Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
Where there is sadness, joy
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console
To be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned
It is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
Pray about joining Lesli and me. We can walk together where Jesus walked!
While I will update this page on my blog in the days and weeks ahead, the link below will connect you to the tour overview and information page for those who are part of the Calvary family, All Things New Radio Listeners, and other friends.
CLICK HERE to go to the tour overview page. Make your deposit and save yourself a place on this trip today.
Choosing an Inflection Point:
-Join a small group
-Join a ministry team
-Read your Bible each day
-Attend worship services weekly
-Take a discipleship class
-Go on a short-term missions trip
-Start giving to the offering weekly
-Share the Gospel with someone
-Begin to use the Take5 devotional
-Become a member of Calvary
-Join Pastor’s Prayer Partners
-Serve someone you meet in need
-Find an accountability partner
-Post verses on your social media
-Visit the Holy Land
Right now Tyndale Publishers is offering the E-Book version of my memoir, All But Normal: Life on Victory Road, for $2.99. So if you enjoy reading books via Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, Google Play, etc, you can get All But Normal for less than $3. Yep, from now till November 16th, you can get All But Normal for $2.99. Here are the links for the various E-Book formats. Please share this with others so they can take advantage of this great offer!
Amazon Kindle ($2.99)
Apple iBooks ($2.99)
Barnes & Noble Nook ($2.99)
Google Play ($2.99)
All Things New Radio has been experiencing an outpouring of God’s blessing both in ministry outcomes and financial contributions. Friends who believe in the power of God’s Word, simply preached, have promised to help us stay on the air. They know the costs are challenging. We’ve had many first time donors already this month. I’m thankful to God and to all those who have responded to Him by giving.
We’ve had this great opportunity in August. Every contribution to All Things New this month is being matched, dollar for dollar, up to $150,000. The response has been gratifying but we still have a good ways to go.
I wanted you to know about it, so I recorded this brief video to tell you more. Please take just a couple minutes and watch. It would mean a lot to me and to our ministry.
Financial contributions to All Things New make a difference. Please consider a generous gift to help us continue making inroads in the lives of those who benefit so much from the simple, yet profound, teaching of God’s Word. CLICK HERE to make a gift online. Call 1.844.AllThingsNew to make a gift via credit card over the phone. Or you can send a check, made out to Calvary Community Church with “radio” in the memo, to the address below.
Thank you for your help.
All Things New Media
Westlake Village, CA 91359
All Things New, the radio ministry of Shawn Thornton, was recently blessed by a generous opportunity arranged by some people who strongly believe in the ministry and want to see the broadcast continue being used by God. Check out this video message from Pastor Shawn to learn more about it.
Throughout the last month, I have been humbled by the messages folks are sending me after they read my memoir. I am still stunned that this story I have shared for the first time at nearly 50 years of age has made such an impact on others!
All But Normal: Life on Victory Road tells my story of growing up in a Christian home that was deeply affected by my mother’s traumatic brain injury. People are telling me in person, via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and email how much my story brought hope and healing to their lives. The details of their stories are not the same as mine. But, their emotional journey through their challenging circumstances echoes with mine!
Our stories do matter. They matter because our God is not only the redeemer of our souls for eternity, but he is redeeming our brokenness now! God redeems our stories for our good, the good of others, and His glory. Even our deepest wounds can be redeemed. Don’t get me wrong. It is not an easy process. Ask Joseph of the Old Testament. His brothers betrayed him by selling him into Egyptian slavery. Twenty-two years later and all kinds of deep, horrible wounds later, Joseph tells them God meant it for good.
I always knew that God used my challenging childhood to shape a caring (and even pastor’s) heart in me. But, I did not think my story itself mattered to anyone. Boy was I wrong. Thanks to all who have been used by God to make that clear to me. Thank you for sharing your stories with me. Thank you for relating to me how God has used my story to bring hope and healing to yours!
Since the launch of the book, I have done over a dozen interviews about All But Normal on radio stations across the country. I have been asked by most interviewers how my brother, Troy, and I survived all our childhood experiences without turning our backs on God. My answer: “Only God!”
Only God could point the attention of two boys to the trajectory of our parents’ lives. Most assume our attention was on the difficult moments or collection of moments in our home. They assume those moments and experiences would cause anyone to turn their backs on Christ. And maybe we should have from a purely human perspective. But, God helped us see that in their brokenness our Dad and Mom each pursued knowing, loving, and serving Christ! Within the chaos of our home, they each aimed their lives at living and loving like Jesus!
My brother, Troy, and I caught the trajectory of our parents’ lives. How? Only God!
May I encourage you to aim the trajectory of your life at knowing, loving, and serving Jesus! Don’t let the hurdles, barriers, and challenges of life convince you that your family and others will only see your brokenness. How will they see the trajectory of your heart in the middle of all the chaos and noise? Only God!
All But Normal: Life on Victory Road is available wherever books are sold. For links to book sellers, to view family photos, to download the All But Normal Reader’s Guide for personal or small group reflection, or to find other links and resources related to All But Normal, go to AllButNormal.com.
We speak to people all day, every day and the words that we choose either help us build people up, or tear them down. In this short devotional, Pastor Shawn challenges us with the words of Scripture that apply to the tongue. Watch this and be reminded of the power of our tongue in the lives of others.
The first 50 pages of my memoir include The Publisher’s Note, The Author’s Note, The Forward by Joni Eareckson Tada, the Prologue, and the entire First Chapter. This gives you a taste of the book and my story of growing up in a home deeply impacted by the physical, emotional, and mental challenges of my Mom. Let me know on Facebook or Twitter what you think of the first 50 pages!
To preorder online or for more information about All But Normal: Life on Victory Road, go to AllButNormal.com.