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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.

Prosper! - Just A Minute #167

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

"This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success." (Joshua 1:8)

God wants you to prosper!

I’m serious. It is not a joke nor a heresy. It is Bible truth.
Many times we allow unwise believers, or even unsaved people, to take truthful concepts from Scripture, distort them, and somehow kidnap their vocabulary to the degree that we avoid them entirely.

That’s a win for the Devil, and an unhealthy reaction on our part.

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Those Prayers - Just A Minute #166

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

"He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. " (1 Kings 19:4)

There are at least two reasons to pay close attention to Elijah’s prayer life. One is because God highlights it and the other is that it is actually quite remarkable!

Now many of us have memorized James’ phrase, “the effectual, fervent prayer...”, we have read books on it, and we have heard messages from it. But have we personally paid attention to it?

Let’s do that now, taking a few minutes to look back at Elijah’s prayer life.

Read more: Those Prayers - Just A Minute #166

Why? - Just A Minute #165

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

"And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." (Acts 7:59)

Have you ever thought of what it would be like to take Stephen's place and experience the last few hours of his life? For many of us that would be rather disturbing.

Stephen himself probably had little opportunity to ponder why this was happening to him. The events unfolded too rapidly. He was accosted by a group of hateful men with a pre-established agenda and was in up to his ears before he knew it.

On the negative side, here are a couple of the things we could mention. First, he experienced the pain of a violent death (although it almost seems like the grace of God so powerfully flooded his body that he was impervious to the beating). And second, he missed the spectacular expansion of the Gospel from Jerusalem on out into the world.

However, when we switch over to a different perspective, the scene doesn't seem quite as ugly.

Read more: Why? - Just A Minute #165

Elijah's Dive - Just A Minute #164

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

"What doest thou here, Elijah?" (1 Kings 19:9)

In the initial stages of Elijah's trek south, the Lord does not give us much of a window into his mind. Like so many events in his life, this one begins abruptly and with little explanation. In short, he receives a threat from Jezebel and hightails it out of the northern valley of Megiddo.

By the time he had stopped running, he was on the other side of the country, though he did make a few stops along the way.

First, when he arrived at the southern city of Beersheba, he got rid of his servant. We don't know any more about his thoughts until after he had walked alone for an entire day into the desert and sat down under a rough, broom like tree. There, presumably exhausted, he voiced some of his frustration.

"I've been a miserable failure," he said to God, "just like those who've gone before me!"

Read more: Elijah's Dive - Just A Minute #164

The Greatest Race - Just A Minute #162

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. . . . The blood of righteous Abel . . . By faith Abel . . . Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. (Gn. 4:8b, Mt. 23:35, Heb. 11:4, 12:1)

Many unusual and remarkable races take place on our planet. Some are individual; others require team effort. Some span entire continents; others cross forests, glaciers, or oceans. Some are on foot; others are on wheels, on animals, inside machines. Some use primarily muscles; others use mainly brains and savvy. Some take minutes; others take hours, days, months, or even years. Almost all have in common that they are in some way grueling and exhausting, and require dogged determination. Many also include the risk of serious injury or even death--and on and on.

But there is one race that dwarfs them all; so much so, that it really does not deserve to be placed alongside them for comparison...

Read more: The Greatest Race - Just A Minute #162