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Summer Reading List

May 23, 2016 11:10 am Published by 1 Comment

One of our favorite things to do in the Summer is read a good book. We recently asked our employees to give us some of the top books on their reading list for this coming Summer and we thought we’d share those with you. If any of these look interesting to you we’ve put them and others on sale. Click the link at the bottom of this post to see more and let us know in the comments section what you’re reading.LaRosa J.   ReBuild by Tommy ‘Urban D.’ Kyllonen God’s Battle Plan for the Mind by David Saxton Jesus, Continued… by J.D. Greear Kyle M. Jesus Is by Judah Smith Fight by Craig Groeschel Parenting Beyond Your Capacity: Connect Your Family to a Wider Community by Reggie Joiner Ian F. The Purpose of Man by A.W. Tozer The Problem of Pain  by C.S. Lewis Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan David M.  Creedal Imperative by Carl Trueman Knowing God by J.I. Packer Introduction to Reformed Scholasticism by J. Cameron Fraser Ben S. Finishing Our Course with Joy: Guidance from God for Engaging with Our Aging by J.I. Packer The Godly Home by Richard Baxter Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion, Vol I & II by John Calvin Joe... View Article


Quick Tip: Search

May 19, 2016 3:27 pm Published by 3 Comments

Want to quickly find a word or passage? Tap the Search button and find exactly what you’re looking for. For iOS search looks like this:  For Android search looks like this:   Search works on any type of book that you have open in the main window whether it’s a Bible or eBook.Looking for more app tips?  Check out our help section for tips on all the devices our app runs on. For top iOS features checkout this blog. For top Android features checkout this blog.


Look Inside: Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary

May 16, 2016 3:00 pm Published by 6 Comments

This week we’re able to offer some outstanding illustrated commentaries that are an amazing resource for use within the Bible App. The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary on both the New and Old Testament brings to life the ancient world in informative entries and full-color photos and graphics.The resource guide of the Bible App makes using Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary a seamless part of your study. In the screenshot below (taken from an iPad) I have my Bible opened to Daniel chapter 1. The commentary section of the resource guide then shows me which of my commentaries have related entries to this text. The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary indicates five entries so I’ll click on that commentary to see a preview of the those entries. Since this chapter talks about Daniel and his friends being placed in a Babylonian learning environment, I’m interested in learning more about what that may have looked like. I then click on the third entry that talks about the language and literature of the Babylonians. I can then read a fascinating article about historical Babylonian education that Daniel and his friends would have been exposed to. Thanks to enhanced commentaries like the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary I can easily gain... View Article


Look Inside: Visual Theology

May 16, 2016 11:16 am Published by 6 Comments

Visual Theology is a newly released title by writer Tim Challies and artist Josh Byers.  It apply’s a unique blend of writing and infographics, creating a new kind of presentation of the Bible’s deepest truths.  On it’s print release it quickly hit Amazon’s Top 20 Bestselling Books. We’re pleased to give you a peek inside the first available digital version of Visual Theology. Like most eBooks in the Bible App you can easily navigate to to specific chapters and sections with a tap/click from the contents page. You can also navigate by using the verse chooser in the menu bar. As the title indicates, Visual Theology has a lot of great graphics and charts. You can view the images inline with the text or tap them to view a larger image like the two images below. As you’re reading scripture references also become hyperlinked for easy access to that particular passage. As you can see Visual Theology in the Bible App is a great resource. Go HERE to get it now!


Ten Tips For the Olive Tree Bible App on Android

May 11, 2016 3:06 pm Published by 5 Comments

If you’re new to using our Bible App you may be wondering where to start or what features are available. Here are 10 tips to get you started with the Bible App for Android! Tip #1: Library The Library button is where you’ll find your favorite Bible translations, commentaries, eBooks or whatever else you’ve added to your library. Don’t have much in there? Tap Store to download more free resources or purchase additional ones and build your own study library. Tip #2: Search Want to quickly find a word or passage? Tap the Search button and quickly find exactly what you’re looking for. Search works on any type of book that you have open in the main window whether it’s a Bible or eBook. Tip #3: Book Ribbon If you want to save the spot where you’re reading then tap the Book Ribbon. Similar to a physical Bible this will drop a digital version of a book ribbon so you can pick back up where you left off earlier. This particularly useful if you use the app on multiple devices as you can start reading on your Phone and then access the book ribbon on your Tablet or laptop thanks... View Article


Nine Tips for the Olive Tree Bible App on iOS

May 11, 2016 3:06 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

If you’re new to using the Olive Tree Bible App you may be wondering where to start or what features are available. Here are 9 tips to get you started! Tip #1: Library The Library button is where you’ll find your favorite Bible translations, commentaries, eBooks or whatever else you’ve added to your library. Don’t have much in there? Tap Store to download more free resources or purchase additional ones and build your own study library. Tip #2: Search Want to quickly find a word or passage? Tap the Search button and quickly find exactly what you’re looking for. Search works on any type of book that you have open in the main window whether it’s a Bible or eBook. Tip #3: Book Ribbon If you want to save the spot where you’re reading then tap the Book Ribbon. Similar to a physical Bible this will drop a digital version of a book ribbon so you can pick back up where you left off earlier. This particularly useful if you use the app on multiple devices as you can start reading on your iPhone and then access the book ribbon on your iPad or laptop thanks to our great sync... View Article


Look Inside: Maxwell Leadership Bible Notes

May 10, 2016 2:51 pm Published by 13 Comments

John Maxwell is a nationally respected expert in leadership and a follower of Christ. The Maxwell Leadership Bible Notes provides an in-depth look at God’s laws for leaders and leadership. Here is a look inside the Maxwell Leadership Bible Notes and how it works in the Olive Tree Bible App running on an Android tablet.Like any study Bible notes in the app they can be used with your favorite translation in the main window and accessed easily in the Resource Guide found in the split window. Entries for the passage opened in your main window are indicated by a number. Simply tap/click on the Maxwell Leadership Notes in the Resource Guide to access the content. Any text that is colored blue means you can tap/click it to jump to other notes or sections. When I tap/click on the ‘Go to the Index of Leadership Articles’ hyperlink it quickly takes me to another section of the Maxwell Leadership Bible notes for easy reference. In addition to the Resource Guide the Maxwell Leadership Bible can be used independently when selected from the Library. Once selected tap the settings icon in the verse chooser to select ‘Alphabetical List View’. Now you can quickly navigate... View Article


New Password Requirements

May 6, 2016 12:07 pm Published by 9 Comments

We take your security and privacy seriously and as such wanted to let you know about some changes we will be rolling out to our user account logins.Here’s what you need to know: Starting today if you create a new Olive Tree account you will be required to use a minimum of 8 characters. Starting June 7 if you login to your account through www.OliveTree.com you will be required to update your password as a part of increased security efforts. If you’ve updated your password since the 8 character requirement was put in place on April 28, you will not be prompted to update again. To be proactive, you can also change your password now, rather than waiting until the change is required on June 7. Please note: If you choose a new password on OliveTree.com it will need to be updated in your app as well.  How do I pick a strong password? Make sure your password has a minimum of 8 characters but even longer is better Include numbers, symbols, capital letters, and lowercase Don’t use dictionary words or personal info While we don’t keep your credit card on file we do value your privacy and security and... View Article


We Pray When…

May 5, 2016 10:30 am Published by Leave your thoughts

If you want to know about the current state of your faith, start with your prayer life. If I only pray at meal times and before my kids go to sleep at night what does that say about my faith or my relationship with God? It may just mean that all I care to trust him with is food and a good night’s sleep. As silly as that sounds, our prayers reflect our dependence. That’s why some of the most powerful prayer times in my life have come when I was literally powerless to change my situation. It’s in these moments of desperation and dependence that I cried out to God with more than a pat request for a blessed meal or a good night’s sleep. The Psalmist talks about these kind of prayers when he says this in Psalm 18:6 In my distress I called to the Lord;     I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice;     my cry came before him, into his ears. So what types of things do we bring to God in prayer? In scripture we see prayers for: Forgiveness like David Wisdom like Solomon Healing like Hezekiah A child... View Article