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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.
(View Cheryl's website, Gracious Words here.)
"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.
Bible Studies by Cheryl Brodersen
The Mark Challenge, a Devotional through the Book of Mark
The Mark Challenge Intro | Notes
The Mark Challenge 5.22.2020 | Notes
The Mark Challenge 5.29.2020 | Notes
The Mark Challenge 6.5.2020 | Notes
The Mark Challenge 6.12.2020 | Notes
Our Great Creator - A Study through the book of Genesis
Introduction to Genesis
A God You Can Trust - Genesis 1-2 | Notes
The Big Lie! - Genesis 3-5 | Notes
The Judgement of God and Grace of God - Genesis 6-8 | Notes
What's In a Name - Genesis 9-11 | Notes
It Begins With A Call - Genesis 12-14 | Notes
More Precious than Gold that Perishes - Genesis 15-17 | Notes
The Power of Intercession - Genesis 18-19 | Notes
God's Unfailing Word! - Genesis 20-21 | Notes
All the Promises of God - Genesis 22-23 | Notes
The Good Will of God - Genesis 24 | Notes
Discerning the Will of God - Genesis 25-26 | Notes
The Blessing - Genesis 27-28 | Notes
A Tale of Two Sisters - Genesis 29-30 | Notes
The Way Forward - Genesis 31-32 | Notes
Back to Bethel - Genesis 33-35 | Notes
The Process of Sanctification - Genesis 36-38 | Notes
Learning to Cultivate the Presence of God - Genesis 39-41 | Notes
The Vantage Point of Deliverance- Genesis 42-43 | Notes
The Great Reveal - Genesis 44-45 | Notes
Pilgrimage - Genesis 46-48 | Notes
What is a Blessing? - Genesis 49-50 | Notes
Women You Should Know:
A podcast from Cheryl highlighting many powerful women.
Patricia St. John:(1919-1993) Patricia was an English nurse, author, and missionary to Morocco. She captured the wonder and adventure of serving God and sought to communicate that to children, young people, and all those she had the opportunity to meet. She was enchanting, effervescent, and enthusiastic in the work of the Lord!
Listen to the podcast here.
Lilias Trotter (1853-1928): Today we will look at the life of Lilias Trotter, a lovely Victorian woman who gave up her life of privilege and potential fame as an artist to make Jesus known to the Muslims of Algeria.
Listen to the podcast here.
Jennie Mitchell (1885-1978): Today we will be looking at one of Pastor Chuck Smith’s favorite speakers, leaders, and visionaries. She was a frequent speaker at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa during the “Jesus People Movement.” Jenny was born on the plains of Nebraska. Her father was a horse thief.
Listen to the podcast here.
Mary Slessor: This is the story of "God and one redhead"--Mary Slessor, the courageous 19th-century Scottish missionary who opened up the Calabar region of Nigeria to the Gospel.
Listen to the podcast here.
An incredible, captivating story of "the small woman," Gladys Aylward, who served as a missionary to China in the early 20th century.
Listen to Part 1 of the podcast here.
Listen to Part 2 of the podcast here.
Our Great Faith - A Study Through the Book of Hebrews
Lesson 1 - Hebrews 1 - Introduction to Our Great Faith | Notes
Lesson 2 - Hebrews 2 | Notes
Lesson 3 - Hebrews 3 - Jesus is God | Notes
Lesson 4 - Hebrews 4 - Four Reasons for Rest | Notes
Lesson 5 - Hebrews 5 - The Main Problem With Dullness | Notes
Lesson 6 - Hebrews 6 - Insecurity Due to Immaturity or Maturity Brings Security | Notes
Lesson 7 - Hebrews 7:1–17 | Notes
Lesson 8 - Hebrews 7:18-28 - Our Incorruptible High Priest | Notes
Lesson 9 - Hebrews 8 - Such a High Priest | Notes
Lesson 10 - Hebrews 9:1-14 - Not a Blind Faith | Notes
Lesson 11 - Hebrews 9:15–28 - Belittle Our Sins | Notes
Lesson 12 - Hebrews 10:1–18 - The Importance of Blood | Notes
Lesson 13 - Hebrews 10:19–39 - The Will of the Lord is Good | Notes
Lesson 14 - Hebrews 11:1-7 - The Power of the New Covenant | Notes
Lesson 15 - Hebrews 11:8–22 - Not a Blind Faith | Notes
Lesson 16 - Hebrews 11:23–40 - The Cost, Crucible, and Crown of Faith | Notes
Lesson 17 - Hebrews 12:1–13 - The Faith Marathon | Notes
Lesson 18 - Hebrews 12:14–29 - The New Covenant Life | Notes
Lesson 19 - Hebrews 13 | Notes
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 - Impediment to the Promise! | Notes
Lesson 9 - The Cause, Cost, and Cure for Defeat! | Notes
Lesson 10 - The Do Over | Notes
Lesson 11 - The Covenant of Grace | Notes
Lesson 12 - Our God Fights for Us | Notes
Lesson 13 - Inventory of God’s Grace | Notes
Lesson 14 - Waiting on the Promises of God | Notes
Lesson 15 - Pursuing the Promises | Notes
Lesson 16 - The Faithfulness of God | Notes
Lesson 17 - The Great Misunderstanding | Notes
Lesson 18 - The Treasury of Faith | Notes
Lesson 19 - Remember | 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
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
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
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!
The Revelation of Jesus Christ
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
The Attitude of the Spirit
Women In David's Life
David's Acts of Mercy
Trouble In David's House
The Life of Jonathan
Life of Saul
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
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
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
CreationfestMarriage | 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
The Books of Ezra, Nehemiah & Esther
Against All Odds
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
The Books of Daniel & Haggai
Dare to be a Daniel
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 Book of 2nd Corinthians
The God of All Comfort
Introduction To 2 Corinthians
Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
God's School Of Ministry
2 Corinthians 1:1-11 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
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
The Book of John
Abide in the Vine
Greatness, Grace, and Gift of Jesus
John 1:1-18 | Notes | Cheryl Brodersen
The Great Invitation
John 1:19-51 | Cheryl Brodersen
John 2 | Cheryl Brodersen
The Spiritual Birth
John 3 | Cheryl Brodersen
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
The Books of 1st Peter and Jude
Faith Under Fire
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
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
Cheryl interviews women to discuss their lives, ministries, and testimonies of God's Living Grace.
LIVING GRACE: THE KEY TO WOMEN'S MINISTRY
How can we support each other as women? How do we reach and minister to women? Host Cheryl Brodersen breaks down different aspects of women’s ministry with guests Joy Welsh of Calvary Refuge and her daughter, Bethany Wilson. Joy and Bethany remind us the key that will not only encourage others but ourselves in the process! Visit refugefamily.com to learn more about "Heart2Heart" Women's Ministry with Joy Welsh & Bethany Wilson!
LIVING GRACE: SPECIAL NEEDS & OPPORTUNITIES
On this episode of “Living Grace” with host Cheryl Brodersen, guest Meka Buffington shares her experience raising a special needs child. Meka emphasizes the point that God is good through any circumstance and expounds on witnessing many divine opportunities through caring for her tenderhearted and sweet son, who was diagnosed with autism as a child.
LIVING GRACE: RENEWED DAY BY DAY
What does it mean to be “renewed day by day”? From examining grief and loss to daily struggles with insecurity, social media and image, guest Cathe Laurie, married to Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship, and host Cheryl Brodersen discuss being renewed day by day through God’s grace and power! To learn more about Virtue Women’s Ministry, visit virtue.harvest.org.
LIVING GRACE: TRANSITION IN MINISTRY LEADERSHIP
Guest Inga-Lill Guzik discusses transitions in ministry leadership with host Cheryl Brodersen, as they both share similar experiences of the senior pastor’s wife role. No matter how extensive the ministry is or how much it is growing, our ministries belong to the Lord, and we must always remember to lead as a steward. Inga-Lill and Cheryl exchange advice about making those transitions in ministry on this episode of “Living Grace”!
LIVING GRACE: JOURNEY FOR JOY
Depression and mental illness may be considered a challenging topic for believers. Kay Warren joins host Cheryl Brodersen in this discussion about seeking God in the midst of a loved one's mental illness. Kay presents an open and raw exposition of her journey for joy and God’s goodness. If you wish to seek further understanding of mental illness, visit Saddleback Church’s Mental Health Ministry. Kay has written several books. Check out all her available resources at kaywarren.com
LIVING GRACE: PRACTICING PRESENCE “HERE, NOW”
Are we in the “here” and “now”? Are we embracing life moment by moment? Kate Merrick has just written a new book titled, “Here. Now: Unearthing Peace and Presence in an Overconnected World,” that is available now for purchase throughout all available platforms! Kate Merrick, married to Britt Merrick of Reality Church, and author of “And Still She Laughs” and “Here, Now,” discusses the purpose of practicing presence with host Cheryl Brodersen that you will not want to miss! “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).
LIVING GRACE: UNITY IN MY CHURCH & COMMUNITY
What does unity in my local church look like on a practical level? What steps can I take toward unity as part of my local church and community?
We are so happy to hear from host Cheryl Brodersen, with guests Vicki Bentley and Annie Stone, as they tackle this topic and share practical approaches to facilitate unity!
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!” – Psalm 133:1
LIVING GRACE: WHAT’S YOUR GIFT?
Welcome back to a new season of “Living Grace!” We pray that you will be blessed by stories, testimonies and encouragement from women who seek to live out grace every day!
Do you ignore your God-given gifts? We can all go through the internal battles of insecurity, loss of identity and remembering who we are. Host Cheryl Brodersen discusses the need and use for our god-given talents within the Church with guest Shannon Quintana.
They share raw and encouraging examples of how we can overcome moments of doubt, fear and flesh to fulfill God’s calling and use those gifts He has granted to us.
Enjoy this episode of “Living Grace” as guest Sher Pai shares on how satisfying, significant and substantial a relationship with Jesus is.
Through a simple friendship with her neighbor years ago, Sher met Jesus and never looked back. She realized very quickly how important and fulfilling it is to have times of fellowship to talk about Jesus. She now leads women's Bible studies, speaks at retreats and events, and has a website dedicated toward women's ministry.
Visit flyingarrowministries.com for more info! If you are unsure of your worth, know that you are so valued by Christ. He wants you and desires to use you in mighty ways!
On this special edition of “Living Grace,” I discuss the topic of women in ministry with guests Angie Emma and Laura Jackson.
Can women minister in the church? What is the place of ministry for women? We each share thoughts in response to these questions and seek to point other ladies toward how God values them and wishes to use them in unique ways.
Has God ever given you a promise, and yet it seems like it will never come to pass? Guest Raeleen Higgins discusses promises from the Lord on this episode of “Living Grace."
She encourages us to hold fast to those promises through prayer and time in the Word, knowing that as we surrender to Him, "The Lord will guide you always..." (Isaiah 58:11). Prayer is powerful, and Raeleen shares amazing stories about a prayer group she is involved with that you will not want to miss!
Enjoy this episode of “Living Grace” as guest Vicki Finley discusses reluctant leadership. Vicki explains how her relationship with the Lord was strained by fears, insecurities and lack of trust until her husband brought a puppy home one day.
Through her experience of training and raising their dog, Vicki received multiple epiphanies that correlated to her relationship with the Lord. Vicki tells fun stories about her dog that include spiritual insight as well. Are we reluctant to rest in the Lord in what He is walking us through right now? Trust Him as Isaiah 30:18 describes. You can read Vicki’s whole story and dog analogy titled “Walking Right Here” via her website at walkingrighthere.com.
Often, as Christ followers, we fall into the belief that we must always have our lives together. Yet this is not so!On this episode of “Living Grace,” Michelle Taylor shares the experiences she has gone through as a believer and the struggles she has faced spiritually.
Michelle & host Cheryl Brodersen expound on the fact that until we are shaken, we will never be stable. Be encouraged that God surely uses struggles to draw us closer to Him and turns them into blessings for His glory. Michelle closes with testimonies of God’s grace and blessings that have happened in her life!
On this episode of “Living Grace,” Amy Lefotu, daughter of Pastor Wayne Taylor, shares her testimony.
Although she grew up in the best of circumstances with godly, loving parents and influence, she chose to follow her rebellious heart that ultimately led to same-sex relationships until she surrendered to the Lord.
She encourages believers to continue to pray and love those who may be struggling, lifting them up to Jesus. Amy and her husband have formed a rap duo and travel sharing their music and story. For more information, visit barnabasandamyt.com.
On this special edition of “Living Grace,” Hannah Overton returns and gives an update on the ministry that has grown from her testimony and experiences of being wrongly accused and sentenced to life in prison.
From her grief and pain, Hannah has seen God’s amazing peace and forgiveness work through her to start a Bible study in prison that has grown to a flourishing ministry called Syndeo Ministries, reaching women in prison. To learn more information and how you can be involved, visit syndeoministries.com
On this episode of “Living Grace,” Nicole Williams provides insight toward Christian women who are raising families and simultaneously employed. Currently working as a flight attendant, Nicole unpacks and shares her experience, from God speaking to her through this job opportunity, to facing work drama that so often occurs. If you are in the work force or contemplating entering a job, watch and listen to Nicole’s godly advice!
Enjoy this new episode of "Living Grace" as Jayne Sylvester joins us and shares her heart for worship and music.
Through her experiences, Jayne speaks on the need to remember how God has given each of us a priceless gift & calling to use for His glory. Jayne closes by performing an original song that you can view through her social media platforms via Instagram, Facebook and Youtube!https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLY_nsPVYKo-1W1hBzpq0eQ https://www.instagram.com/jayneloismusic/?hl=en
On this latest edition of "Living Grace," host Cheryl Brodersen talks with Sarah Bard, daughter of Dave and Nancy Sylvester of Calvary Chapel York.
Through their discussion, Sarah provides lessons the Lord has shown her through relationships, whether through friendship, marriage, family and more, as they prove our main dependence on Jesus.
We are excited to kick off a new season of “Living Grace” with Nancy Sylvester in the studio, sharing about gaining a fresh perspective from the Lord and choosing her thoughts wisely.
Having been led by the Lord to minister in York, England, Nancy and her husband Dave’s life became a flourishing, but hectic schedule of full-time ministry and housing a Bible college on campus. After experiencing physical ailments Nancy was forced to rest, during which the Lord gave her a fresh perspective. Be encouraged to stop and rest in the Lord, remembering that as we seek Him first, He promises to take care of the rest (Matthew 6:33).
I hope you enjoy this episode of “Living Grace” as guest Fern Nicholas shares about the origin of Mom's in Prayer International an organization of moms, grandmas, aunts etc. who gather in groups representing schools from across the US and abroad to pray.
Fern shares the four principles used as a format from the Lord's Prayer during this hour of prayer: praise, confession, thanksgiving and intercession. Moms in Prayer welcomes all women to come and pray, and encourages them to come freely, knowing that there is no condemnation, but a time totally devoted to Jesus in lifting up each school represented.
If you would like to join the nearest Mom's in Prayer international group or would like to start a new group, visit momsinprayer.org. And enjoy Fern’s book, “Mom’s Little Book of Powerful Prayers” that provides an attribute of the Lord, scripture, and prayer for your child throughout the year.
What does homeschool education and a heart for missions have in common? Guest Danielle Overholt shares how God led her to make the decision to homeschool her children, and how that foundation was used to open opportunities to share the gospel in another country.
While there are many misconceptions of homeschool education, Danielle presents a clear explanation to better understand the dynamics of homeschooling and the private school programs offered, including the PSP she directs through Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa.
If you are interested in learning more, you can find detailed information at psp.cccm.com.
Coming from a traditional and religious background, to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, is the story Kathy Keys shares on this episode of “Living Grace.” Kathy was raised in her family’s country of Ireland and was immersed in the Catholic lifestyle and culture in the southern part of Ireland. She gives her testimony and shares that, although her background was one of religion and duty, Jesus was able to meet her and her family, in which they became immersed in a relationship with Jesus. If you have a similar background and have been struggling with religion or watching loved ones struggle, know today that you can have a relationship with Jesus who sacrificed His life on the cross to bear your struggles and give a life of freedom from religion and duty, to a life in Him.
This is the age of comfort. This is also, ironically, the age of addiction, where it may not be drugs or alcohol, but food disorders or prescription drug addictions. Host Cheryl Brodersen interviews Cathy Rich who co-leads One Step to Freedom with her husband, Mark Rich.
One Step to Freedom is a ministry that seeks to be available to anyone who desires to be restored from their addiction. Cathy shares that while other rehab programs use the 12-step process, the key is to be restored through the power of Jesus coming into our hearts and changing us from the inside-out. We pray you are blessed by this message of hope and restoration on this episode of “Living Grace."
Do you feel useless in your position? Have you lost faith of God using you in ministry? Guest Theresa Howard talks about her experiences of God orchestrating unique connections that has opened many doors of full-time ministry.
Theresa shares that she went from being a college student to traveling to Hungary and staying full time to serve in ministry. On this episode of "Living Grace," she reveals the key to being used by the Lord and closes with a super encouraging message for those of us who may be currently stuck in a monotonous job or seemingly monotonous lifestyle.
Prayer is such a vital element to success and victory in a dark and perverse world. As the culture around us becomes more pervasive in its depravity, is it possible to raise godly children through this next generation?
Teri Neumann and I sat down and discussed how the key is PRAYER, allowing the Holy Sprit to work through you during those hard moments of disciplining and discipling your children. Parents, remember to stay strong and remember the promise in Isaiah 59:21, "...My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants' descendants..."
We have all experienced moments of being led astray from our walks with the Lord, but on this episode of "Living Grace," host Cheryl Brodersen discusses the prodigal experience with mother-daughter duo, Teri Camp and April O'Brien.
April shares her testimony of being a prodigal and walking away from her Christian influence at home. As April and Teri share their perspectives in this experience, they both give encouragement to never give up on prodigals and to keep asking, keep seeking and keep believing that the Lord has His mighty hand in that situation.
God desires to fulfill dreams He has placed on your heart. Host Cheryl Brodersen talks with guest Romy Godding on how God miraculously called, led and fulfilled a calling and dream in Romy’s heart.After receiving the Lord, Romy felt a strong desire to be in ministry and serve as a missionary in England. Enjoy this episode as Romy shares that even through seasons of suffering, God is faithful to walk us through those hard times and still fulfill His promises. As it says in Joshua, “Be strong and courageous” for the Lord will not leave you nor forsake you & will fulfill the dreams He has spoken to you.
I got to sit down and talk with Terri Fischer, who shares how even through a path of suffering, God will open doors that no one can shut.
Trials are certainly not planned, but God is faithful to guide us through the often loneliness and pain we feel in trials, especially when it is relational.
Terri emphasizes, 'Forgiveness doesn't always mean reconciliation, in fact, it can't. Sometimes forgiveness means backing off." Be encouraged today that if you are facing a similar trial in a relationship or marriage, know that God is with you and has your future in His hands!
We are excited for season four of "Living Grace" as host Cheryl Brodersen discusses the inception of Calvary Chapel with guests Terri and Sharon Fischer.
Sharon has written a book titled, "I Remember: The Birth of Calvary Chapel," and the ladies recount the events and stirrings from the Holy Spirit that led to the beginning of the movement and Chuck Smith transitioning as the pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa."
Enjoy detailed stories of how God used ordinary people to bring about this movement in the 60s. While the decade may have been labeled a violent and confusing time in the U.S., God used it for revival, and He certainly can start another revival today. As Pastor Chuck would say, "It’s not about the outward; it’s about the inward."
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 comingoutagain.org.
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.
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 momsinprayer.org
On this episode of "Living Grace," I interview Shannon Forsythe who started a ministry with her husband called Run 2 Rescue. This is a powerful ministry that reaches young girls who are stuck in sex trafficking to provide a way out. Shannon shares stories that prove the power of Christ over the intense lifestyle these girls lead. She also shares necessary information on the current plight of sex trafficking in Southern California, and how these young girls, and sometimes young boys, are drawn into that world more often than kidnapped. “The darkness is real, but God is greater,” Shannon proclaims, and she finishes by sharing the real battle is spiritual and in the mind. If you would like to learn more or support Run 2 Rescue, visit run2rescue.com.
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: http://joannaweaverbooks.com/books-dvds/
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 syndeoministries.com 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: https://vimeo.com/208741166
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.