Devotionals by Stuart, Jill & Pete Briscoe

The vague and tenuous hope that God is too kind to punish the ungodly has become a deadly opiate for the consciences of millions. — A.W. Tozer

It happens every year at camp. At the evening campfire, there is some little girl who has the newest, brightest turbo-charged flashlight. It’s got like a car battery on the back of it, a big huge bulb, and a beam that rivals the Star Wars Death Star. The problem is that she thinks it’s funny to shine that thing in your eyes. BA-ZAAAP! It actually hurts; melting your corneas and cooking your retinas—just like 1 Timothy 6:15-16 (seriously!):

God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be the honor and might forever.

God is Light, but there are places in Scripture where it tells us that He is a blinding light. That’s the image here in 1 Timothy. God is holy and, before we knew Him, we were not! Some people hope that God is only kind, and will not punish. But the fact is you couldn’t approach Him because of sin. When the light comes on, BA-ZAAAP! You must turn away…

…unless you are “in Christ.”

This critical aspect of your new identity makes all the difference.

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)

We can approach a perfectly holy God with confidence?! Yes. In Christ we can embrace the Light!

Holy Father, I thank You from the depths of my heart for what You did through Christ so that we can approach You with confidence. I fully recognize that it is only through Your amazing grace (and not by anything I have done), that this is possible. I praise You! 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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