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Songs of Deliverance

Many of the songs I receive are very specific in nature. Call it a ‘word of knowledge’ or a ‘prophetic song’…call it what you will, but hearing a song of deliverance from the heart of God for another soul is a level of freedom for both the receiver and the one on the receiving end that is truly beyond human understanding to fully grasp. God tells us in His Word that He will surround us with songs of deliverance…not just for ourselves, but for others we are in relationship with. I have received many such songs – not only for myself – but for countless others. The song It’s Gonna Be Alright is such a song. Born out of a need in my own family as well as for a need in a another family, this song transcended our family’s situation and became a song of deliverance for thousands and thousands of others. Spend time this week focusing on what Jesus focused on – meeting the needs of others. Be ready to receive a song of deliverance…and then share it with those who need to hear it!

You are my hiding place;

You preserve me from trouble;

You surround me with songs of deliverance.

Psalm 32:7 NASB

Write Relationally -

I would guess that 99.9% of every song I have received has come through some relationship, whether with my God or with some person I am in fellowship with. Relationship is life. When I receive a song of worship I address my Father relationally as I sing that song. When a friend or family member hurts, I ask the Lord to give me a song that will minister to them. Sometimes that song comes from Father’s perspective but it often comes as a means to help the person I am ministering to reach out to God. No relationship is off limits or unusable by the Lord. Even if you only have a few seconds with another human being but recognize a need in their soul, God can use that moment to birth an idea – or an entire song. Use these songs to minister to these people one-on-one. Who says you need a crowd or a recording deal to do that? Believe. Receive…and then release what you have been given.

'For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.'


Matthew 25:35-36 NASB

Write Just For the Fun of It

Even though the subject matter of my life tends to lead me to deep places of dire and serious ministry, I sometimes write what I feel just for the sheer joy of it! In order to go to the depths to which ministry requires I go sometimes to reach a hurting soul, I fill my own soul with joy. I recently wrote a song using the ukulele – just for the sheer fun I knew that instrument would lend to a song of joy! That song is called Might as Well Be Happy and came during one of those silly moments of human fun that was infused with God’s anointing for a song! Do you take time to fill your soul with joy and laughter? My serious, ministerial songs are always born out of a joyful soul that allows me the grace to reach to the depths such a song requires me to go. Spend time writing a silly song today and see if God is not just as concerned with blessing you as when you are in pain or sorrow! It’ll do you good!

A joyful heart is good medicine,

But a broken spirit dries up the bones.

Proverbs 17:22 NASB

Think Outside the Box

The moment we put God in a box, that is all we get of Him. Why would we ever want to limit Someone Who is utterly limitless? To limit God is to limit creativity! In the same regard, we need to take ourselves out of the boxes the enemy and his lies – and our wrong thinking – places us in. In Christ, you are a new creation. You are a child of the Most High God. You are a joint-heir with Christ. You are invited to partake of the feast of His presence and not relegated to sit beneath the table and settle for the crumbs of life. Who says you can’t write a movie score…or write a hit country song…or write the next great novel…or write a song that addresses something no one has thought to address before? You, as a child of God, must believe who He says you are and then receive it…and, most importantly, think, breathe, and live as a child of the King. It will greatly affect your ability to receive creatively from Father.

"With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God." Jesus

Mark 10:27 NASB

Be Ready:

I have received many songs just because I was prepared to receive. Psalm 45:1 NASB says, “My heart overflows with a good theme; I address my verses to the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.” Are you prepared to receive at a moment’s notice? I carry a manuscript book with me to most places I travel. I carry a small recorder or iPhone with me when manuscript is impractical. I have received songs driving down the road (Let Freedom Ring, 2004 National Day of Prayer theme song), while leading a prayer time (You Are My All in All), and while simply going about my daily busyness (This Is My Destiny). My personal belief is that God is willing to pour out His creativity on us in any given moment. The question becomes ‘are we ready to receive it?’ How can He give something to someone who is not ready to receive it? Prepare yourself and be ready to receive…even in your sleep!

I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.

2 Timothy 4:1-2 NASB

July 11, 2011

Song Receivers Seminar - August 1, 2009

Song Receivers Seminar and New Song Showcase
On Saturday, August 1, 2009, Dennis Jernigan will be leading a very personal seminar on the subject of song receiving. Having written over 2,000 songs (hundreds of which have been published and sung around the world), he does not consider himself a songwriter, but rather, a receiver. The daylong seminar will include sessions on DJ’s philosophy, the various techniques he utilizes to spur on creativity, as well as opportunities to receive songs – on the spot! The day will end with something we are VERY excited about: a public showcase for the songs received from the hearts of those who attend the seminar! Please tell your family and friends about this portion of the seminar that is completely FREE to them.

To help inspire the hearts of the song receivers who attend, the seminar will be held in the serene and picturesque setting of Tulakogee Conference Center, located on beautiful Lake Ft. Gibson near Wagoner, OK.

Song Receivers Seminar - $125.00
• Includes lunch and dinner
• Includes a copy of the Dennis Jernigan book A Worshipper's Guide to Creativity, Song Writing, and Ministry

Tulakogee Conference Center
34168 East 713th Way
Wagoner, OK 74467
Go to to see the conference setting!

Seminar Schedule
• Morning session 1 – How to be a Song Receiver    -    9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
• Morning session 2 – Creativity; CCLI; ©; Publishing;
            Q&A session;                         -    10:40 – Noon
• Lunch                        -    Noon – 1:30 PM
• Afternoon session 1 – Vision and commissioning    -    1:30 – 2:00 PM
• Afternoon session 2 – Time to Receive!        -    2:00 – 4:00 PM
• Afternoon session 3 – Sharing of songs received    -    4:00 – 5:00 PM
• Dinner                        -    5:00 – 6:30 PM
• Sound check                        -    6:30 – 7:00 PM
• New Song Showcase – open to public         -    7:00 – 8:30 PM
• Night of Praise with Dennis Jernigan        -    8:30 – 10:00 PM

If you would like to be a part of the showcase, there are several things you must do:

1) Register for the conference
2) Send a CD with ONE song you would like to showcase. Your first song submission is FREE simply by registering for the seminar. Each additional song requires a $25.00 registration fee.
3) Email the lyrics to each song you submit – [email protected]
4) For the showcase we need to know what you will need for accompaniment. Let us know when you send in your song(s) if you would prefer guitar, piano, or CD track.

Call 1-800-877-0406 to register for the seminar.

Overnight accommodations are available at Tulakogee. We know that many of you will be traveling from out of state and perhaps coming in the night before might be more beneficial for you. If you would like to reserve a room for the night before the seminar (Friday) or the night of the seminar (Saturday), rooms are available. The conference has dorm space available but also 16 hotel rooms. The rates are as follows:

1-$70 a night
2-$55 per person for double occupancy
3 or more people in a room is $48 per person

Just let Glory know if you will need a room and she will help you make those reservations.

To Start the Day

Remember my affliction and my wandering, the wormwood and bitterness.
Surely my soul remembers And is bowed down within me.
This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope.
The LORD'S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail.
{They} are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
"The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "Therefore I have hope in Him."

- Lamentations 3:19-24 NASB