Devotionals by Stuart, Jill & Pete Briscoe

A time to embrace and a time to turn away. - Ecclesiastes 3:5

Our sexual appetites need to be under control. We do well to make our God the God of our loves. We cannot go around sleeping with whom we will and expect God to smile. The place for the full expression of the Christian’s sexuality is within the boundaries of marriage—which are designed to nurture love to full maturity.

The Bible teaches us that fornication (sex be-fore marriage) is sin. Adultery (extramarital sex) is also sin. Jesus, face-to-face with a woman taken in the very act of adultery, forgave her, but said, “Go and sin no more” (John 8:11). Once you have been face-to-face with Jesus, your sexuality must be subject to his commands.

The sexual act speaks of a commitment to a forever relationship with another human being and therein lies its wonder and enjoyment. How, then, can casual sex be part of a Christian lifestyle? For the couple who follows Christ, there is “a time to embrace and a time to turn away.” We are not to withhold our bodies from our mates, using our sexuality as a weapon, but rather are to use our bodies to bless (1 Corinthians 7:3-5).

There are times, however, that God calls some of his children to a ministry that entails considerable separation for the kingdom’s sake. Such has been our case. I would testify to the fact that as we have “fasted” in this area, God has given special grace for this special calling. But then he is a special God!

For Further Study: Ecclesiastes 3:1-5  

Excerpted from The One Year Devotions for Women, Copyright ©2000 by Jill Briscoe. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.

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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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