Monday, July 18, 2011

Do you feel stuck?


You likely haven’t heard the name Jennie Allen before, but remember it, because soon you’ll be hearing it often. Jennie Allen is a raw new force that is changing the way Bible study helps women deal with deep, personal issues while reaching out to an invisible God. A Bible teacher from Texas, she has signed with Thomas Nelson Publishers to create seven Bible studies and two trade books.

Jennie knows the problems she teaches about. She daily faces a deep struggle with being anxious, lonely and afraid. “It’s a war,” she says. “The kind of war that happens inside of you, the kind that nobody sees. God versus me and all my junk.”

The realization that she isn’t alone in this war, the conviction that everyone is fighting something, led her to create studies that will help others in their hidden struggles. She’s willing to bare the messy parts of her soul in order to help others.

“We will be dealing with hidden sin,” she says. “God wants to do something with that. But until we recognize that we are stuck and in need of Him, we will miss what He has for us.”

Jennie’s vulnerability and authenticity shine through in Stuck, her first Bible study, which includes eight DVD teaching sessions, plus other resources. Coming out in September, it will help women address the private struggles of heart and mind which are often masked by a happy face.

For the next three months, Jennie will be sharing exclusive thoughts and hopes with you, the Just Between Us readers.

So who is Jennie Allen? Jennie says she’s just an average woman – but simple, direct and true. A woman who has been given the gift of asking the right questions, she adds – questions that center around a relationship with God. She holds a Master’s of Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary, but it’s not her education but her passion that draws women to her. She challenges deep Christians and offers a safe haven to unbelievers – all those who are seeking God with their hearts.  She lives with her husband, Zac, in Austin, Texas, where they are raising four children and working in ministry together.

“I want to take us all to a place we struggle with,” she says. “To our inner wrestling and our inner feelings. To a place of surrender.”

If you consider yourself stuck, come with Jennie on a journey. A journey where you’ll be honest with yourself and honest with God. After all, He knew the answers before you even knew the questions. Come explore what God means to your mind and your heart. Come explore your soul reflected in God’s love.

Have you ever felt stuck?
Jennie Allen is a Bible teacher who is passionate about inspiring a new generation of women to encounter the invisible God. Raised in a Christian home, Jennie heard about God her entire life but not until high school did she see her need for Him. Since that time she has been teaching groups of girls and young women about her God. Her first Bible study, Stuck: The Places We Get Stuck and the God Who Sets Us Free, will release in September 2011. To sample Stuck, visit www.StuckDVDStudy.com. 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Recognizing the Enemy


Dear Friends,

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. ~ Genesis 3:1

Satan is called the “serpent” in Revelation 12:9, 14, 15 and 20:2.  In one frightening chapter of Genesis we catch a glimpse of his powers.  He is seen to be cunning, articulate, a liar, a deceiver and destroyer, and an enemy of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Eve’s mistake was to take him on!  She was no match for the serpent; neither are you and I.  The second Adam, Jesus Christ, met Satan and withstood his temptations (see Matt. 4:1-11).  He overcame and destroyed him at the cross.  Because of Christ’s victory, true Christians have the same power to overcome.

We are promised discernment to match Satan’s cunning, truth to counter his lies, and weapons to fight the unseen battle of the spirit (see Eph. 6:12).  If we take on the old serpent in our own strength as Eve did, there is no contest.  But that is more easily said than done!  I like the story of the little boy who told his Sunday school teacher that when Satan knocked on the door of his heart he sent Jesus to answer it!  Very wise!  The serpent is stronger than all our best intentions but God is stronger than all the serpent’s worst designs!

Do you not believe in Satan?  Then you really have been deceived!  The Bible plots his diabolical footsteps from Genesis 3 to Revelation 20.  Jesus believed in him and showed us how to counter his subtlety with triumphant truth.  The serpent may have been more cunning than the beasts of the field and the man who was set over them, but he is not more cunning than God and His Christ who caught and cursed him with eternal doom (see Rev. 20:3).

Blessings,

Jill Briscoe
Executive Editor
Just Between Us Magazine