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Pastor Levi Lusko will be bringing his brand of unapologetic Bible teaching to Albuquerque on April 19, 2020, as part of the Encounter Tour 2020.  Levi will be joined by Lysa Turkhurst of Proverbs 31 Ministries, and Fresh Life Worship. In our interview, Levi remembers his 10 years in Albuquerque growing up, and the call he felt from God to Pastor when he was very young.  Levi is the Pastor of Fresh Life Church. For more information about Fresh Life Church go to http://www.freshlife.church/. The Encounter Tour 2020 is presented by Compassion Live, a ministry of Compassion International. Compassion LIVE partners with impact making leaders, artists, and communicators to produce life-changing events that share the message of faith and impact the Church for children around the world. Tickets are available at https://www.compassionlive.com/.

Arlene, Terry, and Jim draw us into the amazing culture of Christian Education at Hope Christian School. Arlene Atencio-Lindsay is the High School Principal. Terry Heisey is the Head of School, and Jim Murphy is the High School Athletic Director. Terry and Arlene are both former students at Hope. In our interview they share their love for the school and why they believe in Christian Education. Jim Murphy has over 35 years with Hope as a  teacher, boys basketball coach, and athletic director. and Terry and Arlene were both students during his tenure. Now they are all working together to help move Hope Christian forward to give students a cutting edge Christ-centered education.  Hope Christian School includes a brand new elementary campus (under construction), a middle school campus, and the high school campus. Over 97% of Hope graduates attend college. For more information about Hope Christian School go to https://www.hopechristianschool.org/.

Chris Quilala is an artist on the Jesus Culture Music label and serves as a worship pastor for Jesus Culture Church in Sacramento, CA. He will be in Albuquerque Thursday evening February 27, 2020, for the LOVE ABQ RE:NEW Gathering at Sagebrush Church (6440 Coors Boulevard Northwest, Albuquerque, NM 87120).  The RE:NEW Gathering will be a powerful night of inspiration, prayer, worship, and unity. Chris will be leading worship with Jesus Culture. Pastor Josh White of Door of Hope Church will be speaking. LOVE ABQ is a presentation of the Luis Palau Association https://www.palau.org/. For more information and to register for this FREE event go to https://www.loveabq.com/.

Holly Slade is a Realtor with Dave Slade & Associates, and she is the Founder of Feed New Mexico Kids. She describes the pain and embarrassment a high school student feels when they don’t know where their next meal is coming from.  Feed New Mexico Kids is a ministry that works closely with the Albuquerque Public Schools, Rio Rancho Public Schools,  and now the Valencia Public Schools. They work diligently through their church partners to make sure children have food to eat on the weekends by providing “snack packs” discreetly to students in need.  Find out how you can help at https://feednmkids.com/.

Josh White is the Lead Pastor of Door of Hope Church in Portland, Oregon. Josh is part of the LOVE ABQ: PASTORS & LEADERS CONFERENCE, and the RE: NEW GATHERING coming to Albuquerque on Thursday, February 27, 2020. The Luis Palau Association is coordinating LOVE ABQ events. Pastor Josh shares his experience of seeing God unify community Churches, open new doors for outreach, and mobilize believers to serve.  Registration for the LOVE ABQ PASTORS & LEADERS CONFERENCE and the RE: NEW GATHERING is FREE at  https://www.loveabq.com/.

Kenny Vigil is the Program Director for the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program offered through the New Mexico Department of Health. Ryan Sanchez is a Health Educator with the program. They invite our listeners who have been diagnosed with High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) to join the YMCA Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program for FREE (SAVE $75) through February 28th. We talk about the importance of nutrition and exercise. Almost 80 million adults have high blood pressure in the United States. Less than 50% of these individuals have their blood pressure under control. To register for the program email bloodpressureymca@gmail.com or call Lynn Umbreit at (505) 595-1515. Ryan Sanchez can be reached by email at Ryan.Sanchez@state.nm.us. Kenny is available by email at KennyC.Vigil@state.nm.us.

Our Nourished Nutrition Counselor, Jennifer Bryant, called into the show to share about her experience teaching nutrition in the program. She also emailed us the following links to a couple of “heart-healthy” New Mexican Food recipes.

https://nourishednutritioncounseling.com/sweet-and-spicy-fish-tacos/                             https://nourishednutritioncounseling.com/black-bean-and-green-chile-salsa/

Jesse Lusko, Pastor of Calvary Westside, pours out his heart for children, and the broken-hearted.  He describes his life as a “horror story” and a “glory story” simultaneously. We talk about everything from his battle with depression to his joy, giving children gift boxes in Peru with Operation Christmas Child. The following quote is just one of many encouraging things he said during our hour together, “If you compare yourself to those who have more, you will always feel poor. If you share with those who have less than you, you will always feel rich!”  For podcasts of Jesse’s teaching ministry go to https://www.jesselusko.com/. Calvary Church Westside is located at 6051 Winter Haven Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120. Phone:  505.338.3720. Go to http://www.calvaryabq.org/ and click on “Westside” for service times.

Ray Mondragon is a teacher with the Creation Science Fellowship of New Mexico, and Chafer Theological Seminary. Ray takes us through his interpretation of the first 3 verses of Genesis 1 and the science they describe. Ray has additional educational creation science resources available on his website http://forhisglorynm.com/.

Mike Riddle is the Founder and President of the Creation Training Initiative. He is an Apologist and Education Specialist. He visits with us over the phone today about the “Contending for the Faith Week” being held in Albuquerque from February 16-22, 2020. Mike works to help Christians share and defend the Gospel, answer challenges to God’s Word, and refute the so-called scientific claims of evolutionists. For information about the classes offered during Contending for the Faith Week here in Albuquerque see the Creation Science Fellowship of New Mexico website at http://csfnm.org/.  The Creation Training Initiative website is full of free videos https://www.creationtraining.org/.