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Get to Know GOD’S WORD Translation

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GOD’S WORD Translation (GW) accurately translates the meaning of the original texts into clear, everyday language. Readable and reliable, GW is living, active, and life-changing.

Here’s a brief video to help introduce you the translation philosophy behind GOD’S WORD Translation

You can get GOD’S WORD Translation (GW) for $4.99 now through November 4th.

What People Are Saying about GOD’S WORD Translation

“An easy-to-understand Bible. . . . It is a wonderful version.”—Rev. Billy Graham

“Readable, faithful, accurate—what more could you ask for in a modern translation of the Bible? GOD’S WORD Translation is a great version for enhancing your love for God’s Word. I recommend it.” —Ann Spangler, General Editor of The Names of God Bible

“A remarkably fresh, accurate, and readable translation that communicates well the original text for modern readers. An outstanding achievement.”—Dr. David Dockery

“The Bible is the means God has chosen to reach out in human language, reveal the essence of his relational heart, and relate the Good News of his redemptive plan. GOD’S WORD Translation presents that message in a way that makes sense to readers of all ages. It is an accurate translation using modern English language and phraseology which makes it easier to understand.”—Josh McDowell

Experience GOD’S WORD with these Sample Texts

(Screenshots are taken from an iPad 2. Click on the Image for a Larger View)

Psalms 1

Psalms 1

John 17

John 17

Romans 8

Romans 8

Mobile Quick Tip – Using the History Feature

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Have you ever heard a sermon where the preacher says something like “turn to Luke 4:5, hold your finger there, then turn to 2 Kings 17:29″?  Well, then you know that turning to both passages and “holding your finger” in a digital Bible can be a challenge.

This is where the History Button can come in really handy.

(screenshots are taken from an iPad and an Android Phone. Click on the images for a larger view)

First, use the Go To Button and navigate to the first Scripture Reference (Luke 4:5 in this case).

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Android android go to button

Then navigate to the second Scripture reference (2 Kings 17:29) using the Go To Verse chooser.

Now, tap  - the History Button(the clock icon)

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Android android history button

From here, you can use the left/right arrows to see your forward and back history.

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This will help you navigate quickly between the two passages.

You can also tap “View History/View All”.

Now you can view your history by date or by Scripture reference You can view by date or by title (depending on your device).

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Android android view history

The “View All” feature is especially helpful if you’ve ever gotten three verses into a Bible Study and want refer back to one of those previous verses.

Extra Tip for iOS:

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If you have any iOS device (iPhone/iPad), you can also use Gestures as shortcuts for the History back and forth.  By default, 2 finger swipe left will take you into your History Forward, and 2 finger swipe right will take you to your History Back.  You can also go to Settings > Advanced Settings > Gestures/Shortcuts to view other Gestures/Shortcuts or set your own customized Gestures/Shortcuts.

How do you navigate quickly in The Bible Study App? Do you have any quick tips for navigating your history?

NIV Application Commentaries in The Bible Study App

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The NIV Application Commentaries use a highly accessible, three-tiered method of bringing readers to a fuller understanding of each Biblical book.

Original Meaning will explore a book’s meaning in light of its historical and cultural context.
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Bridging Contexts, as its name implies, will help the reader link the text’s original meaning to its Contemporary Significance

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Contemporary Significance—the final tier that helps you apply the Bible to everyday life.

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The Bible Study App makes the NIV Application Commentaries even more powerful and accessible.  Verse references become hyperlinks, the split window allows you to read the Bible side-by-side with the commentary, and you can easily take notes and highlights within the text. Enhanced for use in the Resource Guide, read YOUR CHOICE of Bible translations while the commentaries keep track of where you are in the scriptures.

App Tip: Verse Chooser

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Did you know there are different styles of navigation to get you to book, chapter, and verse in The Bible Study App?

iOS Devices

The Grid View orders books by Old Testament and New Testament

The List View orders the books by canonical category: Pentateuch, History, Poetry, Prophets, Gospels, Epistles, Revelation

For iOS it may not be obvious how to change between the two views. Here’s how to switch between the two (using an ipad as an example):
Tap the Go To button in the upper left. iOS currently defaults to ‘Grid View’. Drag the list downward and you’ll see two buttons next to the search bar. Now click on the button indicated by the arrow below to change to the ‘List View’.

Grid View

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List View

Verse Chooser List

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Tap the Verse Chooser in the upper left, next to the Library icon.

To access the different styles of verse chooser then tap the gear icon in the pop out. You’ll then see 3 options:

The Grid View orders books by Old Testament and New Testament

The Alphabetical List View orders books by number…just kidding.

The Cannonical List View orders the books by canonical category: Pentateuch, History, Poetry, Prophets, Gospels, Epistles, Revelation

 

Android Verse Chooser

 

Android Phone

Tap the Go To button in the upper left. Android currently defaults to ‘Grid View’. Then tap the menu button your device. Please note that this is a button on your actual device, not the App, and it varies depending on the type of phone you have. You’ll then see 3 options:

The Grid View orders books by Old Testament and New Testament

The Alphabetical List View orders books by number…just kidding.

The Cannonical List View orders the books by canonical category: Pentateuch, History, Poetry, Prophets, Gospels, Epistles, Revelation

HTC One Verse Chooser

 

 

 

 

Bible Study Tips & Resources

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Bible StudyI first began teaching and preaching in my local church at age 14.  Before my first sermon, my Dad handed me my first Strong’s Concordance and a brand new Bible. Following his lead, I would read through a passage of Scripture and look up every word in the Strong’s Concordance that I didn’t understand or that caught my attention.

I soon learned that I needed a more formalized approach to my Bible study.  Here are some basic steps and tools that help me focus on Bible Study and get me back on track to studying God’s Word.

Prepare yourself through Prayer
“All our study is futile without the work of God overcoming our blindness and hardheartedness.” – John Piper, Martin Luther Lessons from His Life and Labor 

There is no substitute for prayer when reading and studying the Bible.  Prayer takes the attention off of what we can do and puts the attention instead on what God can do in and through us.  Bible study is a spiritual act of worship (Romans 12:1) in which we present our best to God.  We have to remember that this is not just a book we’re reading.  We need prepare our hearts and minds for Bible study.

Read the Scripture for yourself
Read and re-read the passage you’re studying.  Get familiar with the flow of the passage.  If there are terms that you don’t know, look them up in a simple dictionary.

Ask yourself these Questions

  1. Observe – What does the text say?
  2. Interpret – What does the text mean?
  3. Apply – How does it apply to me today?

Asking these questions will keep you focused on the study at hand.  These questions are also helpful when preparing, guiding, and leading discussions for small group and Sunday school Bible studies.

Read and Research

1. Cross References

After you’ve thoroughly read the scriptures for yourself, read all of the related verses for that text.  The Bible Study App has some great resources to help you find all of the cross references.  These are helpful because they will save you tons of time and effort just looking up the references.

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2. Bible Concordances
Concordances are great tools that give you a list of verses that contain that root word in the Bible.  However, be careful that you do not JUST use a concordance in your preparation.  Concordances are a great place to BEGIN, but are never the END of your Bible Study.

With that “don’t try this at home” disclaimer, I do suggest using a digital Bible with Strong’s numbers integrated into the text for your Bible study.

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3. Bible Dictionaries
Dictionaries give you more explanation and meaning for specific words.  They also help us to keep our Bible Study on track.

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4.Bible Study Notes
There are multiple Bibles that have study notes written by scholars and trusted authors that will assist you in better understanding the Bible.  I recommend choosing one that corresponds to your preferred translation (KJV, ESV, NIV, NLT, etc.)

5. Bible Commentaries
After you’ve studied the Bible for yourself, it is often helpful to read trusted Bible scholars to see how they explain the text you are reading.

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6. A Basic and Solid Library

To help you get started, Olive Tree has bundled collections of resources to help you dig deeper into God’s word.  These bundles give you the basic tools that you need like the study tools mentioned above. All of these wonderful resources are designed to be integrated into the Resource Guide within The Bible Study App for a seamless and easy-to-use Bible study experience.

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Bible Study Bundles are available in the following Bible translations: NIV, HCSB, NKJV, and NRSV

7. How to Study Resources
Lastly, here are some useful resources to further your Bible Study methods:

Using these simple methods and tools will deepen your Bible Study and further prepare you to present God’s word (2 Timothy 2:15).

What are your favorite Bible Study resources?

iOS Quicktip – resource guide on a verse

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You know about the resource guide in The Bible Study App and how it looks into the passage you’re studying.  But, what if you just really want to dig deeper into just one Bible verse?

Tap and hold on a verse number and an option menu bar will pop up.  From here you get the options Copy, Highlight, add a Note, Bookmark, Share, Guide, and More.

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If you tap the “Guide” button you’ll get the resource guide “hits” from just that specific verse.

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Try it out and let us know what you think.

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