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March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day. John and Susie Sandager and their son Smith will celebrate the things that people with Down Syndrome can do and how their lives uniquely contribute to our families and community. Susie said, “Smith is the kindest person I know.” John said of his son, “He is not disabled. He is Differently Abled!”

For you formed my inward parts;  you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works;  my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:13–14

Theopoetics is “the poetry of God,” Brian Nixon said. He is working on a new book set to be released in the summer of 2021 called “Beauty and the Banana: A Theopoetic Aesthetic.” Brian oversees Education and Publishing, serving as an Assistant Pastor with Calvary Church. He is also an accomplished author, artist, and musician. Brian teaches us to appreciate beauty because “it is an attribute of God related to His majesty!”  Connect with Brian at https://www.facebook.com/BrianCharlesNixon.

Buck Buckner is the owner of Rain Tunnel Car Spas in Albuquerque. In this episode, Buck encourages New Mexicans to “buy local.” He reviews how the “externals” are affecting local businesses. The externals of COVID-19, the ART Project (Albuquerque Rapid Transit), politics, and the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Rain Tunnel Car Spas in Albuquerque are open for business. For more information, go to https://www.raintunnelcarspa.com/.

LifeQuest is Mentoring a future and a hope by providing critical support services to help at-risk and incarcerated youth overcome the challenges of their past and build resilience for the future. John Jones is the President of LifeQuest. He is joining on today’s episode by LifeQuest Volunteer Mentor Sean Meredith. “We limit ourselves by telling ourselves you are what you can from. As Mentors at LifeQuest, we hope to show kids that they don’t need to continue in this pattern,” Sean said. For more information about LifeQuest, go to https://lifequestusa.org/.


John Moore Associates Certified Financial Planner Brian Cochran presents the importance of having a diversified investment portfolio. He said, “We diversify not because it is the easiest way to invest or because it always gives us the highest return. We diversify because we don’t know what the future holds. When markets can change so quickly, it is nice to have a nice diversified portfolio.” For “Insights on investing go to https://www.johnmoore.com/.

Brian and John Moore just released their new book called “The Almighty and the Dollar.”

Matt and Krystal Flores join Anntonette and Chris Franklin to share their experience planting a new church in Rio Rancho, NM. Their new church is seven months young, and it’s called Awaken Church.  Matt and Chris team Pastor with their friend and colleague Justin Chaplin. The couples open up about their challenges in life, ministry, marriage, and parenting. For more information about Awaken Church, go to https://www.awakennm.church/.

Ray explains why he believes the Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God and how science and history support his faith. He is a Bible and Creation Science Teacher with Creation Science Fellowship of New Mexico and Chafer Seminary. His website http://forhisglorynm.com/

Creation Science Fellowship of New Mexico meets on the third Tuesday of each month at Faith Bible Church, 9600 Central Ave. SE, Albuquerque, NM  87123. Check the website for more information https://www.csfnm.org/.

Steve McKee said, “Words have become a weapon in the spiritual war, and certainly in political terms. The words chosen by the political class are extremely intentional. We don’t even realize we are not listening.” Steve is the Co-Founder of McKee Wallwork and Company. The intentional manipulation of language is the focus of our conversation in this episode of ABQ Connect.

Steve is the author of two books: When Growth Stalls; How it Happens, Why You’re Stuck & What to Do About It, and Power Branding: Leveraging the Success of the Worlds Best Brands.

Calvary Chapel University (CCU) is a Christian online institution of higher education where you can discover and grow in your God-given gifts and calling. CCU offers certificate programs as well as degree programs at the Bachelor’s or Master’s level. Chapin Marsh is one of the founders of Calvary Chapel University, and he serves as its President. Application for classes is simple online at https://calvarychapeluniversity.com/. Donna and Pamela are available to answer questions during business hours at 954-453-9228.

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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