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Carla is the Founder and President of the New Mexico Business Coalition. Established in 2009, the New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) is a nonpartisan voice for business owners, employees, and individuals in New Mexico. Carla said, “As soon as the Governor ordered businesses closed down (March 2020), the New Mexico Business Coalition immediately asked her, “can we get a plan to reopen? We have to be talking about this and figuring out how we are going to reopen.” She followed up the NMBC’s request of the Governor by working with the NM Legislature. “I wrote the legislation that got passed to protect employers from the unemployment insurance skyrocketing as we anticipated.” Contact Carla and the New Mexico Business Coalition through their website https://nmbizcoalition.org/ or call (505) 836-4223.


Dennis and Pastor Steve are Co-Chairs for NM Men of Honor. Steve is also an Assistant Pastor with New Covenant Church, 7201 Paseo Del Norte Blvd NE. New Mexico Men of Honor will be hosting Judge Vance Day as their featured speaker Friday, April 30, 2021, at New Beginnings Church, 4770 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM.  Judge Day is the former President of Promise Keepers. The event begins with food trucks at 5:00 pm, worship starts at 6:30 pm.


Rio Grande Foundation President, Paul Gessing, reviews the following topics with us on this episode: (Click on the links for detailed information)

  1. Guilty verdict in the Chauvin trial.
  2. Is NM really “following the science” on COVID? https://errorsofenchantment.com/is-new-mexico-really-following-the-science-on-covid/.
  3. Speaking of COVID, we were right early on about surface transmission of COVID 19: https://errorsofenchantment.com/we-were-right-early-on-covid-surface-cleaning/.
  4. NM has the 5th highest unemployment rate in the nation, and yet businesses can’t find workers. What’s going on? https://errorsofenchantment.com/nm-has-high-unemployment-rate-yet-business-cant-find-workers-what-gives/.
  5. NM Democrats walk a fine line on energy: https://errorsofenchantment.com/democrats-walk-fine-line-on-energy/.
  6. APS has a new superintendent. Here’s a bit of what is in his contract: https://errorsofenchantment.com/a-closer-look-at-scott-elders-new-contract-w-albuquerque-public-schools/.
  7. One big win during the 2021 session was on food freedom: https://errorsofenchantment.com/homemade-food-freedom-a-bipartisan-2021-win-for-rio-grande-foundation/.
  8. But, the Legislature didn’t do anything to address the Gov.’s emergency powers: https://errorsofenchantment.com/with-no-end-to-covid-restrictions-in-sight-democrat-run-legislatures-failure-to-address-emergencies-looms/.
  9. What are the contrasts between Democrat Melanie Stansbury and Republican Mark Moores https://errorsofenchantment.com/stansbury-vs-moores-on-the-issues/?

Doug and Roda Abrams are Founding Board members of Casa de Mariposa. Doug also serves as the Executive Director. He said, “Casa de Mariposa exists to share the love of Jesus Christ to women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy by providing for their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs in a residential setting. We also serve vulnerable women with a child under a year of age.” Contact the ministry by email at info@casademariposa.org. The phone number is 505-358-5341. Services are provided at no charge.


Dustin is the Ministry Coordinator for Feed NM Kids and Homeless Outreach for Legacy Church. Thousands of children in New Mexico do not have food on the weekends. Working with schools in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and Moriarity the past year, Dustin said, “The teachers have been amazing. Even we everything is shut down, teachers would come and pick up their (snack) packs. They knew the general area of town where their kids live, and they would go set up by the side of the street in their vehicles so families could come by a pick up their (snack) packs.” Go to https://www.legacychurchnm.com/ or https://feednmkids.com/ for more information.

If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? James 2:15-16

Brian Cochran is a Certified Financial Planner and the President of John Moore Associates.  He points out in this episode, “80% of all wives will be widows. The average age of a widow is 55 years old. As financial advisors who follow scripture, we feel very called to care for this group.” The John Moore Associates website (https://www.johnmoore.com/insights/) is a great place to find FREE encouraging information about investing. Brian said, “Biblical Financial Planning is the continuous predetermined allocation of resources. When we can predetermine what we will do, we can trust principles and wisdom rather than just panic and make decisions largely just based on emotion.” Click on the links for more information.

The Right to Life Committee of New Mexico’s first annual fundraising Gala on April 23, 2021, was a huge success!  Ethel said, “I had tears in my eyes seeing legislators, pastors, teachers, students, and citizens from all walks of life attending and watching the event online.” She is the Executive Director of the Right to Life Committee of New Mexico.

The Right to Life Committee of New Mexico (RTLCNM) is an educational, civil rights, not-for-profit, non-denominational, non-partisan, a pro-life organization.  It is an affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee. Click on the links for more information.

Dr. Brian Nixon loves the beauty of God’s creation. He is also fascinated by how other artists observe and interpret beauty. Living in New Mexico, he and his wife Melanie make frequent trips to The City of Holy Faith (Santa Fe) to enjoy the rich culture, art, landscape, and food. Brian takes us on a tour of Santa Fe and shares his favorite things about “The City Different.” Brian says, “Santa Fe offers more high-quality art than almost any other small city in the country!”

Dr. Brian oversees Education and Publishing for Calvary Church. He is also a musician, author, husband, father, and grandfather.  Here is one of my favorite quotes from his Book Tilt: Finding Christ in Culture.” To take it deeper, God—in Christ—is present in people, places, things, and ideas. His fingerprints are extant throughout creation and culture, leaving signs of interaction and interest in individuals and things. And, like a good forensic scientist, humanity can discover those fingerprints grazed upon the world.”

Nixon, Brian C., Tilt: Finding Christ in Culture, Cascade Books, 2020.