Archive for year 2012

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It Shall Be Well


A couple of Olive Tree employees have been hard at work crafting a year-long devotional using excerpts from the writings of great preachers like John Wesley, Andrew Murray and Charles Spurgeon. This selection below comes from the writings of Charles Spurgeon, an English pastor in the 19th century who is said to have preached to 10 million people in his lifetime. May his words give you encouragement today!


Isaiah 3:10: “Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds.”

It is well with the righteous always. If Isaiah 3:10 had said, “Tell the righteous that it is well with him in his wealth,” we should have been thankful for so great a help. Wealth is dangerous, and it is a gift from heaven to be secured from its snares. If it had been written, “It is well with him when persecuted,” we should have been thankful for so sustaining an assurance, because persecution is hard to bear. But when no time is mentioned, all time is included.

God’s “shall” must be understood always in the largest sense. From the beginning of the year to the end of the year, in all conditions and under all circumstances, it shall be well with the righteous. It is so well with him that we could not imagine it to be better. He is well-fed, because he feeds on the body and blood of Jesus; he is well-clothed, because he wears the imputed righteousness of Christ; he is well-housed, because he dwells in God; he is well-married, because his soul is in union with Christ; he is well-provided for, because the Lord is his Shepherd and heaven is his inheritance.


Beloved, if God declares that all is well, ten thousand demons may declare it to be ill, but we laugh at them all. Blessed be God for a faith that enables us to believe God when the creatures contradict Him. The Word says it is at all times well with you, righteous one. Believe it on divine authority more confidently than if your eyes and your feelings told it to you. Whom God blesses is blessed indeed, and what He declares is truth most sure and steadfast.


Keep an eye out for the Olive Tree daily devotional, it should be available on very soon!

3 Steps To Safeguard Your Bible Study


I would like to say that you will never encounter a problem with your Olive Tree Bible Study app, and for many of you, that would be true. But from time to time our users do experience bugs and issues that we do not expect. For this reason, I highly suggest you follow the next three steps to make sure that if you do encounter a problem you will be protected.

1) Create an Olive Tree account

By creating an Olive Tree account, you can register your in-app purchases and sync your notes, highlights, and bookmarks, etc.  Create one today by visiting:

2) Register your in-App purchases

Did you know that when you purchase a resource within the app, you are not buying it from Olive Tree directly, but are buying it from iTunes?  If for some reason you have to reinstall your Bible Study app, those resources will be difficult to get back.  To prevent this, all you need to do is tap one button.  By doing so, you’ll save all the extra time it takes to email Customer Support, provide proofs of purchase, and wait for your resources to be manually added to your Olive Tree account.

iOS Instructions for Bible+ 5.2 and Later

  • Select the “Library” button
  • Select the “Store” button
  • Tap on the “Purchased” tab
  • If your product isn’t listed, scroll to the bottom and select “Restore In-App Purchases”

Updating your library

Android Instructions

  • Select the open book icon (Library)
  • Select the shopping bag icon (Store)
  • Tap on the “Purchased” tab
  • Select “Back up and synchronize books with your Olive Tree account”
  • Enter your Olive Tree username and password

3) Sync your notes, highlights, and bookmarks, etc.

You’ve invested a lot of time and energy creating your notes, highlights, and bookmarks; please utilize our Study Sync feature to back them up.  It’s always unfortunate when we hear from customers that have lost days, week, and months worth of their notes because they had to reinstall their Bible Study app, but never backed those notes up.  At that point it’s too late and there is nothing we can do.  Don’t let this happen to you, especially since there is an easy way to prevent it.

iOS Instructions for Bible+ 5.2 and Later

  • Select the suitcase icon (My Stuff)
  • Select the “Sync” button at the bottom of the screen
  • Enter your Olive Tree username and Password
  • The sync process will push up the notes from your device to your Study Sync account

Login in to your Olive Tree account (, and select the Olive Tree Study Sync link to make sure that your notes have been successfully uploaded.

Sync your notes and highlights

Android Instructions

  • Select the Menu button and select “My Stuff”
  • Select the “Backup & Sync” button at the bottom of the screen
  • Enter your Olive Tree username and Password
  • The sync process will push up the notes from your device to your Study Sync account

Login in to your Olive Tree account (, and select the Olive Tree Study Sync link to make sure that your notes have been successfully uploaded.

The above instructions are for Apple devices running the Bible Study app version 5.2 or later and Android devices running the Bible Study app version 5.0.

How to Use a Bible Dictionary


I didn’t know there was such a thing as a Bible dictionary until I went to seminary. I quickly learned that Bible dictionaries are incredibly helpful, especially when trying to figure out if you were supposed to write a paper on Herod the Great, Herod Antipas or Herod Agrippa I. (Bonus points if you can tell me in the comments which Herod imprisoned John the Baptist, without looking it up, of course.)

In the Bible Study app, there are three easy ways to use a Bible dictionary:

Table of Contents

The simplest way to use a Bible dictionary is with the table of contents. Open your dictionary in the main window and tap on “Go To” to pull up the table of contents. If you know what you are looking for just scan through the alphabet to find it.

Bible Dictionary Using Index

While this may be the traditional way to use a dictionary, in the Bible Study app there are two other ways to use a Bible dictionary that are much cooler.

Resource Guide

Open the Bible in your main window and the Resource Guide in the split window. The Resource Guide has three sections called People, Places and Topics that generate results based on the Scripture you’re reading. These sections will update with new related items as you read through the Bible. Select one of the People, Places or Topics to do a quick search in your dictionaries for any entries.

Resource GuideBible Dictionary Resource GuideBible Dictionary Entry in Resource Guide





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Reading in Acts 10, I can tap on Caesarea from the Places section in the Resource Guide and pull open an article from my Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary on the city in the split window. I don’t have to close my Bible at all, I can read the two side-by-side.

Look Up

My favorite way to use a Bible dictionary is to the leverage the Look Up function in the Bible Study app. When I come to a word or name that I don’t recognize and want to find a quick definition I simply tap and highlight the word and select “Look Up.”

Bible Dictionary









The Look Up function will search my library for dictionaries that contain that entry. I don’t have to pull open a dictionary or search through an index to find a definition. The Look Up feature will pull up the definition in a pop-up window, so all I have to do is tap off to the side to close the pop-up. In this way, I can quickly get back to my Bible reading with little interruption.

I would highly recommend getting a Bible dictionary if you don’t already have one. In the examples above, I am using the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary which is currently half price. There are many other dictionaries to choose from on our Olive Tree store. Head to to check them out!

Isaiah 40:8


I recently wrote about how standing in line is made better by reading my Bible and devotionals on the Bible Study app. The comments I received from readers reminded me of this verse:

 Isaiah 40:8

Isaiah spoke these words to the exiled Israelites as he proclaimed the good news that there would be an end to their plight, that the their “warfare is ended and iniquity is pardoned,” and that the “glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.” (Isaiah 40:1-5)

Peter repeats these words and exhorts the early Christians to “love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God.” (1 Peter 1:22-25)

A good reminder, especially as we debate over politics, gawk at the latest gadgets, and go about our busy days. In the end all of it will fade, but God’s Word remains forever.

Windows 8 & Windows RT Explained


Microsoft is officially launching its new Windows 8 operating system on Friday, October 25, 2012.  This is a brand new and completely redesigned operating system from Microsoft. It will be available for upgrade on computers that are currently running Windows 7, Vista and XP and it will come standard on some new PCs. There are also tablets that run the Windows 8 operating system.

Microsoft will also debut its Windows RT operating system which looks and functions like Windows 8, but is not in fact the same thing. Windows RT is essentially a “lite” version of Windows 8 meant to run smoothly and conserve battery life on the new Windows tablets like the Surface. I’ll spare you the exact details of the differences between these two separate systems and just send you here if you are interested in learning more about it: Windows 8 vs. Windows RT: It matters. Let’s explain.

Olive Tree’s Windows Apps

With the variety of devices and computers floating around out there running a variety of Windows operating systems, I want to clarify (more…)

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