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New Release for Windows 8.1

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By Olive Tree Developer: Adam H.

screenshot_11112013_163007I’m glad to finally share that we have updated the Bible+ Windows Store app for Windows 8.1. A lot has improved in this version taking it much more powerful for studying the Bible.
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More Resources

The Store app now supports the full range of Olive Tree resources that were not previously available for the Windows App. This includes Strong’s Bibles with popups, parsed Greek & Hebrew texts, and other original language resources.

Resource Guide

The Resource Guide is my favorite feature in Olive Tree’s apps. It even had me, an avid fan of Microsoft, once considering an iPad. I had a lot of fun building out this feature into the Store app, and pray that it only increases your enjoyment of God’s word.

What about Windows 8?

This latest app update will only run on the newly released Windows 8.1. While we typically don’t drop such recent versions of operating systems from our development support, there are a number of things that Microsoft enabled in Windows 8.1 that made it almost necessary to offer a great experience with this update. On top of that, Windows 8.1 is a free update. The most important additions that Windows 8.1 include are:

1. Multiple window sizes. You might have noticed some apps in Windows 8.1 appear narrow, no matter the size you’ve given them. Only by targeting 8.1 can we actually use all of that space, greatly increasing the usefulness of Resource Guide.

2. ListView improvements. For a complete Resource Guide experience, we had written a lot of custom list code that never seemed to work quite right. Microsoft enhanced the lists to meet our needs and we are now able to use the (much faster) built in versions.

You may be thinking…screenshot_11112013_163110

It has been a while since our last update, and I’m sure you may have questions about what’s next. I encourage you to ask! Developing this app has progressed very differently than our other platforms like iOS and Android, and there are some good, technical answers as to why.

 

Introducing the Life Application Study Bible

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By Olive Tree Staff: LaRosa JohnsonLASB

One of the hardest things about studying the Bible is figuring out how it applies to your life. How do I benefit from reading the genealogies in Chronicles? What do the Levitical laws have to do with me? How do I apply the words of Paul to my life? If you’ve ever asked a question like this, you’re not alone. We all ask these kinds of questions when we study the Bible, but how often do we get an answer to those questions?

There are lots of study Bibles on the market today, but the vast majority only seek to explain the text so that you can understand what you’ve just read. This is great, but it leaves out a critical part of Bible study: application. This is where the Life Application Study Bible is different and truly shines; not only does it help explain the Bible, it also helps you apply it to your life in a practical way. It’s for this reason alone that the LASB has consistently been one of the top selling study Bibles.

While the Life Application Study Bible functions just like any other study Bible, there is plenty that sets it apart and makes it an invaluable resource. Alongside thousands of study notes, the LASB includes over 300 charts and more than 150 personality profiles. The charts visually cement the truths of Scripture by arranging various topics in a form that is easy to understand while pointing you to other applicable places in Scripture. The Personality Profiles are a key piece to the LASB, as this is one of the places where you can clearly see the application side of this resource. At a glance the profiles help you to see who these biblical figures are while giving key lessons to learn from their lives, whether it be good or bad. Also, interspersed through the study notes are points of application to help you apply the truth of Scripture. All of this is only touching the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Life Application Study Bible.

Having consulted the print version of the LASB in times past, I’ve found just how useful it can be. Yet, its usefulness grows exponentially when you use it in The Bible Study App as a part of your Olive Tree digital library. As you read through the LASB, you constantly find yourself page flipping as you look up cross references, consulting charts & profiles, and checking the index for parallel passages. With Olive Tree all that flipping becomes only a tap or two away without ever losing your place. The beauty of the LASB in Olive Tree is that it appears as two separate resources in your library: the Bible text and the study notes. This allows you to use the study notes in conjunction with your preferred Bible, or you can use the accompanied Bible which includes cross references and inline links to all the relevant maps, profiles and charts found in the study notes. The study notes also contain a fully hyperlinked index so that you can browse the LASB by topic or look up specific items. Not to mention, this resource is fully integrated with the Olive Tree Resource Guide, making it that much easier to use.

The Life Application Study Bible is one of the most complete study Bibles on the market and it’s even better now that it’s available through Olive Tree. With this resource as a part of your library you’ll be equipped with the tools you need to both understand the text of the Bible and how you can apply it to your life. In another blog I’ll show you just how easy it is to use the LASB to understand a passage of Scripture and find several points of personal application.

 

Go here to browse available Life Application Study Bible’s for use in The Bible Study App.

My Daily Pursuit – Final Excerpt

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Tozer Daily PursuitNow Available for The Bible Study App! - My Daily Pursuit – A Daily Devotion based on the writings of A.W. Tozer.

Thanks to the careful curation of James L. Snyder, a pastor in Tozer’s church denomination who has exclusive access to a treasure trove of unpublished Tozer content, we have Tozer’s teachings on a vast number of topics. And now, for the first time, there is a new daily devotional featuring never-before-published content. The famed evangelist Leonard Ravenhill, who knew Tozer personally, said, “To enter into Dr. Tozer’s presence was an awe-inspiring event.” Now, with My Daily Pursuit, readers will be able to do even more as they enter into the presence of Jesus every day through this awe-inspiring book.

To celebrate this upcoming release we’ve highlighted a few sneak peeks into this new work. You can read the first excerpt herethe second herethe third here, the fourth here, and the fifth here.

Here is the sixth and final excerpt:

February 23

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knowest right well. Psalm 139:14

Certain passages in Milton and Shakespeare are so great that the average rank and file cannot rise to take it in. It is too big and wonderful. When we admire enough, it becomes a delightful pain. It becomes an enjoyable agony within the bosom. Why agony? Because we are not big enough inside.

God’s desire is to make us bigger. He is going to make us all call upon Him to enlarge our hearts in order to take Him in, in all His fullness.

He wants to make us big enough to admire Him with wonder and delight. This wonder and delight is followed by sheer fascination. This is to be filled with the moral excitement that only God can bring.

I often wonder why many people who sing hymns are not affected by them; why they hear the Scriptures and are unaffected by them. When they pray, it is in a monstrous drone. Nothing seems to affect them. Nothing seems to excite them. Nothing seems to rise up within them with admiring excitement and wonder.

To be dead on the inside is the curse of sin.  But for the man or woman who has been made alive on the inside, hymns, Scripture and prayer take them to heights of delightful admiration of the Godhead.

So shall it be at last, in that bright morning,
When the soul waketh and life’s shadows flee;
Oh, in that hour, fairer than daylight dawning,
Shall rise the glorious thought, I am with Thee.
—Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–1896)

O God of glory, my heart is thrilled to sing of Thee. My heart rises to heights of delightful praise and worship as I meditate upon Thee. Amen.

My Daily Pursuit – Fifth Excerpt

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Coming soon to The Bible Study App - My Daily Pursuit – A Daily Devotion based on the writings of A.W. Tozer.

Thanks to the careful curation of James L. Snyder, a pastor in Tozer’s church denomination who has exclusive access to a treasure trove of unpublished Tozer content, we have Tozer’s teachings on a vast number of topics. And now, for the first time, there is a new daily devotional featuring never-before-published content. The famed evangelist Leonard Ravenhill, who knew Tozer personally, said, “To enter into Dr. Tozer’s presence was an awe-inspiring event.” Now, with My Daily Pursuit, readers will be able to do even more as they enter into the presence of Jesus every day through this awe-inspiring book.

To celebrate this upcoming release we will be highlighting a few sneak peeks into this new work. You can read the first excerpt herethe second herethe third here, and the fourth here.

Here is the fifth excerpt:

January 31

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17

Heretics do not necessarily want to teach that there is no Trinity, or that God did not create the universe, and that there is no judgment. The very word “heretic” means one who picks and chooses.

The Samaritans were heretical in that they chose certain parts of the Bible. They had a Pentateuch and accepted it, but they rejected David, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, 1 and 2 Kings and the Song of Solomon. They rejected all of Scripture except the Pentateuch.

The Samaritans went one step further: they translated the Pentateuch.

You can translate anything to prove what you are out to prove. All you have to do is say you know Greek or Hebrew, and after that, you are on your own. The Samaritans translated the old Pentateuch in a manner that proved Samaria was a place of worship. Because of that, they were very hostile to the Jews who claimed that Jerusalem was the place to worship.

The Samaritans accepted the Bible, but they just accepted as much of it is they wanted. When you pick and choose, you can believe just about anything.

Remember, it takes all of the Bible to make it the Word of God.

Oh, send Thy Spirit, Lord,
Now unto me,
That He may touch my eyes,
And make me see;
Show me the truth concealed
Within Thy Word,
And in Thy Book revealed,
I see Thee, Lord.
—Alexander Groves (1842–1909)

O Holy Spirit, open my eyes today that I may see that which You have for me. Blind me to those ways that lead me away from Thee. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

The anticipated release date for this new work has been set for November 4th.  Stay tuned to our blog or subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date.

My Daily Pursuit – Fourth Excerpt

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Coming soon to The Bible Study App - My Daily Pursuit – A Daily Devotion based on the writings of A.W. Tozer.

Thanks to the careful curation of James L. Snyder, a pastor in Tozer’s church denomination who has exclusive access to a treasure trove of unpublished Tozer content, we have Tozer’s teachings on a vast number of topics. And now, for the first time, there is a new daily devotional featuring never-before-published content. The famed evangelist Leonard Ravenhill, who knew Tozer personally, said, “To enter into Dr. Tozer’s presence was an awe-inspiring event.” Now, with My Daily Pursuit, readers will be able to do even more as they enter into the presence of Jesus every day through this awe-inspiring book.

To celebrate this upcoming release we will be highlighting a few sneak peeks into this new work. You can read the first excerpt herethe second here, and the third here.

Here is the fourth excerpt:

January 20

I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. Psalm 81:10

A potter sets about to make a beautiful teapot; and while it is spinning on the wheel, he runs into some problem, and it falls apart. It is broken and not useful anymore, and it does not look like a teapot. It has no artistry, and the soul of the artist is not in it, and cannot be in it, because it has broken. For the potter, however, it is a simple matter to take up that material again, take out the offending parts and fashion it into another vessel.

He could not do that if he was working with iron or a rock. But he can do it with the clay, because clay is the material with which he works. It was broken the first time, but he can restore it using the same material.

God made us in His image; and while we are not altogether clear about what that image of God is, I know that the human soul is like God. In succumbing to the temptation that took place in the Garden, man fell apart; he lost the artistry, the beauty and the holiness of God. He did not lose the potential to become godlike again if he got into the hands of the Divine Artist.

Redemption is taking on the material of fallen man by the mystery of regeneration and sanctification and restoring it again so that he is like God and like Christ. Redemption is not just saving us from hell, although it does that; it is making us so that we can be like God again.

Have Thine own way, Lord!
Have Thine own way!
Thou art the Potter,
I am the clay.
Mold me and make me
After Thy will,
While I am waiting,
Yielded and still.
—Adelaide A. Pollard (1862–1934)

Dear heavenly Father, I yield to the pressure of Thy touch as you make me into that vessel most pleasing in Your sight. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

The anticipated release date for this new work has been set for November 4th.  Stay tuned to our blog or subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date.

My Daily Pursuit – Third Excerpt

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Coming soon to The Bible Study App - My Daily Pursuit – A Daily Devotion based on the writings of A.W. Tozer.

Thanks to the careful curation of James L. Snyder, a pastor in Tozer’s church denomination who has exclusive access to a treasure trove of unpublished Tozer content, we have Tozer’s teachings on a vast number of topics. And now, for the first time, there is a new daily devotional featuring never-before-published content. The famed evangelist Leonard Ravenhill, who knew Tozer personally, said, “To enter into Dr. Tozer’s presence was an awe-inspiring event.” Now, with My Daily Pursuit, readers will be able to do even more as they enter into the presence of Jesus every day through this awe-inspiring book.

To celebrate this upcoming release we will be highlighting a few sneak peeks into this new work. You can read the first excerpt here and the second here.

Here is the third excerpt:

January 18

Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious. Psalm 66:1-2

One thing difficult to comprehend is that God is unaffected by the attributes of matter. Weight, size and space do not affect Him. All of these things affect us in varying degrees, and our error is in assuming that whatever affects us must affect God. We have a natural tendency to try to bring God down to our level.

The more one gets to know God and understand His nature, the more one begins to wonder at the immensity of God. He is bigger than anything we could ever comprehend. A well-taught Christian will know that the God he worships is not affected by any of the things affecting us.

This is good to know. If God was influenced by what influences me, how could I worship Him? How could I confidently trust Him if He was affected by the same things that affect me?

As I wallow in my mortality, I look up in wondrous joy at Him who is immortal, invisible, God only wise, knowing that He has invited me to share in His nature.

Oh, how I love Jesus!

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.
—Walter C. Smith (1824–1908)

Dear Father in heaven, I love Thee with a love rooted deeply in the heart of Thy dear Son, even the Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior. The more I love Thee, the more I rest in peace with myself. Amen.

The anticipated release date for this new work has been set for November 4th.  Stay tuned to our blog or subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date.

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