By Olive Tree Employee: Harold Coleman How do we move from reading the Bible to applying it to our lives? For many the idea of “studying” the Bible is overwhelming and questions soon follow: What commentary should I use? Do I need to know Greek or Hebrew to really understand Scripture? Does it take college-level training to understand Scripture? For the vast majority of Christians, these things aren’t necessary. Most of what is necessary to know God is simple to understand in a normal reading of the Bible, regardless of our education. I recommend the LifeConnect Study Bible Notes as a companion to learning to apply the word of God to our lives because of the simple S.O.A.P. method that it uses. Pastor Wayne Cordeiro believes it shouldn’t be so hard to apply Scripture, and he provides simple-to-understand examples of this method that has us read Scripture, make Observations about the text, consider Applications to personal challenges we see in the Scripture, and finally Pray for God’s help in applying the Scripture to our lives. With the Olive Tree Bible App, the S.O.A.P. method can be applied to any verse or part of a verse by creating a note for... View Article
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If you’re ready to take the next step in your study of the Bible than this blog is for you. Read on to find out how to build your own custom study Bible! Step 0: Use the Olive Tree Bible App We don’t want to assume anything here but the foundation is important and the building blocks of your ultimate study Bible start with our Bible App. 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 laptop. There is no steep learning curve required to use the app and all the features are intuitive. So, download the app & let’s move to Step 1. Step 1: Add a Bible Translation A lot of people don’t think about Bible translations and how they can help their Bible study. For many, they use whatever Bible translation they were given when they became a Christian and never give it a second thought. Yes, the thee’s and thou’s of the KJV may be quite poetic, but what good... View Article
The Olive Tree store offers some fantastic Bible map and atlas resources but you may wonder how they actually work. Watch the video below to see why they are invaluable resource to have as part of your Bible study library. Want to add a map or atlas to your library? Go here to see more!
The following excerpt is taken from the newly released book No God but One: Allah or Jesus? By Nabeel Qureshi In the summer of 2012, I spent eight weeks in Oakland, California, studying Arabic through Middlebury College. I had just graduated from Duke University, where I had focused on the Gospels and the Quran for my master’s degree. Even though my mother had taught me in my childhood how to recite Arabic, I could not use the language to communicate, so I knew that greater familiarity with Arabic would go a long way in my future graduate studies. I entered Middlebury just beyond the introductory level, which meant I would be prohibited from communicating in any language other than Arabic for the entire eight weeks. The program was so serious about this rule that we had to sign a contract the day we arrived. No English whatsoever, at any point, for two whole months. Not even during the evenings and weekends! Until that time, I had not realized just how important language is for relieving stress. No jokes, no storytelling, very little fellowship—just a lot of hand gestures and listening to upperclassmen jabber away. It was a very trying time, but... View Article
You’ve heard many Bible stories hundreds of times, but how many behind-the-scenes details are you missing? Sometimes a little context is all you need to discover the rich meaning behind the stories of Scripture. That’s what the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible provides. Every page is packed with expert insight into the customs, culture, and literature of Bible times. These fascinating explanations will serve to clarify your study of the Scriptures, reinforcing your confidence and bringing difficult passages of Scripture into sharp focus. Discover new dimensions of insight to even the most familiar Bible passages as you take a behind-the-scenes tour into the ancient world. Watch the video below for a quick glimpse at how NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible looks in the Olive Tree Bible App. For more information or to add this title to your Bible study library go HERE!
The KJV Reese Chronological Study Bible is a new release for the Olive Tree Bible App. It features the KJV text laid out in a linear fashion that’s easy to read and navigate through. At the start of each section, there are links allowing for quick access forward or backward in the Bible’s timeline. The table of contents allows for either the default Olive Tree grid verse chooser, for navigation to specific verses, or a list layout to navigate based on time period. You can quickly go from what the Bible has to say about a particular time period, to a specific verse, in a matter of seconds. If you have another Bible open in the main window of your Olive Tree Bible App, you will have access to nearly 300 study notes throughout the KJV Reese Chronological Study Bible, which will show up in the Resource Guide under the “Commentary” section. The KJV Reese Chronological Study Bible also contains additional features, like a year-long reading plan that can be followed either in this or your favorite Bible translation. Get the KJV Reese Chronlogical Study Bible for the Olive Tree Bible App today!
One of the most popular resources to use in the Olive Tree Bible App is a Strong’s tagged Bible. This Bible study tool gives you access to the Hebrew and Greek that the Bible was originally written in. See how it works in the video below. See all available Strong’s Bible’s here!
The NIV Beautiful Word Bible features five hundred familiar verses chosen from every book of the Bible. Verses from beloved stories, prophecies, and promises are artfully illustrated in full color to enhance your devotional experience in God’s Word, and perhaps even inspire you to take up your art pad and colored pencils and create your own unique Scripture artwork. To read the text and view the illustrations in the Olive Tree Bible App, simply select the NIV Beautiful Word Bible as your preferred Bible translation in the main window. Tapping on any of the images will bring it up in its own window, where you can pinch to zoom in. The Bible text has been designed for viewing in a single pane. This allows you to scroll up and down to see the images inline and in context with the verse from which they are drawn. Or use the Verse Chooser to go directly to any Bible chapter and verse you like. And as with any Olive Tree Bible text, you can add your own notes, highlight words or verses, and bookmark your favorite passages. And the visually appealing illustrated Bible verses from the NIV Beautiful Word Bible are available for you in... View Article
By Olive Tree Employee: Genny Gager Bible commentaries and study notes are great tools for understanding what the Bible has to say to us today. Often overlooked, however, is the value that using scripture to understand scripture can bring. God’s inspired word is a complex tapestry of themes all woven together, and the development of those themes can provide us with insight into the relevant message of the Bible for today’s readers. Finding our way around these themes can be a daunting task, especially given the variety of subjects covered in the Bible. A word search can be helpful, but it can give an incomplete picture due to the complexity of language and the context in which words are used. The great news is that Olive Tree offers the Thompson Chain Reference Study Bible, which links various themes together as they are touched upon and developed throughout Scripture. The very heart of this product is the thematic chains that number in the thousands, and people at all stages of learning about the Bible have used it in the 100 years since its initial release. The Thompson Chain resource is also a great study Bible, offering cross references, book outlines, book introductions,... View Article
By Olive Tree Employee: Harold Coleman Who is William Perkins and why are his writings relevant to us today? These are fair questions to ask about a man who wrote over 400 years ago. His life and writings spanned the early decades of English Protestantism during the Elizabethan period. He is thought by many to be the father of Puritanism, not as its founder but as its defender and as a developer of its theological positions. As a moderate Puritan, he worked from within the Church of England, slowly influencing the church towards Protestantism. His writings were so popular that the numbers of copies sold often outnumbered many contemporary Reformed writers combined. Perkins held to the doctrine of Solus Christus (Christ alone) and Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone) as the twin foundations of biblical preaching. He was an advocate of unclear Scriptures being interpreted by clearer portions of Scripture, rather than by tradition or speculation. He was a strong proponent of double predestination, which was criticized by his contemporary, Jacobus Arminius. As a reformer, he speaks to our use of Scripture today. Is understanding Christ the focus of our study in the Old as well as the New Testament? Do we... View Article