Devotionals by Stuart, Jill & Pete Briscoe

Overnight, all comment boards became civil, all posters held accountable. The trolls, who had more or less overtaken the internet, were driven back into the darkness. — Dave Eggers, The Circle

If you identify with the American Church at all, you’ve likely overheard the Church’s conversation regarding sexuality. Hard words have been volleyed back and forth – all in the name of Christ – and it’s difficult to watch.

The Church is divided by questions like: Does nature or nurture affect sexual orientation? Does every homosexual believer become heterosexual? What roles can a homosexual person fill inside a church?

Now, I don’t mind the questions. In fact, I have opinions on the shifting climate of societal norms. And if I wanted to voice my opinions on these issues, I’m granted the right to do so by my country and the Constitution.

But consider this: if I shared my opinions, then some friends might stop being my friend. Some readers might stop reading. Some church family members might stop attending. So I don’t – not because I’m afraid of losing anyone, but because these are just opinions. And opinions aren’t worth isolating family, both biological and spiritual. When did our view of sexuality and homosexuality become the litmus test for fellowshipping with each other?

This week we are in search of unity. How can Jesus, who was sent by God “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14), keep controversial issues from dividing us?

We’ll find our answer as we discover what it means to be “full,” which is the same word used in Matthew 14:20 to describe the feeding of the 5,000. It says people ate and were full – so full, the disciples picked up 12 basketfuls of leftovers.

This embodiment of grace and truth is what we need because we live in Christ before a culture that says anything goes and all ideas are equally valid.

Lord, if I’m feeling depleted of energy, lonely for company, out of patience, or taxed in love – encourage me please. I want to be full of grace so the people in my life will encounter Your extravagant love. I want to be full of truth so my conversations give Life. Amen.

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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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