Archive for year 2013
It’s hard to let the reality of something that you’re so familiar with wash over you anew.
If, like me, you’ve grown up hearing the story of Christmas, seeing it’s imagery year after year, and hearing it’s story told and retold, the birth of Jesus can easily lose it’s earth shaking impact. But there has never been a more significant event in the history of the world. It’s a story that demands being told, sung, and shouted to all the world at all times. If you’re sick of hearing it then you may not fully understand it.
It’s a story of the all powerful God coming near to his creation in the form of a baby. Centuries of prophecies being fulfilled through the birth pains of a woman. The worldwide curse would soon see it’s undoing as this baby would grow into a boy, a man, and then become an all atoning and perfect sacrifice. The course of not just history but eternity would never be the same
So how do we recapture the awe and mystery of the glorious event of Christ’s birth that we remember every December?
Tell it again in January.
But don’t stop there.
Keep telling it in February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, and November.
Then scream it out even louder over the commercial and cultural noise of December.
That wonderful, mysterious night over 2000 years ago caused shepherds to leave their sheep. start a years long journey for wise men from foreign countries, and it should evoke a similar response in our hearts today.
What does the birth of Jesus cause you to leave behind?
What journey has it caused you to set out on?
As we remember anew the significance of that night I pray that the wonder, mystery, and majesty would stir our hearts as it has done in those of who have responded to it for generations.
If you haven’t heard, our sync server recently crossed the 100 Million mark!
We’ve had a lot of people ask What’s in that 100 Million Synced number? Well, I’m glad you asked.
Out of the over 100 million synced items, they break out like this:
What’s really interesting is the breakdown of Annotations (highlights, notes, book ribbons, and bookmarks)
100 million is a HUGE number and we are so thankful for our Olive Tree community.
As a token of our thanks, we’ve expanded our 100 Million Sync celebration to include 50% Off Popular Commentaries like NICOT, NICNT, Pillar, IVP, and 25% Off or more on over 700 products in our store. These offers are exclusive to OliveTree.com. Go HERE to see these exclusive deals.
Now through the weekend you can get the Olive Tree Names of God Dictionary for free to use within The Bible Study App!
The Names of God Dictionary presents the most significant divine names found in the Bible. Organized for easy navigation, this resource groups names by the Old and New Testaments as well as by types of names and each Person of the Trinity. Detailed exposition of each name covers the original meanings in Hebrew and Greek, relevant cultural context, and cross-references within Scripture.
Get this title by going HERE or searching for it in the in-app store.
Thank to Sara T. for her review of The Bible Study App and demonstrating how she uses it to setup prayer notebooks.
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As part of our 100 Million Sync celebration we’ve put over 50 eBooks on sale for $2.99 or less!
Christian eBooks in The Bible Study App work great as the app automatically detects verse references and makes them a link. You can then easily tap/click to read the scripture reference without having to leave the spot you’re reading.