Author Archives for LaRosa Johnson

Making the Most of NIVAC

March 22, 2017 8:00 am Published by 4 Comments

No matter your level of expertise with the Bible, there are certain things we all do when we come to a time of studying God’s Word. After reading the text, there are two things we always hope to walk away with from the text: 1) what does this passage mean, and 2) how does it apply to me? There are any number of good tools we can use to find these answers. The problem is that the majority of the tools available only do half the job. You either get really good commentary explaining the text, but little to no application; or, you get lots of anecdotes & application, but find it lacking when it comes to helping you understand what the passage says. The NIV Application Commentary (NIVAC) is a study tool that gives you everything you need to both understand and apply the text. Let’s take a look at how NIVAC can help you get the most out of any Bible passage. Original Meaning Before you can attempt to make any sort of application from Scripture you first have to understand it. This involves figuring out the author’s intent and how the original recipients would have understood what was said. Here... View Article


Tips on Using Preaching the Word Commentary

February 20, 2017 8:41 am Published by 1 Comment

The Preaching the Word Commentary Series offers unique insight into Biblical texts from the heart of a pastor. It is noted for its unqualified commitment to biblical authority and clear exposition of Scripture. Its emphasis on application and shepherding makes it a valuable asset for sermon and class preparation, as well as personal study. Here are Six Reasons to use The Preaching the Word Commentary Series in the Olive Tree Bible App.  (Screenshots are from an iPad Mini 4.  Click on Images for a larger view) 1. Resource Guide Open your preferred Bible Translation in the main window and have the Resource Guide open in the Split Window.  You’ll see relevant “hits” from Preaching the Word in the split window. The Bible app keeps up with the scripture passage you’re reading in the main window with sync scrolling.  As you move along in the Bible text, the commentary syncs to exactly where you are in your study.  No more flipping pages back and forth.  No more holding the commentary text open on your desk in one spot, reading through your Bible text, and having to go back and find your place in the commentary. You’ll save an enormous amount of time with this feature alone.... View Article


Read & Research Bible Study Method: Part 6 (Final)

September 24, 2016 4:00 am Published by 3 Comments

Application is the last step in the Read & Research study method. In this final video in the series we show you how to take everything you’ve done so you can apply it to your life. We even share some of the points of application we got from our study of Psalm 1. Missed any of the series? Watch them on our YouTube channel and make sure to subscribe!


Read & Research Bible Study Method: Part 5

September 23, 2016 4:30 am Published by 2 Comments

Now that you’ve taken a look at your cross reference resources, the next step of this method takes you to your commentaries and study Bible notes. In this video we show you how to quickly access these resources, as well as copying & pasting portions of the commentary into your notes. Let’s see what our commentaries have to say about Psalm 1.


Read & Research Bible Study Method: Part 4

September 22, 2016 4:30 am Published by Leave your thoughts

In this fourth video of the series we’re doing more research as we begin to explore other resources in our library. To start, we’re showing you how cross reference tools can be a vital part of understanding the Bible. Dive in and see what other passages relate to Psalm 1. Missed a video?  – Video 1 – Video 2 – Video 3


Read & Research Bible Study Method: Part 3

September 21, 2016 8:23 am Published by 1 Comment

In the third video of this series we are beginning the research part of the Read & Research Method. We begin by making simple observations of the passage we’re studying. What observations will you get from reading Psalm 1? Want to add more Bible study resources to your app? Go here for this week’s specials!


Read & Research Bible Study Method: Part 1

September 19, 2016 8:05 am Published by 14 Comments

This week we are going to be showing you step by step instructions on how to do a a personal Bible study using the Read and Research Bible Study Method. Watch part 1 below! Select Bible study resources are on special now! See them here.


7 Reasons to Use Olive Tree’s Mac App

June 30, 2016 8:00 am Published by 20 Comments

Who doesn’t love a good Top Items list? I know I do! Here are seven (7) reasons why you should use the newly updated Olive Tree Bible app for Mac alongside your mobile. Ready. Set. Go! 1. Multiple Windows One limitation of working with the Bible app on mobile is you can only have two resources open at a single time, three if you count pop-ups. This limitation exists for various reasons, ranging from screen size to processing power. This isn’t a problem on your Mac. Open multiple windows to your heart’s content and resize them however you’d like. The possibilities are endless. This is a perfect way to maximize your study time. 2. Universal Search Have you ever wanted to search your entire library for a topic or word? The Resource Guide helps with this to an extent, but it only works with enhanced resources. With the Bible app for Mac you can type anything you want in the search field and get hits from your entire library. This alone is a time saver or reason to get lost in rabbit trails, you decide. 3. Multitasking Do you like using Pages or Google Docs to write your sermons or notes? That’s easy with the Bible app for Mac.... View Article


Four Steps to Build Your Ultimate Study Bible

April 4, 2016 8:00 am Published by 31 Comments

As a Bible teacher and technologist, people often ask me what they should buy to start building their Bible study library. I love answering this question and many are shocked by my response. The conversation begins by describing the massive library I’ve built over the years in several Bible software platforms. Then I tell them they don’t need all that & start listing the handful of resources that I find essential to Bible study. The end result is a concise but robust set of tools that anyone can use to study the Bible and grow in the things of God. Today, I will show you how you can build your ultimate Bible study library. Step 0: Use the Bible Study App If you’re at all technologically inclined, and I assume you are if you’re reading this, the initial step is downloading Bible software. For as much as I love print, it is easier and faster to study the Bible digitally. You can search resources in a matter of seconds, quickly look up cross references, and study anywhere. You don’t have to worry about flipping pages or having a large desk so that you can open all your books at once. Instead, carry your entire library on your phone, tablet, or... View Article