Author Archives for Andrew F.

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 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 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

Bible+ Quick Tip: History

April 27, 2016 7:57 am Published by 5 Comments

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!

eBooks in the Bible App

April 21, 2016 10:55 am Published by 9 Comments

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 Olive Tree Bible App 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... View Article

Three Ways Bible Dictionaries Improve Your Study Time

April 18, 2016 12:14 pm Published by 11 Comments

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

Expositor’s Commentary Comparison

April 11, 2016 11:23 am Published by 2 Comments

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

A Conversation with Kent Hughes

April 6, 2016 1:16 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

R. Kent Hughes was in pastoral ministry for 41 years, the last 27 as senior pastor of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois. He earned his B.A. from Whittier College (history), an M.Div. from Talbot Seminary and a D.Min. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Kent is the author of numerous books, among them the best-selling Disciplines of a Godly Man. He is also editor of the projected 50-volume Preaching the Word series to which he has made numerous contributions. I had a chance to sit down with Dr. Hughes and ask him to share how this series came about and to reflect on the role a commentary can play in a preacher’s study. Of the 29 volumes of the Preaching The Word Commentary, you wrote 22 volumes. How did this project start? I was [the pastor] at College Church in Wheaton which had lots of students and academics. I was very careful about doing all of my work on my sermons and then making them come alive when I preached. Lane Dennis (President of Crossway) and I were at an event and he approached me about publishing my sermons. We came up with the name Preaching the Word, which comes from... View Article

What’s the best Bible Translation?

March 31, 2016 10:59 am Published by 12 Comments

I’ll be upfront with you. I’m not actually going to tell you what Bible translation I think is the best. I won’t even tell you which one I prefer or if it may or may not have colorful illustrations that make Jesus look like a California surfer. I tend to agree with Pastor Rick Warren when he said, “The best Bible translation is one that is translated into your life.” In saying that, there are some things that are worth knowing that may help you decide what you use for study, what you recommend to new believers, and even what you read to your kids. Centuries of scholarship have gone into the English translations we have today. The two primary metrics for how scholars have translated the original language into the the English Bibles we have today are based on: 1. How close the translation is to the original, literal word (word for word). 2. How close the translation is to the original idea being communicated (thought for thought). The more technical terms are usually put into three categories: Formal Equivalent These translations attempt to reproduce the Greek and Hebrew as exactly as possible into the English language. Words, figures... View Article

He Is Risen

March 26, 2016 3:00 am Published by 11 Comments

Fully God and fully man. For over 30 years Jesus lived as a man, yet in the few years leading up to his death on a cross it became clear that he was no ordinary man. What man could do these type of things? End a storm with his words Multiply food Heal those who couldn’t walk, see, or talk Walk on water Raise the dead His miracles were always clues that this Jesus was more than a man.  Another astonishing clue to his divinity was that he was sinless. Tempted? Yes, but he had never given into that temptation. Sinless?! That fact alone seems to be impossible when we consider the world around us. From the beginning of time until that moment on the cross there had never been one to die having lived a sinless life. And like some sort of science fiction movie, when Jesus breathed his last breath as man something unseen shattered. The power of the unseen so great that the physical world manifested it by way of sudden darkness and a trembling earth. At that moment the sacrifice made by a sinless man would forever change destiny. The proof of this change? That’s what... View Article