Archive for August, 2012

Around the Web

The Olive Tree office is eerily quiet today with many people making their three-day weekend even longer. Here’s hoping that you are enjoying a long weekend too!

Here are some posts from around the web to add to your reading list this weekend:

A 10-year-old boy from Portland works to end hunger with PB&J.

Who are your heroes? Desiring God challenges us to re-define coolness.

How Blessed are the Poor? Questioning extreme poverty in Nicaragua.

Too many baby pictures in your Facebook Feed? There’s an app for that.

Michael Hyatt explains the Value of Working for a Bad Boss.

Anna Bartlett Warner, born this day in 1827, wrote the popular song Jesus Loves Me This I know.

Have a wonderful, extended weekend!

Ephesians 2:4-5 (ESV)

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved.

Inspiration for Today

Inspiration for the Day


Jesus Heals a Boy with a Demon

14 And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and, kneeling before him, 15 said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly. For often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. 16 And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him.” 17 And Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.” 18 And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly. 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” 20 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:14-20 (ESV)


Back to Basics: Using Tags on iPad

Tags are one of Olive Tree Bible app’s most useful features. When you create a tag, you can add your notes, bookmarks, and highlights into this one top-level category. Any bookmark, highlighted word, phrase, or verse, and any note can be added to a single tag so that selecting the tag displays the list of all its annotations—the bookmarked verses, highlighted words and verses, and the notes that are tied to the tag. Thus using tags allows you to create custom topical studies. Here’s how this works.

How to Create a Tag

To create a tag, tap the My Stuff briefcase icon, make sure you are on the My Stuff main page, and scroll down so that the Tags option is displayed. Tap the Tags option to display the My Tags dialog. At the bottom of this dialog, tap the Create New Tag button to display the Create Tag dialog. In the Name field of this dialog, enter a name for the tag you wish to create, for example, Marriage.

Tap the Create button in the top right corner to create the tag. This takes you back to the My Tags dialog where you will see the new Marriage tag listed.

Adding a Tag to a Highlight or Bookmark

Having created the Marriage tag, we can now add stuff to that tag. To associate one of your existing highlights or bookmarks with the Marriage tag, tap the My Stuff briefcase icon, make sure you are on the My Stuff main page, and then select either Highlights or Bookmarks from the My Stuff menu. Find the highlight or bookmark that you would like to tag and tap the blue button to the right to edit the highlight for this verse.

In the dialog that pops up, tap the “Edit Tags” button to display the My Tags list. On that list, tap the Marriage tag. (Tapping the Marriage tag displays a check mark by it.)

Adding a Tag to a Note

To add a tag to one of your notes, go into the My Stuff folder and tap on the note you would like to edit. On the bottom of the edit note pop up, tap on the icon that looks like a sale tag, it should be the middle icon.

Tap on “Marriage” to add the tag to your note. You can also add a tag to a note at the time you are creating that note. Just make sure to hit “Save” before exiting the note you’ve just created.

I somehow managed to make this seem far more difficult than it really is. Follow along and try it for yourself to see how easy it is to use Tags to aid in your Bible study!


Around the Web

Happy Friday! Here are some fun finds from around the web to keep you entertained this weekend.

The women of Her.meneutics want to know what you’re reading this summer.

Michael Hyatt suggests ways to read the Bible and enjoy it.

The funny story of a boy on the road to manhood by way of milking a cow.

Have you asked Jesus into your heart more times than you can count? J.D. Greear talks about his struggle to feel secure in his salvation.

Amazing photograph of the sign of God’s promise to us.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Psalm 92: How Great Are Your Works 
It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night,
to the music of the lute and the harp,
to the melody of the lyre.
For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work;
at the works of your hands I sing for joy.


End-of-Summer Barbeque with Our Neighbors

Is it okay to say “end of summer” already? It’s always hard to tell.

Our next-door neighbors, a mission organization called Partners International, always host a barbeque at the end of August for the three companies in our building. This year Olive Tree was assigned to bring sides and salads and you might say that we “dressed” to impress. We brought pasta salad, potato salad, coleslaw, Caesar salad, green salad, fruit salad, and deviled eggs. What more could you ask for at a barbeque?

Here are some pictures from today’s festivities:

Olive Tree’s CEO, Stephen Johnson, looks on while a Partners employee flips burgers and hot dogs.

Olive Tree and Partners employees stand in a big circle getting ready to pray before the meal.

I told you there was LOTS of food, right? The table didn’t look quite so neat after we all came through.

Tell us about your favorite summer BBQs in the comments section. What’s a barbeque food you can’t live without?




Back to the Basics: Creating Notes & Highlights on Android

Creating Notes & Highlights

If you aren’t already using the notes and highlight features on your Android Olive Tree app, well, you should be. I’m here today to show you just how easy it is to take notes and highlight verses in the app. Now, lets get to the basics:

To add a highlight:

Tap on the verse number where you would like to add a highlight.

A toolbar will pop up, with several options. Select the “Highlight” option. You can now select the number of verses to highlight. Tap the right facing arrow to select multiple verses. Once you have selected the verse range to highlight, tap “Select [number] Verse(s).”


The highlight editor will pop up which allows you to title the highlight, change the highlight color and edit tags for the highlight. Make the changes to the highlight you would like, and tap “Save” to finish adding your highlight.


To add a note:

Tap on the verse number where you would like to create a note. A toolbar will pop up, with several options. Select the “Note” option.

The note editor will pop up which allows you to title the note, add text to the note and edit tags for the note. Tap on the “Edit” button to add text to your note. Tap “Done” when you are finished editing the note. A note icon should appear in the Bible text next to the verse you selected to create a note.


And that’s it! Simple, right? Now go start taking notes and highlights in the Olive Tree app and head back here to see how to sync your notes and highlights to the Olive Tree cloud and make sure you never lose any of them.

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