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Just a Minute

Just a Minute is a collection of brief but meaningful meditations on Scripture. BJU Press has published a book by the same name with 96 of these devotional articles. Each chapter focuses on a Scripture verse or two, blending key facts about context with meditations on the truth of the passage. Find out how taking just a minute each day can change your life!
If you are interested, you can purchase Just A Minute, containing the first 96 printed articles.

True Diagnosis - Just A Minute #141

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. (Luke 8:52-53)

As Jesus walked into the house, the mourning party exploded in ridicule. What He had told them concerning the little girl inside sounded preposterous, and they responded in a chorus of irreverent laughter.

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Secret Conversations (Just A Minute #140)

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner. . . .
And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace. (Luke 5:39, 50)

There is more in this scene than meets the eye, or ear. For there were two secret conversations going on at this meal in the Pharisee's home.

Neither conversation could be heard by the others around the table because they were unspoken. One person definitely thought his ideas were private, while the other dearly hoped hers were fully known by God. Nobody else had a clue as to the intense emotions stirring in the minds of these two.

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The Smelly Belly (Just A Minute #139)

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land. . . . Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. (Jonah 1:9, 17)

Jonah had not counted on the fish.

His decision had been made some time before arriving at the Joppa seaport. He had caught a whiff of divine mercy in the assignment and simply was not going to Nineveh to preach. So he purchased the passage and settled down for the journey across the Mediterranean. About the time a few dark clouds began to roll in, Jonah was starting to yawn. Soon he was sound asleep.

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A Peaceful Change (Just A Minute #138)

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

Nebuchadnezzar the king, unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. (Daniel 4:1)

Taken in the context of the first three chapters, the last phrase is nothing less than remarkable.

Peace? Why the man was a brute!

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The Great Builder (Just A Minute #137)

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

Now it came to pass, as David sat in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, Lo, I dwell in an house of cedars, but the ark of the covenant of the LORD remaineth under curtains. Then Nathan said unto David, Do all that is in thine heart; for God is with thee. . . . For Thou, O my God, hast told Thy servant that Thou wilt build him an house: therefore Thy servant hath found in his heart to pray before Thee. (1 Chronicles 17:1-2, 25)

King David had thought of a project he was sure would delight the heart of God, and one that would be the crowning achievement of his reign: To build for Jehovah the most glorious temple ever erected by man.

The immediate encouragement Prophet Nathan gave him must have considerably strengthened his resolve. The one called "a man after God's own heart" was sure that he had been given a green light to undertake this magnificent project.

So he must have really been stunned when the prophet return a little while later with the shattering news . . . God had nixed his plan!

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