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During the stay at home order, have you thought about writing a song, playing a musical instrument, or painting a landscape in watercolor?   Maybe you should try writing a poem!  Dr. Brian Nixon oversees education and publishing at Calvary Albuquerque, but he spends his time at home creating music, painting, and writing. Brian has written a new book called “Tilt: Finding Christ in Culture,” scheduled to be released in June 2020. Today on ABQ Connect, Brian shares how art connects us to God.

Take a look at the following websites to learn more:

Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA):  https://civa.org/

Mako Fujimura: https://www.makotofujimura.com/


Penwood Review:  http://www.penwoodreview.com/

Image Journal:  https://imagejournal.org/

New Mexico Composers:

Frederick Frahm: https://soundcloud.com/fmfrahm

Warner Hutchison:  https://www.crossmap.com/news/composer-on-composers-warner-hutchison-reflects-on-composers-that-helped-shape-his-music-10956

Michael Bowen: https://www.abqjournal.com/578658/spooky-music-represents-childhood-fears.html

Articles Referenced: Beauty and Creativity



Publisher for Brian’s new book:


New Mexico is number one in the nation for childhood hunger. Holly Slade is fighting to make sure our children have enough to eat through her ministry Feed New Mexico Kids. She is also one of the top realtors in Albuquerque, donating funds to feed hungry children out of every real estate commission she earns.  Holly gives us some examples of the personal touch and technology she uses to help people list and sell their homes safely and effectively during this COVID-19 pandemic. For all the information you need about residential real estate in Albuquerque, go to Holly’s website Dave Slade and Associates Realtors.

Feed New Mexico Kids needs your help to provide food for children on the weekends. Find out how you can help at FeedNMKids.com.

Steve Pearce is the Chairman of the Republican Party of New Mexico. He served as the U.S. Representative for New Mexico’s Second Congressional District from 2003 to 2009 and from 2011 to 2019. The Congressman shares his perspective on how we can get New Mexicans back to work safely. He is very proud of the parties’ candidates running for state offices this year. I enjoy the lessons learned stories he shares from his personal life in his book, “Just Fly the Plane Stupid.” Steve closes the show with encouragement for all New Mexicans from the Word. See the New Mexico Republican Party website for more information.

Paul Gessing is the President of the Rio Grande Foundation. He explains the very real budget crisis New Mexicans may face this year. The COVID-19 shut down of businesses, oil prices dropping, and the effects of these events creating an additional revenue shortfall in gross receipts are all part of the equation. Paul has some practical suggestions for getting New Mexico back to work. He is challenging our legislators and the governor to come with budget solutions without raising taxes. For more information go to RioGrandeFoundation.org.

Judge Vance Day is the President of Promise Keepers. Dennis Poper is the Co-Chairman of New Mexico Men of Honor. On July 31 -August 1, 2020, Promise Keepers will be hosting their 2020 Men’s Conference at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, Judge Day assures our listeners that the conference will go on either in the stadium or online.  No matter what, Promise Keepers is looking at this time in our history as an “opportunity.” Judge Day says, “God intends to impact the lives of men in a new way every day.”

The New Mexico Men of Honor Ministry brings men together to worship and fellowship quarterly. Dennis explains the goal is to strengthen our churches, and encourage men as they lead their families. Promise Keepers and New Mexico Men of Honor have many FREE resources available online to support men. For more information, click on the links.


Richard Mansfield is the Pastor of New Beginnings Church in Albuquerque, and he also serves as the Chairman of New Mexico Prays.  Brian Alarid is the President of America Prays, and he has written a Book Called “When People Pray: What happens when ordinary people pray to an extraordinary God?” God is working through these men to bring the Christian community together in prayer. Brian is giving away copies of his book in the “EBook” form at WhenPeoplePray.com. Click on the links for more information!

This show is a re-broadcast of our March 20, 2020 interview with Brian Cochran. He is a Certified Financial Planner with John Moore Associates. My favorite quote from Brian in this interview is, “Time in the market is more important than timing the market.” He shares with us five principals for investing in a down market. I was also encouraged when he challenged our listeners with this statement, “What a time to trust God, assess priorities, spend extra time with family, and be generous to people in need.” For more information about investing, go to https://www.johnmoore.com/.

Emily Spare is the Director of the art program at Hope Christian School. Middle and high school students at Hope display their artwork each year at the Hope Art Show. This year the display is available online at HopeChristianSchool.org. Students explore various mediums and materials to create impressive projects. For more information about the Art Program at Hope Christian School, go to HopeChristianSchool.org and click on “Fine Arts.”

Jennifer Bryant, MS, RD, LD, CDE, is a frequent contributor to ABQ Connect. She has been a Registered Dietitian for over 14 years.  Jennifer has expertise in weight management, diabetes education, supplements, nutrigenomics, and functional nutrition. With the stay at home order in mind, Jennifer discusses the following topics on today’s program:

  1. How can we conserve food and make fewer trips to the grocery store?
  2. What are the nutritional differences between fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables?
  3. How can increased alcohol use and non-intentional eating negatively affect our health?
  4. What do we need to do to “detoxify” our bodies?
  5. What are the resources available on her Nourished Nutrition Counseling website? Hint–Lots of articles and delicious recipes!

Read Jennifer’s article on how to improve your immunity during the COVID-19 outbreak: https://nourishednutritioncounseling.com/how-to-improve-immunity-during-covid-19/

Ray Mondragon reviews Genesis 6-9 for us to help us understand the flood of Noah was a real worldwide event. The bible is historically accurate. He explains why many historical geologists disagree with creation scientists on this matter. For free information about Creation Science Fellowship go to http://csfnm.org/. Ray has additional resources available on his website at http://forhisglorynm.com/.