Devotionals by Stuart, Jill & Pete Briscoe

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend. — Martin Luther King Jr.

What do you mean Jesus wants me to share my faith with my family? Has He lost His mind?

When you read the words of Jesus in Luke 8:38, “Return home and tell how much God has done for you,” you’re most likely scanning the finely printed commentary for any mention of people groups who get a free pass on this one. Aren’t there any other options for ministry? Like leper colonies, or street gang ministry, or death?

You beg God to be reasonable, Come on, You made them. Surely You know how hostile this is going to be?

The truth is many of our relatives don't speak our language of faith. Perhaps, instead, they speak the language of academia, and any mention of faith sparks arguments to which you don’t know the answers. Why would Jesus ask you to look a fool?

  

Perhaps the language of apathy limits your family of origin, and a common response to any major event in your life is, “That’s cool.” So you feel pretty certain that if you were to share the transformative work of Christ in your life, the response would diminish to a, “Whatever.”

And then there’s the language of "anti." Anti-Jesus. Anti-Christian. And certainly antisharing of His transformative power.

What are you supposed to say? How are you supposed to start the conversation?

“But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom…” (Luke 21:14-15)

In other words, Jesus hasn’t abandoned you. His Spirit sends you home. But remember, this sharing of His work in your life isn’t a solo gig; it’s something He wants to do with you.

Jesus, there are people in this world I prefer to avoid, and it’s possible my family is a part of this group. I don’t know that I have the courage to share You with them, for their rejection of You will feel like a rejection of me. Speak through me. Remind me of Your presence. 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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