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Next Step Ministry Director Todd Loudon said, “We exist to provide help and hope to men who have taken initial steps to move from a damaged or broken lifestyle to a life that glorifies God. We help men that have been affected by poverty, addiction, trauma, or even just the everyday life issues that we all face.  The true heart of Next Step is discipleship. We walk with our men through life, teaching and showing them the power and love of Jesus Christ.”

Barry Waddleton is a Chaplain with the ministry. Volunteers are needed in many different areas, including accountability partners, Bible study leaders, worship attendants, and more. Contact the ministry at  505-717-7941 or reach them on the web at https://www.nextstepnm.com/.


Brian Cochran is the President of John Moore Associates. His update today includes a review of the New Mexico housing market, the shortage of inventory, and his concerns about home buyers overextending themselves to purchase a home.

Brian also reviews their May 6, 2021 webinar presented by John Moore Associates featuring Miriam Neff, Founder of Widow Connection. The webinar discussing wise money management just for widows is available FREE at https://www.johnmoore.com/insights/.

The New Mexico Republican Party is holding a three-day working retreat May 14-16 in Amarillo, TX, called “Operation Freedom.” Congressman Steve Pearce is the Chairman of the New Mexico Republican Party. He said, “It’s crunch time right now! If we don’t start changing the state soon, then there is no path back for us. No state, no country, no family can exist without the next generation. Our young people are leaving (the state) at an amazing rate.”

Find out more about Operation Freedom here: https://newmexico.gop/events/operation-freedom/.  In this episode, Congressman Pearce shares his perspectives on the Congressional District 1 Special Election and Republican candidate Mark Moores. He also talks about the upcoming Albuquerque Mayoral Election. For more information about the Republican Party of New Mexico, go to https://newmexico.gop/.

Gail is a certified Thanatologist and a pioneering death educator. Rubin is a public speaker, a published author of three books, host of a TV interview series and podcast, a blogger, a funeral industry trade journalist, a Certified Funeral Celebrant, and an innovator in the funeral business. She created a conversation-starting game called The Newly-Dead Game®, introduced the Death Café movement in the United States, and held the first Before I Die Festival west of the Mississippi in 2017. Albuquerque Business First named her one of their 2019 Women of Influence.

Gail has many resources available for funeral planning on her website https://agoodgoodbye.com/, including her books and checklists to help you start the planning process. Here is a list of her books:

  • A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die
  • Hail and Farewell: Cremation Ceremonies Templates and Tips
  • Kicking the Bucket List: 100 Downsizing and Organizing Things to Do Before You Die (with a 50-point Executor’s Checklist)

The question of the day: Do science and history prove that the Bible is not true? The answer is simple. Science and history continue to verify the historicity of the Bible and reveal the reality of our Creator!

Dr. Collins is the Director of the Archeology and Biblical History Ph.D. program, Veritas International University School of Archaeology. He is the Chief Archaeologist, Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project, Jordan – The site of the historic Sodom in the Jordan Valley. He serves as an Acting Research Professor for Trinity Southwest University.

Dr. Byers is the Dean of the College of Archaeology & Biblical History for Trinity Southwest University, Assistant Director Tall el-Hammam Excavation and Shiloh Excavation, Israel.

Larissa is the Director of Donor Relations at Trinity Southwest University and Media Relations for Tall el-Hammam.

Daniel Gallassini is the Dean of Documentary Media for Trinity Southwest University and Tall el-Hammam.


Life Quest USA President John Jones said, “Right now, you are using your thinking. There is a reason the Bible tells us not to lean on our own understanding. You need to start running everything through the God filter. You need more time in the Word. You need to spend more time in prayer because that is the answer to all of your questions.”LifeQuest USA is a non-profit serving the adjudicated youth throughout New Mexico. They offer at-risk and incarcerated youth in the state of New Mexico a pathway to a brighter future and hope for life fulfilled.  More information about volunteering as a mentor and helping to support the ministry is available at https://lifequestusa.org/.

Holly Slade is the Founder of Feed New Mexico Kids. She said, “The ministry provided over 87,000 snack packs to help children in the last year.” Snack packs are put together by volunteers containing specific food items for children suffering from hunger. Snack packs are then delivered to schools and distributed by teachers, principals, nurses, and counselors each Friday for children to take home and eat over the weekend. To volunteer and support Feed New Mexico Kids, go to https://feednmkids.com/.

Jennifer is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). She is also a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE). She started Nourished Nutrition Counseling because she believes that good nutrition can truly change a person’s life. Jennifer said, “We will teach you the tools to be successful long-term without feeling deprived.” She is not a big fan of “dieting.” Jennifer said, “We need to get rid of these food rules! Diets do more harm than they do good. There are mental and physical ramifications to dieting.” Go to https://nourishednutritioncounseling.com/ for more information.

But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the Law, sin was dead. I was alive once without the Law, but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death.

Romans 7:8-10 NKJV

Britton Pruitt is the Director of Development for Albuquerque Christian Children’s Home. In 2020 the ministry celebrated 50 years of serving children in Albuquerque. Britton said, “We are a Non-Profit 501 (c)(3) Ministry dedicated to providing the very best physical, psychological, and spiritual care for school-aged children who have been neglected, abused, or are in need of a safe home.” Go to http://acch4kids.org/ for more information.