Category: App Tips

Using a Bible Commentary in the Olive Tree Bible App

Posted by on 01/06/2017 in: , ,

One of the key components to any digital Bible study library is a commentary. Study Bibles are great for getting quick information about a passage but when you want to investigate a passage further you’ll turn to a commentary. In this blog we’ll do a walk through on how to use a Bible commentary in the Olive Tree Bible App.

Using a Commentary

Like many resources in the Bible App, the best way to get the most out of your library is by using the Resource Guide; commentaries are no exception. To illustrate, let’s use the Moody Bible Commentary as if we’re starting to read Mark’s gospel.

Introductions

When beginning a study on a new book of the Bible, one of the first things you want to do is get some background information. Resource Guide makes this easy. Simply scroll down to the “Introductions” section, where we find a hit for our commentary.

Here we find information about the gospel, it’s author, date, audience, purpose, and other issues worth keeping in mind.

Outlines

Next, you’ll want to get a feel for how the book is laid out, so let’s find an outline. Again, the Resource Guide shows us that Moody Bible Commentary has an outline for our book, and we see that it is quite extensive. One thing worth noting is a commentary’s outline often serves as its layout. This helps you see how a handful of verses relate to their larger context.

Commentary Text

Finally, when it’s time to dive into the commentary text, the Resource Guide is again our friend. Instead of hunting down the commentary on your passage, let Resource Guide do the heavy lifting. Find the Moody Bible Commentary in the commentaries section, find your passage, and commence reading. This saves you both time and effort while studying, which is useful with our busy lives.

Alternatively, you can leave your commentary open in your split window and it’ll always be at the right location when you need it. This will save you even more time if you don’t plan on consulting other resources.

Finally, there are some people who like to read through commentaries like a book. This is possible in the Olive Tree Bible App as well. Just open the commentary in the main window and commence reading.

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No matter who you are we have a commentary that will suit your needs. Check out all available commentaries here!

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Four Features You Need To Try!

Posted by on 01/05/2017 in:

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The Olive Tree Bible App comes loaded with features but sometimes you just need somewhere to start. Here are four features of the app – in no particular order – that you should try out today.

Notes and Highlights
There are plenty of good reasons to make a note or highlight. Maybe something you we’re reading really impacted you in a new way or maybe your Pastor is preaching on a specific passage and said something you don’t want to forget. Notes and highlights in the app become a reference point in your Bible reading that help you remember and capture truth. The great thing is that if you make a note or highlight they will sync up and be available on any other device you have the app installed on!

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Reading Plans
Intentions are great but if they aren’t accompanied with a plan they usually don’t happen. Reading plans in the app help our best intentions to be in God’s word become a reality. From as short as 7 days to as long as a year there are dozens of great reading plans to choose from.

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Resource Guide
The feature that is guaranteed to be the most useful to your Bible study is the Resource Guide. It looks to the main text you’re reading and pulls in people, places, maps. commentaries, study Bible notes, and much more. The more Bible study resources you’ve added to your library the more powerful the Resource Guide will be.

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Store
To add resources to your library you’ll want to go to the Olive Tree store. Start with the Free section where you can add another Bible translation, an eBook on prayer, or maybe a Bible commentary like Matthew Henry.

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Try them out now and let us know what your favorite feature of the app is in the comments below!

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Bible Reading Plans for 2017

Posted by on 12/28/2016 in: ,

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The New Year is a great time to start a Bible reading plan!

Every year we start out with the best intentions to eat better, exercise and feed ourselves spiritually, yet without out a plan and some level of accountability our best intentions often run out of steam. While the Olive Tree Bible App can’t help you with diet and exercise, it can help you start a new spiritual habit of regularly being in the Word.

In the app you’ll find a variety of reading plans that are as short as a week and as long as two years. With a variety of topics and structures, a reading plan in the Bible App is a great way to dive into the word on a regular basis. There’s also no reason to feel guilty if you miss a day or two as our reading plans are setup to allow you to go at your own pace.

Of all the goals you can set for 2017 this is one that you can make and keep!

Click the link below for step by step instructions for your device!

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New iOS Reading Plan Experience

Posted by on 12/06/2016 in: ,

In our latest iOS update we’ve completely revamped our reading plan experience to make it easier to find the reading plan that is just right for you. You can also setup reminders on the day and time that you choose!

You can find reading plans by tapping Reading Plans in the menu. Then tap Featured to see available reading plans for download*. Scroll through the featured categories or  use the search feature to find a reading plan by keyword or length. There are reading plans from as short as 5 days to as long as two years.

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If you’re interested in a particular reading plan tap it to get more information.

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Once you tap Start Reading Plan you’ll be taken to a screen with more details and options. One of the new features of our reading plans is the ability to set custom reminders. To do this tap Plan Details and Options.

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At the bottom of the Plan Details and Options page you’ll see options for setting a date and time to be reminded to continue your daily reading. Set a time that works best for you and you’ll get a friendly reminder** to continue your plan.

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*Please note that an internet connection is required to view and download any reading plan. Once installed however you do not need an internet connection to read.
**You will need to have Push messaging enabled to receive reading plan reminders.

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Use Study Bible Notes With Any Translation!

Posted by on 11/30/2016 in: ,

The great thing about using a study Bible in the Olive Tree Bible App is that they can be used with any Bible translation!

Because of the way our Resource Guide connects Bible study resources with the text you’re reading in the main window, study notes can be used with any Bible translation. In the screenshot below (taken from an iPad) I have the King James Version of the Bible opened in the main window and under the Commentaries section of the resource guide I see a number next to my study Bible notes. This number indicates available entries based on John 3:1-7. You’ll also notice that the study notes I have installed are not based on the King James Version of the Bible yet they still work the same.

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Again, any Bible opened in the main screen will work with any study Bible notes that you have installed. In the screenshot below I have the English Standard Version opened in the main window and I’ve got the NIV Study Bible Notes opened in the split window. The notes will stay in sync with what I’m reading regardless of the translation difference.

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We have over 90 different study Bibles to choose from, all with a variety of insight and tools. See them all here!

Watch the video below for more on how study Bibles work in the app.

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Three things to try in the app right now!

Posted by on 11/21/2016 in:

Whether you’ve just downloaded the Olive Tree Bible App for the first time or have been using it for years, if you haven’t tried these three things then you need it’s time you did!

1. Make a Note

There are plenty of good reasons to make a note. Maybe you were reading a scripture for the 456th time and the truth of it finally hit you, or maybe your Pastor is preaching on a specific passage and he’s unpacking it in a way that is cutting to your heart. Notes in the app become a reference point in your Bible reading that help you remember and capture truth.

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You can make a note by tapping on the verse number or by opening them up in the split window of the app. If you tie them to a particular verse, a note icon will be available so the next time you are reading there and you can tap it for quick access.

2. Share to Social

There are already enough kittens and political statements on social but there will never be enough scripture. Share what you’re reading to social by tapping or highlighting a verse reference and then select the social media platform of your choice. This isn’t limited to just the Bible, you can even share from an eBook or devotional.

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3. Download Free Resources

Have you checked out the in-app store? If not the best place to start is the Free Resources. With over 100 to choose from you’ll want to add another Bible translation, an eBook on prayer, or maybe a Bible commentary like Matthew Henry. You can also browse free resources on OliveTree.com.

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Don’t delay, go try out each of these three things right now!

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iOS 6.1 Release

Posted by on 11/07/2016 in: ,

The latest release of the Olive Tree Bible App for iOS devices now supports multitasking!

On certain iPads you can use more than one app at a time. This means that you can have the Olive Tree Bible App opened and your favorite note taking app at the same time.

In this screenshot the Bible App is opened on the right and the app Notability is opened on the left side.

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Evernote is one of the most popular note taking apps. Here it is opened on the right side and the Bible App is opened on the left.

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Update now through the App Store to use the split screen feature!

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Enhanced Sermons

Posted by on 10/05/2016 in: ,

Of the many Bible study tools that Olive Tree offers, sermon collections are another great resource that are specifically enhanced to work in the Resource Guide of the Olive Tree Bible App.

Sermons work much the same as a commentary in the resource guide. In the screenshot below (from an Android tablet) the resource guide recognizes that I’m in Romans chapter ten and so when I look at the sermon section of the resource guide I see that in my installed sermon collections Charles SpurgeonD.L. Moody and John Piper have preached on this particular section of scripture.

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A simple tap/click then takes me to the text of their sermon for easy reading and also to help me in my understanding of the passage.

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We’ve just released a 63 Volume updated version of C.H. Spurgeon’s sermons. Spurgeon wrote his sermons out fully before he preached, but what he carried up to the pulpit was a note card with an outline sketch. Stenographers would take down the sermon as it was delivered and Spurgeon would then have opportunity to make revisions to the transcripts the following day for immediate publication. His weekly sermons, which sold for a penny each, were widely circulated and still remain one of the all-time best selling series of writings published in history.

You can read more about one of the most prolific sermon writers HERE.

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