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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

Update to the Preaching the Word Commentary Series

March 30, 2016 3:00 am Published by 1 Comment

We’ve just added 11 new volumes to the The Preaching the Word Commentary Series! This update includes 11 newly released volumes: Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges & Ruth, 2 Samuel, Job, Psalms 1-41, Song Of Solomon, Matthew, 1 Corinthians, Galatians, and 1-3 John. The Preaching the Word Commentary Series offers unique insights 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 Bible+.  (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. Bible+ also keeps up with the scripture passage you’re reading in the main window with sync scrolling.  This means that 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... View Article

Improve Your Highlights, Improve Your Bible Study

February 26, 2016 10:00 am Published by 19 Comments

Highlighters, crayons, markers, and pens are staples for personal Bible study. When you find a passage you want to memorize or remember for later, you mark it up in some kind way that makes it stand out from the rest of the text. When it comes to digital Bibles we often neglect using highlights as a part of our study methods. Sure, we may highlight a favorite verse or passage, but most don’t go any further than that. Today, I want to open up a world of highlighting possibilities for you in Bible+ that will hopefully improve your Bible study. How to Highlight Before we dive into the ways you can use highlights in Bible+, first let me give you a refresher on the two ways to make a highlight in Bible+. Verse Highlights The most popular way to make a highlight in Bible+ is to highlight an entire verse, or a group of verses. To do this, you tap the verse number and select “Highlight.” If you want to highlight a range of verses you can increase the range to your desired selection, then choose your color. This method is useful if you want to have your highlights appear across various... View Article

Look Inside: Feasting on the Word Commentary

February 15, 2016 9:28 am Published by 1 Comment

Let’s face it, pastors have a hard job. They’re on call 24/7, counsel and minister to the needs of their congregation & the community, and often oversee the day-to-day operations of the church. On top of that, pastors are expected to spend hours mining through the truths of God’s Word and preach a weekly sermon. With only 168 hours in a week, that is a difficult task for even the most organized person. Something that can make this task more difficult is when you don’t have a plan for what you’re going to teach every week. This is one of the many reasons why expositional preaching through books of the Bible is so popular. But that’s not the only way to preach with a plan; another method is to preach using a lectionary. When most people hear the term “lectionary,” their mind often goes to the Roman Catholic church. But, they are not the only church that uses a lectionary. It is also popular among Methodists, Lutherans, Episcopalians, and some Presbyterians. What exactly is a lectionary? A lectionary is nothing more than a collection of Scriptures readings that are appointed for a given day or occasion of worship. One of the more common lectionaries today is... View Article

Look Inside: Love Languages Devotional Bible

February 8, 2016 11:50 am Published by Leave your thoughts

With Valentine’s Day a few days away, love seems to be on everyone’s mind. While dates, fancy dinners, flowers, candy, and romance are nice, there is also the need to connect on a spiritual level. Christian couples ought to be investing in each other’s spiritual well-being just as much as they focus on the other areas of a relationship. Reading the Bible together is one way to cultivate this kind of intimacy & a resource like the Love Languages Devotional Bible is a great tool for making it happen. Today we want to show you how this devotional Bible can help you connect with and grow spiritually alongside your spouse. Bible and Devotional in One One of the great things about the Love Languages Devotional Bible is that it truly is an all-in-one resource. Unlike some of our resources where we split the Bible text and notes into separate resources in your library, this time we kept everything together to create a seamless experience. This Bible is to be used daily with your spouse as you walk through the pages of Scripture together. As you read from Genesis to Revelation you will encounter 312 devotions and studies that help you engage the... View Article