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Why Every Christian
Should Study the Bible

August 16, 2017 7:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

This title might seem slightly redundant. Shouldn’t a Christian study the Bible because she (or he) is a Christian? If only that was enough to convince us. I graduated from a Bible college and work for a Bible app—and yet I still find myself procrastinating on reading God’s Word. Somehow, I manage to forget the importance of it all. So, this blog post is for me just as much as it’s for you. We’re all in need of a reminder now and again. And perhaps you are reading this and you have never, on your own, truly studied the Bible. That’s alright! Let’s chat about three reasons we should study God’s Word. 1. THE BIBLE IS ALIVE The writer of Hebrews tells us that “the word of God is living and active” (Hebrews 4:12). What does this mean? The Bible pierces our souls. It discerns our thoughts and intentions. It brings our darkness to light. This can take place without deep, academic study. You don’t need a PhD or a seminary education in order to be changed by God’s Word. Simple meditation can bring about growth because that’s how God works. If you knock, He will answer. This is the first... View Article


Look Inside: Mounce’s Expository Dictionary

August 14, 2017 8:00 am Published by 1 Comment

It’s time for another Look Inside blog! Today we are looking at Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (MED), which is a word study dictionary covering the entire Bible. Here are three tips for using MED in our app to enrich your personal Bible study! ONE: RESOURCE GUIDE We talk about the Resource Guide all the time because it is incredibly helpful when studying the Bible in our app. Have you ever been reading a passage of scripture and had a question about a person, place, or topic? Now you can get answers without even leaving the passage. Open your favorite Bible translation in the main window. I’ve picked out the ESV! Then, tap the split window handle and drag it to a width or height that you prefer.  As you scroll through the Bible text, the Resource Guide keeps up with you and searches through all the books in your library for related content.  If you scroll down through the Resource Guide results, you will see the section headings “People,” “Places,” and “Topics.” Tap on the person, place, or topic that you want to learn more about.  I chose the topic “Fellowship” because my church is currently... View Article


The Value of Systematic Theology

August 11, 2017 8:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

WHAT IS SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY? “Systematic theology is any study that answers the question, ‘What does the whole Bible teach us today?’ about any given topic.” —Wayne Grudem Everyone is a theologian! Everyone has beliefs about God, what saves them, and how they should live. What makes Systematic Theology special is the way it considers the Bible as a whole when looking at a topic. Like a puzzle, theologians collect and understand all the relevant passages in the Bible on a topic and then summarize this information in clear teaching. Thankfully, people like Wayne Grudem have already done a lot of the hard work. We can use their research to help further our understanding of God and the Bible. GRUDEM’S SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY Grudem’s Systematic Theology is widely read and very accepted in Christian academic circles. This edition has several distinct features, such as keeping technical terms at a minimum, a friendly and emotive tone, and frequent life-application notes. If you’re looking for your first systematic theology or more solid teaching, this is a great resource. Learn more by following the link above. ORIGINALLY $39.99 | NOW: $19.99 VIDEO: WAYNE GRUDEM EXPLAINS SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY Although a bit out-dated (in regards to branding!),... View Article


Look Inside: Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary

August 8, 2017 8:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Brimming with lavish, full-color photos and graphics (over 2000!), the Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary goes above and beyond to enhance your learning experience. It will walk you through the entire Bible verse-by-verse, providing you with archaeological findings, historical explanations, geographic insights, and more. Per usual, we have incorporated this resource into our resource guide! This way, you can read the commentary alongside a Bible of your choice. Check out the screenshots below to see just how easy it is to do in-depth Bible study without flipping a page! LOOK INSIDE 1) 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. 2) The Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary appeared, indicating that there are five entries related to this small bit of scripture! So, I’ll tap on it to bring up the information. 3) This chapter talks about Daniel and his friends being relocated to a Babylonian learning environment. This was a major transition for David, but I’m not quite sure what the implications would have been. So, I can click on the third entry that... View Article


5 Books for Spiritual Growth

August 7, 2017 8:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

SPIRITUAL GROWTH BUNDLE (27 VOLS.) Our Spiritual Growth Bundle includes four Bible translations, five devotionals, and an array of books on spiritual growth. A few of those titles are The Power of Prayer, An Appeal to All That Doubt, and Holy in Christ. This is being discounted an incredible 81% for our Back to School sale, so we HAD to highlight it. All the titles included in this set are listed on our website, so follow the link above to learn more. ORIGINALLY: $102.74 | NOW: $19.99 GREG LAURIE COLLECTION (15 VOLS.) Greg Laurie is the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, CA. At age 19 he began his ministry by leading a Bible study of 30 people. Now, Harvest is one of the largest churches in America. This collection contains 15 of Laurie’s books, including Married. Happily., Dealing with Giants, Following Jesus in a Modern World, and more. Biblical education isn’t just about academics, but also about spiritual growth and learning to apply God’s Word to your life. ORIGINALLY: $149.85 | NOW: $14.99PRAYING GOD’S WORD DAY BY DAY Praying God’s Word is powerful. When you do this, you always know that you are praying His will because it’s... View Article


Significant Stories: Olive Tree Customers

August 4, 2017 3:30 am Published by 3 Comments

In honor of our nine-year anniversary in the App Store and Customer Appreciation Week, we’ve asked for your significant stories—ways that reading God’s Word through our app has brought change in your life or others. We strongly believe that God’s Word brings restoration and transformation to people’s lives. So, we’re celebrating. We’re celebrating our wonderful customers, and we are celebrating what God has accomplished. STORY #1 “I’ve been around Olive Tree since 2000; I lived in Hawaii then. This is when I started to find the Bible online. I was amazed to see the software on the site as I searched for the Bible. It wasn’t until 2002 that was able to use it. I moved to Virginia and I got a Palm PDA (remember those?) from my dad. Olive Tree was the first piece of software I put on it. I was (and still continue) to be amazed at how powerful it is! The true value of Olive Tree was made apparent to me at the local library in 2007. I had a Blackberry Pearl with the NRSV. I got into a debate/discussion with a random guy. I forgot what we talked about but I used the software to look... View Article


Customer Appreciation Week

July 31, 2017 1:00 pm Published by 1 Comment

If you can’t tell, we are more than excited to celebrate our nine-year anniversary in the App Store! Since the days of Palm Pilots we have been working hard to get the Bible into hands . . . and phones, tablets, laptops, iPads, desktops, and anything else possible. We’re dedicated to this endeavor because we are dedicated to inspiring people to know God more. It has been such a joy to work hard—all for God’s glory. It’s About You But, this celebration isn’t about us and what we have accomplished. It’s about YOU—our users. Without you, we wouldn’t have any reason to be formatting, designing, or coding. Without you, we wouldn’t be an app at all! We are so proud of the way you seek to know God more and more through His Word. It’s truly incredible. Share Your Story So, we are making this week about you. If you head on over to our Facebook page, you can find a post where we are asking to hear your stories. We are always so overwhelmed with the kind words you send our way, sharing how the app has helped you read, share, and teach the Bible. You inspired us to collect... View Article


The Voice Bible

July 31, 2017 10:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Do you ever wish you could better visualize the conversations and stories that take place in the Bible? The Voice is a faithful translation that reads like a story with all the truth and wisdom of God’s Word. The Voice sought to recapture the passion, grit, humor, and beauty that is often lost in the translation process. A project like this requires collaboration! So, a group of more than 120 biblical scholars, pastors, writers, musicians, poets, and artists came together to make this Bible possible. The result is a retelling of the story of the Bible in a form as fluid as modern literary works that remains painstakingly true to the original manuscripts. Features Information that helps contemporary readers understand what the original readers would have known intuitively Commentary notes including cultural, historical, theological, and devotional thoughts Screenplay format, ideal for public readings and group studies Book introductions This Bible offers a new and unique way to interact with God’s Word. You can read more about The Voice Bible on our website, where it is currently 75% off!


3 Ways Bible Dictionaries Improve Your Bible Study

July 24, 2017 10:00 am Published by 4 Comments

You know what a Bible is. You also know what a dictionary is. But do you know what a Bible dictionary is, or why you should use one? Here’s three reasons to use a Bible dictionary, based on my own recent study of God’s Word.LEARN A LITTLE CHRISTIAN TRIVIA I was reading Psalm 111 the other day and decided to pull open the Resource Guide. As I was scrolling, I noticed that “Hallelujah” was listed under Topics. Now, I know that “Hallelujah” means “Praise the Lord” (and the app told me this, too), but I was curious if there was any other information on the phrase that I hadn’t heard before.When I tapped on “Hallelujah” and opened my Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary, I learned something hilarious. You see, when I was in high school, I sang in the choir, and we always sang songs that incorporated “Alleluia.” Turns out that, according to Vine’s, it’s a misspelling of “Hallelujah”! All this time I’ve been wondering what the difference was…  LEARN ABOUT GOD’S PROMISES IN HISTORY Exodus 4 is another passage I was looking at recently. It’s here that Moses is instructed to inform Pharaoh that Israel is Yahweh’s “firstborn.” If Pharaoh... View Article


What’s the Difference? Study Bible vs. Bible Commentary

July 17, 2017 10:00 am Published by 19 Comments

Have you ever nodded along to someone talking, even though you had no idea what they were saying? I often feel like I’m doing a mental head-nod when I’m scrolling through all the products Olive Tree offers. As an employee, you’d think I would understand all the different Bible study tools—but to be honest, there’s always something new that I’m learning. So, I thought I’d dedicate a blog post to the difference between a study Bible and a Bible commentary!STUDY BIBLEA study Bible is Scripture paired with additional notes and resources that are meant to help you understand what you’re reading. A non-digital study Bible is often formatted with the study Bible notes below the Bible text, allowing for quick reference without having to leave the passage you’re reading. Depending on the study Bible, you may see historical and contextual background information, cross references to other verses, maps, charts, and more.Study Bibles in the Olive Tree Bible App work much the same way. While you’re reading the Bible text, the resource guide will pull in the content from any study Bible you have in your library to give you quick access to helpful information. We have a video about how... View Article