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This week we are highlighting the “Prince of Preachers,” on his 179th birthday.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) converted to Christianity at the age of fifteen. By the age of twenty-two, he was the most popular preacher in England and remained so for the latter half of the 1800s. Spurgeon delivered nearly thirty-six hundred sermons throughout his life. To celebrate this prolific writer, you can get many works written by or about Charles Spurgeon in The Bible Study App starting at $0.99.
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|Charles Spurgeon’s Autobiography – 4 Volumes||$34.95||$16.99||Learn More|
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|Greatest Fight in the World: C. H. Spurgeon’s Final Manifesto||$3.95||$0.99||Learn More|
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|Men and Women of the New Testament||$7.50||$3.99||Learn More|
|Men and Women of the Old Testament||$7.50||$3.99||Learn More|
|Daily Help||$7.95||$3.99||Learn More|
|Pictures from Pilgrim’s Progress||$7.95||$3.99||Learn More|
|A Good Start: A Book for Young Men and Women||$6.99||$3.99||Learn More|
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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 system, 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, maps, and harmonies to aid us in our study.
We’ve put quite a bit of attention into converting the rich topical content so it can be used in the Bible Study app. Our goal was to make navigating the famous topical chains easy and intuitive and to allow quick access to the additional materials as well.
We’re going to walk through a quick example of how the Bible Study App can make navigating the Thompson Chain enjoyable and easy. The example uses and refers to the PC version of our software. We’ve designed this resource to work seamlessly with the built-in resource guide, so if you don’t already know how to open it, read this article to open it in the split window, and have your Bible of choice open in the main window of your app. Although we’ll be relying on the PC version in our example, other versions of our app will have similar functionality.
If you want to follow along with the example, bring 1 Samuel chapter 17 up in your Bible. With everything set up, the screen will look similar to this (your screen may look a little different depending on what resources you have and how you have your resource guide set up):
To activate the chains, tap the name of the Thompson Chain under the commentaries section of your resource guide. Your split-window view will change to a listing of verses directly related to your location: (more…)
|Seeking a deeper understanding of the Bible?
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Find out more below to see how these resources will help you seek a deeper understanding of the Bible.
Vine’s Expository DictionaryStudy the meaning of biblical words in the original languages-without spending years learning Greek or Hebrew. This classic reference tool has helped thousands dig deeper into the meaning of the biblical text. Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words explains the definitions and uses of over 6,000 key biblical words with reference to Strong’s numbers.
Only $19.99Learn MoreVine’s Topical Commentaries: Christ is also available!
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Courson’s Application Commentary
(3 volume set)In the Courson’s Application Commentary, Pastor Jon Courson has written a commentary that is a scholarly work, but is easy to read and makes practical applications for us in our daily walk with Jesus. This contains all three volumes of Jon Courson’s verse-by-verse commentary on the Old and New Testaments. It is your opportunity to study the Bible with one of the great Bible teachers of our time.
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New American Commentary SetsThe New American Commentary collects the best in contemporary evangelical scholarship in a series that examines the entire Bible in depth.Based on the NIV Bible text, the New American Commentary offers a verse-by-verse analysis of the Scriptures. A mid-level commentary, its scholarship reflects comprehensive biblical research in original languages, but avoids overly-technical prose to maintain accessibility to readers without a seminary background.
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By Olive Tree Employee: Emily Roth, Content Editor
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night” (Ps. 1:1-2).
The nature of my position at Olive Tree requires that I read the Bible throughout the day, whether to check a verse citation or to study an entire book. Due to a recent project, I managed for the first time to read straight from Genesis to Revelation. Each day on this project, no matter where I was in the Bible, something from God’s Word spoke to my heart, convicted my soul, or related to my struggles. My computer monitors store a collection of sticky notes for the verses I want to keep in mind.
It surprised me on a consistent basis the value of the simplest or most overlooked of verses. While I’ve long believed in the inspiration of the Bible in its entirety, I tended to judge certain books or passages as “most important” and then ignored the rest. What did I care about the Minor Prophets? They had to be called “minor” for a reason, right? But as I read, I realized that the Bible isn’t a bunch of stories about a bunch of people. It’s one continuous story about one God.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Col. 3:16).
Even Jesus affirms the absolute necessity of reading God’s word. He quotes from Deuteronomy, “Man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (Deut. 8:3; Matt. 4:4). And the best part? Anyone who doubts the Bible’s benefits can test it for himself.
The Bible Study App now has several reading plans available for free download. Over time, this new feature will offer additional plans across all platforms. Find one that interests you by looking under “Reading Plans” in the “My Stuff” window. After beginning a plan, you can check off each reading as you go.
If you have never read the Bible as a whole, it may seem like a daunting challenge. The Olive Tree Summer Bible Reading Plan provides guidance to study major themes and events throughout your preferred version of Scripture from June 1 to September 11. Compiled by the Olive Tree staff, this resource includes brief introductions of each book as well as the literary subgroups such as the History books of the Old Testament or the Pauline Epistles.
“And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers” (1 Thess. 2:13).
Until I read through the Bible all at once, I didn’t realize how much I had been missing. The Minor Prophets, for instance, display some of the most heartbreakingly expressive poetry that I’ve ever read. Read them for yourself if you don’t believe me. And while you’re at it, just finish the whole collection of books in the Bible if you never have before.
If the idea of daily reading intimidates you, simply commit to finding out what God wants to tell you today. Then do the same tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after that. It won’t take long to feel its effect. You will find a deeper appreciation of the Bible, God, and the story he has invited us into.
This week you can get the Olive Tree Summer Bible Reading Plan for FREE now through June 6th.
By Olive Tree Employee: Ben Backstrom
There are several practical ways you can interact with Bible text in the Bible Study App to enhance your personal study, including highlights, notes, bookmarks, book ribbons, and tags. The feature I use most frequently is notes. I use the app for both personal study and preparation for small group study, and notes come in handy for both.
One of my favorite features of notes in the app is the ability to choose different icons. I use this feature to label notes based on the type of content. (screenshots from Android)
I use the default page icon for most of my notes. These can be my own thoughts or someone else’s commentary on the passage.
I use the question mark to denote passages I am not sure about. Maybe the wording doesn’t make sense, or a couple of commentaries conflict on what they think the passage means. Denoting them this way allows me to come back and put an answer into the note when I find a good explanation.
Some passages capture my attention, whether they are especially challenging, or give me a new perspective. I mark these with a star icon. I love being able to read back through a passage and find this icon. These are usually verses that I find inspiring again and again.
Another great feature of notes is the ability to find my notes in any translation I’m reading. Any time you create a note by selecting a Bible verse number (circled below), that note will show up in any of your other translations. You can create a note this way in the ASV, then find it again at the same verse in the NIV or ESV.
Note that this does not work if you create a note by selecting text. Those notes will not show up in other translations, since they are based on the specific translation’s text.
I use my Android phone for personal study and my Mac for group study prep. However, I like having the notes I create for both to be together in one place. The Olive Tree Sync feature makes this possible. Here are some tips I find helpful with sync:
- Sync your notes at the beginning of your study. This will sync notes and changes to your device so that you know what notes you’ve already created.
- At the end of your session, sync notes again.
- If you want to sync both devices at the same time, sync one device, wait 15 seconds, then sync the other device. Order isn’t important, but pausing between them can give better results.
I would love to hear how you use notes in the app to enhance your Bible study. Feel free to share them in the comments below.