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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.

Anonymous Servants (Just A Minute #116)

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples. (Matthew 26:18)

The fullest description we have of them is “the man with a pitcher” and his master. We have no idea who they were. Apparently the one was just a servant who happened to be getting water at the exact time Jesus’ disciples entered the city. His master, though a homeowner with a guest room large enough to host a big meal, is likewise nameless.

It is interesting that the two passages before this one are strikingly different. Both of them relate dramatic events, each concerning people’s devotion to or hatred for the Lord Jesus. And in both cases the individuals are named.

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Good Friends (Just A Minute #115)

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. (Psalm 1:1)

In other words, choose your friends wisely. That is basically what this verse is saying, and King David was very qualified to make the statement.

As a young man he had had his share of difficult situations, and for the most part had faced them with integrity and wisdom. He had walked away from Saul's initial counsel to leave Goliath alone. He had stood against his men when they tried to cheat their comrades. He had refused to sit and celebrate with those who contemptuously murdered his rivals.

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Beyond Expectations (Just A Minute #114)

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house: (Genesis 40:14)

We rarely have any idea of how much God is actually doing for us.

Jacob’s favorite son had been thrown into an Egyptian prison for something he didn’t do. In that humiliating place he amazingly retained a firm trust in Jehovah, who many years before had made him a promise through a series of dreams.

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Gratitude's Reward (Just A Minute #113)

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. . . . And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole. (Luke 17:16 &19)

The text seems to say that he made a U-turn as soon as he noticed his skin was new. If so, the gratitude in his heart was such a powerful force that it moved him to go against the rest.

They had all started their day in the same way . . . ten men with a deadly disease. They had all been at the edge of the village when Jesus came into sight. Together they heard His odd command to present themselves to the priests and as one they started walking towards Jerusalem.

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An Embarrassing Moment (Just A Minute #112)

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time. And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there. (1 Kings 19:2-3)

Don’t you think Elijah would have preferred God not include this incident in the book of Kings?!

It was embarrassing by almost anybody’s standards, especially if you look at the context.

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