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A Thread of Hope

If you know anyone who has been ravaged by abuse as a child (or abuse in any form), listen to “A Thread of Hope” for free. Inspired by a true story from the life of a dear friend, this ‘song’ is in the form of an allegory…like “Daddy’s Song”. Go to my home page and listen:

I Stand Amazed in the Presence

There is a Fountain Medley

I Have Been Redeemed - video


What I Can See

Take me Home

Take Me Home

Words & Music: Dennis Jernigan

Received on November 24, 2010

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.

2 Corinthians 4:7-11 NASB

This world is not my home. It is not my final destination. I am here but for a season – but I am here for a reason. I am here to lay my life down for God’s glory and for the sake of others. Sin and the lies of the enemy see to it that trials and tribulations come our way – daily. I am no different than you. Sometimes the darkness seems to be winning. More and more it seems like the world calls right wrong and wrong right. Personally, my attacks come a great deal of the time from the sharing of my story of redemption. The world tells me I am doing more harm than good by telling people change is possible…and, at times, I fear for my own safety and for the safety of my family…and that gets old. But I expect that from the world. When I am most tempted to give up is when I receive opposition from the body of Christ. Some from the Christian world often ask me things like this: “Are you sure it’s sin?” or make statements like, “You limit the love of God by telling people they are in sin.” My battle often leaves me feeling alone on the battlefield and abandoned by the body of Christ. I know that cannot possibly be true but the enemy does his darndest to get the opposition in my face. This song came as I came through a particularly difficult time of personal bombardment. I hesitate to even share these things with you because some will see this as whining and complaining. That is the furthest thing from the truth. I share because truth – led by honest confession – sets us free. The Holy Spirit has prompted me that there are many others in the body of Christ who feel the same way at times. Reality is this: we are never alone…and God wastes nothing – even pain or suffering or sorrows – if we allow Him to join us through those trials. He will use even our greatest wounds to bring about His glory and our good. There is grace for us to make it through…this world truly is not our home…but Home is already in our hearts to enjoy before we ever cross death’s door. It is in that place of intimacy with Christ in the midst of the journey that we find the comfort, peace, protection, and joy of ‘Home’.

Dennis Jernigan

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Happy, Happy Day - song history

Happy, Happy Day

A song of utter, unashamed, unabashed gratitude and thanksgiving

Words & Music: Dennis Jernigan

Received on October 16, 2010

©2010 Shepherd’s Heart Music, Inc./Dennis Jernigan

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I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

Galatians 2:20 NASB

I was set free during a time of worship on November 7, 1981 and have not been able to stop thanking the Lord ever since! Each year I have this thing between the Lord and me where I know – I just know – that He is going to surprise me with a song to commemorate that initial moment of freedom. Usually it occurs near the time of the anniversary of that monumental event in my life…but this year I got surprised a couple of week early! As I began to simply thank the Lord for all He has done to redeem my life and set me free I could not help but think about all the opposition I receive from the enemy. Quite often my very testimony is questioned. I’ve heard all of the following quite often:

“If you are free why would you ever admit that you ever have doubts or fears or temptations?”

“You are doing more damage than good by telling people they can change.”

“You just made up your story to sell music.”

“You don’t exist because freedom is not possible.”

“You’re in denial. You’ve been brainwashed.”

“I wish you and your kind would all die.”

It is with my honest confession that my healing, deliverance, freedom, redemption, and ongoing pure relationship with Christ have come. It is because I have personally found freedom that I desire others to know that same freedom…that change IS possible. And why would I make up a story like mine? If I were going to make up something it would be far greater and more adventurous than mine! I’ve checked my pulse and I really do exist…which means my very existence flies in the face of the lies of the enemy so he has to try and squelch my story. Yes, I guess I am in denial. I decided to deny my flesh, take up my cross and follow Christ. And yes, I guess I have been brainwashed. My mind has been cleansed and I now find it an amazingly healthy thing to do to put off the old ways of thinking and put on the new! And as for those who wish I would die: I died to myself and am alive to God in Christ…and the bottom line? Whether I live or whether I die, I AM THE LORD’S!

That all went into the birth of this song. It is my personal celebration of Christ in me, the Hope of glory!

Dennis Jernigan