This interview focuses on Dennis Jernigan’s new book, Renewing Your Mind: Identity and the Matter of Choice. Dennis addresses the following question: How does one walk out of one identity and into another? Dennis gets that question a lot.
At one time, Dennis felt attracted to other men. When he began to replace the lies concerning himself with the truth of God’s Word, something close to miraculous began to take place: his feelings began to change! What Dennis has discovered is that the main battle of his life is the mental battle of discovering his true identity according to God’s Word. In the process of seeking God relationally, Dennis discovered the power of God’s Word to transform his mind. Two specific passages gave him strength to pursue God for a change in his thinking, and the end result is a brand new identity not defined by feelings, temptations, circumstances, other people or groups, or even himself. Dennis Jernigan is defined by his Maker.
Known primarily for his worship music, Dennis Jernigan is also known to some for having walked away from his former homosexual identity and into that of a heterosexual. Married for 33 years to Melinda, they have nine children and make their home in Muskogee, Oklahoma where they are now welcoming grandchildren. Having been walking in freedom from his former homosexual identity since November 7, 1981, Jernigan takes great joy in sharing the grace and love of God with any who desire freedom in their own lives. DJ spends a great deal of time encouraging others to embrace their true identity in Christ.
Get the book: Renewing Your Mind: Identity and the Matter of Choice
Dennis Jernigan’s latest recording is First Love and available as a CD or MP3 collection at www.dennisjernigan.com and iTunes.
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