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
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If you’re new to using the 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 feature. (Note:... View Article
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
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
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
The Resource Guide is one of the most powerful and beneficial tools of the Bible+ App. Watch the video below for a preview of how it works!
Whether you are in church or your personal study or devotion time, the ability to easily jump to another scripture passage reference and then back to the main passage you are reading is invaluable. Here’s how to easily do that in both Android and iOS.For Android simply tap the history button in the top right hand corner and you’ll get a list of previous passages you’ve been reading. In the left screen the passage is open to 1 John 3 but if I want to quickly jump back to a previous passage it’s only two taps away. For iOS devices the History button is in the menu. Tap the three bars in the upper left and then the ‘Reading History’ button. Thanks to iOS gestures there is another, even quicker way to jump back and forth in your history. With a two swinger swipe left or right on the screen you can easily jump back and forth between your history. Looking for more tips? Checkout our help section!
Over the years I’ve read some great books by various Christian authors on a wide range of topics. One thing that many of the different devotional and theological books have in common is that they all quote Scripture – a lot of Scripture. That’s a good thing, but in cases where the Scripture isn’t copied into the main text of the book it can be distracting. You either have to look in the appendix or have your Bible nearby to look up the verse that the author references. Often times I’ll tell myself that I’ll go back and look up the verse later but that doesn’t always happen. Reading an eBook in Bible+ can help with this. Thanks to our scripture tagging, nearly every reference to scripture becomes a hyperlink to that passage. In the image on the left you’ll see that Isaiah 6 is colored green. This means it’s a hyperlink that you can tap to easily read scripture right in line with the text. Browsing to a specific section of an eBook is similar to finding chapter and verse in your Bible. Tap the title at the top of the screen to access the table of contents. From... View Article
A good Bible dictionary is an invaluable resource for your personal Bible study and can go a long way in illuminating God’s word. Here are three ways you can easily use a dictionary in Bible+. The first way is through the Split Window and Resource Guide. Open your favorite Bible translation in the main window and the Resource Guide in the Split Window. As you read through your Bible text, the Resource Guide searches through all the downloaded resources in your library to find related Bible study content. You’ll notice that the Resource Guide pulls related content from all of your downloaded resources. If you scroll down the Resource Guide results, you will see the section headings “People,” “Places,” and “Topics.” These headings give you the results of articles based on your downloaded resources. Tap or click on the person/place/topic you want to learn more about. I chose “Canaan” in this example. Bible+ then brings you results from within the resources you have on your device. This is where you will find the Baker Compact Dictionary within the Resource Guide. You’ll notice that the resource has the words “Article on Canaan” underneath the book cover. Tap/Click on the book cover and Bible+ will take you directly to... View Article
If you’re looking for a great Bible commentary you may have noticed three resources in the Olive Tree store that have similar names: Expositor’s Bible Commentary (12 Volumes) Expositors Bible Commentary – Revised Series (13 Volumes) Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Abridged (2 Volumes) While price may often be the biggest influence on whether you’d like to add them to your study library, the most important question is, ‘What’s the difference between them?’ Here are few things that may help you in your decision. Authorship All three commentary sets have a strong evangelical influence while at the same time drawing from a broad diversity of churches, including Anglican, Baptist, Brethren, Methodist, Nazarene, Presbyterian, and Reformed. The original Expositor’s Bible Commentary was compiled between the years of 1976-1992 with 50 different authors contributing. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary – Revised Series is a 2012 update to the original that includes the work of 56 different authors – 30 of whom are new. The Expositor’s commentary: Abridged was published in 1994 and draws all of it’s content from 52 different authors.Content Both the original and the revised editions include the following content: Comprehensive introductions Short and precise bibliographies Detailed outlines Insightful expositions of passages and... View Article