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These are the blog posts the Olive Tree community loved the most in 2019! We’ve included the top 10 in this list.

Need to add some pep to your Bible study? Here are 7 different step-by-step Bible study methods you can easily do on your own. We took these methods straight out of the Open Bible Study Notes (KJV and NJKV version!). They are a sure-fire way to get your study of…

Demons and the Bible

It’s a topic that lots of people have informed, and uninformed, opinions on: demons in the Bible. Read this excerpt from the Archaeological Study Bible to gain real insight on the topic. Demons in the Bible Many readers assume that the belief in demons attested in the New Testament is…

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When I was entering Bible college, I had no clue there was a difference between biblical and systematic theology. In fact, if you asked me to define systematic theology and theology separately, I wouldn’t have known how. So, fantastic resources like the ESV Systematic Theology Study Bible or the NIV…

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Priestly Blessing Aaronic Blessing

You’ve probably heard the priestly blessing at least once or twice: “the Lord bless you and keep you”. Maybe you heard it without realizing what it was. Or, perhaps you have been dying to learn more about this passage, the Aaronic blessing, in Numbers. Either way, this article is for…

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In the New Testament, we hear a lot about Christians being imprisoned—especially Paul. In fact, he wrote his letter to the Philippians while in a Roman prison! We’ve gathered information from the ESV Archaeology Study Bible for you to learn more about Roman jails were like. PAUL WRITING THE PHILIPPIANS…

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The Fear of the Lord Fear of God

A frequent command given to God’s people in the OT is to “fear God” or “fear the Lord.” It is important that we understand what this command means for Christ’s followers today. Only as we truly fear the Lord will we be freed from all destructive and satanic fears. By…

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Old Testament Law Still Apply

It’s a question we all ask ourselves at some point: does the Old Testament law still apply? Read the passage below along with the notes taken from the Chronological Life Application Study Bible to help you explore this question. What is the Old Testament Law? The Old Testament Law is…

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1 thessalonians 5 16-18 god's will

Reading 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, and the surrounding verses, is always encouraging. Here, Paul gives his final instructions to the Church at Thessaloniki, calling them to love, act justly, and do the will of God. Not only that, but he tells them how they can accomplish all this. Paul says, “Now…

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Greek & hebrew words for love

What does the Bible say about love? Here are the five, most-used Greek and Hebrew words for love and LOTS of Bible verses about love to read! Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,…

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God's covenant with Abraham

Covenant is one of the most important theological ideas in biblical theology. It is reflected in the traditional labels Old and New Testaments, i.e., covenants. The concept exists at significant points in the Bible’s storyline and is the theological glue that binds promise to fulfillment. So the biblical history of…

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