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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.

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.

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Giant Talk - Just A Minute #156

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield; but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. (1 Samuel 17:45)

We all face giants.

The question is, "How do we face them?"

As we walk into the future and the challenges it brings, what is our attitude?

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Simeon's Light - Just A Minute #155

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: for mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. (Luke 2:29-32)

Thirty years before the Lord Jesus ever told those conniving Pharisees that He was "the light of the world", a pious, elderly gentleman had already said it.

This patient fellow had been waiting for the Messiah to enter the temple. We don't know how long he waited, but the impression is that it had been for years. Whatever the case, his understanding seems nothing short of astounding, as he shows no surprise at the "salvation of God" being an eight day old infant!

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