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Ben Courson is the founder of Hope Generation. His new book is called “Flirting with Darkness: Building Hope in the Face of Depression.”  He is also the Senior Pastor of Applegate Christian Fellowship in Jacksonville, Oregon. Ben calls himself an“Ex-Suicide.” Flirting with Darkness tells the story of Ben’s own 10-year journey living with depression. He offers 11 weapons to help you win the battle with depression. Ben shouts, “The most important thing is you can’t give up! DO NOT GIVE UP!

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John Moore Associates, Certified Financial Planner,  Brian Cochran talks about “Prepare vs. Repair” on the show today. He said, “The biggest financial mistakes happen during times of significant transition. Divorce, marriage, buying a home, selling a home, starting a business, selling a business, death of a spouse, inheritance. Some are more purely financial, such as filing for social security, starting required minimum distributions, or electing a survivor benefit for your pension.  It is better to be thoughtful on the front end of these events rather than discover after the fact that you made costly mistakes.”

For information about investing, go to https://www.johnmoore.com/.

The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education voted 6-1 on Wednesday, February 17, to finish the school year with virtual learning. https://www.abqjournal.com/2361180/aps-schools-to-decide-on-in-person-students.html. Paul Gessing, President of the Rio Grande Foundation, has plenty to say about this decision.

Paul also summarizes the legislation currently under consideration by the New Mexico Legislature. For more details, go to https://riograndefoundation.org/.

“February 5 marks the twenty-third anniversary of the date Jess and I stepped onto Ugandan soil to serve as missionaries with Jay and Sunny McLaughlin,” Bev Rich said. Jess Rich went home to be with the Lord in December of 2014, and Bev has continued serving as the Director of the “Called Christians Mission” in Jinja, Uganda. For more information about Called Christians in Jinja, Uganda, go to https://calledchristians.org/

ABQ GOD’S TALENT show is Friday, March 19, 2021, at 7 pm at Hoffmantown Church, 8888 Harper Blvd NE 87111. Musicians and teachers Terry & Mariasari Janow started the ABQ GOD’S TALENT show to promote and encourage young Christian Artists. Audition for the show by going to https://abqgodstalent.com/. Register and upload a video of your talent online.  The deadline to audition is Friday, February 26, 2021.

Albuquerque Christian Children’s Home (ACCH) has been caring for children in need for over 50 years. Netherwood Park Church of Christ in Albuquerque has supported the ministry since it began. Netherwood Preaching Minister Walter Lane, and ACCH Director of Development, Britton Pruitt talk about the long-term success of the children benefiting from the ministry.

Marty Saiz is preparing to release his new book called “Game for the Ages: History on the Court.” The book focuses on the history of boys’ basketball in New Mexico. His work owning a State Farm Insurance Agency has allowed him to grow into the all-time number one High School Basketball Fan in the state. Marty is not stopping with Game for the Ages. With the help of sports historian Chuck Ferris and basketball fans from around New Mexico, Marty has stored stats and stories he will make available through a new membership website designed to help raise money to support student-athletes.  You can connect with Marty on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/NMhoops.  Look out soon for his book on the history of New New Mexico girls’ basketball.

The Whosoevers Skatepark Tour slams into Albuquerque on February 13th for a blast of skateboard, BMX, and scooter tricks at Los Altos Park! Ryan Ries is the co-founder of The Whosoevers Movement, a non-profit organization that empowers students at public schools worldwide to make positive choices no matter the circumstances.  Ryan went through a time of rebellion against God himself. He said, “I did not want anything to do with the church at all from 11 until I was 33 years old. At that moment, I needed God to invade my life!” For more information about “The Whosoevers Movement,” go to https://www.facebook.com/thewhosoevers/.

Self-control is a challenge for everybody. Jennifer Bryant is the owner of Nourished Nutrition Counseling. For February and March 2021, she is doing a “Self-Control Series” in her “Food and Faith Newsletter.” Her website also has insightful articles like “PUSHING AWAY IDOLS TO RE-FOCUS ON GOD’S GLORY.” https://nourishednutritioncounseling.com/pushing-away-idols-to-re-focus-on-gods-glory/ Jennifer Bryant, MS, RD, LD, CDE is a Registered Dietitian.  Jennifer has expertise in weight management, diabetes education, supplements, nutrigenomics, and functional nutrition. Reach out to Jennifer through her website at https://nourishednutritioncounseling.com/.

Working with Puggles (2-3), Cubbies (3-5), and Sparks (K-2nd) sounds like a lot of fun. What that really means is Melissa Solecki is working with the resources provided to her by AWANA Ministries to teach children the Word of God. She says, “The children are really fun.” Tim Sandvall is the Awana Missionary for New Mexico, supporting Melissa’s work with AWANA.  The ministry offers a curriculum that reaches kids and their families with the gospel of Jesus Christ. For more information, go to their website at https://www.awana.org/.