Devotionals by Stuart, Jill & Pete Briscoe

We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided. – J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Is the indwelling Spirit of Jesus enough to unite us when confrontation threatens to divide?

Some would say maybe not. After all, division has happened all around us: the Anglican, Presbyterian, and Methodist churches have all split down the middle as they’ve argued over homosexuality. Hop into the blogosphere and observe believers ripping into each other in the comments section.

I might say, “Inhale deeply. Can you smell a wolf among the sheep?” Our enemy seeks to divide, but the Spirit unites. What we need to know is this: where is the starting point of peace?

John 1:14 tells us, The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Full of grace and full of truth. That is where we start, and where we end, and where we dwell in between the beginning and the end.

Now, I know it doesn’t say “full of grace and full of truth.” But in the Greek, full grammatically qualifies both nouns. It’s difficult to imagine, as most of us lean more toward one than the other. Because of this, our conversations take an either-or approach. We lean toward grace, or we lean toward truth.

But Jesus? He was completely full of both. Not an ounce of His personality or interactions with others lacked this completeness of grace and truth. Think about that.

This “full of grace, full of truth” man indwells us, and in Him we can navigate this minefield in unity.

Jesus, perhaps I’ve imagined grace and truth a bit like a Venn diagram – two circles that overlap a little in the middle. Sometimes I stand in the grace circle, sometimes I stand in the truth circle, and other times I stand in the middle – in a mixture of grace and truth. In reality, grace and truth is the same circle. May Your Spirit fully express both through me always. Amen.

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About Stuart, Jill & Pete Briscoe

Stuart Briscoe uses wit and intellect to target your heart, capture your attention and challenge you to grow! You will find his logic compelling as he brings a fresh, practical perspective to the Scriptures. Born in England, Stuart left a career in banking to enter the ministry full time. He has written more than 50 books, received three honorary doctorates and preached in more than one hundred countries. He was senior pastor of Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin, for thirty years, and currently serves as minister-at-large.

Jill Briscoe was born in England and found Christ when she was 18 years old. She never looked back. Upon graduating from Cambridge University, she began working as a teacher by day and had a vigorous street ministry to the youths of Liverpool by night.

She met Stuart at a youth conference and they married in 1958. In the 50 years since, Jill has become a highly sought-after Bible teacher and author who travels around the world ministering to under-resourced churches and speaking at international seminars and conferences. Since 2000, she and Stuart, who was formerly senior pastor of Elmbrook Church for 30 years, have had the joy of equipping and encouraging believers across the globe in their roles as ministers-at-large for Elmbrook.

Jill has authored more than 40 books including devotionals, study guides, poetry and children's books. Her vivid, relational teaching style touches the emotions and stirs the heart. She serves as Executive Editor of Just Between Us, a magazine of encouragement for ministry wives and women in leadership, and served on the board of World Relief and Christianity Today, Inc., for over 20 years.

Jill and Stuart call suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin their home. When they are not traveling, they spend time with their three children, David, Judy and Peter, and thirteen grandchildren.

Pete Briscoe, youngest son of Stuart and Jill, was also born in England but grew up under his father's ministry in Milwaukee. While getting his Masters of Divinity degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL, Pete had a professor tell him that it was "a sin to bore people with the Bible." He has taken that to heart as he has served since 1992 as senior pastor of Bent Tree Bible Fellowship in Dallas, TX. Pete and his wife, Libby, have three children.

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