Devotionals by Stuart, Jill & Pete Briscoe

You can't judge a book by the cover unless the Judge has the book.

After my family moved to the United States from England, I tried out for the basketball team. I was in ninth grade and while I had been a string bean up to that point, the summer before my freshman year I grew six inches. That's no joke-six inches in one summer.

But no matter how tall I was, basketball didn't come easy for a soccer player. I tried my best but when "cut day" came, my best just wasn't good enough. The list posted on the locker room door didn't have my name on it. My friends whose names were on the list jumped, hollered, and walked away arm in arm laughing and dreaming of a great season ahead. I stood there with the other "cuttee" not really knowing what to say, trying not to cry. Ouch. Has anything like that ever happened to you? Probably. Remember what it felt like?

Now, take that feeling and multiply it times eternity.

Jesus is coming back. In light of that future certainty, the believer who is in Christ has been given the opportunity and the ability to live a life that is holy, hopeful, and helpful because of God's grace. But for those who don't know Christ? The reality of Him coming back like a thief in the night should be a sobering thought-even a wakeup call to allow Christ to come into their life now, because the day of His return is certain, and it's also going to be cut day for those who are not "in."

Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life... Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire. — Revelation 20:11, 12, 15

You might be trying your best-to make the team by impressing the "coach" with your effort. But trust me, your best just isn't good enough to make this team. The criteria that Jesus will use to make the cut is very clear:

Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God's one and only Son... Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on them. John 3:18, 36

These passages aren't all that popular in our pluralistic culture, but they are there and they are true. Do we choose to avoid them because they make us uncomfortable? Do we refuse to speak of them because our God happens to be less tolerant than our contemporary culture requires? I hope not.

Jesus is coming. Jesus will judge. So please make sure you are in the Book of Life.

Jesus Christ, Savior and Lord, if my name is not written in the Book of Life, I ask that You would write it there now, and that You would come into my life, by Your grace and by Your mercy.

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Telling the Truth exists to make available sound biblical teaching, practically applied, with a view to producing lives that glorify God and draw people to Christ. The whole of our ministry is to encourage, console, strengthen, teach, and train.

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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