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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!
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The First Obedience (Just A Minute #131)

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. . . .
And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him. (Gen 1:3 & Mat 9:9)

The first to obey God's voice in the Bible was light . . . or was it nothing?! The actual facts are that God spoke to nothing and told light to exist. Nothing responded, so to speak, and there was light.

Sure, that sounds sort of odd, but by focusing on the creation this way, we are reminded of a very important Biblical truth. God is the One who both speaks and empowers. He is the ultimate reason for every good thing that is ever created or happens. When the Lord spoke to the deaf and dumb void, reality sprung into being.

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David's Footstool (Just A Minute #130)

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

Then David the king stood up upon his feet, and said, Hear me, my brethren, and my people: As for me, I had in mine heart to build an house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and for the footstool of our God, and had made ready for the building: (1 Chronicles 28:2)

Somehow a glorious temple and a footstool don’t seem to have much in common.

But King David applied this humble image to one of the most magnificent and expensive buildings ever built. A simple calculation of the man hours involved in erecting the Temple, plus the quality of the supplies used and the methods employed in its construction, will quickly reveal a staggering cost.

A footstool just isn’t what most of us would have compared it to. Whether made of common wood or ornately decorated with gold and exotic hardwoods, it was still a lowly piece of furniture. Whether stepped on by a Jewish carpenter to reach some nails or placed under the feet of Pharoah to heighten his sense of authority, a stool was a stool.

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Mary the First (Just A Minute #129)

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. (John 20:1)

She was the first.

Mary was at the front of that long line of people who actually saw the resurrected Lord! And obviously, nobody can ever take the gold medal from her neck.

All four Gospels tell us that she was the fortunate believer. Other women went early too, but none before her. Of the men we know little. They were either too sad, too confused, too discouraged, or too frightened.

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City Seekers (Just A Minute #128)

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. (Hebrews 13:12-14)

Various cities in the Middle East fuss over which is the most ancient. Among the contenders are cities like Jerusalem, Byblos, Jericho, and Damascus. The debate often spars over definitions, involving the claims of uninterrupted habitation, the presence of the oldest ruins, and so forth. Some argue with archeology while others dig up their evidence from the writings of age old historians.

The writer of Hebrews would not have taken sides in this squabble. He had his sights much higher than any earthly city. He had read the Biblical record of city builders like Nimrod, Pharoah, and Nebuchadnezzar. He was not ignorant of the glories of Niniveh, Pithom, and Babylon. But he was not too impressed with their splendor and power.

All of that dazzle was now sealed and useless in the coffins of history. Yes, they had risen, and they had shined. But their glory had forever fizzled out.

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Thirsty People (Just A Minute #127)

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. . . . . Then they went out of the city, and came unto him. . . . And many more believed because of his own word; (John 4:15,30,41)

There were a lot of thirsty people near Jacob’s well that day.

First was the Lord Jesus, who had been walking for several hours. He was tired, hot, and ready for a drink of cool water. Presumably the disciples were just as eager to relieve their dry throats. The woman of Samaria who came out for water in the heat of the day was undoubtedly thirsty too.

But all of this thirst was merely physical.

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