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!
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.
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.
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.
Try them out now and let us know what your favorite feature of the app is in the comments below!
While we are getting near to the end of our 12 Days of Christmas sale we aren’t running out of fantastic resources for your Bible study library!
In Day 11 we highlight titles that give you amazing insight into the times that the Bible was written. One such title is the Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible. Read on to see how it works in the Olive Tree Bible App.
Look Inside: Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible
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 an in-depth review of content of the Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible check out this one!
From the Passion Movement, The Jesus Bible, NIV Edition, with exclusive articles from Louie Giglio, Max Lucado, John Piper, Ravi Zacharias, and Randy Alcorn, lifts Jesus up as the lead story of the Bible.
Profound yet accessible study features help you meet Jesus throughout Scripture. See him in every book so that you may know him more intimately, love him more passionately, and walk with him more faithfully.
Introduction by Louie Giglio
66 book introductions highlight the story of Jesus in every book
7 compelling essays on the grand narrative of Scripture by Louie Giglio, Max Lucado, John Piper, Ravi Zacharias, and Randy Alcorn guide you to treasure Jesus and encourage you to faithfully follow him as you participate in his story
Over 300 full-page articles and nearly 700 sidebar articles reveal Jesus throughout all of Scripture
Single-column text of the most read, most trusted modern-English Bible — the New International Version (NIV)
Cross Reference and Concordances are a must have Bible study tool and are on sale in day 10 of our 12 Days of Christmas Sale!
But what is the difference between a Cross Reference and a Concordance?
A cross reference is a verse that has a similar theme or topic as the verse that you are reading. In the Olive Tree Bible App these are most easily found in the Resource Guide under Related Verses.
In the above screenshot I’m reading Ephesians 4 in the NIV. Under related verses I see nine cross reference entries that are already a part of the NIV translation. I can tap the resource of my choice to bring up the specific cross references related to the text open in my main window.
I chose the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge and now see a list of topics and words sorted by verse. The great thing about the Bible App is that I can tap any of these verses for a quick look without having to leave my primary reading.
Cross references are a great tool when you are trying to study themes or topics found in all of scripture. But if you are wanting to do a specific word study then you’ll want to use a concordance.
A concordance offers more precise lookups on specific words than a cross reference and shows you where those words appear throughout scripture. Like cross references, many Bible translations include a brief concordance section with the text but in order to do comprehensive word study a dedicated resource is the way to go. In the Bible App the easiest way to use a concordance is via the Lookup feature.
In this screenshot I’ve tapped on the word patience in Ephesians 4:2. I then tap on Lookup.
On Day Nine of the 12 Days of Christmas sale you can get great titles on Apologetics and other other great reference works.
What is Apologetics?
Why are you a Christian? Christianity is outdated and needs to get with the times. What proof do you have to substantiate your beliefs? Isn’t it just blind faith in a fictional God? The creation story in Genesis can’t be true because we’ve proven that evolution is true. Don’t all religions eventually get you to the same place? Just do what works for you.
Does any of that sound familiar? It should because it’s a picture of the times we live in. Christianity and the Bible are under attack from all angles, and if you believe in the God of the Bible, you’re viewed as someone who is antiquated and needs to get with it or shut up. While it is sometimes easier to keep our faith to ourselves, Christianity is a perfectly rational and defensible worldview. We do not hold to a blind faith. There is plenty of evidence and logic to back up our claims. As Christians, we ought to be ready to defend our faith against its opponents. The Apostle Peter tells us in 1 Peter 3:15 that we should always be prepared to give a defense to anyone who asks. This wasn’t a command he gave only to church leaders; it was for everyone, including you!
Many people think they cannot share their faith or have religious conversations because they don’t have all the answers. But no one has all the answers. Not having answers doesn’t mean we cannot work with what we do have. It also doesn’t mean we cannot continue to learn as we go along. One of the great things about living in the age we do is that we have a wealth of information at our disposal, ready to be called upon at a moment’s notice. Not only that, but many of the arguments we face today aren’t new. Great Christian thinkers have already tackled these tough issues, and we can glean from their writings instead of trying to figure it out on our own. For most people, it only takes having a few apologetic resources in their library to equip them to defend and share their faith.
With the Olive Tree Bible App we can also help you defend your faith with the resources we offer. If you want an apologetic resource and Bible study notes all in a single resource you can look at resources like the Apologetics Study Bible or the Evidence Bible. We also have books dedicated to the subject, such as Alister McGrath’s Mere Apologetics, R.C. Sproul’s Defending Your Faith, and John Feinberg’s Can You Believe It’s True?, just to name a few. With the Bible Study App, you can keep both your Bible study and apologetic library with you at all times, giving you all you need to live up to Peter’s call. Both Jesus and Paul were apologists, and we should be too!
Want to know more about apologetics? Check out this video with Dr. Bill Mounce as he explains what apologetics can and cannot do.
On Day Seven of our 12 Days of Christmas we have fantastic Bible Commentaries on sale!
Whether you’re looking for a commentary on one book of the Bible or the entire Bible we’ve got you covered. A Bible commentary is an invaluable resource in helping you understand the times, theology, and application of God’s word. In the Olive Tree Bible App they are simple to use and a great reference for your study.
Watch the video below to see how they work in the Olive Tree Bible App!
On Day Six of our 12 Days of Christmas Sale add a Word Study Bible to your library!
What is a word study Bible?
A word study Bible gives you access to the original languages of the Bible for deeper study. Simply tap/click on a word and you’ll get the Hebrew or Greek word behind the English translation. You can then read a dictionary entry or lookup that word to see where and how it’s translated in other parts of the Bible.
Watch the video below to see a Word Study Bible in action or go here to browse available resources for the Olive Tree Bible App.
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!