TOP 

Cheryl Brodersen

Cheryl Brodersen

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.

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.


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.
Blessings
Sharon McVey Rude


Bible Studies by Cheryl Brodersen

Work of the Spirit - A Study Through Acts
Chapter 1 | Way of Revival | Notes

Summer Study
Jochebed | Guest Speaker
The Woman Caught in Adultery | Guest Speaker
Sarah | Guest Speaker
Priscilla | Guest Speaker

Ephesians
Ephesians Chapter 1:1-2 | Introduction | Notes
Ephesians 1:3–14 | God's Trophies | Notes
Ephesians 1:15-23 | Victim or Victor | Notes
Ephesians 2:1-10 | From Rags to Riches | Notes
Ephesians 2:11-22 | He is Our Peace | Notes
Ephesians 3:1–13 | Excitement Over the Call | Notes
Ephesians 3:14–21 | The Reason for Prayer | Notes
Ephesians 4:1–16 | The Worthy Walk | Notes
Ephesians 4:17–32 | Renewed in Spirit | Notes
Ephesians 5:1–14 | Children of Our Father | Notes
Ephesians 5:15-21 | Victory in Evil Days | Notes
Ephesians 5:22-6:9 | Spirit Filled Relationships | Notes
Ephesians 6:10-24 | Gear Up! | Notes

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.

Purchase DVD set here
Purchase Workbook here

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


Galatians

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
Thanksgiving
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
Samuel
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.


Creationfest 2010

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

 

Creationfest 2009

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!

Purchase here



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
Drifting
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

Purchase here


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.

Purchase here

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

Purchase DVD set here
Purchase Workbook here

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

Purchase here

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
Trials
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

View Cheryl's weekly show "Today's Faith" by clicking here...

Read her blog by clicking here...

Listen to "Gracious Words" on Thursday nights at 7:30pm (pacific coast time) by clicking here...

Watch "After God's Own Heart" by clicking here...

Cheryl's Books

When a Woman Lets Go of Her Fears

Many women today are held captive by a myriad of fears. Fear holds many women back from reaching the full potential that the Lord has for them. In the book ‘When a Woman Lets Go of Her Fears’, Cheryl Brodersen addresses many of the fears she struggled with growing up, fears that lingered on into her adult life. Cheryl had more fears than most women combined. Her list of fears included: fear of rejection, fear of people, fear of confrontation, fear of driving, fear of the devil, fear of the future, fear of failure, and fear of illness to name a few. Read more of our review here...

Purchase here


When a Woman Lets Go of the Lies: Discovering the Truth About Who You Are in God's Eyes

By appearance, the book looks harmless and unassuming. Its paperback binding with sky blue and gray lettering highlighted with touches of pink make it look like it’s a light and casual read. But as I picked the book up, flipped to the first page and read the first paragraph- I was hooked. By page 30, I had already gleaned so much! She does an incredibly insightful job explaining how women think and behave. I felt like she had read my mind! Her connection with the reader is unreal. It’s both funny and light hearted, but also deep and thought provoking. Read more of this review here...

Purchase here



2012 Marriage Retreat - Growing Together as a Couple - DVD w/MP3

Come alongside Pastor Brian and Cheryl Brodersen as they encourage husbands and wives to grow together as a couple—spiritually.

In their 30 years of shared ministry and marriage, Brian and Cheryl have helped couples build a lasting, fulfilling relationship by inspiring couples to turn to the Bible and experience marriage as an incredible gift from God.

Newlyweds and longtime married couples will embrace God’s plan to:
• Entrust the relationship to God
• Eliminate unhealthy expectations
• Encourage one another
• Enlighten with spiritual truth
• Energize the relationship
• Endure by standing together in faith

Purchase here



Growing Together As a Couple: 10 Biblical Essentials for Building a Great Marriage

Cheryl's book is now available at Barnes and Noble, click below.

Purchase here


Marriage Essentials - DVD & CD

Ingredients for a fresh and fruitful relationship

Join Brian and Cheryl Brodersen in this hilarious, yet deeply serious dialog that is so much fun to watch. Whether you are married or single there is much to gain from their experiences and insights as they profoundly apply the powerful Word of God to marriage.

Learn how to encourage, esteem and enjoy one another in marriage in this refreshingly real, painfully personal yet powerfully practical message filled with freedom and grace.

• Great gift for newlyweds
• Help for a marriage in trouble
• Excellent tool for a marriage ministry

"We fight, but its OK. We have a marriage worth fighting for." ~ Cheryl Brodersen

DVD and CD recorded live at the 2009 Calvary Chapel European Missions Conference at Millstatt, Austria

Brian and Cheryl Brodersen have been married thirty years. One of their greatest delights is enjoying their children and grandchildren. They also serve together at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa.

Purchase here



Brian and Cheryl Brodersen discussing their book Growing Together as a Couple from Calvary Chapel on Vimeo.


Intro to Marriage Essentials:
Marriage Essential #2 Encourage:


Women in the church:


Not a Duty, but a Delight:


Fellowship, Accountability, and Ministry:


Christ as Our Identity:


What Cheryl would say to someone in a physically abusive relationship:


Biblical Truths Every Christian Woman Should Know:

TOP 
Cheryl Brodersen

Cheryl's Blog

To read the latest from Cheryl Brodersen click here.

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.

Joy

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!

  • A word came to me recently concerning these missionaries that we have been called to minister to. That word is found in James 2:5, “Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?”

     

    As, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, I pondered this passage, this thought was brought to me, “Is there such thing as a rich missionary?” Certainly, I have never met one. I know that C.T. Studd who was independently wealthy, gave away all his riches to serve on the mission field.

     

    A rich missionary comes across as an oxymoron. Yet, a missionary rich in faith, is a reasonable declaration. Having served as a missionary just 3 and ½ years, I am aware of their sacrifices.

    1. There is a leaving of goods. It is impossible to take to the mission fields the wares of the United States. I still remember the garage sale, the selling of items such as a refrigerator, washer, dryer, lamps, vacuums: the things that would only be a burden on the field.
    2. There is a leaving of the potential of goods. There are certain items on the mission field that are absolutely unattainable. There are items in the States that make life so easy that simply won’t work in another place, or cannot be transferred.
    3. There is the leaving of the security of goods. It is amazing how secure ownership of a house can make you feel. Yet, most missionaries do not have that security. They pay rent for where they live and rent their meeting place. Often the country itself forbids ownership of property to missionaries.
    4. There is a leaving of family. No longer can mom or dad come immediately to the rescue or meet you at the emergency room. There is a constant ache of missing someone who is very loved. Dependency on people is laid aside.
    5. There is a leaving of advancement or promotion. In a job, one advances in salary, prestige, and benefits the longer that one serves in a particular job. The mission field offers no such dividends.
    6. There is a leaving of the security of a monthly income. It is one of the hardest things when the support check is late.
    7. There is a leaving of being considered by others. When you are at home, people see you, call you, and pray for you. But the missionary is often forgotten in means of support, prayer, and consideration.
    8. There is a deficit of resources. I read an e-mail from a young man who is seeking to conduct a Bible college without desks, pencils, paper, books, classrooms, and other items conducive to learning. Yet, he has students!
    9. There is a deficit of convenience. There is not the luxury to just go out to get the needed supplies. The missionary is limited by the culture, the resources of that culture, and of course by finances.

    10.  There is a deficit of experience. On the mission field everything is new and different. It is another culture. I will never forget the scolding I got from a merchant at the marketplace when I picked out my own fruit at his stand. Oops!

     

    Obviously, the missionary has to accept these deficits. He chooses poverty and the unknown in order to serve an unknown people for the sake of unknown fruit in an unknown land with unknown ways! The missionary chooses the unknown because the call of God is greater to him than riches or security. He chooses faith. The physical deficits he accepts only make him richer in faith. Faith works!

     

    The second lesson that the Lord ministered to me was found in verse 22. “Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?” Faith has action. Our profession in Christ carries with it certain ramifications of action. The principles of faith, (what I believe), set the course of my actions and compel me take those actions.

     

    I obey the Bible because I believe (I know) that every word is true and “sharper than any two-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12). I don’t see immediate rewards to my obedience. I continue to obey because I am convinced of its veracity.

     

    I seek to do the will of God because I know He lives. I seek His will because it is the will of a Father who knows the number of hairs on my head, whose compassions never fail, who has a multitude of good thoughts toward me, who is acquainted with all my ways, and who redeemed me with the precious blood of His only begotten Son. I believe these truths and I respond by a surrender of my life to the will of God!

     

    I believe the promises of God. So I wait. Often my life seems to be one of inactivity. I pray. Often while I am praying, I am coaxed by well-intentioned friends, and circumstances, to take hold of action. However, waiting on the Lord is an action. It takes more self-discipline than fighting. I hate suspense and waiting always carries with it that element of anxiety. There is the unknown. We have to trust the outcome to God and His forces!

     

    The promises of God also move me to spiritual activity. I pray. I read my Bible. I meditate on the Word of God. I sing praise. I offer thanksgiving to God. I fellowship. I share my hope with others. I do these not only because I love Jesus, but also because I know that they have great reward! Every true promise has a reward.

     

    I believe in the credibility of the One who made the promise. I believe in the power of the One who has promised – He is able. I believe in the resources of the One who promised. I believe in the omniscience, and compassion of the One who has promised!

     

    Faith affects my attitude. Faith affects my priorities. Faith affects my actions. Faith permeates my life!


  • After leaving Perth we landed in Auckland at 5:45 am. Our plane to LAX takes off at 7:00 pm. So we decided to go outside the airport and have an adventure. We were pretty confused over what we should do other than take the airbus into Auckland city. When we went to buy our airbus tickets the man was so helpful. We told him about our layover and our indecision. He mapped out a route for us and recommended Devonport - an English-influenced small suburb of Auckland.

     

    We took the airbus - which is a typical bus with a lofty name - to the ferry building in downtown Auckland. Then we caught a ferry across the bay to Devonport. Now we are sitting in a delightful coffee shop drinking coffee and eating a delicious breakfast.

     

    I was able to sleep on the plane, Brian wasn't. I am afraid today is going to be really difficult for him. It's funny to think that we will do today twice. You see we leave today, Monday, December 17th at 7 pm and land in Los Angeles on Monday, December 17th at 10:00 am. In between those times we have a 13-hour flight. I think it is going to be the longest day of our lives.

     

    It is gently raining outside. Inside the coffee shop there is a group of Kiwi's (people from New Zealand) who are talking about the tragedy at the Sandy Hook school. Oh how do people do life, death, and everything in between without Jesus?

     

    I am looking forward to coming home, resting, and preparing for Christmas. I have been doing the Joyful Life Christmas Advent devotional. It is amazing how it keeps the focus on Jesus even in all the mayhem of traveling and no gifts or decorations. Oh I am so thankful for Jesus!


  • Well, Brian and I are having our last coffee in Albany. We are sitting across from our dwelling in that wonderful coffee shop I told you about. It has free Internet and the coffee is divine!

     

    We are about to put our suitcases in the car, check out, and head for church. Brian will be teaching this morning from Romans 12. Then we head out to the airport, return our rental car, and check in. From there it's on to Perth then an overnight flight to Auckland. Whew... though we are at the end of our adventure in some ways it seems as if it is only beginning. It is a big day ahead of us.

     

    We awoke to bright sunshine today. It's the first day without any rain or clouds in sight.  Yesterday was a bit wet, but the conference was great. Pete shared in the morning followed by Brian and I finishing our talk on marriage right after the morning tea.  Right after lunch Chris Fisher, the pastor of Calvary Chapel Albany, shared on the passion of Elijah. He challenged believers to stand up for and worship God against the tide of moral corruption and spiritual laxity. He related the days we live in to the days of Elijah in Israel. It was very stirring!

     

    After lunch, Chris and Donna led us on a drive around town where we could see the kangaroos in the fields. They are much like the deer in Northern California, as far as simply living in the fields and forests all about Western Australia. We couldn't get too close, as feral kangaroos can be quite dangerous. They will stand on their tails and come down on you with their full body weight... eek. So, in order to get a good picture, they took us to a caravan park where we could take picture of an emus (they look like an ostrich) and kangaroos up close.

     

    I have always pronounced it EEEE Moo. Well, I found out that it is pronounced EEM You.  I said to Donna, "Oh, we pronounce it EEE Moo in California." She responded with a brilliant Aussie smile and said, "But they’re not your animal, are they?" Too funny!  So it's Eem 'u'. Got it!

     

    We had a wonderful dinner with Chris and Donna at a steak restaurant in the oldest part of Albany. Chris explained that he was a fourth-generation resident of Albany. His great grandfather died just down the street from where we ate dinner and his dead body was laid across his horse and sent home.

     

    Chris and Donna shared with us the testimony of how they got saved. They were married before they became Christians. Not too long after getting married they separated and were in the throes of divorce when they both got saved separately. Funny enough they ran into each other at Darryl Henchie's church in Albany. It seems that they both had been attending for a while without seeing each other. Chris went in the evening and Donna during the day. God worked a miracle in both of their lives and reunited them in Jesus. Amazing... now Chris pastors Calvary Chapel Albany. Oh what God alone has wrought!

     

    Brian went back to the church, while I stayed back and repacked and fell asleep to the sound of distant Christmas carols sung by many of the occupants of Albany. It seems last night was the annual Christmas carol lighting service at the beach. It is the event of the year!

     

    Our hearts are grieving for the parents, teachers, and citizens of Newtown, Connecticut.  It is all over the news here. So sad. Man left to himself is a monster!  Oh, America and the world need Jesus!!! We need to press into prayer as never before that God, in His mercy, will pour out His Spirit and make men aware of their need for Jesus.

     

    I might have Internet in Auckland depending on what we do during our 14-hour layover.

     

    Love to all.

     

    The Amity

    Brian at the helm

    Worship on Saturday morning

    This is Dog Rock right in the middle of town... check out the painted collar

    Rainy day

    The drive to our place