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Five Benefits of Sync

February 13, 2017 2:05 pm Published by 1 Comment

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... View Article


Is that in the Bible?

February 7, 2017 12:53 pm Published by 3 Comments

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... View Article


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

February 6, 2017 1:59 pm Published by 9 Comments

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... View Article


Four Features You Need To Try!

January 5, 2017 1:30 pm Published by 6 Comments

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! 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. Resource Guide The feature that is guaranteed to be the most useful to... View Article


New Release: The Jesus Bible

January 3, 2017 8:46 am Published by 5 Comments

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


Bible Reading Plans for 2017

December 28, 2016 3:51 pm Published by 7 Comments

The New Year is a great time to start a Bible reading plan! Every year we start out with the best intentions to eat better, exercise and feed ourselves spiritually, yet without out a plan and some level of accountability our best intentions often run out of steam. While the Olive Tree Bible App can’t help you with diet and exercise, it can help you start a new spiritual habit of regularly being in the Word. In the app you’ll find a variety of reading plans that are as short as a week and as long as two years. With a variety of topics and structures, a reading plan in the Bible App is a great way to dive into the word on a regular basis. There’s also no reason to feel guilty if you miss a day or two as our reading plans are setup to allow you to go at your own pace. Of all the goals you can set for 2017 this is one that you can make and keep!Click the link below for step by step instructions for your device! Android/Kindle iOS Mac PC


Coming Soon: The Jesus Bible

December 14, 2016 4:30 am Published by 7 Comments

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. Articles are inline with the Bible text. Content from The Jesus Bible can also be accessed via the Resource Guide while using any Bible translation in... View Article


Gift a Resource

December 7, 2016 3:44 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Did you know that you can buy an eBook or Bible study resource for someone? It’s easy to do and makes a great giving option, especially if someone you know has an Olive Tree wishlist. First, go to the specific product page of the title you want to give. Under the Add to Cart button you’ll see the option to Give As Gift. Once you click/tap the Give As Gift button you’ll see various options to fill out and then you’ll click Add to Cart to to pay for the title. Similar to Gift Cards, at checkout you will have the option to have the redemption code sent directly to the recipient or sent to your email so you can deliver it later. Have a question about how to gift a resource to a friend or loved one? Ask in the comments section below.


New iOS Reading Plan Experience

December 6, 2016 9:10 am Published by 5 Comments

In our latest iOS update we’ve completely revamped our reading plan experience to make it easier to find the reading plan that is just right for you. You can also setup reminders on the day and time that you choose! You can find reading plans by tapping Reading Plans in the menu. Then tap Featured to see available reading plans for download*. Scroll through the featured categories or  use the search feature to find a reading plan by keyword or length. There are reading plans from as short as 5 days to as long as two years. If you’re interested in a particular reading plan tap it to get more information. Once you tap Start Reading Plan you’ll be taken to a screen with more details and options. One of the new features of our reading plans is the ability to set custom reminders. To do this tap Plan Details and Options. At the bottom of the Plan Details and Options page you’ll see options for setting a date and time to be reminded to continue your daily reading. Set a time that works best for you and you’ll get a friendly reminder** to continue your plan.*Please note that an internet... View Article