Quick Tip: Search

Posted by on 05/19/2016 in:

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Want to quickly find a word or passage?

Tap the Search button and find exactly what you’re looking for.

For iOS search looks like this: searchIcon


For Android search looks like this:  search

Search works on any type of book that you have open in the main window whether it’s a Bible or eBook.

Looking for more app tips? 

  • Check out our help section for tips on all the devices our app runs on.
  • For top iOS features checkout this blog.
  • For top Android features checkout this blog.

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Look Inside: Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary

Posted by on 05/16/2016 in:

This week we’re able to offer some outstanding illustrated commentaries that are an amazing resource for use within the Bible App. The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary on both the New and Old Testament brings to life the ancient world in informative entries and full-color photos and graphics.

The resource guide of the Bible App makes using Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary a seamless part of your study.

In the screenshot below (taken from an iPad) I have my Bible opened to Daniel chapter 1. The commentary section of the resource guide then shows me which of my commentaries have related entries to this text.

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The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary indicates five entries so I’ll click on that commentary to see a preview of the those entries.

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Since this chapter talks about Daniel and his friends being placed in a Babylonian learning environment, I’m interested in learning more about what that may have looked like. I then click on the third entry that talks about the language and literature of the Babylonians.

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I can then read a fascinating article about historical Babylonian education that Daniel and his friends would have been exposed to. Thanks to enhanced commentaries like the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary I can easily gain some amazing insight that helps me view the Biblical text in new ways.

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Look Inside: Visual Theology

Posted by on 05/16/2016 in:

Visual Theology is a newly released title by writer Tim Challies and artist Josh Byers.  It apply’s a unique blend of writing and infographics, creating a new kind of presentation of the Bible’s deepest truths.  On it’s print release it quickly hit Amazon’s Top 20 Bestselling Books.

We’re pleased to give you a peek inside the first available digital version of Visual Theology.

Like most eBooks in the Bible App you can easily navigate to to specific chapters and sections with a tap/click from the contents page.

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You can also navigate by using the verse chooser in the menu bar.

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As the title indicates, Visual Theology has a lot of great graphics and charts. You can view the images inline with the text or tap them to view a larger image like the two images below.

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As you’re reading scripture references also become hyperlinked for easy access to that particular passage.

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As you can see Visual Theology in the Bible App is a great resource. Go HERE to get it now!

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Ten Tips For the Olive Tree Bible App on Android

Posted by on 05/11/2016 in:

If you’re new to using our Bible App you may be wondering where to start or what features are available. Here are 10 tips to get you started with the Bible App for Android!

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Tip #1: Library

libraryThe Library button is where you’ll find your favorite Bible translations, commentaries, eBooks or whatever else you’ve added to your library. Don’t have much in there? Tap Store to download more free resources or purchase additional ones and build your own study library.

Tip #2: Search

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Want to quickly find a word or passage? Tap the Search button and quickly find exactly what you’re looking for. Search works on any type of book that you have open in the main window whether it’s a Bible or eBook.

Tip #3: Book Ribbon

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If you want to save the spot where you’re reading then tap the Book Ribbon. Similar to a physical Bible this will drop a digital version of a book ribbon so you can pick back up where you left off earlier. This particularly useful if you use the app on multiple devices as you can start reading on your Phone and then access the book ribbon on your Tablet or laptop thanks to our great sync feature. (Note: sync only works if you have a free Olive Tree account.)

Tip #4: History

historyReading History feature comes in handy. Tap this icon to see previously read passages or even sections of eBooks. Just tap to go back.

Tip #5: Quick Settings: Reading Options

settingsAt the top of the menu bar you’ll the letter A with a gear. Tap this for some great quick settings such as font size, options or a theme selection that allows for easier reading in lowlight or daylight.
Tap font sizesmall to increase or decrease the font size for easier reading.

Tip #6: Advanced Settings

Looking for further customization? From the Quick Settings pop up tap the Adanced Settings icon. Here you’ll find things like scrolling options, color options, and much more!

Looking for more features? Keep reading.

Tip #7: My Stuff

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The briefcase is also known as My Stuff and it’s where you can find your saved highlights, tags, book ribbons and tips 6 and 7.

Tip #8: Saved Passage

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Saved Passages are similar to Book Ribbons in that you can mark specific place in the text but they are created differently. To save a passage tap on the verse number or tap and hold to select as much as you want. Then tap ‘Save’. You can now navigate back to that passage later by tapping the Saved Passages section.

Tip #9: Reading Plans

Reading PlansBible Reading Plans in the App are a fantastic way to read through the Bible. With plans as short at 5 days or as long as two years you can select the right one for you in the season you’re in. The app comes installed with some great ones or you can tap ‘Get More Reading Plans’ to download more.

Last but not least the most powerful and beneficial feature of  the Bible App is the Resource Guide!

Tip #10: Resource Guide

split windowsmall<–In the main window tap this to open the split window and then tap the small arrow a the top of the window to access the Resource Guide. 

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The Resource Guide is your personal research assistant, pulling in any content that is relevant to the passage you are reading in the main window. The bigger your library is the more content you will have to help you unpack the passage you’re reading. Go HERE to see a preview of how the Resource Guide works.

If you are looking for more tips and information about the app check out our Help Site.

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Nine Tips for the Olive Tree Bible App on iOS

Posted by on 05/11/2016 in:

If you’re new to using the Olive Tree Bible App you may be wondering where to start or what features are available. Here are 9 tips to get you started!

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Tip #1: Library

libraryIconThe Library button is where you’ll find your favorite Bible translations, commentaries, eBooks or whatever else you’ve added to your library. Don’t have much in there? Tap Store to download more free resources or purchase additional ones and build your own study library.

Tip #2: Search

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Want to quickly find a word or passage? Tap the Search button and quickly find exactly what you’re looking for. Search works on any type of book that you have open in the main window whether it’s a Bible or eBook.

Tip #3: Book Ribbon

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If you want to save the spot where you’re reading then tap the Book Ribbon. Similar to a physical Bible this will drop a digital version of a book ribbon so you can pick back up where you left off earlier. This particularly useful if you use the app on multiple devices as you can start reading on your iPhone and then access the book ribbon on your iPad or laptop thanks to our great sync feature.  (Note: sync only works if you have a free Olive Tree account.)

Looking for more features?
Tap the three bars in the upper left  to access the menu –> burger menu

In the menu you can access all  of your saved annotations like highlights, book ribbons, notes and the deeper features of the app. Here are a few of the top ones. 

Tip #4: Saved Passage

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Saved Passages are similar to Book Ribbons in that you can mark specific place in the text but they are created differently. To save a passage tap on the verse number or tap and hold to select as much as you want. Then tap ‘Save’. You can now navigate back to that passage later by tapping the Saved Passages section.

Tip #5: History

historyRecentIconWhat if you’re jumping around in different passages of scripture and want to go back to a previously read passage? This is where the Reading History feature comes in handy. Tap this icon to see previously read passages or even sections of eBooks. Just tap to go back.

Tip #6: Reading Plans

readingPlansIconBible Reading Plans in the App are a fantastic way to read through the Bible. With plans as short at 5 days or as long as two years you can select the right one for you in the season you’re in. The app comes installed with some great ones or you can tap ‘Get More Reading Plans’ to download more.

Tip #7: Font Size

fontDecreaseIcon fontIncreaseIconAt the top of the menu you’ll see a theme selection that allows for easier reading in lowlight or daylight. In addition to this you’ll notice the letter A with a + & -. Tap these to increase or decrease font size to further customize your reading experience.

Tip #8: Custom Settings

settingsMenuIconLooking for further customization? Scroll down in the menu and tap the App Settings icon. Here you’ll find things like scrolling options, gestures, background colors, and much more! Don’t worry, if you change something and want to go back just select ‘Reset Fonts and Colors’ at the bottom of the App Settings menu.

Last but not least the most powerful and beneficial feature of Bible+ is the Resource Guide!

Tip #9: Resource Guide

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<–In the main window tap this to open the split window and then tap the Resource Guide icon.  resourceGuideIcon (1)

The Resource Guide is your personal research assistant, pulling in any content that is relevant to the passage you are reading in the main window. The bigger your library is the more content you will have to help you unpack the passage you’re reading. Go HERE to see a preview of how the Resource Guide works.

If you are looking for more tips and information about the app check out our Help Site.

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Look Inside: Maxwell Leadership Bible Notes

Posted by on 05/10/2016 in:

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John Maxwell is a nationally respected expert in leadership and a follower of Christ. The Maxwell Leadership Bible Notes provides an in-depth look at God’s laws for leaders and leadership.

Here is a look inside the Maxwell Leadership Bible Notes and how it works in the Olive Tree Bible App running on an Android tablet.

Like any study Bible notes in the app they can be used with your favorite translation in the main window and accessed easily in the Resource Guide found in the split window. Entries for the passage opened in your main window are indicated by a number.

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Simply tap/click on the Maxwell Leadership Notes in the Resource Guide to access the content. Any text that is colored blue means you can tap/click it to jump to other notes or sections.

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When I tap/click on the ‘Go to the Index of Leadership Articles’ hyperlink it quickly takes me to another section of the Maxwell Leadership Bible notes for easy reference.

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In addition to the Resource Guide the Maxwell Leadership Bible can be used independently when selected from the Library. Once selected tap the settings icon in the verse chooser to select ‘Alphabetical List View’. Now you can quickly navigate to any section for leadership notes on particular books of the Bible or great articles and insight.

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The Maxwell Leadership Bible Notes are on sale for a special introductory price this week only!

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New Password Requirements

Posted by on 05/06/2016 in:

We take your security and privacy seriously and as such wanted to let you know about some changes we will be rolling out to our user account logins.

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Here’s what you need to know:

  • Starting today if you create a new Olive Tree account you will be required to use a minimum of 8 characters.
  • Starting June 7 if you login to your account through www.OliveTree.com you will be required to update your password as a part of increased security efforts.
  • If you’ve updated your password since the 8 character requirement was put in place on April 28, you will not be prompted to update again. To be proactive, you can also change your password now, rather than waiting until the change is required on June 7.
    Please note: If you choose a new password on OliveTree.com it will need to be updated in your app as well. 

How do I pick a strong password?

  • Make sure your password has a minimum of 8 characters but even longer is better
  • Include numbers, symbols, capital letters, and lowercase
  • Don’t use dictionary words or personal info

While we don’t keep your credit card on file we do value your privacy and security and appreciate you taking these step to ensure that your personal information is secure. If you have further questions feel free to contact our support team.

Update: The original post stated this change would take place May 31st.

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We Pray When…

Posted by on 05/05/2016 in:

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If you want to know about the current state of your faith, start with your prayer life.

If I only pray at meal times and before my kids go to sleep at night what does that say about my faith or my relationship with God? It may just mean that all I care to trust him with is food and a good night’s sleep.

As silly as that sounds, our prayers reflect our dependence. That’s why some of the most powerful prayer times in my life have come when I was literally powerless to change my situation. It’s in these moments of desperation and dependence that I cried out to God with more than a pat request for a blessed meal or a good night’s sleep.

The Psalmist talks about these kind of prayers when he says this in Psalm 18:6

In my distress I called to the Lord;
    I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
    my cry came before him, into his ears.

So what types of things do we bring to God in prayer?

In scripture we see prayers for:

  • Forgiveness like David
  • Wisdom like Solomon
  • Healing like Hezekiah
  • A child like Hannah
  • Deliverance like Jonah
  • Mercy like the 10 lepers
  • Salvation like the thief on the cross

These types of prayers aren’t religious rituals but heartfelt, passionate requests brought to the King of all creation. These types of prayers are brought in faith by people of faith.

So what is the state of your faith?

Ask yourself these questions:

When do you pray to God?
A growing relationship involves regular, ongoing, communication.

What do you ask God for?
Our dependence on God reflects the place he has in our life. If he’s our King then we’ll certainly ask him for more than a good night’s sleep.

What do you trust God with?
We often classify and segment things in our lives into spiritual and not spiritual but a life sold out to Jesus is one that trusts him with everything that we have and are.

On this National Day of Prayer may our prayers truly reflect our faith and dependence in a mighty and loving God!

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Bible+ Quick Tip: History

Posted by on 04/27/2016 in:

Whether you are in church or your personal study or devotion time, the ability to easily jump to another scripture passage reference and then back to the main passage you are reading is invaluable. Here’s how to easily do that in both Android and iOS.

For Android simply tap the history button in the top right hand corner and you’ll get a list of previous passages you’ve been reading. In the left screen the passage is open to 1 John 3 but if I want to quickly jump back to a previous passage it’s only two taps away.

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For iOS devices the History button is in the menu. Tap the three bars in the upper left and then the ‘Reading History’ button.

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Thanks to iOS gestures there is another, even quicker way to jump back and forth in your history.
With a two swinger swipe left or right on the screen you can easily jump back and forth between your history.

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Looking for more tips?
Checkout our help section!

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