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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.

Two Elderly Voices - Just A Minute #161

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; ... And there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher: she was of a great age... (Luke 2:25, 36)

Guided by the Holy Spirit, along with his natural medical discipline in details, Luke gives some unique insight into events surrounding the Lord's birth. In one of these stories he focuses on two interesting people, one a godly old gentleman, the other an aged and saintly widow.

Who were they and why did he choose these two? What claim to fame could they have had? Why were they important to the Author of Scripture?

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The Joy Verb - Just A Minute #160

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength. . . . Rejoice in the Lord alway; . . . I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Nehemiah 8:10, Philippians 4:4,13)

Neither group receiving these words could possibly have expected them.

The one was listening to Nehemiah, the other was reading from Paul. These two peoples had never met, no more than the two leaders. They lived in different centuries and continents.

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The Swift Swish - Just A Minute #159

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil . . . And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written... (Matt. 4:1,3-4a)

Some things about this scene I don't even know how to process — they generate more questions than answers!

For example, Why in the world did Satan even attempt to make the Lord Jesus sin? Did he have the tiniest hope that he could succeed? Did the Serpent really think he could trick his Maker into doing evil? It seems preposterous to answer these with a "Yes".

And yet he did try.

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Good Soldier; Bad Man - Just A Minute #158

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

“And David said, Whosoever smiteth the Jebusites first shall be chief and captain. So Joab the son of Zeruiah went first up, and was chief . . . Do thou therefore according to thy wisdom, and let not his hoar head go down to the grave in peace." (1 Chr 11:6/1 Kings 2:6)

These two statements of David were separated by forty years. The first paved the way for Joab to become his general commander. The second was spoken to Solomon, advising him to kill Joab.

What in the world had happened? Why was David now encouraging his son to get rid of the man who had successfully led his armies for so many years?

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Masterpiece Overhead - Just A Minute #157

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the Lord thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven. (Deut. 4:19)

There are over a thousand places on the globe labeled as World Heritage Sites. These may be natural or man made, and are so designated because of their cultural or physical significance. The basic idea is that they be protected and preserved so "humanity" can enjoy them in as pristine a condition as possible, and for as long as possible.

Of course, there are none in outer space . . . at least not yet.

Read more: Masterpiece Overhead - Just A Minute #157