coordination of events to keep them in time. One of the most underrated and important features of the Olive Tree Bible App is the sync feature. If you’re not familiar with syncing, here are five things you need to know about sync:

Sync Between Devices

In the Olive Tree Bible App, sync includes your notes, highlights, tags, saved passages, book ribbons, reading plans, and categories (collectively called annotations). This means that if you have the Bible App on multiple devices, your annotations will be transferred between devices so you always have access to them. For example, if you highlight a verse on your phone, that same highlight will be present on your tablet. If you are taking notes on your laptop, you can access those same notes on your phone.

Don’t Lose Your Stuff

Whether it’s in water or on a hard surface, one of the worst feelings is dropping your device.  The thought of losing it and all of your important data can be overwhelming. Thankfully, the sync feature ensures that all of your annotations from the Olive Tree Bible App aren’t gone forever. Whether you’re switching devices or trying to recover your data from a broken device, Olive Tree sync gives you the assurance that your annotations are secure on the cloud and available any time you sync.

Up-To-Date Reading Plans

Sync also works for your reading plan. When you use a free reading plan in the app, you can switch between devices and sync will ensure that your plan is updated with your current progress. Whether it’s phone, tablet, or computer, you will always be up-to-date and ready to pick up where you left off.

 Sync Is Free

Sync is totally free with no storage limitations, but you do need to have an Olive Tree account to utilize sync. Once you have an account, you can log in with that account on up to five devices and your Olive Tree Bible apps will stay in sync on your various devices. If you are currently using the app and haven’t created an account, you can do it here.

Manual or Automatic

If you’re logged into the Olive Tree Bible App with your account, sync is set to automatically update whenever you edit or make a new annotation. You have the option to turn this setting to manual or leave it on automatic. For more info on sync or to change this setting, click the link below for your device:

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Is that in the Bible?

Posted by on 02/07/2017 in:

When I was youth pastor, at least once a year I would open up my Bible and tell the students to turn to the book of Hezekiah. After 30 seconds of pages flapping and Bible app searching I would then reveal that there is no such book (although you can find King Hezekiah in 2 Kings). While it’s true that social media has fed our desire for bite sized quotes and Bible verses our proclivity for out of context bites of wisdom predates Twitter.

Here are four of the most common quotes attributed to scripture that aren’t actually in the Bible. There’s a good chance you’ll recognize one or all of them. 

“Cleanliness is next to Godliness.”
If your Mom ever used this to convince 8 year old you that God wanted you to take to take a bath, it probably worked. This idiom had been circulating since the 1500’s but reportedly made it’s way into Christendom in the 1700’s via a sermon by the founder of Methodism, John Wesley.

“God helps those who help themselves.”
This quote may pluck at the part of us that values hard work but it is nowhere to be found in scripture. While similar ideas have circulated for centuries the earliest attribution of this quote is to Algernon Sidney in his Discources Concerning Government (link). It seemed to gain greater traction when Benjamin Franklin included it in Poor Richard’s Almanac in 1736.

“Spare the rod spoil the child.”
If only eight year old you knew this wasn’t in the Bible! While Proverbs 13:24 seems to have a similar principle, this is an English Proverb, not a Biblical one.

“This too shall pass.”
This phrase has been used to help change perspective in times of difficulty. While it is not in the Bible, 2 Corinthians 4:17 captures a similar but far richer truth.

Have any others to add? Leave them in the comments below.

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Look Inside: Baker Book of Bible Charts, Maps, and Time Lines

Posted by on 02/06/2017 in: ,

Charts, maps, and timelines can enrich your understanding of God’s Word and help give you a broader understanding of the times in which the Bible was written. The aptly named Baker Book of Bible Charts, Maps, and Timelines provides material based on the most up-to-date biblical scholarship to advance your study of God’s Word. This comprehensive resource brings the Bible to life and gives you access to great scholarship.

Here’s a brief look inside this resource with screenshots from the Olive Tree Bible App on an Android tablet. 

Many of the tools found within this resource can be accessed under the proper sections in the Resource Guide for quick reference. For this particular title we recommend opening it in the main window of the app or in the split window as you can easily navigate to what you’re looking for.

The Baker Book of Bible Charts, Maps, and Timelines has four primary sections.

  • A map index, where you can search by region or keyword.
  • A general Bible index, where you can view tools that are broad in their scope.
  • And then a New Testament and Old Testament section with maps, charts, and timelines specifically dedication to that part of the Bible.

Scriptures in the various charts are hyperlinked so you can quickly jump to the passage that is referenced. 

Timelines and Maps can be expanded full screen and zoomed in on for easier reading

The Baker Book of Bible Charts, Maps, and Timelines is a new release for the Olive Tree Bible App and is on sale for a limited time.

Add it to your library now!

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Olive Tree Bible App Year in Review

Posted by on 01/20/2017 in:

2016 was a great year as people just like you used the Olive Tree Bible App for reading and studying God’s word!

All around the world and from all walks of life people continued to use the app for personal devotions, sermon preparation, small group gatherings, church worship services and more. As the new calendar has turned over we wanted to share with you a few stats from 2016.

Whether it was iPhone, iPad, Android phone, Android tablet, Kindle Fire, PC, or Mac, you opened the app millions of times to engage with God’s word! 213 million app opens means that on average 6 people open the app per second. Someone somewhere is always reading at the same time as you.

21 Million hours is the equivalent of 2,397 years in the app! Of all the apps you own, anytime spent in the Olive Tree Bible App is time well spent because it means you were feeding your soul.

If you have a decent sized collection of resources in your library the ability to ‘favorite’ the ones you use the most is a great app feature.

With reading plans as short as week to as long as two years the app makes keeping track of daily Bible reading easy.

It comes as no surprise that in a Bible app the most used (opened) titles are Bibles. Matthew Henry’s Concise commentary continues to be a trusted (and free) Bible study resource.

Notes, highlights, tags, reading plans, resources…you can access them all on any device that the Olive Tree Bible App is installed on. All you need is a free account!

People all around the world continue to use the Olive Tree Bible App, ensuring that they can read and study God’s word anywhere they go!

Make sure and check out some of the best titles from 2016!

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Using a Bible Commentary in the Olive Tree Bible App

Posted by on 01/06/2017 in: , ,

One of the key components to any digital Bible study library is a commentary. Study Bibles are great for getting quick information about a passage but when you want to investigate a passage further you’ll turn to a commentary. In this blog we’ll do a walk through on how to use a Bible commentary in the Olive Tree Bible App.

Using a Commentary

Like many resources in the Bible App, the best way to get the most out of your library is by using the Resource Guide; commentaries are no exception. To illustrate, let’s use the Moody Bible Commentary as if we’re starting to read Mark’s gospel.

Introductions

When beginning a study on a new book of the Bible, one of the first things you want to do is get some background information. Resource Guide makes this easy. Simply scroll down to the “Introductions” section, where we find a hit for our commentary.

Here we find information about the gospel, it’s author, date, audience, purpose, and other issues worth keeping in mind.

Outlines

Next, you’ll want to get a feel for how the book is laid out, so let’s find an outline. Again, the Resource Guide shows us that Moody Bible Commentary has an outline for our book, and we see that it is quite extensive. One thing worth noting is a commentary’s outline often serves as its layout. This helps you see how a handful of verses relate to their larger context.

Commentary Text

Finally, when it’s time to dive into the commentary text, the Resource Guide is again our friend. Instead of hunting down the commentary on your passage, let Resource Guide do the heavy lifting. Find the Moody Bible Commentary in the commentaries section, find your passage, and commence reading. This saves you both time and effort while studying, which is useful with our busy lives.

Alternatively, you can leave your commentary open in your split window and it’ll always be at the right location when you need it. This will save you even more time if you don’t plan on consulting other resources.

Finally, there are some people who like to read through commentaries like a book. This is possible in the Olive Tree Bible App as well. Just open the commentary in the main window and commence reading.

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No matter who you are we have a commentary that will suit your needs. Check out all available commentaries here!

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Four Features You Need To Try!

Posted by on 01/05/2017 in:

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The Olive Tree Bible App comes loaded with features but sometimes you just need somewhere to start. Here are four features of the app – in no particular order – that you should try out today.

Notes and Highlights
There are plenty of good reasons to make a note or highlight. Maybe something you we’re reading really impacted you in a new way or maybe your Pastor is preaching on a specific passage and said something you don’t want to forget. Notes and highlights in the app become a reference point in your Bible reading that help you remember and capture truth. The great thing is that if you make a note or highlight they will sync up and be available on any other device you have the app installed on!

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Reading Plans
Intentions are great but if they aren’t accompanied with a plan they usually don’t happen. Reading plans in the app help our best intentions to be in God’s word become a reality. From as short as 7 days to as long as a year there are dozens of great reading plans to choose from.

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Resource Guide
The feature that is guaranteed to be the most useful to your Bible study is the Resource Guide. It looks to the main text you’re reading and pulls in people, places, maps. commentaries, study Bible notes, and much more. The more Bible study resources you’ve added to your library the more powerful the Resource Guide will be.

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Store
To add resources to your library you’ll want to go to the Olive Tree store. Start with the Free section where you can add another Bible translation, an eBook on prayer, or maybe a Bible commentary like Matthew Henry.

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Try them out now and let us know what your favorite feature of the app is in the comments below!

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12 Days of Christmas – Day 11

Posted by on 01/03/2017 in:

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While we are getting near to the end of our 12 Days of Christmas sale we aren’t running out of fantastic resources for your Bible study library!

In Day 11 we highlight titles that give you amazing insight into the times that the Bible was written. One such title is the Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible. Read on to see how it works in the Olive Tree Bible App.

Look Inside: Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible

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You’ve heard many Bible stories hundreds of times, but how many behind-the-scenes details are you missing? Sometimes a little context is all you need to discover the rich meaning behind the stories of Scripture. That’s what the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible provides. Every page is packed with expert insight into the customs, culture, and literature of Bible times. These fascinating explanations will serve to clarify your study of the Scriptures, reinforcing your confidence and bringing difficult passages of Scripture into sharp focus. Discover new dimensions of insight to even the most familiar Bible passages as you take a behind-the-scenes tour into the ancient world.

Watch the video below for a quick glimpse at how NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible looks in the Olive Tree Bible App.

For an in-depth review of content of the Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible check out this one!

Browse today’s sale HERE!

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New Release: The Jesus Bible

Posted by on 01/03/2017 in: ,

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Encounter the living Jesus in all of Scripture.

From the Passion Movement, The Jesus Bible, NIV Edition, with exclusive articles from Louie Giglio, Max Lucado, John Piper, Ravi Zacharias, and Randy Alcorn, lifts Jesus up as the lead story of the Bible.

Profound yet accessible study features help you meet Jesus throughout Scripture. See him in every book so that you may know him more intimately, love him more passionately, and walk with him more faithfully.

Features:

  • Introduction by Louie Giglio
  • 66 book introductions highlight the story of Jesus in every book
  • 7 compelling essays on the grand narrative of Scripture by Louie Giglio, Max Lucado, John Piper, Ravi Zacharias, and Randy Alcorn guide you to treasure Jesus and encourage you to faithfully follow him as you participate in his story
  • Over 300 full-page articles and nearly 700 sidebar articles reveal Jesus throughout all of Scripture
  • Single-column text of the most read, most trusted modern-English Bible — the New International Version (NIV)
  • NIV dictionary-concordance

Screenshots from The Jesus Bible for the Olive Tree Bible App (iOS).

Articles are inline with the Bible text.

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Content from The Jesus Bible can also be accessed via the Resource Guide while using any Bible translation in the main window. 

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Download a sample of the Jesus Bible that covers the books of Genesis and Matthew HERE!

Get The Jesus Bible at a special release price of 50% off now! 

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12 Days of Christmas – Day Ten

Posted by on 01/02/2017 in:

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Cross Reference and Concordances are a must have Bible study tool and are on sale in day 10 of our 12 Days of Christmas Sale!

But what is the difference between a Cross Reference and a Concordance?

Cross References

A cross reference is a verse that has a similar theme or topic as the verse that you are reading. In the Olive Tree Bible App these are most easily found in the Resource Guide under Related Verses.

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In the above screenshot I’m reading Ephesians 4 in the NIV. Under related verses I see nine cross reference entries that are already a part of the NIV translation. I can tap the resource of my choice to bring up the specific cross references related to the text open in my main window.

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I chose the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge and now see a list of topics and words sorted by verse. The great thing about the Bible App is that I can tap any of these verses for a quick look without having to leave my primary reading.

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Cross references are a great tool when you are trying to study themes or topics found in all of scripture. But if you are wanting to do a specific word study then you’ll want to use a concordance.

Concordance

A concordance offers more precise lookups on specific words than a cross reference and shows you where those words appear throughout scripture. Like cross references, many Bible translations include a brief concordance section with the text but in order to do comprehensive word study a dedicated resource is the way to go. In the Bible App the easiest way to use a concordance is via the Lookup feature.

In this screenshot I’ve tapped on the word patience in Ephesians 4:2. I then tap on Lookup.

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Then I’ll select the Olive Tree NIV Concordance.

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Now I get a list of where the word patient appears throughout the Bible and I can easily access those verses in the popup window for easy reading.

You’ll notice that Olive Tree Concordance’s actually have three options.

  1. The verse references are a list of where the English word patient shows up throughout the Bible.
  2. The Strong’s numbers are where the Hebrew and Greek words that are translated as patient appear throughout the text.
  3. And the dictionary takes me to an explanation of the Hebrew or Greek word.

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Recap

As you can see there are differences between a Cross Reference resource and a Concordance.

If you are looking for related themes and topics to the scripture passage you are reading, a Cross Reference is a great tool.

If you want to do specific word study across Greek, Hebrew, and English then a Concordance will be a tremendous help.

Check out Day Ten and save on Cross References and Concordances and other resources!

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