One of the most popular ways of reading the Bible is to open up a familiar passage, read over it quickly, and then move onto something else. When we don’t take time to ponder Scripture and ask questions, we miss out on discovering truth. By slowing down, we can be convicted, encouraged, and strengthened in new ways. The Exhaustive Questions Bible study method is a great option for solving this problem. Here’s some instructions we found inside Andy Deane’s Learn to Study the Bible. We’ve also included helpful tips on how to use this method without leaving the app. 1) CHOOSE A CHAPTER & READ IT 3x This isn’t a race to see how fast you can read the passage! Slow down. Take in each word. Think critically about what you are reading. 2) WRITE DOWN 3+ QUESTIONS FOR EACH VERSE This sounds like a lot… because it is. But it’s worth it! Ask questions about everything and anything. You won’t need to answer all of them, so don’t worry about that. Write down as many as you can think of so that you get in a rhythm. It will help you to eventually ask unique questions you might have not thought... View Article
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This week is all about looking back on 2017 and celebrating what we’ve accomplished. Not just us at Olive Tree—although we have done a lot of work on improving the app!—but also what you, our users, have done. With that being said… we’ve reached another jaw-dropping milestone! 1 BILLION SYNCABLES It’s hard to be as excited as us if you aren’t sure what “syncables” are. Syncables are items like: notes highlights tags Anything that syncs across your devices when you tap “sync” in the app—that’s a syncable item. WHY IS THIS EXCITING? It can be hard to measure how engaged everyone is inside our app. Lots of people download Bible apps and then barely use them. We don’t want our app to be just another icon on your home screen. Instead, we want our users to use our app to spend time connecting with God and His Word. The more syncable items you all create, the more you are interacting with the Bible. This is why we are incredibly excited about reaching the 1 billion mark. CELEBRATE WITH US How can you celebrate with us? Open the app, read the Bible, take some notes, make some highlights, and pray. Reflect... View Article
1) ARE YOU A VISUAL LEARNER? Sometimes the best way to make sense of a lot of text is to represent it visually. This is why many study Bibles almost come with photos, charts, timelines and more. That way, if you’re reading a description of a place you’ve never visited in the Middle East, you can see a picture of it. Or, if you’re reading about a long list of historical events, look at an organized charts of all the important dates. Whether you consider yourself a visual learner or not, these resources will immerse you in your Bible study. TAP TO ENLARGE! 2) HAVE YOU WONDERED WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE IN BIBLE TIMES? If you’ve ever read Leviticus, you definitely know that the Bible talks about confusing rituals and practices. Since we’re living in the 21st century, and most of us aren’t professional historians, these passages can be daunting. You’re not alone in wishing that you could step inside the Bible times, even for just a second. Surely it would give some insight into what the Bible is trying to communicate. Thankfully, there are Christians who enjoy studying history professionally! With plenty of research and fact-checking, these scholars have... View Article
2017 was a fantastic year at Olive Tree. You guys read the Bible (a lot!). We were able to make some big changes that improved the way you study the Bible. It was a win-win. So, let’s reminisce over the last twelve months and what we accomplished together! YOU GOT IN THE APP AND READ THE WORD You all opened the app 262 MILLION times in 2017. That’s 262 million instances of someone reading God’s Word. Since our mission is to encourage people to connect with God and the Bible through technology, this statistic makes us SO happy. YOU GOT IN THE APP AND STAYED IN THE APP We like looking at this statistic because it lets us know if users are having quality study time inside the app. Based on the numbers, that seems to be the case! Keep it up, you guys. WE MADE NOTES MORE FUN This was a little addition we thought would be fun for our notes feature. Now when you want to represent the 🥖🥖🥖🥖🥖 and 🐟🐟 from John 6, nothing is holding you back. TOP 5 PURCHASED RESOURCES We’ll have another blog up soon that goes even more in-depth on the top titles from last year, but... View Article
A new year can encourage you to try new things or start old things up again. Here are some Bible reading tips we put together for the start of 2018. 1) PRAY PRAY PRAY It can be easy to pick up the Bible, skim it, and never actually participate in a conversation with God. So, before opening your Bible, form the habit of starting in prayer. Take a deep breath and remember that you have been invited to commune with the Creator of the universe. Pray Before Reading What should you pray about? Here are a few ideas in case you’re stumped: Confess any anger or bitterness Share your doubt or frustration Ask for help (for you or others) Acknowledge God’s power, love, and faithfulness Ask God to help you experience His power, love, and faithfulness Give thanks Look for Answers This part can be crucial for our walk with the Lord. So often, we ask God to move in our lives… Then, when He does, we forget what we asked for and figure it all worked out because of circumstance or coincidence. Keep a list of the things you are praying about. It could be as simple as a... View Article
We have a new title in our store this week! The NIV Chronological Study Bible is a great tool for gaining a historic understanding of God’s Word. WHAT IS A CHRONOLOGICAL STUDY BIBLE? If you have used an Olive Tree study Bible before, you know that study Bibles come with two texts: the notes and the Bible text. But a chronological study Bible is the exception to this rule. Why? Because the main reason to own a chronological Bible is so that you can read through the Bible in chronological order! So, when you open this resource in the app, you’ll see the Bible text and still be able to use the verse chooser. The only difference is that, this time, you’ll navigate through different “epochs” or eras of time to read sections of corresponding Scripture. WHAT IS A CHRONOLOGICAL STUDY BIBLE? Study Bibles contain tidbits of great information sprinkled throughout the Bible text. They give you insights you might not have known otherwise. The NIV Chronological Study Bible uses its notes to teach you about the history and culture of the Bible. Inside you’ll find: The entire NIV text with the translator’s notes, arranged in chronological order Full-color illustrations... View Article
Do you ever wake up at 8:02 but lay in bed until 8:05 or 8:10? Or maybe, while eating a tub of ice cream, you decide that tomorrow will be the day you start eating healthier? It can be difficult to start something new or hard, so we often wait for milestone moments to make a change. Then, when we miss the milestone moment, we put off whatever we were set out to do. But don’t let that stop you! Week one of 2018 is completed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a New Year’s resolution. Here are some of our resolution ideas that will encourage spiritual growth in 2018: 1) BECOME A PRAYER WARRIOR START FRESH Prayer journaling is really easy in the app when you use our notes feature. You can start by making a category simply dedicated to your prayers if you want to stay more organized. Check out this example! PLAN IT OUT Then, create a few different folders for types of prayers. This way, it will be easy for you to not only return to old prayers, but also to make sure your prayers have variety. It’s good to ask God for things, but we... View Article
It’s finally here—the 12th day of Christmas! It’s been a blast switching up the sales every day. Now you can enjoy all the discounts from all 12 days, but only for a limited time. Since there are SO many titles on sale, we’ll give you a couple lists of links to help get you started. FAVORITE RESOURCES Here are our top resources from the 12 Days of Christmas sale! The CSB Bible Amplified Study Bible MacArthur New Testament Commentary Set (33 Vols.) NIV Greek-English Interlinear New Testament The IVP Dictionary Series (8 Vols.) Pillar New Testament Commentary (15 Vols.) Vine’s New Testament Word Pictures (2 Vols.) New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge Baker Illustrated Collection (9 Vols.) Apologetics Study Bible ESV Systematic Theology SALES BY CATEGORY DAY ONE: New & Popular Bible Translations DAY TWO: Study Bibles DAY THREE: Top Authors & Devotionals, Greek & Hebrew Tools DAY FOUR: Word Study Bibles DAY FIVE: Bible Dictionaries DAY SIX: Bible Commentaries DAY SEVEN: Bible Study Tools DAY EIGHT: Cross References & Concordances DAY NINE: Maps & Visual Titles DAY TEN: Quick Reference Titles DAY ELEVEN: Theology & Reference DAY TWELVE: All 12 Days!
We’re on day 10 of our 12 days of Christmas Sale! Every day, the sale changes and covers a different genre of Bible resources. But on day 12 (coming up on Friday!) we will have all the days on sale AT THE SAME TIME. It is going to be a little crazy. And we feel like we are going a little crazy from all the planning and scheduling. But here’s a list of the discounts we’ve had so far: DAY ONE New & Popular Bible Translations DAY TWO Study Bibles DAY THREE Top Authors & Devotionals Greek & Hebrew Tools DAY FOUR Word Study Bibles DAY FIVE Bible Dictionaries DAY SIX Bible Commentaries DAY SEVEN Bible Study Tools DAY EIGHT Cross References & Concordances DAY NINE Maps & Visual Titles DAY TEN Quick Reference Titles (TODAY’S SALE!) GET READY FOR DAY 12 On Friday, you will not only be able to access the sales from days 1-10, but also day 11! Jump onto olivetree.com to see the best sales of the entire year.
3 WAYS TO USE MAPS & ATLASES Maps and atlases are great tools in the Olive Tree Bible App. You’ll be able to quickly see the region you’re reading about and gain more insight about the Bible. Here’s a look inside on the ESV Bible Atlas. FULL SCREEN MAPS Enlarge a map to fill the whole screen. Zoom in and learn more! OPEN IN THE STUDY CENTER The Resource Guide will let you know when you have a map that corresponds to the text you’re reading in the main window. Just tap and enter into the Bible lands. OPEN THE ATLAS By opening the atlas in the main window, you’ll find lots of articles and content surround each map to give you more insight. IT’S THE BEST TIME TO GET AN ATLAS Our 12 Days of Christmas Sale is nearing the end—and you don’t want to miss out! This is our biggest sale of the year. So, head on over to our website to see the drastic discounts on atlases and much, much more.