Cheryl Brodersen

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    Cheryl was born the youngest daughter of Pastor Chuck and Kay Smith. At a very young age, her father instilled in her a love for Biblical truth, as he would tuck her into bed each night with prayer and an exciting Bible story. According to Cheryl, her mother was the person who infused her with a passion and enthusiasm for the promises and exhortations of Scripture.

    "Mom filled the house with the promises of God. She used to pay me a quarter for every Bible verse I committed to memory. This was even better than losing a tooth, which only brought in a nickel!" Her mother was a prayer warrior.

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    Cheryl remembers a turning point in her life when she overheard her mom interceding for her. "I heard my mom as if in conversation in her room. I peeked in her room to see who she was speaking with, and there she was on her knees talking to Jesus about me. To this day, the memory of her faithful prayers still brings me to tears."

    Another powerful influence in Cheryl's life was her mother's older sister, Aunt “EC.” This godly aunt had been a missionary and a Bible teacher for over forty years by the time Cheryl was born. Aunt EC modeled the Biblical realities with such joy and authenticity that Cheryl was captivated. "I used to feel that when EC prayed, the angels of heaven would swing the doors open to the Holy of Holies and God would welcome her with a huge smile. Her prayers were that real and powerful. You could sense the pleasure of God in her life."

    Although Cheryl grew up in a godly home, she experienced a two-year personal crisis of faith her senior year of high school and first year of college. Introduced to intellectualism, and stumbled by an emotional upheaval, she almost surrendered her faith. "I remember being alone in my room and literally contemplating resigning myself from the Christian faith. At that time, various secular poets were influencing me. As I began to write in my journal about the wonder of man's accomplishments and genius, my thoughts took a different turn. Suddenly, I started outlining all the destructive things that man's wisdom has led to. I wrote about atom bombs, smog, guns, and such. Suddenly, I felt a presence enter the room." Cheryl describes this as the time Jesus presented Himself to her and asked, "What will you do with Me?" It was at this time that Cheryl made a full surrender of her life to Jesus Christ.

    Almost two years later Cheryl met her soul mate and the man who would become the love of her life, Brian Brodersen. They met at a small home Bible study in Huntington Harbor, California. Cheryl recalls a handsome young man cornering her. "He had an infectious love for Jesus. As we spoke about the Lord, I kept saying to him, "Wow! You love Jesus like I love Jesus!" As she talked to Brian, another young woman came and took possession of Brian's hand. Cheryl quickly backed away. Driving home in the car she commented to her girlfriends about her encounter with Brian, remarking that he was exactly the type of young man she would like to marry. Two weeks later at church, Brian informed Cheryl that the girl who had grasped his hand that night was NOT his girlfriend. He also asked Cheryl on what would be the first of many dates. Their dates would consist of long walks, heart to heart talks about the Bible, Mexican restaurants, and Bible studies at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. On May 23, 1980, Cheryl and Brian were wed by her father at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. A year later God graced Brian and Cheryl with their first child, a beautiful girl whom they named Kristyn. Three more siblings would later join Kristyn: including brother Char, sister Kelsey, and finally brother Braden.

    In 1983, Brian and Cheryl moved to Vista, California, where Brian assumed the pastorate of a small Calvary Chapel. Within four years, the little church was bursting at the seams. It was at Calvary Chapel Vista in 1983 that Cheryl first began to minister to woman on a weekly basis, teaching through the Bible. Before this time, Cheryl's teaching experience had been limited to Sunday school and student-teaching through a university program. Cheryl loved exploring Biblical truths and then communicating those truths to the women at Vista.

    The women's study, like the church, grew. It wasn't long until they needed a new facility to house the burgeoning flock entrusted to them by God. Cheryl has precious memories of her time in Vista. "I am not sure who learned the greater lessons. I know that I taught the women through various books of the Bible, but they taught me such love, grace, and acceptance." Some of Cheryl's most treasured friendships were formed during her thirteen years serving beside her husband in Vista.

    In 1996, Brian and Cheryl moved to London, England, with their four children. There Brian established a Calvary Chapel in Westminster, London, just down the street from Buckingham Palace. On the first Sunday at Calvary Chapel Westminster, there were only eight people in attendance beyond Brian and Cheryl's own family. However, God was faithful to add daily to the fellowship in London an assembly of precious sinners made saints by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    In London Cheryl home-schooled her four children, taught two weekly women's Bible studies, hosted many visitors to her home, and ministered in the children's ministry.

    In the year 2000, at the request of Cheryl's father, Brian and Cheryl, with their family and a new son-in-law, returned to California to have Brian transition into the pastorate of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. Since returning, Cheryl has assumed from her mother the Joyful Life women's Bible teaching ministry at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. She and Brian also host the Bible-answer program “Pastor’s Perspective” on Friday afternoons. They have been further blessed by the arrival of three grandsons and a daughter-in-law.

    Cheryl has been ministering for over twenty-six years as a retreat speaker, conference speaker, Bible teacher, mother, and wife. It is her joy and privilege to minister Biblical truths to women of all ages.

    "What I think I enjoy most about ministering to women is watching the transforming power of God's Word upon their lives." Cheryl continues to teach the Bible weekly at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and can be heard on many radio stations worldwide.

    Read more from Cheryl at her website: Gracious Words.

    Note from Sharon:
    Cheryl Brodersen wife of Brian Brodersen Associate Pastor to Chuck Smith, daughter of Chuck and Kay Smith, Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa, California. Being raised in a spirit filled home with Kay and Chuck it's no wonder that Cheryl has become the woman she is today.

    As a mother of four, Cheryl and Brian moved to Vista, California in 1983 where Brian became the pastor of a Calvary Chapel church. That is where Cheryl first began regular women's ministry. 13 years later they moved to England to plant a Calvary Chapel church there. Cheryl home-schooled her four children, did children's ministry, taught two weekly women's Bible studies and hosted many visitors.

    In 2000 they returned to help at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, where Cheryl took over the reins of leading and teaching the word on the Joyful Life Ministry her mother Kay started several years ago. Cheryl teaches weekly at CC Costa Mesa and can be heard on many radio stations around the world.

    Listen to Cheryl's teachings and read her books, let the Holy Spirit speak to your heart.
    Sharon McVey Rude

    Bible Studies by Cheryl Brodersen

    Possessing the Promises - A Study Through the Book of Joshua
    Lesson 1 - Intro to Possessing Promises | Notes
    Lesson 2 - Background to Joshua | Notes
    Lesson 3 - Are You Prepared? | Notes
    Lesson 4 - Faith into Action | Notes
    Lesson 5 - He Who Began a Good Work in You | Notes
    Lesson 6 - Remembering the Promises | Notes
    Lesson 7 - A Holy Pause | Notes
    Lesson 8 | Notes
    Lesson 9 | Notes
    Lesson 10 | Notes

    Jesus Magnified - Lessons in Luke
    Lesson 1 - Introduction to Luke
    Lesson 2 - How to Recieve God’s Word | Notes
    Lesson 3 - The Treasury of the Heart - Luke 2 | Notes
    Lesson 4 - The Way of Resistance - Luke 3&4 | Notes
    Lesson 5 - Under the Authority of God’s Word - Luke 5 | Notes
    Lesson 6 - New Law for a New People - Luke 6 | Notes
    Lesson 7 - The Right Expectation - Luke 7 | Notes
    Lesson 8 - How You Hear - Luke 8 | Notes
    Lesson 9 - Jesus Meets the Need - Luke 9 | Notes
    Lesson 10 - Four Practices and Priorities of Power - Luke 10 | Notes
    Lesson 11 - Radiant Life - Luke 11&12 | Notes
    Lesson 12a - The Ultimate Cure For Anxiety - Luke 13 | Notes
    Lesson 12b - The Kingdom of God - Luke 13 | Notes
    Lesson 13 - Scandalous Grace - Luke 14&15 | Notes
    Lesson 14 - Living With an Eternal Perspective - Luke 16&17 | Notes
    Lesson 15 - Four Aspects of Faith - Luke 18 | Notes
    Lesson 16 - Seize the Day - Luke 19 | Notes
    Lesson 17 - Jesus Is the Answer - Luke 20 | Notes
    Lesson 18 - Divine Opportunist - Luke 21 | Notes
    Lesson 19 - The New Covenant - Luke 22 | Notes
    Lesson 20 - What Will You Do With Jesus? - Luke 23 | Notes
    Lesson 21 - The School of Discipleship - Luke 24 | Notes
    Opened - Luke 24

    Yet Will I Rejoice
    Intro to Habakkuk
    Wrestling With God
    Worshipping God

    Romans - The Good News of the Gospel
    9/25/15 - Lesson 1 | Notes
    10/2/15 - Lesson 2 | Notes
    10/9/15 - Lesson 3 | Notes
    10/16/15 - Lesson 4 | Notes
    10/30/15 - Lesson 5 | Notes
    11/6/15 - Lesson 6 | Notes
    11/13/15 - Lesson 7 | Notes
    11/20/15 - Lesson 8 | Notes
    1/8/16 - Lesson 9 | Notes
    1/15/16 - Lesson 10 | Notes
    1/29/16 - Lesson 11 | Notes
    2/12/16 - Lesson 12 | Notes
    2/19/16 - Lesson 13 | Notes
    2/26/16 - Lesson 14 | Notes
    3/11/16 - Lesson 15 | Notes
    3/18/16 - Easter Study | Notes
    4/8/16 - Lesson 16 | Notes
    4/15/16 - Lesson 17 | Notes
    4/22/16 - Lesson 18 | Notes
    4/29/16 - Lesson 19 | Notes
    5/6/16 - Romans Review | Notes

    Good News Of The Gospel: Romans Workbook
    The Gospel of Romans is a treasure trove of truth for every believer. Within this wondrous epistle, there are keys to Christian Truths of Salvation, grace, faith, and justification. These truths will establish you in Jesus Christ.

    Martin Luther, the well-known reformation leader, wrote, Romans is worthy not only that every Christian should know it word for word, by heart, but occupy himself with it every day, as the daily bread of the soul. It can never be read or pondered too much, and the more is dealt with the more precious it becomes, and the better it tastes. Even as God transformed Martin Luther through the study of Romans, so God desires to transform your life as you study the Good News of Jesus Christ! This Bibles study workbook contains twenty lessons to guide you in your understanding of the key doctrines of our glorious faith, the riches of God's grace, and the profound and transforming promises found in the Gospel of Romans. This workbook was designed for individual study, one on one discipleship, as well as group women's Bible study.

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    Lineage of the King
    Lesson 1 | Abraham | Notes
    Lesson 2 | Abraham - Isaac | Notes
    Lesson 3 | Issac - Jacob | Notes
    Lesson 4 | Jacob - Judah - Perez | Notes
    Lesson 5 | Perez - Salmon & Rahab | Notes
    Lesson 6 | Salmon - Jesse | Notes
    Lesson 7 | Jesse - David | Notes
    Lesson 8 | Jesse | Notes
    Lesson 9 | Rehoboam - Abijah | Notes
    Lesson 10 | Asa | Notes
    Lesson 11 | Jehoshaphat | Notes
    Lesson 12 | Jehoram - Uzziah - Jotham - Ahaz | Notes
    Lesson 13 | Hezekiah | Video | Notes
    Lesson 14 | Menasseh - Amon | Video | Notes
    Lesson 15 | Amon - Josiah | Video | Notes
    Lesson 16 | Josaih - Zerubbabel | Video | Notes
    Lesson 17 | Zerubbabel - Joseph | Video | Notes
    Lesson 18 | Jacob - Mary | Video | Notes

    Work of the Spirit - A Study Through Acts
    Chapter 1 | Notes | Way of Revival
    Chapter 2 | Notes | Work of the Spirit
    Chapter 3 | Notes | Work of the Spirit
    Chapter 4 | Notes | Work of the Spirit
    Chapter 5 | Notes | Work of the Spirit
    Chapter 6 | Notes | Work of the Spirit
    Chapter 7 | Notes | Work of the Spirit
    Chapter 8 | Notes | Work of the Spirit
    Chapter 9 | Notes | Work of the Spirit
    Chapter 10 | Notes | Work of the Spirit
    Chapter 11 & 12 | Notes | The Way to Handle Opposition
    Chapter 13 | Notes | The Importance of Being Called
    Chapter 14 | Notes | Holy Boldness
    Chapter 15 | Notes | Danger in the Church
    Chapter 16 | Notes | When Things Appear to Go Wrong
    Chapter 17 | Notes | Unintimidated!
    Chapter 18 | Notes | When We All Work Together
    Chapter 19 | Notes | Wearing the Right Clothing
    Chapter 20 | Notes | Into God's Keeping
    Chapter 21&22 | Notes | The Power of Grace
    Chapter 23&24 | Notes | Be of Good Cheer
    Chapter 25&26 | Notes | A Greater Perspective
    Chapter 27 Notes
    Chapter 28 | Notes | Faith

    Work of the Spirit: Acts Workbook
    Do you desire to be a greater witness for Jesus? Do you sometimes feel spiritually anemic? Then the empowering of the Spirit is exactly what you need! Luke, the author of the book of Acts, recorded the plight of the disciples before the Holy Spirit.
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    Summer Study
    Jochebed | Guest Speaker
    The Woman Caught in Adultery | Guest Speaker
    Sarah | Guest Speaker
    Priscilla | Guest Speaker

    Ephesians Chapter 1:1-2 | Notes | Introduction
    Ephesians 1:3–14 | Notes | God's Trophies
    Ephesians 1:15-23 | Notes | Victim or Victor
    Ephesians 2:1-10 | Notes | From Rags to Riches
    Ephesians 2:11-22 | Notes |He is Our Peace
    Ephesians 3:1–13 | Notes | Excitement Over the Call
    Ephesians 3:14–21 | Notes |The Reason for Prayer
    Ephesians 4:1–16 | Notes | The Worthy Walk
    Ephesians 4:17–32 | Notes | Renewed in Spirit
    Ephesians 5:1–14 | Notes | Children of Our Father
    Ephesians 5:15-21 | Notes | Victory in Evil Days
    Ephesians 5:22-6:9 | Notes | Spirit Filled Relationships
    Ephesians 6:10-24 | Notes | Gear Up!
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    Note from Sharon:
    Studying with Cheryl is unique and inspiring, I've been logging on to her teaching on the book of Revelation, She not only shares with humor but with personal experiences bringing Gods word home with a direct hit to our hearts and minds. I personally have been blessed by these studies, sitting in front of my computer soaking in Gods word in the early morning is just the way to start my day.

    It's very clear to me why Cheryl is such an inspirational teacher, Cheryl loves her Savior, she wants to share this with us in hopes that you will fall in love with Him also.

    The Revelation of Jesus Christ

    Revelation of Jesus Christ Workbook

    Tsunamis, earthquakes, revolutions, nuclear and economic meltdowns, and moral corruption: What is the world coming to? The Revelation of Jesus Christ answers this question as it reveals God’s plan for the future of the world.

    Jesus promises great blessings to those who read, hear, and keep those things written in the book of Revelation. As we know Jesus in His fullness, we will be filled with hope and enabled to help others prepare for the events that will soon transpire.

    The Revelation of Jesus Christ workbook contains twenty lessons to be used along with the DVD/MP3 set of Cheryl Brodersen’s messages taught at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa.

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    Blessing God | Chapter 1:3
    The Revelation of Jesus Christ | Chapter 1:1-3
    Jesus as He Is | Chapter 1:4-20
    I Know | Chapter 2:1-7
    While You Were Sleeping | Chapter 2:18-3:6
    The Reversals of Fortunes | Chapter 3:7-22
    A Glimpse of Heaven | Chapter 4
    He Has Prevailed | Chapter 5
    Judge Not | Chapter 6-7
    The Path of Prayer | Chapter 8-9
    Are You Prepared? | Chapter 10-11
    Overcoming Power | Chapter 12
    The Patience of the Saints | Chapter 13
    Last Call | Chapter 14
    The Holy Judgement of God | Chapter 15-16
    Who is Your Leader? | Chapter 17
    Come Out of Her My People | Chapter 18
    Don't Lose Your Joy | Chapter 19
    The End of Satan | Chapter 20
    God's Glorious Plan | Chapter 21
    Eternal Blessings | Chapter 22


    Introduction to Galatians | Notes
    The Power of the Gospel | Notes
    Fear Can be a Strong Force | Notes
    The Superiority of Faith | Notes
    Which Covenant Are You In? | Notes
    If There's A Mailbox in Heaven: A Child's Gift From Above | Notes
    The Fruit of the Spirit | Notes
    We Have Come to Worship Him
    Be Encouraged
    The Attitude of the Spirit

    Pass it On
    Grace for David in Troubling Times
    David in Distress
    Treasured Joy
    The New Thing
    David As A Young Man
    David on the Run
    Daivd Did Not Give Up
    David's Mighty Men
    Faith Or Fear

    Note from Sharon:
    Women in David's Life
    The analogy of a rose, I love this comparison, a rose has to be crushed before the fragrance comes forth. Sounds harsh, not so though, haven't we all held a rose... becoming lost in the deep aroma, it takes us to a different place if just for the moment, this is just what our Father wants to do for us but not for a moment but eternity. The process is designed to build our strength, Satan's goal is to crush our confidence therefore stealing our faith, if we lose our faith Satan has won a victory against God. When the Holy Spirit is working in our lives He is building our confidence many times through trials we least expect.

    Cheryl's study on the Women in David's Life opens the door to understanding our place in the lives of our husbands, our importance as a mother, most of all where we are as Godly women in our Father's Heart - and the road that takes us there.

    Women In David's Life
    David's Conquest
    David's Acts of Mercy
    David's Sin
    Trouble In David's House
    The Life of Jonathan
    Life of Saul
    Holy Calling
    Barrenness to Blessedness
    After God's Heart
    For Love's Sake
    The More Earnest Heed
    It Is High Time
    Looking Unto Jesus
    The Book of Ruth
    The Book of Ruth 2
    The Gift


    Be an Example
    Be an Example to the Believer
    Be an Example to the Believers in Word
    Be an Example to the Believers in Conduct
    Be an Example to the Believers in Love
    Be an Example to the Believers in Spirit | Andrea Yim
    Be an Example to the Believers in Faith | Robin Lewis
    Wow, How, Now | Kathy Gilbert


    Note from Sharon:
    In listening to Cheryl's study on Eve I have a visual picture in my mind of God presenting Eve to Adam. This is the first time He actually presented any of His creations, our God creating another human being, a woman to be loved, respected and protected by man.

    Cheryl points out that Satan has waged a war against women, his goal is to destroy our self worth in Jesus, he has us looking to the world as our confidence builder.

    I'm guilty of my first conscious feelings that I wouldn't be in this sinful world if Eve hadn't sinned. It's easy to say it's all her fault, with no responsibly on my part. I'm wrong! Satan's been after us from the beginning of creation.

    God was very pleased when He created Eve; remember Jesus spent a lot of time with women during His brief time here on earth, I believe one of His reasons was to show that culture how important women were to Him and the Father.

    Cheryl's study will reach into your hearts and minds, you'll come away with a new prospective on your personal importance to our King, you are Royal in His eyes.


    All About Eve - Part 1 | Cheryl Brodersen
    All About Eve - Part 2 | Cheryl Brodersen
    All About Eve - Part 3 | Cheryl Brodersen
    All About Eve - Part 4 | Cheryl Brodersen
    All About Eve - Part 5 | Cheryl Brodersen



    Marriage | Pastor Brian and Cheryl Brodersen
    You are Loved | Cheryl Brodersen
    Finding Your Identity in Christ | Cheryl Brodersen
    What is Your Name? | Cheryl Brodersen
    Finding Your Purpose in Christ | Cheryl Brodersen
    What is Your Call? | Cheryl Brodersen


    Against All Odds

    Against All Odds - Workbook

    The Against All Odds Bible study covers Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther. Praise, prayer, and promises are some of the exciting results of this dramatic in-depth study of these historical Old Testament books.

    See how God rebuilt the temple, restored the wall, and redeemed His people in this drama of redemption.

    God desires to rebuild, restore, and redeem you as He did the Jews. You may be experiencing disappointment and discouragement, facing ruthless and relentless opposition and oppression, and finding ruins and rubble where you hoped for salvation and security.

    God will victoriously overcome these obstacles in your life even as He did centuries ago. Come and experience the glory of what only God can do!

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    The Books of Ezra, Nehemiah & Esther

    Introduction to Ezra
    Jeremiah 29:11 | Cheryl Brodersen
    God Works According to His Word
    Ezra 1-1 | Cheryl Brodersen
    It Starts With An Altar
    Ezra 3 | Cheryl Brodersen
    Why Does God Allow It?
    Ezra 4-5 | Cheryl Brodersen
    Prosperity Through The Word
    Ezra 6 | Cheryl Brodersen
    Portrait of Faith
    Ezra 7-8 | Cheryl Brodersen
    Possibilities With Prayer
    Ezra 9-10 | Cheryl Brodersen
    A Time to Mourn
    Nehemiah 1 | Cheryl Brodersen
    The Hand of God
    Nehemiah 2 | Cheryl Brodersen
    Arise and Build
    Nehemiah 3-4 | Cheryl Brodersen
    The Reason for Respect
    Nehemiah 5 | Cheryl Brodersen
    Fear God or Man
    Nehemiah 6-7 | Cheryl Brodersen
    The Importance of Understanding
    Nehemiah 8 | Cheryl Brodersen
    God's Manifold Mercies
    Nehemiah 9 | Cheryl Brodersen
    Power of Thanksgiving
    Nehemiah 10-12 | Cheryl Brodersen
    Nehemiah 13 | Cheryl Brodersen
    The Keeping Power of God
    Esther 1-2 | Cheryl Brodersen
    God Sets Limits On Evil
    Esther 3-4 | Cheryl Brodersen
    When God Writes the Story
    Esther 5-7 | Cheryl Brodersen
    The Opposite Occurred
    Esther 8-10 | Cheryl Brodersen


    Dare to Be a Daniel - DVD: Women’s Bible Studies in the books of Daniel and Haggai - by Cheryl Brodersen

    16 Messages in DVD and MP3 Format

    Join Cheryl Brodersen as she shares deep insights in the books of Daniel and Haggai. These 16 messages are in DVD format and include a MP3 disc that contains the audio messages and accompanying homework lessons that can be printed from your computer.

    These Joyful Life Bible studies will:
    • Teach women to be relentless in prayer: how to keep it simple and to keep it coming
    • Show how prophecy prepares us for the future and to live now for eternity
    • Develop a faith that covers the mouth of fear: whether it’s in the furnace, the lion’s den, or returning from captivity

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    Dare to be a Daniel

    The Books of Daniel & Haggai

    Introduction To Daniel | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    Daniel 1 - Put Jesus First | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    Daniel 2:1-23 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    Daniel 2:24-49 - Keep Your Light Bright | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    Daniel 3 - Fiery Trials | Notes | Cindy Blackamore
    Daniel 4 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    Daniel 5 - The Writing On The Wall | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    Daniel 6 - From Fear To Faith | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    Daniel 7 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    Daniel 8 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    Daniel 9 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    Daniel 10 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    Daniel 11-12 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    Introduction To Haggai | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    Haggai 1 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    Haggai 2 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen


    The God of All Comfort

    The Book of 2nd Corinthians

    God of All Comfort - DVD w/MP3

    Find the grace and glory of God even through affliction, rejection, adversity, and trials

    These things do not disqualify us from experiencing God’s power, but rather enable us to receive it in its fullness. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. Paul’s life exemplified and magnified these truths as seen in his second letter to the Corinthian believers.

    Join Cheryl Brodersen as she shares deep insights from the book of Second Corinthians. These 21 messages are in DVD format and include an MP3 disc that contains the audio messages and accompanying homework lessons, printable from your computer.

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    Introduction To 2 Corinthians
    Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    God's School Of Ministry
    2 Corinthians 1:1-11 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    Delayed Promises
    2 Corinthians 1:12-24 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    Unforgiveness Is A Dangerous Thing
    2 Corinthians 2:1-11 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    Give God Control
    2 Corinthians 2:12-17 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    The Misrepresentations Of God
    2 Corinthians 3:1-6 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    The Glory Of God
    2 Corinthians 3:7-18 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    The Light Of The Gospel
    2 Corinthians 4:1-6 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    The Treasure In Us
    2 Corinthians 4:7-18 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    Consolation, Confidence, and Conviction
    2 Corinthians 5:1-10 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    The Ministry Of Reconciliation
    2 Corinthians 5:11-21 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    The Beauty Of Grace
    2 Corinthians 6 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    The Promises Of God
    2 Corinthians 7 | Notes | Cindy Blackamore
    Giving: A Testimony Of Grace
    2 Corinthians 8 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    How To Give | 2 Corinthians 9 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    The Authority Of God | 2 Corinthians 10 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    False Apostles | 2 Corinthians 11:1-15 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    The Qualifications Of An Apostle | 2 Corinthians 11:16-33 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    No Unanswered Prayer | 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    Give Credit To God | 2 Corinthians 12:11-29 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    Examine Yourself | 2 Corinthians 13 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen


    Abide in the Vine

    The Book of John

    Abide in the Vine - DVD w/MP3

    The Abide in the Vine is a women's Bible study in the gospel of John. God has exciting things in store for each of us as we take an in-depth look at the life and ministry of Jesus. In these distressing times of economic insecurity, moral decay, and the proliferation of terror, it is essential that we consider Jesus. John affords us the opportunity to do just that in this firsthand account of the things Jesus said and did.

    This inspired study in John is sure to expand your knowledge of Jesus and encourage you to greater faith and love for the Lord.

    This set includes 21 Messages by Cheryl Brodersen

    Also includes a bonus MP3 of all the messages, and a sample PDF of the Abide in the Vine Workbook

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    Greatness, Grace, and Gift of Jesus
    John 1:1-18 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    The Great Invitation
    John 1:19-51 | Cheryl Brodersen
    Two Invitations
    John 2 | Cheryl Brodersen
    The Spiritual Birth
    John 3 | Cheryl Brodersen
    No Substitutes
    John 4 | Cheryl Brodersen
    Would You Be Made Whole?
    John 5 | Cheryl Brodersen
    Don't Fear Deficits
    John 6 | Cheryl Brodersen
    Rivers of Flowing Water
    John 7 | Cheryl Brodersen
    The Ultimate Paternity Test
    John 8 | Cheryl Brodersen
    Receiving True Sight
    John 9 | Cheryl Brodersen
    The Abundant Life of Jesus' Sheep
    John 10 | Cheryl Brodersen
    Lazarus Come Forth
    John 11 | Cheryl Brodersen
    Unless a Grain of Wheat Falls
    John 12 | Cheryl Brodersen
    You Need Your Feet Washed
    John 13 | Cheryl Brodersen
    Cure for a Troubled Heart
    John 14 | Cheryl Brodersen
    Abiding: The Secret of Christian Victory
    John 15 | Cheryl Brodersen
    Trials Survival | John 16 | Cheryl Brodersen
    The Intercession of Jesus | John 17 | Cheryl Brodersen
    Great Is Thy Faithfulness | John 18-19 | Cheryl Brodersen
    Lessons from the Risen Christ | John 20 | Cheryl Brodersen
    It Is the Lord! | John 21 | Cheryl Brodersen


    Faith Under Fire

    The Books of 1st Peter and Jude

    Faith Under Fire - DVD

    Join Cheryl Brodersen as she shares with women in the Joyful Life Bible Study deep insights into the books of 1 Peter and Jude.

    These 19 messages are in DVD format.

    Also included is an audio MP3 disc that contains all the messages and the downloadable homework lessons that can be used with Cheryl’s teaching.

    These in-depth Bible studies will:
    • Awaken us from dullness to the glory of our salvation
    • Teach us the truth about trials

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    Introduction to 1 Peter
    Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    1 Peter Overview
    Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    The Power of Resurrection
    1 Peter 1:1–5 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    1 Peter 1:6–12 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    New Thoughts
    1 Peter 1:7–25 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    Oh, Give Thanks
    1 Peter 2:1–8 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    The Purpose of Life
    1 Peter 2:9–17 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    Don't Try This Without Jesus
    1 Peter 2:18–25 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    Instructions for Marriage
    1 Peter 3:1–7 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    Call to be a Blessing
    1 Peter 3:8–12 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    Identify With Jesus
    1 Peter 3:13–22 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    Fortify Your Mind
    1 Peter 4:1–6 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    Be Women of Prayer, Agape, & the Word | 1 Peter 4:7–11 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    Taunted by the Devil | 1 Peter 4:12–19 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    Our Chief Shephers | 1 Peter 5:1–7 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    Spiritual Warfare | 1 Peter 5:8–14 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    Contend for the Faith | Jude 1–7 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    Danger of Contentious Contenders | Jude 8–19 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
    Jude: Book of Contrast | Jude 20–25 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen

    Living Grace

    Cheryl interviews women to discuss their lives, ministries, and testimonies of God's Living Grace.

    On this episode of "Living Grace," Cheryl Brodersen and Vicki Bentley, wife of Pastor Ray Bentley of Maranatha Chapel, discuss the importance of encouraging the next generation.

    As Vicki points out, this generation has reached the highest percentage of depression and suicide rates. They need to be reminded of the hope that is eternal and alive through Jesus Christ. Both Vicki and Cheryl express the need to not impart fear into the next generation, as the world has become more chaotic, but to instill faith in them as, "The Word continually tells us to go farther than we think we can, because God can do the impossible."

    On this episode of "Living Grace," Cheryl Brodersen interviews Candice Beckelman, who shares her story of redemption. After accepting the Lord during the hippie movement, Candice began to base her life on Jesus. Through the trial of divorce, Candice realized the importance and power of God’s word. As she grew in the Lord and relied more and more on Him, she met her husband Bill through ministry. After fasting and praying, they both realized God’s will for them to be married and be used by Him. Today, Bill leads Calvary Chapel Coastlands in New Jersey, and together, they serve the community. No matter what situation you are facing, lean upon the Lord and His Word and seek His will. He will guide you as He promises in Proverbs 3:5-6.

    Is it worth remaining in God’s will, wherever He may lead you? Dianna Kottman, wife of Pastor Matt Kottman, addresses this question on this episode of "Living Grace." Dianna shares how God miraculously led her and Matt from Oregon, to Austria, to the UK, where they have lived for many years, leading Disciples Church (Calvary Chapel Leatherhead).

    Within the last few years, God began stirring up thoughts of moving on in both Matt and Dianna. She gives a powerful testimony of how that happened and where it has led them today. We all have a specific calling from the Lord, and we need to ask ourselves if we are remaining in His will. As Ephesians 3:30 states, God has His best waiting for us if we choose to wait on and follow Him.

    On this episode of "Living Grace," we hear from missionary Celeste Yolcom, who has served in Eastern Europe for over 20 years. Celeste's life has been an example of surrender and trust in the Lord. God established her in a ministry to young girls in Siberia and Russia, orchestrated events to meet her husband, Mark, through Calvary Chapel's Missions Conferences, and established them in Kosovo. As their lives continued, Celeste began to feel constant pain in her body. After landing a doctor's appointment, Celeste was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer that had spread to her lungs. 

    Any would justifiably despair with this news, but Celeste heard directly from the Lord that this was another moment to trust Him. Would she choose to become bitter or better? Celeste was determined to trust the Lord and have a heart of peace. He has not failed to see her through. Celeste has been in remission for the last two and a half years!

    God is good, and He will sustain His people through any danger or trial, as nothing can break us until our time is complete on earth. Are you struggling to trust the Lord? Is He calling you to a place or a situation that you are afraid to step into? Are you facing hard times? Be encouraged to trust the Lord. (Romans 8:28; Proverbs 3:5,6) Celeste's life embodies God's faithfulness, and she would wish for all to trust Him as well.

    On this episode of "Living Grace," Cheryl Brodersen discusses homosexual and transgender behaviors with founder of Coming Out Again ministry, Kris Olsen. This is a very present issue in the world today, as so many struggle with gender identity and seek to find their purpose or fulfillment in any way.

    Kris shares that often with this struggle, as many other issues are, it is a matter of the will and the freedom to make choices. Only through accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior and being born again in Him, can any sinful tendencies be healed.

    Coming Out Again is a program that helps those who may struggle with same sex attraction and seeks to be available to listen and point them toward Jesus. To find out more about Coming Out Again, visit

    On this episode of "Living Grace," Jeanne Willette shares with Cheryl Brodersen about a new ministry called Limitless. This ministry has been created for families with special needs children. Parents oftentimes feel so overwhelmed and alone, since it is hard for people to understand the situation and relate.

    Jeanne explains that Limitless seeks to provide support, prayer and resources for these families. She emphasizes prayer to fight against any spiritual warfare and conflict, but Jeanne reminds us that the name of Jesus breaks through every chain. There are no bounds or "limits" on Jesus, which is the inspiration of the ministry's name. 

    Limitless is in the process of preparing a room at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa for special needs children, so parents can drop their children off in a safe environment while they enjoy the church services in the Main Sanctuary. If you are a parent of a special needs child or know someone who would be interested in Limitless, visit, contact the church office at Calvary Chapel Cost Mesa (714) 979-4422 or contact Jeanne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    On this episode of "Living Grace," Cheryl Brodersen is joined by mom and daughter duo, Stacy and Megan Callender.Both Stacy and Megan discuss how the passion for Jesus has remained from generation to generation. The key is prayer!

    Simply by displaying a love for the Lord through reading His Word in front of your kids, praying with them, for them and teaching them about the Lord will bring such a strong impact. Stacy and Megan are testaments of that.

    Stacy heads a prayer group called Moms in Prayer where multiple moms come together to prayer for their kids in school. If you have children in school and would like more information, visit

    On this episode of Living Grace, Cheryl Brodersen interviews the lovely Molly Kelley, who has taught high school English as well as a Bible class for high school girls and speaks at women's ministry events and conferences around California.

    Molly has known her share of challenges and trials as she has battled the autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis, for several years that affects her daily responsibilities tremendously.

    Molly and Cheryl discuss the topic of suffering, emphasizing trials that are invisible to everyone else, those "private crosses." Mental warfare, spiritual attacks and physical weakness prey on the believer in the midst of a trial. Molly shares how Jesus pulled her through the darkest moments of her suffering and has transformed her identity from being only "Molly" to an identity of being established in His "grace" for herself and others.

    We are so excited to kick off season three of Living Grace! Enjoy this episode as Cheryl Brodersen interviews Celeste Bowers, author of If There's a Mailbox in Heaven. 

    Celeste shares the powerful story of her daughter, Christina, who was an absolute joy and lover of Jesus. Christina was diagnosed with a rare cancer and passed away in 2005, but the impact she left has been astounding.

    The book focuses less on the cancer itself and more on Christina's witness and powerful engagement she had with people all around her. Christina has been such an example to us, as she would say, "It's not about me. It's about Christ working through me. "Celeste shares that, through this journey, she and Christina made a deal to not say, "Why me," but, "Use me, Lord."

    You don't want to miss this! Check out If There's a Mailbox in Heaven to learn more!

    Enjoy this episode of Living Grace as I interview Cathy Taylor, wife of Pastor Wayne Taylor of Calvary Fellowship!

    Cathy shares about coming to a point of despair in a trial she has faced, and how tempted she was to doubt God's love. Yet God so faithfully reassured Cathy of His love for her. And God not only healed her, but He also gave her strength to share the gospel to unsaved family members, who were dealing with illness as well. The depths of God's love are far greater than we can ever imagine.

    The question is, do you believe it?

    On this episode of Living Grace, I talk with speaker, pastor's wife & author, Joanna Weaver, on her experiences as a writer, how God called her to write, and how He has used these experiences as a platform in her life to grow deeper in love with Him. Through life's ups and downs, Joanna shares how trusting God through the process, whether it is obeying the Lord's calling, dealing with conflict, feeling like a failure, etc.,

    Joanna has learned how faithful God is to guide us despite the circumstances. Joanna provides some "behind-the-scene" stories during the journey of writing her books, including Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, Having a Mary Spirit and more! For further details about Joanna's books, visit her website:

    On this episode of Living Grace, I was able to sit with Kate Merrick and discuss her new book, And Still She Laughs: Defiant Joy in the Depths of Suffering.Kate opens up about the process of writing her new book after years of silence due to the loss of her daughter from cancer, but Kate explains how God used this season to bring revelations that have ministered to Kate so much.

    No matter how different our lives may be, we have all faced pain and suffering, and Kate brings a raw platform to truly encourage others in their suffering.

    Kate was also a recent speaker at the 2017 When Leaders Lead Conference in Murrieta, CA. Watch her workshop now!

    I am so excited to have Hannah Overton back for another episode on Living Grace as she shares further of being falsely accused, sentenced to prison and set free. Her story only begins there, as Hannah also shares many stories of God using her and the many opportunities she has had since then to minster to ladies in prison. Hannah's story truly represents God's promise in Romans 8:28:

    "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."

    Be encouraged in that whatever you are going through today, never stop clinging to the Lord, as Hannah states in this episode, and keep moving forward!

    Visit for information and stay up to date with ways to help! To hear Hannah's full testimony you can watch her message from the 2017 When Leaders Lead Conference here:

    Do you doubt the power of God? Andrea Cullen shares about Remedy, the discipleship program that focuses on supporting and discipling women coming from abusive situations or addictions. Having dealt with abuse and addiction herself, Andrea's ability to both relate to the ladies and speak the Word to each one is truly a testament of God's power. No matter whether you have faced a similar situation of addiction or abuse, or whether you need support for loved ones in those situations, Remedy is available!

    Remedy meets on Tuesdays at 6pm at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa in the Mother's Privacy Room next to the Family Room. Be encouraged by Andrea's testimony, and know that you can overcome through the power of Christ!

    Out of Brokenness & Into the Mission Field

    Celeste Yohai remembers sitting at work as a young adult, feeling depressed and hopeless. She recalls there were Christians that worked alongside her during that time and specifically remembers one Christian that was so kind to her. It was the kindness of the Lord through this believer that drew her to salvation.

    From being in a depressed state, to being called as a missionary to Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Celeste would not have believed this would be her life. Enjoy this episode of Living Grace as Celeste explains how God has used her gifts as a musician, ministering in Amsterdam and sharing the gospel in her community.

    It is amazing how plans can change so quickly. From being a 21-year-old, married to whom she thought would be forever, to being served divorce papers seven years later.

    Amber Adams shares her testimony of Romans 8:28 where God took her plans that had gone awry and turned those plans into something beautiful. Christ truly heals, and as we will see in this episode of Living Grace, Amber's plans turned into something even better!

    From Polycarp in the second century to Elizabeth Fry of the nineteenth century and Gladys Aylward of the twentieth century, many men and women have dedicated their lives to serve the Lord in inspiring  ways. Cheryl Brodersen discusses the impact of historical Christian missionaries, martyrs and activists  with Jasmine Alnutt, who teaches on church history, and the powerful messages they have left.

    Equally through their failures and triumphs, their stories remind us that it is about God using us despite our human frailty. Do you feel like your failures cancel any use the Lord may have for you? Do you desire to serve Him but are afraid that God might send you to a place you do not want to go? Be encouraged that God will use you according to the desires He has placed in your heart as He promises in Psalm 37:4. We only need to keep our focus on Him. 

    Sitting in one of the women's retreat sessions in Murrieta, CA, Dina Creanga heard the Lord tell her that He was calling her back to Romania as a missionary. After 30 years away from her homeland, God was sending Dena and her husband back. By listening to God's call, they witnessed His living grace as they saw every need taken care of for their transition.

    Do you feel a specific call on your life from the Lord? Have you been pushing His call away? Be encouraged by this testimony that God is in control of your life and has the best waiting for you. Let Him guide you towards His best plans for your life.

    To kick off Living Grace season two, I interviewed Kathy Gilbert! Kathy, who has had the pleasure of knowing, Kay Smith, Elisabeth Elliot and Arlita Winston, shares the impact each woman has made on her life under the context of her own testimony as a hippie in the late 60s and early 70s.

    Enjoy this encouragement from Kathy as she discusses the power of Jesus breaking through her life, not only upon receiving Him into her heart, but also continuously through her daily walk with Him.

    Cheryl interviews Marta Patten who is a missionary in Israel with her husband, Don. Together they have lived in several countries, sharing the Gospel and ministering to people across the globe. Although they have had to give up comfort many times to obey the call of God, their ministry, marriage and lives have been super blessed by simply listening to Him!

    Cheryl interviews Melinda Turansky and discusses the beauty in redemption as she recounts her childhood and raising her own children. No matter your own past, faith in Jesus brings amazing redemption and transformation. Melinda, along with her 3 kids, are joining her husband Josh to plant a church in Baltimore, Maryland. Be in prayer as they step out in faith into this endeavor God has directed them in!

    Cheryl interviews Pamela Lynn who talks about her family and more specifically, her marriage. She came from a background of love and compassion but soon found herself the wife of an assertive police officer with two small children, Pamela learned really quick to trust in the Lord. She and her husband have been in ministry for years and are now serving very faithfully at CCCM leading the Couples Fellowship.

    Cheryl interviews Laura Jackson who has been a faithful staff member at CCCM for many years. She’s a wife, mother and grandmother and has a passion for her family and serving the Lord with her many talents. In her interview today she shares her story about God’s work not only in her life but the lives of her family!

    Cheryl interviews Hannah and Julia Ostunio as they share about their own personal stories of God's faithfulness in their lives and how He's used them in different ministries and called them at a young age. Hannah works for the Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa Jr. High ministry and Julia has just come off the mission field in England.

    Cheryl interviews Angie Emma. Angie shares about serving in women’s ministry and how the Lord uses our gifts and leads us to where He wants us by simply being available.

    Cheryl interviews Pamela Steed. Pamela is an amazing woman of God with an incredible testimony of His faithfulness in her life and in her relationships.

    Cheryl interviews Beverly Voechting. Beverly shares on her marriage before her and husband Gary invited Jesus to be the center of their relationship, and what God has done since.

    Cheryl interviews Hannah Overton who was convicted of capital murder and sent to a maximum security prison for life without the possibility of parole for a crime she didn't commit.

    Cheryl interviews Linda Thompson and Marsha Elliott, as they discuss their ministry of prayer.

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    Savior- 1 John 1

    5 September 2013

    How many times, when I fail again and sin, does the enemy of my soul whisper to me that asking for forgiveness and sorrowing over my sin is not enough! Ever experience that? Oh, how our flesh longs for penitence! There is something in us that wants to feel as if we have earned our forgiveness. We want to feel deserving of forgiveness. But sin is sin, and it is without mercy. The penalty for sin, minor to major, is death!

    Only Jesus, through His great act of redemption, has the power to forgive sin. No one else can cancel the debt against us. Along with this great power, in Christ, is His own desire to forgive sin. Jesus desires to forgive us.

    John states, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).

    Jesus is faithful. He has promised to forgive whoever confesses and renounces their sin. His work is so thorough that He not only forgives, but He cleanses. He wipes away the stain of sin. In the heart that He cleanses there is no sign of that sin ever residing there. He washes away the propensity for that sin.

    Jesus is just. He stands by His Word and by the work that He has done. He has promised to forgive sin. According to His Word He acts. He can only forgive sin according to His work. It is because of His atonement on the cross that forgiveness is availed to men.

    He is our advocate. He stands at the throne of God making intercession for us. Every accusation that is justly brought against us is countered and overcome by His Word. "It is finished" (John 19:30). Our sin has been dealt with.

    He forgives for His name's sake (1 John 2:12). The name of Jesus means, "Savior": that is His character, His purpose, and His work. Jesus came to save His people from their sins.

    John says that Jesus is the Savior of the world. "And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world" (1 John 2:2). He has purchased redemption for every man. However, only those who confess their sin and look to Him and His Word for their forgiveness will benefit.

    So, when the devil accuses you, you must point to His name. God has not rewarded us according to our iniquities. Rather, He has laid on Jesus the sins of us all. Jesus took our beating. Jesus took our punishment. Only His atonement is acceptable in the sight of God.

    You can rest because you are completely forgiven in Jesus.

    A Great Danger-Matthew 15

    11 July 2013

    There is a danger in Christianity almost too terrible to conceive, and it is a peril that every man and woman in Christ is susceptible to. This is the danger of substituting rules for a tender-hearted relationship with Jesus.

    When our relationship with Jesus becomes fueled by Christian duty, the danger becomes very real. It is the more dangerous because it is so subtle.

    Such complacence is not felt and goes unnoticed until hypocrisy begins to set in. There is a delusional aspect. The person caught in this web takes pride in externals, such as their Christian activity, much like the Ephesians, who had no idea how close they were to losing Jesus because of their preoccupation with activity. Just the same, the contemporary Christian becomes insensate to the loss of his first love for Jesus.

    The believer still believes, but he is discontent, restless, and anxious. The believer sings, but his mind is a million miles away. The believer has quiet acts of disobedience and neglect that he has learned to cover. The believer has lost the consciousness of standing before Jesus and thinks in terms of standing only before other believers.

    The presence of Jesus is slowly and imperceptibly abandoned and the believer continues in his deception, totally unaware of his deprivation and loss. Well does Isaiah address this condition, "'These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men'" (Matthew 15:8-9).

    Knowing about a danger is one of the greatest preventative measures. Understand, then, that you can be doing Christian duty with a heart far removed from God. Watch out! Beware of such hypocrisy! Pursue authenticity and sincerity. Seek to have a conscious attitude of the presence of Jesus.


    27 June 2013

    In times past God spoke in unpredictable ways at unpredictable times. Man had no way of ascertaining when God would speak and how. There were times He spoke through the actions of His prophets, both known and unknown. Not even they knew when they would be "moved by the Holy Spirit." Though we look in awe and reverence at the utterances of these men of old, their revelations pale in comparison to our knowledge of God through Jesus and the Testament that He has left with us.

    Jesus is superior to the prophets. Jesus always hears "the voice of God." Jesus communicates to us, through the Holy Spirit and His Word, all that the Father desires to say to us. "He (the Holy Spirit) will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you" (John 16:14-15). Through Jesus, we can know the will of the Father.

    We have the abiding pillar by day and fire by night through the Word that He has given us. It gives us the principles by which our life is to be directed. The Holy Spirit then applies these divine principles individually and uniquely to our lives. The Word of God is near to us? Even in our mouths, before our eyes, and in our hearts?through the superior work of Jesus!

    In speaking of the superiority of Jesus, Hebrews 1:9 conveys God's preference toward Jesus above all men and angels. In this passage, David speaks prophetically, "Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions" (Psalm 45:6-7).

    I am enthralled with the oil that anointed our Lord. How often we remember that He was a "Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief" (Isaiah 53:3). Because of His great suffering for us, we often forget His motivation in doing what He did ? "the joy that was set before Him" (Hebrews 12:2).

    Jesus invited His servants to "enter into the joy of your Lord." Again in John 16:33, He instructed His disciples to be of "good cheer" because He had overcome the world. Jesus also spoke of a coming joy to His disciples. Of this joy, He said, "Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you" (John 16:22). Jesus also qualified His words in John 15:11, by saying that His reason for teaching the disciples the lesson of the vine was that, "My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full." Jesus further instructed the disciples to pray, directing their requests in the name of Jesus, "that your joy may be full" (John 16:24).

    How often as believers we neglect the joy of our Lord, forgetting that one of the great evidences of the work of the Spirit in our lives is joy (Galatians 5:22). Jesus took our grief upon His person that we might take His joy upon ourselves. He was anointed by God, not with the oil of sorrow, but the oil of gladness.

    Jesus is the only reason for joy. He is the source of all joy. He delights to extend His joy to His people.

    Superior joy. People often think that their circumstances must lend themselves to joy before they can be partakers in joy. We expect joy at a wedding. Yet, Paul and Silas experienced joy in the midst of a dark, dank prison. Jesus' joy is of such a quality that it pervades the darkest experiences. His joy is divine and unnatural. Though it is often to be expected, it comes at unexpected times.

    His joy is to be our strength. We are to enjoy our fellowship with Jesus. We are to delight to do His work. He wants our whole Christian experience to be one of joy, regardless of circumstances. Our joy is unearthly and therefore must have its origin in the Divine. Our joy is in Christ. He is our Joy.

    As You Walk And Are Sad

    24 June 2013

    Cleopas and another disciple were deep in conversation as they walked the Roman road from Jerusalem to Emmaus. Their steps were slow and labored. Their conversation was so intense that they hardly noticed the stranger who drew near to them and joined their dialogue.

    The stranger immediately perceived their depression and inquired as to its source. To this the disciples responded, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?” (Luke 24:18).

    The men went on to explain how they had put their hope in the man Jesus, who had demonstrated the power of God in His Word, demeanor, and deeds. The disciples were further disillusioned when their own religious leaders arrested Christ and delivered Him over to death.

    Then they explained to the stranger the newest additions to the story. Women, who they knew, had gone early that morning to the tomb and found it empty. The women reported seeing angels who asserted that Jesus was alive. Other disciples went to the tomb and found it empty, but did not see any angels.

    The stranger then gently rebuked the confused disciples, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” Then the stranger (beginning at the books of Moses and continuing through the Old Testament) “expounded to them in all the Scripture the things concerning Himself” (Luke 24:25-27).

    They constrained the stranger to eat with them. At the table when the bread was broken, suddenly Cleopas and the other disciple recognized Him. It was Jesus. At that instance Jesus disappeared from their midst.

    Jesus had led Cleopas and the other disciple through the Word while on the road to Emmaus. Jesus had showed them the surety of the Word of God. Jesus had expounded to them the Scriptures that He Himself fulfilled. It was only after the disciples had been in the Word that they were able to recognize Jesus.

    Herein is the remedy for discouragement, disillusion, and depression: the examination of the Word of God. While meditating on His Word, there is the necessity of reviewing the fulfilled work of God, the promises of God, the principles of God, and the character of God. Only after returning to the Word of God does Jesus become visible, even in life's most horrific circumstances.

    Dear Cheryl

    9 April 2013

    Dear Cheryl,
    When do we back off and let the Holy Spirit take over when ministering to a person who is depressed and seems to be stuck? What Bible verses can I give to someone in a state like this? Or what Bible verses can I read to give me comfort, encouragement, and direction?

    When a person seems unresponsive, resistant, or overly dependent on you, it is time to back off and let the Spirit work. I have found that prayer works better than any lecture I have ever given.

    Though Scripture is always a great thing, sometimes it is better to write the Scriptures down and pray them over the person. There is a right time to minister Scripture.

    Personally, I love the prayers in Ephesians 1 and 3. These are glorious truths that Paul realized had to be communicated by the work of God’s Spirit in the Ephesians. He had written many glorious truths to these believers but recognized the need for a divine work of God through prayer to take the message of the Gospel to their hearts.

    The Bible is filled with great promises, like 2 Peter 1:3. I often will ask the Lord for a specific word or promise for a friend that I am praying for. Usually, during my devotion times in God’s Word, I will come upon a passage or Scripture, and the Holy Spirit will quicken me to pray it over someone or send it to them. I love those times! I would recommend that you ask God to give you a specific word or direction from His Scripture! All Blessings!

    Dear Cheryl,
    In a recent message, you mentioned Hannah and Samuel. You said that she asked for a son and God gave her a prophet and a priest. My question is: was Samuel a priest? Was he a Levite?

    In 1 Chronicles 6:33-34, Samuel’s lineage is traced to the Levitical line, not the High Priest lineage. He was also from Ephraim (1 Samuel 1:1). You might remember that when Joshua was dividing the land of Israel to the tribes of Israel, the Levites were to be scattered among the tribes of Israel. This was to ensure the spirituality of the nation. The Levites were in charge of the spiritual instruction, maintaining the tabernacle, the worship leaders, and gatekeepers.

    Samuel was also a prophet. This means he was God’s spokesperson to Israel. The High Priest’s line continued through Ichabod, the son born to Eli’s daughter-in-law. His line ended with Abiathar. At that point, Zadok became the High Priest. He was also a descendent of Aaron. The High Priest’s lineage then went to his children. Hope that helps!

    Read more from Cheryl at her website: Gracious Words.

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