Inspiration

Read short inspirational articles by Olive Tree staff members.

In Desperate Need of Hope

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“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
- The Apostle Paul in Philippians 1:6 (ESV)

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. “
-Jesus in John 16:33 (ESV)

Since Adam and Eve were cast from the garden, every generation has been on a desperate search for hope. Hope that there is a cure, that there is a way out, that something ‘I’ can do will make all things right again. For those of us who have placed our faith in Jesus we know that He alone is our hope. It’s only through his saving grace that our desperate search for hope finds an answer.

But, here’s the thing, it’s not yet fully complete. The day of Jesus Christ that the Apostle Paul references in Philippians 1:6 (see above) is yet to come. Our hope begins when we accept the gift of God’s grace and say ‘yes’ to Jesus – and it’s fully and wholly completed on Christ’s return.  So what do we do in the meantime? What do we do when health fails, depression overwhelms, and the circumstances of life overwhelm us?

We still cling to hope! We still believe the promises of Jesus (see above verse) and at that moment – as the writer of Hebrews says – hope becomes our anchor. If Jesus isn’t that hope that anchors us down – then just like a ship in a storm – we become lost, aimless, and desperate. Have you ever felt like that? I certainly have and it’s in those seasons of desperation that everything the world has to offer is no more solid than sinking sand.  Jesus says, we ‘will have tribulation’ but despite the hardships of life we choose hope. Hope in him and his promises – knowing he is faithful.

This is the good news the world needs to hear and we need build our lives on!

Watch the video below to hear how the reality of Jesus brought hope despite the circumstances of life. If you find yourself in a season that has tried to steal your hope check out the book 365 Days of Hope or check out other great books on hope here.

The Story of Christmas

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The story of Christmas told by multiple Christian artists.

 

You can get the NLT translation of the Bible (quoted in the video) for the Bible Study App.

Bearded Theologian Winner

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With over 130 amazing submissions we are pleased to announce the randomly selected winner of Olive Tree’s Bearded Theologian Contest!


The winner gets the Olive Tree C. H. Spurgeon collection valued at over $200. As a thanks to all who participated we’re offering this collection on special this week only. Go here for more information.

You shall not round off the hair on your temples or mar the edges of your beard.
Leviticus 19:27

Intentional Generosity

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What does it mean to be generous?

When it comes to giving this couple found that looking for intentional opportunities changes everything!

See more videos like this at ilikegiving.com

 

New Advent Reading Plan

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For this coming Advent Season there is a new free reading plan available for
The Bible Study App.

 

What is Advent?

Advent is what we call the season leading up to Christmas. It begins four Sundays before December 25, sometimes in the last weekend of November, sometimes on the first Sunday in December. This year it begins on December 1st.

During these days, it’s as if we’re re-enacting and remembering the hundreds and even thousands of years that God’s people were anticipating and longing for the coming of God’s salvation. That’s what advent means—coming.

To download this free reading plan go to the My Stuff section of the Bible Study App and click/tap on Reading Plans>Get More Reading Plans.

 

The Robertson’s

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Known for their hit reality TV show Duck Dynasty, the Robertson family has a story to tell and it’s one of grace, redemption, and faith.

Watch the entire film HERE!

We like beards almost as much as the Robertson family.

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