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Inspiration for Today

Inspiration for the Day


Jesus Heals a Boy with a Demon

14 And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and, kneeling before him, 15 said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly. For often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. 16 And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him.” 17 And Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.” 18 And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly. 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” 20 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:14-20 (ESV)


Back to Basics: Using Tags on iPad

Tags are one of Olive Tree Bible app’s most useful features. When you create a tag, you can add your notes, bookmarks, and highlights into this one top-level category. Any bookmark, highlighted word, phrase, or verse, and any note can be added to a single tag so that selecting the tag displays the list of all its annotations—the bookmarked verses, highlighted words and verses, and the notes that are tied to the tag. Thus using tags allows you to create custom topical studies. Here’s how this works.

How to Create a Tag

To create a tag, tap the My Stuff briefcase icon, make sure you are on the My Stuff main page, and scroll down so that the Tags option is displayed. Tap the Tags option to display the My Tags dialog. At the bottom of this dialog, tap the Create New Tag button to display the Create Tag dialog. In the Name field of this dialog, enter a name for the tag you wish to create, for example, Marriage.

Tap the Create button in the top right corner to create the tag. This takes you back to the My Tags dialog where you will see the new Marriage tag listed.

Adding a Tag to a Highlight or Bookmark

Having created the Marriage tag, we can now add stuff to that tag. To associate one of your existing highlights or bookmarks with the Marriage tag, tap the My Stuff briefcase icon, make sure you are on the My Stuff main page, and then select either Highlights or Bookmarks from the My Stuff menu. Find the highlight or bookmark that you would like to tag and tap the blue button to the right to edit the highlight for this verse.

In the dialog that pops up, tap the “Edit Tags” button to display the My Tags list. On that list, tap the Marriage tag. (Tapping the Marriage tag displays a check mark by it.)

Adding a Tag to a Note

To add a tag to one of your notes, go into the My Stuff folder and tap on the note you would like to edit. On the bottom of the edit note pop up, tap on the icon that looks like a sale tag, it should be the middle icon.

Tap on “Marriage” to add the tag to your note. You can also add a tag to a note at the time you are creating that note. Just make sure to hit “Save” before exiting the note you’ve just created.

I somehow managed to make this seem far more difficult than it really is. Follow along and try it for yourself to see how easy it is to use Tags to aid in your Bible study!


Back to the Basics: Creating Notes & Highlights on Android

Creating Notes & Highlights

If you aren’t already using the notes and highlight features on your Android Olive Tree app, well, you should be. I’m here today to show you just how easy it is to take notes and highlight verses in the app. Now, lets get to the basics:

To add a highlight:

Tap on the verse number where you would like to add a highlight.

A toolbar will pop up, with several options. Select the “Highlight” option. You can now select the number of verses to highlight. Tap the right facing arrow to select multiple verses. Once you have selected the verse range to highlight, tap “Select [number] Verse(s).”


The highlight editor will pop up which allows you to title the highlight, change the highlight color and edit tags for the highlight. Make the changes to the highlight you would like, and tap “Save” to finish adding your highlight.


To add a note:

Tap on the verse number where you would like to create a note. A toolbar will pop up, with several options. Select the “Note” option.

The note editor will pop up which allows you to title the note, add text to the note and edit tags for the note. Tap on the “Edit” button to add text to your note. Tap “Done” when you are finished editing the note. A note icon should appear in the Bible text next to the verse you selected to create a note.


And that’s it! Simple, right? Now go start taking notes and highlights in the Olive Tree app and head back here to see how to sync your notes and highlights to the Olive Tree cloud and make sure you never lose any of them.

Back to Basics: Highlighting on iPad, iPhone

Check back every Tuesday to see a new “Back to Basics” tip for using the Olive Tree Bible app.

One of the most popular features of our Bible apps is highlighting. While highlighting is relatively easy to do, there are some cool things you can do with highlights in our Bible apps.

Adding a Highlight

There are two different ways to highlight Scripture on your iPad or iPhone. The first is a single-verse highlight and the second is highlighting a specific block of text.

Highlighting a Single Verse

The first way to add a highlight is to tap on a verse number and select the “Highlight” option. You will see the basic color options for the highlighters. By selecting a color, voila! you have highlighted that single Bible verse.

Tap on verse 18

Highlighting a single verse

Highlighting a Block of Text

The second way to highlight is to use the tap and hold function to select an amount of text, maybe a word or two, or several verses, and then tap the “highlight” option from the list.

Tap and hold to select text

Tap and hold to select text

Again, you get the basic color options and after choosing a color, the text you selected will be highlighted.

One Important Note: Single-verse highlights, made by tapping on a verse number, will appear in every Bible translation that contains that Bible verse. Text selection highlights made by selecting a specific block of text are translation specific and will only appear in the Bible translation that they were created in.

Creating a Custom Highlight

If the default highlighters aren’t what you’re looking for, Olive Tree Bible apps offer the option to create your own highlight. After you have either tapped on a verse number or selected a block of text and tapped “Highlight,” instead of choosing a highlight color, tap on “More” and then tap on the “Edit” button on the top right of the pop-up. Custom Highlighters

Select “Add Highlighter” and you will be given a broad range of options for changing the color and type of highlight you create, including creating an underline highlighter. You can name your new highlight and use it over and over again.


Managing Your Highlights

Once you have created a highlight, it will appear in your “My Stuff” folder, represented by the suitcase icon. Tap on the icon and tap “Highlights.” Select the color of highlight you want to edit or select “All Highlighters” to see all of your highlights.

My Stuff

If you tap on a highlight, you will be taken to that location in the main window. If you tap on the blue arrow, you can edit the title, add a tag, change the category, change the highlight color, and delete the highlight. I’ll talk more about the awesome ways to sort and organize your notes and highlights using Tags and Categories in later posts. For now, go experiment with the different highlights, create your own custom highlighter and check back with us next week to see how to organize them all.

If you have any more questions about highlighting in the Olive Tree Bible apps, let us know in the comments and we’ll be sure to help you out. Head to our video page to watch highlighting in action on the different platforms, including highlighting on iPad.



Get to Know Our New CEO

Last week we announced that Stephen Johnson, formerly the CTO of Olive Tree, had been promoted to the position of Chief Executive Officer. We are very excited about this transition and the ways in which Stephen’s enthusiasm and experience will impact Olive Tree for the better. Around here we know Stephen to be a driven and skilled developer and committed family man. We thought you should get to know him, too.

Here are ten things you should know about the new CEO of Olive Tree Bible Software:

1. He likes to build things.

Stephen: When I was a kid, I thought I wanted to be a doctor when I grew up. Two things changed my mind: the first was realizing that I hated the sight of blood, and the second was knowing I wanted to build and create new things. In college, I saw my future in building and crafting amazing products.  I love the problem solving and design side of software engineering, but what really excites me is creating a product that has an impact on our world and that people love.

2. He has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science. 

Stephen: I studied two and a half years at Arizona State University and then transferred to a small Catholic school, the University of Portland. I got a BS in computer science from UP. The small classes and professors like Dr. Vegdahl really helped accelerate and deepen my understanding of software engineering. After I graduated from UP, I worked at Tektronix for a year. I had a great job, but I was itching to go back to school and continue learning, so I went to Portland State University and got a master’s degree in computer science. My master’s thesis was on debugging functional logic languages. I had a blast diving into functional logic research languages.

3. He loves his family.

Stephen: I have been married for just over four years. We have two kids, a two-and-a-half-year-old son and a one-year-old daughter.

Hiking with the kids

Out for a hike with the kids

4. He is outdoorsy. 

Stephen: I love being in the outdoors. I mostly go hiking, backpacking, and mountain biking. We have a ton of fun taking our family out on short hikes. It is awesome seeing my son enjoying running through the woods. My daughter has a great time watching it all from my back.

Backpacking on the Olympic Coast

Backpacking on the Olympic Coast

5. He bikes to work.

Stephen: I usually ride my bike to work. The amount I ride my bike varies by season, but I managed to ride my bike to work at least once each month over the last 12 months. I think the coldest morning was around 15˚ F.


Biking (not to work)

6. He is a member at a local church.

Stephen: I attend Grace Christian Fellowship. There is a lot I love about GCF. I love that it is radically gospel centered and focuses on how the gospel applies to my life, my marriage, my family, etc. I deserve eternal hell and judgment and yet God in his infinite and amazing mercy chose to save me! Amazing!

7. He loves to read.

Stephen: There are a number of books that I’ve really enjoyed reading. I love reading fiction. The Chiveis Trilogy from Crossway is a great trilogy (I haven’t had a chance to read the last of the trilogy that just came out a few weeks ago, but I’m planning on it). Probably my favorite fiction series is the Mark of the Lion by Francine Rivers published by Tyndale. For non-fiction, I like reading business books like Good to Great by Jim Collins. I am currently reading The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni (this book is amazing!).

My favorite book of the Bible is Romans. It is such a clear presentation of the gospel and how it applies to my life. My favorite Scripture passages are 2 Corinthians 4:18 and Philippians 2:12-13. We are responsible to “behold the Lord” and “work out [our] own salvation” yet it is only God who “transforms” and “works in us.” This is such an awesome tension. I am not called to just sit back and wait for God to change me, I have a responsibility. And yet there is no way I have any hope of changing myself. It is only God who can change my life. He deserves all of the glory!

8. He drinks coffee and tea.

Stephen: I mostly drink tea, but I love both. I got hooked on coffee in college when I would stay up late studying. I then started frequently getting headaches and I found that they went away when I didn’t drink coffee. So I started drinking tea instead. I love a good cup of black coffee (I am actually drinking one as I write this), but I have to be careful not to drink too much. I also love black tea, and I drink a lot of that. There are two things I need to get me in the mental frame of mind to build software, get work done, and let the creative energies flow: the first is a good cup of coffee or tea and the second is classical music. I am currently listening to Sibelius. Classical music and tea have an amazing way of keeping me at a high level of creativity for a long period of time.

9. He is ready to be the CEO of Olive Tree.

Stephen: I did an internship at Olive Tree 11 years ago and have been working at Olive Tree full time for just about 8 years. When I started at Olive Tree, we were a very small company and right from the start I jumped into the business. My preparation for being CEO is hands-on knowledge and experience. I have spent time learning the theoretical side of business from books, podcasts and trainings, but I think what prepares me most for this job is my day-to-day involvement in Olive Tree over the last decade.

10. He believes it is a privilege to work at Olive Tree.

Stephen: I love working on something that has an eternal impact. What we do at Olive Tree matters. It is an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to create tools that God uses in people’s lives. Just this morning a dad contacted me on Twitter to let me know how he was using our software with his son for their journaling time. It is an amazing privilege and so humbling to play even a small part in that father leading his family spiritually.

Happy Belated Sweet 16!

With all the exciting changes going on around here, we forgot to celebrate our own birthday! On July 4, 1996, was created. The first items on our homepage were verses from John 1 and other verses that President Drew Haninger found in his morning devotions. Transferring over from the original site, (ITB = “In The Beginning”), added an online Bible search and later added free downloads of BibleReader for Palm.

We’ve come a long way in the last 16 years and hope to keep improving our website. If you’d like to help us improve please take a couple minutes and fill out this Online Survey to let us know what you think.

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