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Legacy Church Assistant Pastor Daniel McCabe said, “That’s a lot of what we do is help and support a lot of other great organizations like Care Net, Steelbridge, and Expect a Miracle. Last week we dedicated a Habitat for Humanity House that we funded. We like to connect with organizations that are already doing great things!” Legacy Church is full speed ahead with live services, and all of their campuses are up and running. Special precautions are taken before each service to keep everything clean and exceed the recommendations of the CDC and the New Mexico Department of Health.

Val Molina, Technology Team Leader for Legacy Church, joins Daniel in the studio with us to talk about the many ways people can fellowship, build relationships, and even pray together online.  For more information go to https://www.legacychurchnm.com/.

The Steelbridge Transformation Center Ministry is committed to giving people solutions to help them transform their lives.  Jackson Talvitie shares his journey of healing and transformation as a resident of Steelbridge. Director Travis Clark explains, “Homelessness is the result of a combination of other things, it’s the process of not being able to control your cycle of addiction, your cycle of trauma, and the cycle of poverty mindset.” Steelbridge needs volunteers and financial support. Look into the ministry at https://www.mysteelbridge.org/.

Fall high school sports in New Mexico are on hold because of COVID-19. Student-athletes, parents, and fans statewide are hoping there will be an opportunity to compete sometime this upcoming school year. Hope Christian School Boys Basketball Coach, Jim Murphy, and Lon Perry, Varsity Assistant Coach, give us perspective on the importance of high school athletics to student-athletes, parents, and coaches. Contact Jim or Lon at https://www.hopechristianschool.org/.

How are the expectations about the election, and the anxiety that accompanies it affecting the financial markets? How should investors react? These are just a couple of questions John Moore Associates Certified Financial Planner, Brian Cochran answers for us today.  Insights on the financial markets are available at https://www.johnmoore.com/.

“We are living on borrowed time and borrowed money as a state and as a nation,” said Rio Grande Foundation President Paul Gessing. He shares his insights into the economic impact of public policy decisions made during the COVID-19 pandemic since March 2020. Click on the links for more information on these and other topics covered on the show:

  1. RGF achieves success in case of City Councilor who abused travel policy: https://errorsofenchantment.com/victory-albuquerque-city-councilor-reimburses-city-for-travel-costs/
  2. Why is extending the federal stimulus package problematic? New Mexico Governor Lujan-Grisham complained in her press conference about a lack of Congressional action on “stimulus.” 
  3. New Mexico gross receipts tax revenues are down, but only a little? How is that possible? It has to do with the massive CARES Act spending. 
  4. NM’s PRC goes for 100% renewable energy and battery storage to replace the power generated by the San Juan Generating Station.


Stan Hubbard is the owner of the Outpost Ice Arena at 9530 Tramway Blvd NE, in Albuquerque next to the County Line Barbeque.  Last year Stan brought the New Mexico Ice Wolves Hockey Team to Outpost Ice Arena. The Ice Wolves are part of the North American Hockey League’s South Division, training players aspiring to play college and NHL hockey. Go to https://www.nmicewolves.com/ for information about the team.  The Outpost Ice Arena is currently open for business for with team and individual age group hockey camps, figure skating lessons, and other training clinics. Keep checking their website at  http://www.outposticearena.com/ to stay up to date on when they will be fully open for public skating.


The NM Ice Wolves logo reflects the team’s home in the Land of Enchantment.

“What archeology does is provide the physical 3-dimensional material culture realty to the Bible stories,” said Dr. Steven Collins.  When it comes to interpreting archeological scientific data, “A Biblical world view changes everything,” according to Dr. Gary Byers.

Dr. Collins is the Director of Archeology and Biblical History, Ph.D. Program at Veritas International University School of Archeology, and he is the Chief Archaeologist, Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project, Jordan  – The site of the historic Sodom in the Jordan Valley. He also serves as an Acting Research Professor for Trinity Southwest University. Dr. Byers is the Dean of the College of Archaeology and Biblical History for Trinity Southwest University; Assistant Director Tall el-Hammam Excavation and the Shiloh Excavation, Israel.

Find out more about how archeology supports the Biblical record of history by visiting the Tall El Hammam Excavation website, and consider visiting the Museum of Archaeology at on the campus of Trinity Southwest University.

Stress, anxiety, and depression affect a large percentage of people around the world, including people of faith. Jesse Lusko is the Campus Pastor of Calvary Church Westside. He shares his honest story of trusting God while battling with depression for most of his life.  When he was finally diagnosed and treated for depression at the age of 27, Jesse understood his calling in ministry would be to encourage people with the same mental health challenges.  Calvary Church has people wanting to help, including Jesse. Call 505-344-0880 or go to https://calvarynm.church/.

Dr. Brian Nixon said, “There are amazing works, for example, in classical music and jazz that have a level of excellence, a level of truth to them, that make them in some respects more Christian than just planting the name Jesus on a lyric. There is something just beautiful about what they are doing!” Brian oversees publishing and education for Calvary Church Albuquerque. He is the author of Tilt: Finding Christ in Culture.

In Tilt: Finding Christ in Culture, Brian Nixon takes the reader on a voyage of discovery, traveling the currents of God’s presence in culture, summed up in four streams that define a noun: people, places, things, and ideas.