Devotionals by Stuart, Jill & Pete Briscoe

We are living in the age of the church. It is an age of grace and an age of the spirit in which we have, by God’s mercy and love, opportunity to proclaim to the world the good news about Jesus Christ. — Ron James

Even before the Bible was finished being written, people were skeptical about Christ’s return. Let’s be honest, aren’t we all just a little bit skeptical? It’s been almost 2000 years and none of us regularly check the skies to see if His return flight is coming in. Sometimes, we might be embarrassed to even admit that we believe it could happen. I mean, it just sounds a little crazy, doesn’t it? Peter’s words to the believers of his day are just as relevant today as they were then. They are sober words, words that put it all in perspective:

Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly. But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:3-9)

Back in the day, Noah had been given plenty of warning, but everybody just kept on doing their own thing. Then came a wall of water—whoosh! Today, it’s the same thing: Jesus has given plenty of warning, but the masses who don’t know Him go about their way indifferent or unaware that God will again intervene, this time with a judgment of fire. Plenty of believers are doing the same thing.

It is so, so important to constantly remind ourselves that we are in a very precarious season of human history: We live between the game-winning play (the cross and resurrection) and the end of the game (His second coming). God is taking His time to give us time to play the game through to the end with everything we have!

Lord, I thank You for Your patience. Now, give me patience. I don’t want to be a skeptic. I want to use these remaining days, be they very few or be they many, to make an eternal difference. Give me Your heart for those who are perishing. Give me Your desire that they all come to repentance. Then live through me in a way that communicates to them Your tangible love. 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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