You probably know John 3:16 by heart. It’s a pretty basic Bible verse, and for good reason! It’s such a beautifully concise way of summing up Christ’s mission on earth and humanity’s hope for salvation. Sometimes, we tend to gloss over verses like this one because we think we’ve learned…

Kindle dropping support

As new versions of devices and software are released, we have to make difficult decisions about what we can continue to support. We know that not everyone has the luxury or interest in buying brand new phones and tablets every year, so we try our best to support as many…

between old and new testament

Have you ever wondered what separated the Old and New Testaments? Why isn’t there just one testament? Maybe you’ve heard that, during this Intertestamental Period, God was silent. If you have more questions than answers, you’re in the right place! The period between Malachi and Matthew is full of history…

Jonah, a book from the Old Testament, is a story steeped in poetry, mystery, metaphor, comedy, and adventure. Jonah, the main character, is a prophet from Israel who, despite his best efforts, is used by God for the salvation of many. There are many angles that one could view the…

reasons to use audio bible

At Olive Tree, we are a bunch of Bible nerds. Most of us are avid users of our own app, meaning we get to create features that we’re passionate about. When we added audio Bibles to our store, we had the opportunity to create an experience that we felt good…

awesomely and wonderfully created psalm 139 13 16

If you’ve never heard of a SOAP Study, it is a simple framework for studying the Bible. SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer. Today we are going to dive into Psalms 139:13-16. I, the writer of this blog, chose this passage after hearing it quoted by pastor Judah…

Why was Jesus not accepted

The idea of going home holds many emotions. It could be exciting, nerve-wracking, relieving, and terrifying – all rolled into one. If you moved back in with your parents after college or visited old friends from school or work, maybe you’ve felt apprehension along with your anticipation. In Luke 4:16-30,…

what is church

Church. We all have an idea of what church means. It might be a place of solitude, joyful noises, tears, challenges, music, learning, or community. For others, church represents rejection or pain. It might be an outdated, crumbling place or a hip, fresh hub of activity. Some only step inside…