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What’s New in the Windows Desktop Release

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The Bible Study App for Windows Desktop, version 5.4.0 has just been released and there are two new features that you should know about!

 

New Automatic Sync

Now you never have to wonder if that work you did on your PC synced. Automatic sync does just what it says and will always backup your notes, highlights, and bookmarks making them available on any other device that The Bible Study App is installed on. You can check your Sync status easily by looking at the bottom of the split window on the right.

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To take advantage of the Automatic Sync feature you will need a free Olive Tree Account. Sign up for one HERE. Once you’ve signed up for an account simply login on The Bible Study App and Automatic Sync will be ready to go.

New Downloadable Reading Plans

In addition to pre-installed reading plans you can now download additional reading plans. To access these, click on the My Stuff button in the split window. Then click Reading Plans> Get More Reading Plans

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Click on any of the available reading plans to find out more information. Once you’ve found the one you want click “Install Free Reading Plan”. You’ll then be prompted to give it a name. Now it will be available to start under My Stuff> Reading Plans

 

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Do you have any other questions about this release? Feel free to leave a comment below or contact our Support team!

New Downloadable Reading Plans for Android

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The latest update of The Bible Study App for Android includes a new option to download from a large list of reading plans. You can choose a reading plan on topics such as marriage or forgiveness or ones that examine books of the Bible or specific people found in scripture. Plans also vary in length, from as short as 5 days to as long as a year.

Here’s how you access them:

Tap on the ‘My Stuff Icon and select Reading Plans.

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At the bottom of the pre-installed Reading Plans tap on the ‘Get More Reading Plans’ button. You’ll now see a list of reading plans that are available to download.

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Once you tap the install button the reading plan will be available to start. More reading plans will be available in the future so make and sure and check the downloadable reading plans from time to time.

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Free Resource Friday

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Olive Tree Summer Bible Reading PlanSummer is almost here – in the Northern Hemisphere that is. To celebrate Summer we’re offering a special Summer reading plan as this weeks free download for use within The Bible Study App.

Olive Tree’s Summer Bible Reading Plan is designed to give you an overview of the entire Bible in 14 weeks. Starting on June 1, the daily readings select passages from each book of the Bible and highlight major themes and events in the Scriptures. Additionally, each Bible book begins with an introduction to orient readers to the historical and cultural background as well as give author information and approximate dating. Each section of the Bible (i.e. Historical Books, Minor Prophets, Epistles, etc.) has a short explanation to give readers a big picture of the Bible’s organization.

Take advantage of this great resource by downloading it HERE. 

Reading Daily God’s Story

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By Olive Tree Employee: Emily Roth, Content Editor

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night” (Ps. 1:1-2).

The nature of my position at Olive Tree requires that I read the Bible throughout the day, whether to check a verse citation or to study an entire book. Due to a recent project, I managed for the first time to read straight from Genesis to Revelation. Each day on this project, no matter where I was in the Bible, something from God’s Word spoke to my heart, convicted my soul, or related to my struggles. My computer monitors store a collection of sticky notes for the verses I want to keep in mind.

It surprised me on a consistent basis the value of the simplest or most overlooked of verses. While I’ve long believed in the inspiration of the Bible in its entirety, I tended to judge certain books or passages as “most important” and then ignored the rest. What did I care about the Minor Prophets? They had to be called “minor” for a reason, right? But as I read, I realized that the Bible isn’t a bunch of stories about a bunch of people. It’s one continuous story about one God.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Col. 3:16).

Even Jesus affirms the absolute necessity of reading God’s word. He quotes from Deuteronomy, “Man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (Deut. 8:3; Matt. 4:4). And the best part? Anyone who doubts the Bible’s benefits can test it for himself.

The Bible Study App now has several reading plans available for free download. Over time, this new feature will offer additional plans across all platforms. Find one that interests you by looking under “Reading Plans” in the “My Stuff” window. After beginning a plan, you can check off each reading as you go.

Olive Tree Summer Bible Reading PlanIf you have never read the Bible as a whole, it may seem like a daunting challenge. The Olive Tree Summer Bible Reading Plan provides guidance to study major themes and events throughout your preferred version of Scripture from June 1 to September 11. Compiled by the Olive Tree staff, this resource includes brief introductions of each book as well as the literary subgroups such as the History books of the Old Testament or the Pauline Epistles.

“And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers” (1 Thess. 2:13).

Until I read through the Bible all at once, I didn’t realize how much I had been missing. The Minor Prophets, for instance, display some of the most heartbreakingly expressive poetry that I’ve ever read. Read them for yourself if you don’t believe me. And while you’re at it, just finish the whole collection of books in the Bible if you never have before.

If the idea of daily reading intimidates you, simply commit to finding out what God wants to tell you today. Then do the same tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after that. It won’t take long to feel its effect. You will find a deeper appreciation of the Bible, God, and the story he has invited us into.

This week you can get the Olive Tree Summer Bible Reading Plan for FREE now through June 6th.

New Downloadable Reading Plans

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The latest update of The Bible Study App for iOS includes a new option to download from a large list of reading plans. You can choose a reading plan on topics such as marriage or forgiveness or that examine books of the Bible or specific people found in scripture. Plans vary in length also, from as short as 5 days to as long as a year. Here’s how you access them:

Tap on the ‘My Stuff Icon and select Reading Plans.

At the bottom of the pre-installed Reading Plans tap on the ‘Get More Reading Plans’ button. You’ll now see a list of reading plans that are available to download.

Once you tap the install button the reading plan will be available to start. More reading plans will be available in the future so make and sure and check the downloadable reading plans from time to time.

Night Reading Mode in iOS?

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We’ve heard many of you request a Night Reading Mode for The Bible Study App. We do hear your requests and our teams are always at work implementing new features across all of the platforms our App runs on. While we don’t currently have a night reading mode, there is a bit of a work around for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad) that can give you a very similar experience. It’s called inverting your colors and it’s as easy as three clicks of a button.

Try this:

  1. Go to (iOS) Settings > General
  2. Tap ‘Accessibility’ and then go to ‘Triple Click‘ options
  3. Under ‘Triple Click Home‘ select ‘Invert Colors’

Now launch The Olive Tree Bible Study App.
Quickly click the home button 3 times and the colors will invert for an experience very similar to a night reading mode. Click the button 3 times to return to normal colors.

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