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Interlinear Bibles in the App

April 7, 2018 7:00 am Published by 1 Comment

Learning Greek can be a difficult task. It takes years of study and countless hours of practice before you reach the point of reading the Greek New Testament without the help of additional resources. Unless your aim is to be a New Testament scholar, most will not achieve that level of comfort with the Greek text. But that doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from using the Greek New Testament in your studies. Whether you’re someone who can read Greek proficiently or have only ever used a Strong’s Bible, Olive Tree’s Interlinear Bibles are here to meet your needs.Here’s a look at some of the top features of interlinear Bibles in the Olive Tree Bible App. Not only can our app display the text in an Interlinear format, we’ve tagged the Greek word with the Greek Parsing and Strong’s Definition: Simply tap a word to get more details on that Greek word. We’ve also tagged the English Word: And the Strong’s Number: Searching for this Greek word in the text? No problem. Tap “search” and the app will bring you a list of results for that Greek Word: You can also tap “lookup” to find dictionaries already downloaded to your device. This... View Article

Even Better Than Forgiveness

April 7, 2018 7:00 am Published by 3 Comments

Here’s an excerpt on Romans and justification straight from the brand-new NKJV Vines Expository Bible! Dr. Jerry Vines is the former Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) president and pastor of 28,000-member First Baptist Church of Jacksonville. JUSTIFICATION: TO DECLARE RIGHTEOUS Romans 3:24 says, “being justified freely by His grace.” The word justified means “to declare righteous.” In other words, here is a person who is guilty and yet declared not guilty. The word is taken right out of the legal world. We stand before God absolutely guilty and helpless to do anything about our guilt. Yet in one great legal act, God acquits us of our sin and makes us acceptable in God’s presence. Justification is better than forgiveness. Forgiveness is wonderful, but justification goes even deeper. You may have done something you shouldn’t have done, and you can be forgiven for it. But justification removes the guilt. You are acquitted of your guilt as a sinner and made acceptable to God through faith in Jesus Christ. That’s justification. FREE JUSTIFICATION Also, we are justified “freely.” The word freely here means “without cause.” When Jesus was betrayed, Jesus said, “They hated Me without a cause” (John 15:25)—same word. Jesus had nothing in... View Article

Reflecting on Philemon

April 6, 2018 7:00 am Published by 1 Comment

It can be helpful to read a summary of a verse, passage, or book of the Bible that you already know well. Why? It can give you a fresh take on something you think you have completely exhausted! This excerpt from the Know the Word Study Bible Notes helps you to begin reflecting on Philemon, and re-applying it to your own life. HOW PAUL MET ONESIMUS & PHILEMON “One of the most remarkable experiences we can have is the realization of how small the world really is. Maybe you’ve been on vacation five hundred miles from home and recognized a friend from high school. Or you met someone on the other side of the world who, through conversation, you realized used to lead your sister’s Bible study. It’s exciting to make a connection where you don’t expect one. Something similar happened with Paul and a man named Onesimus. Bible students aren’t certain where Paul was, but he was a prisoner somewhere in Asia Minor (present-day Turkey) or perhaps in Rome. Paul led Onesimus to saving faith in Jesus Christ. At some point, they realized they both knew the same person: Philemon. Paul had also led Philemon to accept Christ as Savior... View Article

Bonhoeffer: Discipleship and the Cross

March 30, 2018 7:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

BONHOEFFER Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-45) was a German theologian and pastor who spoke out against the Nazi regime during World War II. His resistance against Hitler’s regime culminated with him being hung in a concentration camp at Flossenbürg. Today, Bonhoeffer’s works are loved by many. His writing, despite time, is still youthful, enlightening, and inspirational. Additionally, Bonhoeffer is most known for his rich writing on discipleship. In celebration of the Easter season, we thought it would be timely to share his comments on discipleship and the cross. [Plus, we asked if you all wanted to read something from Bonhoeffer on our Instagram account. The answer was a resounding: YES!] So, check out Mark 8:31–38 because it’s the passage Bonhoeffer discusses in the following excerpt. Then… read and be encouraged! DISCIPLESHIP AND THE CROSS The call to discipleship is connected here with the proclamation of Jesus’ suffering. Jesus Christ has to suffer and be rejected. God’s promise requires this, so that scripture may be fulfilled. Suffering and being rejected are not the same. Even in his suffering Jesus could have been the celebrated Christ. Indeed, the entire compassion and admiration of the world could focus on the suffering. Looked upon as something tragic, the suffering could... View Article

Weeping on Palm Sunday

March 25, 2018 7:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Palm Sunday can sound like a joyous celebration if we tell the story a certain way. There’s a big crowd waving palm branches, shouting “hosanna.” Jesus rides in on a donkey—his triumphal entry. Then, we get our kids to relay the scene on stage at church. It’s cute and fun and we all leave feeling like we just participated in something historical. But we missed one major part of the story… Jesus weeping. That’s right. After this huge, spontaneous celebration erupts in his honor, Jesus sobs. There must have been something going on behind the scenes that we didn’t catch. It most likely has to do with Jesus seeing straight through to people’s hearts and motives—because he is always doing that. So, let’s retell the story and see where we went wrong. THE CROWD The route Jesus took, the donkey he rode, the season of Passover… all of these details pointed to one thing: Jesus is the Messiah. The Mount of Olives is the predicted location for the Messiah’s appearance (Zech. 14:4-5). Oftentimes, kings would procure donkeys to ride into a city—a sign of humble authority. Passover celebrates the Israelites freedom from slavery in Egypt… and the Jews deeply desired... View Article

The Faith of a Dying Thief

March 24, 2018 7:00 am Published by 1 Comment

In Christ’s Words from the Cross Charles Spurgeon talks in great lengths about Jesus’ crucifixion, including those who were crucified with him The dying thief did the impossible that day. In front of multitudes of scoffers, he used the only part of his body not nailed to the cross (his tongue) to proclaim Jesus’ identity: the Messiah. The following is an excerpt from Spurgeon’s message. WANT TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK? CLICK HERE! THE FAITH OF A DYING THIEF The story of the salvation of the dying thief is a standing instance of the power of Christ to save, and of His abundant willingness to receive all that come to Him, in whatever plight they might be. I cannot regard this act of grace as a solitary instance, any more than the salvation of Zacchaeus, the restoration of Peter, or the call of Saul, the persecutor. Every conversion is, in a sense, singular: no two are exactly alike, and yet any one conversion is a type of others. The case of the dying thief is much more similar to our conversion than it is dissimilar; in point of fact, his case may be regarded as typical, rather than as an... View Article

See the Lost Sermons of Spurgeon [PICTURES]

March 22, 2018 7:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

In 1857, Charles Spurgeon promised to release all his earliest sermons. But, due to the incredible amount of other work he was committed to accomplishing, this dream was never fulfilled. Now, 160 years later, the Lost Sermons of Spurgeon have been recovered and his promise kept. A TEENAGER’S NOTEBOOKS Christian George, the primary editor for the Lost Sermons of Spurgeon collection, discovered 11 of Spurgeon’s handwritten notebooks in London. Inside, he found 400 of Spurgeon’s earliest sermons, dating from 1851-1854. George found the very first sermons that Spurgeon preached while he was a teenager. Back then, Spurgeon had no idea that he would grow up to become the Prince of Preachers, sharing the good news of Christ all over the world. REVIVING FOR PUBLICATION The most wonderful part of the Lost Sermons of Spurgeon series is that George didn’t simply make the text available to us. Instead, he and his team carefully compiled the works and included: full-color facsimiles transcriptions photographs introductions editorial annotations a timeline indexes and a short biography on Spurgeon LOST SERMONS OF SPURGEON If you love reading Spurgeon’s work, we highly recommend this resource. It is curated by those who deeply admire and Spurgeon, inspiring them... View Article

Look Inside: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament

March 21, 2018 7:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

THE BASICS We just released an updated, 17-volume version of the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT)! This resource comes with over 6,000 pages of conservative, modern scholarship—and it now includes commentary on 1-2 Thessalonians and 2 Corinthians. This series is written by well-known and admired American scholars such as: Thomas Schriener Karen Jobes Darrell Bock Moisés Silva Their research, writing, and academic ethic will guide you as you interpret the Bible. Additionally, the authors of the BECNT come from differing theological backgrounds, providing you with a healthy mix of viewpoints. THE PURPOSE If you have ever put together a sermon or lesson on the Bible, you have probably dealt with research-stress. There are so many different directions that you can take a message! And, there are so many different commentaries and resources that can help you get the job done. However, some commentaries aren’t really meant to help you write a cohesive sermon. Instead, they focus on details and technical questions… which can be fun if you are in the mood to go down some rabbit trails! But when you need to buckle down and write a compelling, and accurate sermon or lesson, you need someone to summarize... View Article

In the World, Not of It

March 20, 2018 7:00 am Published by 4 Comments

My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. —John 17:15-16 NIV IN THE WORLD, NOT OF THE WORLD How are God’s people supposed to engage the broader culture around them? There is much confusion around the topic of cultural engagement. Whereas some Christians choose to ignore culture, others rail against it. And others are seduced by it. The Bible calls us to engage the broader society while retaining a distinctive Christian identity and purpose. We need to think deeply and clearly about what it means to engage secular, pluralistic culture, especially in our work. Many Christians are confused about how and to what extent they should engage the world. For this reason, discussing cultural engagement requires humility and submission to God. We need to realize that if we do not think carefully about how to engage the culture, we may succumb to the ways of the culture that are not pleasing to God when we decide to engage it. Pastor and theologian Tim Keller explains: “The reality is that if the church does not think... View Article

Confidence in God

March 19, 2018 7:00 am Published by 26 Comments

“Confidence in God” is an article found inside the NLT Study Bible—a fantastic resource for anyone in the earlier stages of Bible study. God gave Nehemiah favor in the eyes of a mighty Persian king so that the king responded favorably to all of Nehemiah’s requests (1:11; 2:8, 18). Nehemiah then had the confidence to present his bold plan to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, and the people of Jerusalem responded positively, believing that God was able to give them success in rebuilding the walls (2:20) and to protect them from their enemies (4:4-5, 9). THEY CONFIDENTLY CONTINUED IN THEIR WORK… …in spite of opposition because they knew that God fights for his people and frustrates the plans of the wicked (4:14-15, 20). When the walls of Jerusalem were finished, Nehemiah recognized that the entire difficult project was completed only because of God’s help (6:16). The book of Nehemiah vividly demonstrates that God is all-powerful and able to accomplish his will, both in individual lives and in nations. Nehemiah’s prayer in ch. 9 focuses on praising God for his sovereign and powerful acts: God created the heavens and earth (9:6), called Abram from Ur, and gave the land to Israel... View Article