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Larissa Lusko is the Dean of Women’s Studies and Christian Leadership with Trinity Southwest University. She is also the Director of Media Relations for Tall el-Hammam Excavation in Jordan. Dr. Gary Byers is the Dean of the College of Archaeology and Biblical History for Trinity Southwest University, and he is the Assistant Director of the Tall el-Hammam Excavation. Gary also supports the Shiloh Excavation in Israel as the Assistant Director.

Jordan has restricted travel into the country because of COVID-19, but the work continues at Tall el-Hammam. The excavation is the site of the ancient city of Sodom destroy by “brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven.” Genesis 19:24

Go to https://tallelhammam.com/ for more information about joining the “Inner Circle Partners” and joining the excavation team to dig in 2022. Dr. Gary and Larissa talk about how the science uncovered at both Tall el-Hammam and Shiloh supports the Bible’s historicity.

Right To Life Committee of New Mexico (RTLCNM) is on the front lines daily fighting for the rights of the “voiceless.”  Executive Director Ethel Maharg reminds us what is happening to our unborn children, the disabled, and the aged is wrong – morally and spiritually. She says, “All human life is precious and must be protected.” The New Mexico Legislative session runs through March 20, 2021.  Please pray for Ethel and the Right to Life Committee of New Mexico as they battle for the lives of mothers, unborn children, and our elderly. Ethel recommends registering for her legislative update emails by calling the Right to Life Committee of New Mexico at (505) 881-4563. 

Personal Injury Attorney Alex Crecca says, “The most important thing to be concerned about when you are in an accident is your health.” He said, “The number one thing you can always do is be truthful with yourself. Don’t refuse help!” Alex can be reached by phone at 505-843-7777, or on the web at https://thecreccalawfirm.com/.

LifeQuest USA Ministries provides critical support services to help at-risk and incarcerated youth
overcome the challenges of their past and build resilience for the future. LifeQuest President John Jones, and Board Chairman, Chris Youngblood, share their personal stories about how God leads them to serve young people. Together they ask our listeners to take an “epic adventure” with them to support and volunteer as a member of their new LifeQuest USA 4:13 Family Initiative.  For more information, call John Jones at 505-341-9383 or connect on the web at https://lifequestusa.org/.

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 NASB

 

Troy Carl is the Founder of International Scripture Ministries (ISM). He believes in our lifetime that every person living in the world may have access to the Bible in their language.  Troy said, “We are passionate about helping nonprofits harness technology, leverage platforms, and establish partnerships with free access to software and resources that help them reach every person, in their language, across the world.” For more information, go to https://ism.bible/.

Paul Gessing is the President of the Rio Grande Foundation. He reviews the politics of 2020 and the public policy decisions made during a most unusual year in New Mexico. The Rio Grande Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable, tax-exempt, non-profit economic policy think tank located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Paul and his team have built a website full of valuable information  https://riograndefoundation.org/. Here are a few of the topics Paul covers on today’s show with links to additional information:

  1. Trump signs the $900 billion stimulus bill and $1.4 federal funding legislation: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/12/27/congress-stimulus-deal-450380. Biden has called the legislation a “down payment” on what we can only imagine will be an even more significant “stimulus” soon. COVID dominated 2020 like no other issue has dominated a year since World War II or perhaps the Great Depression.
  2. 2020 NM Legislative Session: https://riograndefoundation.org/?s=Legislative+session
    1. 2020 started with a 30-day legislative session and a significant surplus thanks to the oil and gas industry. A budget was passed that pushed State spending to $7.6 billion, a 21% increase over two years.
    2. SB 5; -7 (worst of the session): Red Flag Bill infringes on gun rights, due process and creates new opportunities for costly lawsuits against local governments;
    3. HB 364; -6 Public Employee Give away
    4. HB 83; -6 Creates a new $320 million fund for early education
    5. RGF worked on PERA to reform one of NM’s underfunded public employee pension systems.
    6. No tax reform or Social Security tax relief.
    7. Free College failed.
  3. What are the conflicts of interest for Deb Haaland, Biden Nominee for Interior Secretary, and the Management of Tribal Lands in NM? https://riograndefoundation.org/?s=Deb+Haaland
  4. RGF wins ethics complaint against Mayor Tim Keller overuse of City website for Electoral Advocacy https://riograndefoundation.org/?s=Tim+Keller
    12. MARCH 11: COVID hits New Mexico. In-person school canceled for children in public schools. Begins one of the busiest times for the RGF in its history. https://riograndefoundation.org/covid-19-must-spur-long-overdue-reform-to-nm-education-system/
    13. RGF lawsuit asserts that Albuquerque city councilors violated open meeting laws https://riograndefoundation.org/rio-grande-foundation-sues-city-of-albuquerque-for-open-meetings-act-violations/.
    15. RGF pushes for and gets a waiver on Albuquerque’s ban on plastic bags at grocery stores. https://riograndefoundation.org/?s=Plastic+bags RGF’s efforts land it in NY Times.

Steve Reimann is the Program Engineer for ABQ Connect. He has worked in Radio for over 30 years. During each broadcast of ABQ Connect, he monitors sound quality, answers phone calls from listeners, directs timing for commercial breaks, plays commercials, and coaches the host and guests throughout the show. Steve and Jim review the year on ABQ Connect in 2020. More information is available at Star-88 and KNKT Radio.

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