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How To: Reading Plans & Devotionals

December 26, 2017 3:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

1) DEVOTIONALS VS. READING PLANS When looking at enhanced devotionals on, you will quickly see what sets them apart from simple reading plans that walk through the Bible. These are well-crafted, thought-out devotional books that you might think to buy at a bookstore. They all contain great content meant to encourage and inspire you. Some devotionals pick a certain passage of Scripture to talk about each day. Meanwhile, other devotionals may be topical. On our website, you will see familiar names like Ann Voskamp, Sarah Young, Franklin Graham, and Brian Simmons. You could start on a year-long devotional plan or work through a 40-day plan with your family. 2) WHAT ARE ENHANCED DEVOTIONALS? This is where our addition of reading plans really improved the way certain devotionals work inside our app. Any devotional that is enhanced (see a full list here) can be read and tracked as a reading plan. All you have to do is head on over to the reading plan tab and start reading. Enhanced devotionals will appear under “My Devotionals.” Look at your assignments in advance. Receive reminders and customize your plan in the settings.  Read until you reach the “Completed Reading” button. Tap it to... View Article

How To: Study Bibles

December 25, 2017 3:00 pm Published by 2 Comments

3 WAYS OLIVE TREE MAKES STUDY BIBLES BETTER 1) USE WITH ANY TRANSLATION When you purchase a study Bible with Olive Tree, you’re given two resources: study Bibles notes and the corresponding translation. Example: You purchase the ESV Study Bible. You can now read the ESV in the main window and the ESV study Bible notes in the Study Center. Want to read the NIV? You can still access the ESV Study Bibles notes! 2) READ MULTIPLE STUDY NOTES Want to read more than one paper study Bible? You’ll have to have two huge books laid out in front of you (and do TWICE the page flipping). We’ve simplified the steps it takes to study the Bible well with the Resource Guide. You’ll be notified when you have study notes on a passage. Just tap and navigate quickly between all your resources. 3) USE ANYWHERE, ANYTIME After you’ve downloaded your new study Bible notes, you’ll never have to use the Internet to access them again. That’s right—no WiFi required. You could read a study Bible on top of a mountain, in line at the bank, and waiting to pick your kids up from school… without carrying a huge book around... View Article

The Second Joshua

December 22, 2017 7:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

How does the Old Testament—specifically the book of Joshua—have anything to do with Jesus? Read this content pulled from the Bible Knowledge Commentary to find out. THE PURPOSE OF THE BOOK OF JOSHUA The purpose of the Book of Joshua is to give an official account of the historical fulfillment of the Lord’s promise to the patriarchs to give Israel the land of Canaan by holy war. A “holy war” was a conflict with religious overtones rather than one with a political motivation of defense or expansion. This can be seen in both the opening charge (1:2-6) and the concluding summary (21:43). IT STARTS WITH ABRAHAM Specifically, the conquest of Canaan under Joshua’s leadership was based on the Abrahamic Covenant. God, having dealt with all nations, made Abraham the center of His purposes and determined to reach the lost world through Abraham’s seed. The Lord made a contract or covenant with Abraham, promising unconditionally to give a land, a posterity, and spiritual blessing to the patriarch and his descendants (Gen. 12:2-3). Soon thereafter God said He was giving the land to Israel forever (cf. Gen. 13:15). The boundaries of the land were then given to Abraham (Gen. 15:18-21). GOD KEEPS... View Article

Two Ways To Give

December 20, 2017 8:30 am Published by 3 Comments

Do you want to give someone the gift of Olive Tree resources? Not sure how? In this blog, you can either watch the video where I’ll show you how to give a monetary gift or a resource! If you’d rather read, I provided screen shots and instructions below. GIFT CARD With an Olive Tree gift card you can give any amount starting at $10. Fill out the form and choose to have it sent directly to the recipient or send it to yourself so you can wrap it and put it under the tree. We recommend putting the piece of paper inside a box that’s inside another box that’s inside another box. Once the form is filled out you’ll see the following screen. You can then add more gift cards or continue to checkout by clicking on the ‘Purchase Cards’ button. After you’ve completed the checkout the gift card redemption code will be sent to the email you chose.#2 GIFT A RESOURCE Another way to give is by gifting a specific title. Go to the specific product page of the title you want to give. Under the ‘Add to Cart’ button you’ll see the option to ‘Give As Gift’. Once you... View Article

An Update on the New American Commentary

December 18, 2017 1:00 pm Published by 14 Comments

Here’s some news! We just released a new version of our New American Commentary Old & New Testament Set. It now holds 42 volumes. You can visit our website here to see all of the volumes included, along with what ones are not available yet. With this update, we thought it would be nice to share some information with you about this resource. We’ll even give you a look inside. Let’s start! WHAT IS THE NAC? The New American Commentary collects the best in contemporary evangelical scholarship in a series that examines the entire Bible in depth. Currently, it offers 18 volumes of commentary on the New Testament and 24 volumes of commentary on the Old Testament. It based on the NIV Bible text and provides verse-by-verse analysis. Additionally, it is considered to be a mid-level commentary, relfecting comprehensive biblical research in the original languages of the Bible, but avoids using overly-technical language. That way, you don’t have to have a seminary background in order to understand. The New American Commentary consistently supports the inerrancy of Scripture and contributing scholars all hold explicit commitments to Scripture’s infallibility. Its distinctive perspective is a focus on the theological ideas springing from Scripture. Along with... View Article

5 Helpful Tips to Deepen Your Bible Study

December 14, 2017 12:00 pm Published by 9 Comments

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. — 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV The Bible is not an end in itself, but is a means to the end of knowing God and doing His will. The apostle Paul said, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15). God has given us the Bible in order that we might know Him and that we might do His will here on earth. Therefore, devotional Bible study is the most important kind of Bible study. Devotional Bible study means reading and studying the Word of God in order that we may hear God’s voice and that we may know how to do His will and to live a better Christian life. For your devotional reading and study of the Bible, here are five important, practical suggestions to deepen your Bible study: 1. BEGIN YOUR BIBLE READING WITH PRAYER Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. — Psalm 119:18, KJV Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he... View Article

Team-Oriented Ministry

December 13, 2017 7:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Ministry is not something that we do alone! Learn about team-oriented ministry from 1 Thessalonians. The content in this blog is taken directly from the Story of God Bible Commentary. PAUL’S TEAM-ORIENTED MINISTRY Paul’s opening in his letter to the Thessalonians demonstrates something important about ministry. It is never done by one person. Although Paul may be the primary person in this tripartite ministry team, there is much that he would have been unable to accomplish if he did not also have the support and assistance of Silas and Timothy, his fellow missionaries. This type of support is evidenced in many of Paul’s letters where he mentions those who assist him — people like Prisca and Aquila (Rom 16:3), Urbanus (Rom 16:9), Timothy (Rom 16:21; 1 Thess 3:2), Apollos (1 Cor 3:5, 9), Silvanus (2 Cor 1:19), Titus (2 Cor 8:23), Epaphroditus (Phil 2:25), Eudoia, Syntyche, and Clement (Phil 4:2–3), Aristrachus, Mark, and Jesus Justus (Col 4:10–11), Demas, Luke, and Philemon (Phm 1, 24; see also Col 4:11). When you take stock of the number of Paul’s ministry companions and all that he accomplished with them, you realize he had a lot of help. THE DIFFICULTY OF LEADING A SMALL... View Article

New! Verse of the Day Graphics

December 11, 2017 7:00 am Published by 11 Comments

We’ve had the option for our users to receive Verse of the Day notifications for awhile now. We know that it can be a great reminder to get into the Word and to spend time thinking about the Lord. Now, we’ve been able to add something new to this already well-loved feature on iOS devices.  Let’s check it out. WHERE TO FIND IT All you need to do is open the main window and tap “Verse of the Day.” If you have your apps set-up to automatically update on your phone, you’ve probably already seen this! If you haven’t updated yet, you’ll need to do so. HOW TO USE IT There’s much more you can do with Verse of the Day than simply read the verse. Tap “Read” to be taken to the passage in context in the main window. Tap “Share” to share the Verse of the Day on social, in a text, or anywhere else. Lastly, tap “settings” to customize this feature the way you want. VERSE OF THE DAY SETTINGS Inside the settings, you’re able to select your preferred translation and turn on verse delivery. You can even choose what time you want to receive the notification... View Article

The Satisfied Life – Psalm 91

December 7, 2017 7:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Life can be difficult and dangerous, but in the Psalms we see God’s faithfulness to us through the difficult and dangerous times. This excerpt, taken directly from the BE Series Commentary by Wiersbe, walks us through Psalm 91. Even when life is dangerous, in God we can have a hidden, protected, and satisfied life. BE Exultant – Book IV, Psalm 91 The previous Psalm focuses on dealing with the difficulties of life, but the emphasis in this psalm is on the dangers of life. The anonymous author (though some think Moses wrote it) warns about hidden traps, deadly plagues, terrors at night and arrows by day, stumbling over rocks, and facing lions and snakes! However, in view of terrorist attacks, snipers, reckless drivers, exotic new diseases, and Saturday-night handgun specials, the contemporary scene may be as dangerous as the one described in the psalm. The saints who abide in Christ (vv. 1, 9) cannot avoid confronting unknown perils, but they can escape the evil consequences. Moses, David, and Paul, and a host of other servants of God faced great danger in accomplishing God’s will, and the Lord saw them through. However, Hebrews 11:36 cautions us that “others” were tortured and... View Article

A God Who is Everywhere: Omnipresence

December 6, 2017 7:00 am Published by 15 Comments

Our God is not bound by space and time. This characteristic is called “omnipresence.” Although it is described in the Bible, the word “omnipresence” or “omnipresent” won’t be found in there. So, how do you learn what the Bible has to say about this characteristic of God? WHAT IS OMNIPRESENCE? Our God is omnipresent. Systematic theologians use this term frequently when discussing God’s incommunicable attributes—the attributes that we, humans, can never participate in. We can be loving like God to an extent. We can be holy like God to an extent. But we cannot become omnipresent. That means, it can be difficult for us to comprehend God’s omnipresence. We can try our best to describe it… but in the end, it’s a concept that we cannot fully-communicate: hence, incommunicable. Thankfully, the Bible gives us lots of great examples! I grabbed all the verses from the Olive Tree Bible Threads resource that refer to omnipresence for you to read. VERSES ABOUT GOD’S OMNIPRESENCEBut will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. — 1 Kings 8:27May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion. — Psalm 20:2You have searched me,... View Article