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N e w M e x ic o s B o d y o fC h r i
’ve been pastor- I didn’t come off the mountain with a halo on my head, or full
ing for almost of fire in my faith, but I did get a clear picture of what I needed
thirty years now, to do to get back on track with the Lord. If I pursued those new
twenty as a bi-voca- habits, and renewed my mind more diligently, I could anticipate
tional pastor and the a renewed faith for the work ahead and so that is how it has
last ten as the full- worked out.
time Senior Pastor at
Changing habits of any kind, in body, mind, or spirit are rarely
Rio West Community
easy, but they are necessary if we are to grow and please God.
Church in Rio Rancho.
It’s been a fight of faith since my sabbatical, but I’ve been win-
This past spring I was
ning more than losing and my mind is steady on Him, on His
feeling more pressure and
power and His promises. And “this is the victory that overcomes
apprehension and less joy
the world, even our faith.”
in my duties as a pastor. I knew
there were some “faith” issues that
weren’t in sink and I felt like I was losing the
faith battle, not enjoying my job and feeling very inadequate in Pastor Don Schilichte
my leadership and at the pulpit. I was in a rut and needed a faith Rio West Community Church
renewal. There have been other times like this over the years
when I would doubt my calling and then question my vocation,
but by God’s grace
I sensed that was
not the issue or the
question, but rather
a need for faith re-
newal. I didn’t just
need physical rest, I
needed a faith cor-
I requested a five
week sabbatical to
lay low, stay away,
and take a couple
of two night get-a-
ways with God in
Jemez. My wife and I didn’t travel, but stayed local, unencum-
bered by the normal busyness of modern American life, includ-
ing vacation travels. I was a little nervous that my fellow elders
would expect me to come off the mountain full of faith and fire
and I wasn’t so sure that would happen, nor did I want that pres-
sure on me.
By God’s grace, and the prayers of my congregation, whom I
had prepped that I needed a faith renewal, the Holy Spirit spoke
to me in simple but clear ways. I had left my first love and need-
ed to repent and do the things I did at first, with a renewed vi-
sion and faith for those first love things. Second, I needed to be
much more vigilant in renewing my mind with God’s word and
promises. I had allowed my thoughts to be unbelieving, and my
self talk to be overly negative, and thus quenching vibrant faith If you are a Christian business or know
in my life. Fear and inadequacy were winning me over. Lastly, I one we want to know about it! Have them
needed to make sure I scheduled more alone quiet time with the visit, or
Lord on a weekly, monthly, and quarterly basis. I had neglected contact:
the “principle” of the Sabbath in my schedule and was paying a Daniel Ruiz at: (505) 264-5201
price of diminishing faith. or
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nity is something that we can really The world wants to see us live out Unity. Je-
have and experience as the Body of sus told us that by this we would know that
Christ. With today’s technology we are His disciples, if we have love for one
the world seems to be shrinking. You can another. The story of David and Jonathon
have teleconferences with people around teaches us what we have to do to live in unity.
the world without leaving the comfort of In I Samuel 18:1-4, we see two men that on
your home. Yet there are still so many the surface were totally different yet ended up
things that are splintering the world as well with knitted souls. “Now when he had fin-
as the church. Sunday morning is still one ished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan
of the most segregated hours in America. was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan
People look for the “right” church instead loved him as his own soul. 2Saul took him
of His church. The challenge is to develop a that day, and would not let him go home to
convincing unity-knitted hearts. The world his father’s house anymore. 3Then Jonathan
doesn’t want to just hear about it, but they and David made a covenant, because he loved
want to see it. The hope is in the hands of him as his own soul. 4 And Jonathan took off
all of those who will embrace one another the robe that was on him and gave it to Da-
because of His presence. We’ve got to un- vid, with his armor, even to his sword and his
derstand that we’re all different. Someone Reference Text: I Sam. 18:1-4 bow and his belt.” David was a shepherd boy;
once said that America is one big “tossed salad”; each maintain- Jonathan was an heir to the throne. No vote, no committee, or
ing his culture while adding to everyone else’s. God brings us commission sanctioned their relationship. Unity comes by the
all together to add to His song. spirit of the living God.
People often tell me that when they look at me that “They don’t After David killed Goliath, he was invited to live in the king’s
see a Hispanic, they just see a man!” I am a Hispanic! When palace. This is when David and Jonathan souls were knitted
you see that you might understand me better. Yet it shouldn’t together and they became best friends. What must happen for
make a difference because I am a Christian first! Our maturity us to become knitted together?
in Christ should help us realize that we are all many members
First, we must be companions and not competitors. Now think
of one body--The Body of Christ!
about it, here’s David on his way to the throne and Jonathan is
on his way out. Jonathan was to be the king by appointment
but David was to be the king by anointment. I’d rather have
anointment than appointment any day. People appoint people
to many things, they raise you up and sit you down, but anoint-
ment comes from the Lord. If anyone had the right to be in-
timidated by David it was Jonathan, but he wasn’t. We need to
quit looking at each other as threats and start seeing others as
companions. I’ve heard people say things such as, “they’re so
many of them in charge.” The only time we think like this is
when we are competing with one another. We shouldn’t let that
bother us. What matters is to identify who the anointed man for
the hour is. Jonathan had the papers but David had the favor
of God: quit competing with one another! Its amazing what
people compete about; new ideas versus old ideas, music styles,
denominations, and on, and on! David and Jonathan became
best friends and best friends don’t compete and fight, but love
and help each other.
We also need to be willing to be vulnerable with one another.
Jonathan honestly and lovingly welcomed David into his house.
He said, “Mi casa es su casa!” Jonathon surrendered everything
to David. He made a covenant with David saying this. He liter-
ally gave him the robe off his back. He was saying that what’s
mine is yours and because we’re not competing against each
other it’s yours too. Incredible trust is built when we get open
and transparent before each other. Jonathan also gave David his
sword. He was saying I won’t fight with you. Here’s my weapon
to prove it. I won’t attack you because I am your brother, your
friend and your companion. David, I promise not to hurt you. He
also gave him his bow. I promise not to hurt you from afar. Have
you ever noticed how some people will love you to your face, but
turn away and take a few steps and it’s a different story. The ar-
rows start flying! Things are said about you that are far from the
truth and you are attacked. Put down your bow and arrows! He
also gave up his belt. This is where they carried a small dagger to
use on their enemies on any close up situations. He was saying,
“David, I’m not going to attack you up close and personal.” My
friends, we need to lay down our weapons and allow God to knit
our souls together. We are way too dressed up in church today.
No one knows us, no one sees our pain. When we can strip down

to nothing and not be afraid of anyone using weapons against us, t is said to be almost impossible to successfully grow a truly
that’s when healing begins. We have been carrying many hurts diverse family oriented church. Churches everywhere are
since we were kids and we need to deal with them. segregated not only by denomination and doctrine, but even
more by ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic status, language and
The last thing I want to encourage you to do to have knitted souls
generation. Few church bodies ever cross these seemingly un-
is to take risks. Let me explain. Saul wanted to kill David yet
breakable boundaries. The Reverend Ruben A. Guajardo Jr.,
Jonathan, his son, helped David. It wasn’t that Jonathan rebelled
who serves as the Senior Pastor of Casa Del Rey in Albuquer-
against his father; it was because of his love for David that he
que, NM, has made building this type of congregation a per-
stood on the side of truth. Jonathan took a risk by maintaining
sonal mission of his. Though proven to be one of the most chal-
his relationship with David. If his father would have found out, it
lenging and stressful tasks any minister could undertake, Pastor
could have cost him his life. We too must be willing to take risks
Guajardo still has committed his life to this effort and has seen
in our lives. Be willing to be a real Christian every place you
great success.
go. Too many Christians are afraid to live out their Christianity
in the marketplace. Don’t be an undercover Christian. Be willing During his youth, Ruben Guajardo Jr. developed a passion to
to be misunderstood. Some people won’t understand some of forge a multicultural and multigenerational church community
your decisions because of your commitment to Christ but that’s with various ministries to reach everyone, despite their age or
okay. Jesus was also misunderstood. Living out the Word of background. He grew up in Albuquerque, the city where his
God can be misunderstood. And finally, be willing to pay a price father, a world renowned Mexican Preacher and Evangelist, pa-
for your convictions. Jonathan died before he ever became king, stored a thriving Spanish congregation in the famous Barelas
but he celebrated David’s position. He celebrated God’s man for neighborhood. Having been raised in an all Spanish-speaking
the hour. church, the young Ruben learned and picked up on a few things
that would lead him to develop this passion. He noticed that
I believe that we as the Body of Christ can have knitted souls,
despite all of the newly American Spanish speakers coming to
working together as companions and not competitors. As we
salvation in his church, many of their family members were 2nd,
learn to lay down our weapons and become vulnerable with each
3rd, and even 4th generation Americans and were not comfort-
other, we will take risks and have the knitted souls God wants us
able in their parent’s church setting. Guajardo says, “These
to have.
were the children and grandchildren of our parishioners. Many
of them were moving to other congregations while others were
leaving the faith completely. It was clear to me that this was be-
Pastor Richard Mansfield cause of language barriers, cultural differences and changes in
New Beginnings Church of God economic status. The institution of the family was one created by God Himself. It broke my heart to see these families, though
alike in faith, split up because they could not find a church that
met the diverse needs of all of their members.”
If you are a ministry leader at your church Guajardo claims that this family breakup was not only charac-
and would like to submit an article visit teristic of those in his childhood church, but that it is a regu-, or contact: lar pattern seen amongst Christian Hispanics all over the U.S,
Daniel Ruiz at: (505) 264-5201 today. It was Pastor Ruben’s dream to put a stop to this and
or create a new kind of church. He wanted to make it possible for
the young Hispanic man, who speaks no Spanish, who’s best
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friends are African-American and who is married to the Anglo church was hard because we had to do so much extra work to
girl, to take his kids to the same church that his Bilingual mom meet needs and reach all of those cultures and generations. And
and dad love and yet still the same church that his Spanish- then after that we had to do it all again in another language! It
speaking immigrant grandparents call home. He, along with his took lots of hard work and training. Pastor Ruben kept working
father and children, has worked tirelessly to make this a reality. hard, reinventing and pushing forward the vision that God had
Sandra Lopez, a long time member of Casa Del Rey remembers given him despite ridicule and opposition.”
what all those years were like. She says, “Creating that kind of
Now, twenty seven years later, at the age of 48, Pastor Guajardo
has seen his dream come to pass. His congregation, now num-
bering in the thousands, is a blend of immigrants from dozens of
countries and Americans of various ethnic groups. His vision
has now become a leading model for Multicultural and Multi-
generational family-oriented ministry.

Pastor Rueben Guajardo, Jr.
Casa Del Rey

If you find an article you would like
more copies of for your group or class
visit, or
Daniel Ruiz at: (505) 264-5201
he world may do for a cheap hotel, but it will never do for
a home. Our real home is a mansion a Heavenly King-
dom, and its King, is a Prince, a Lamb, and Our Savior.
So, just for now anyway, to His kids, home is just a filling-sta-
tion (smile)…
As for husband and wife, here is
wisdom. Preserve sacredly the
privacies of your own house, your
married state, and your heart. Let
no father, or mother, or sister, or
brother, ever presume to come be-
tween you, or share the joys that
belong to you two alone. So let’s live in our cheap hotels, at peace with each other and
With mutual help build your quiet with God, til we all go to, our Heavenly Home… AMEN
world, not allowing your dearest Ray of Hope Ministries has many layers, taking the word to
earthly friend to be the confidant crusades, revivals, meetings, teachings, hospitals and nurs-
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alienation, if they occur, be healed open a door.
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it outside; but to each other con- Become a prayer partner; your contributions are welcomed (make
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Salt & Light Magazine spoke with Pastor Troy Smothermon in Salt & Light Magazine spoke with Pastor Steve Freeman in a
a video recorded interview. We discuss his concern for men of video recorded interview. We discuss his desire and some exam-
the household to take on sowing into the spirit for their families. ples of the breaking down of denominational walls to do God’s
We talk about the difference between being a godly husband work and how when churches combine there efforts together
and a worldly husband and the corruption of pornography and wither Baptist, Christian, Lutheran, Etc... We can multiply and
other sexual sins and helpful ways to overcome and fight these strength God’s work in our communities.
battles. If you desire to be a stronger man and/or husband spiri-
Go to to watch this vid-
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eo interview in our online magazine November 1st.
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Pastor Troy Smothermon Pastor Steve Freeman
Church on the Move Crestview Baptist Church
Roswell, NM Albuquerque, NM
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ouldn’t it be great if there was a class that you could Therefore, second, we
take before you got married so that you would know need to get that the
what in the world you were doing? Oh yeah, I guess covenant we entered

there is. It’s called pre-marital counseling, and if you were for- into at the altar was
tunate you attended. What’s far less available is advice during not with our spouse
the first few years of marriage. It’s a critical time when as cou- at all, but with God.
ples we move from the utopian dreams that we incorporated If the marriage cov-
into our vows and start asking the hard questions about how enant was with our
the marriage relationship is going to really work. The process spouse then we could
usually starts with that morning or moment when you say to see it as merely con-
yourself, “What on earth have I done, and what was I thinking? ditional. However, be-
This is too hard!” cause the covenant is with
God, we have taken on the
Most of us really want to honor our vows when we stand up in
nurture and safety of our spouse
front of our family and friends to recite them. It’s pretty cool
as a ministry. Could you imagine Je-
and often poetic stuff. However, most often we don’t have
sus’ words in the parable of the Sheep and
a clue what in the world we’re talking about. We may have
the Goats where the “least of these my brothers” he was talking
thought about what marriage will be like. We might even have
about is your spouse. Therefore, how we treat the person who
participated in wonderful premarital counseling. Nevertheless,
we’ve said is one of the most important people in the world
we can’t know what its like to be married to our spouse until
to us is our greatest ministry and the greatest statement of our
we’ve actually lived with them (married) for a while.
spiritual walk.
As far as I can tell there are three challenges that we all face.
Last, we need to be clear with ourselves that the covenant that we
First, the covenant
entered into was to out-serve our spouse. Jesus said that if you
that we entered into
want to be the greatest then be a servant. He also suggested that
was not like a set of
if you give (including agape) it would be given to you “pressed
handcuffs and chains down, shaken together and running over.” What I wanted when
that mean our spouse I got married a few years ago was to find fulfillment in my re-
is now our servant lationship, and I did. I found fulfillment in my relationship with
and that we have the God by learning to honor (even though sometimes I was dis-
right to be angry and honorable) my covenant. I also found fulfillment in my relation-
do all sorts of inap- ship with myself as I have learned and am learning what “being
propriate or mean faithful” means. I finally have found fulfillment in my marriage
things when they as I have learned and am learning that there is blessing in being
don’t live up to our a chief means of nurture and safety for my wife.
expectations. Sure
they vowed to love
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your husband,” make it clear that the marriage covenant
is based on agape love. The following is a definition that I
use for agape to keep myself straight. It’s based on Ephe-
sians 5. “Love is an unconditional commitment to be a
chief means of nurture and safety in the life of the person
with whom I have a relationship.” Further, unconditional
means that you will continue the commitment regardless
of what you have perceived the person to have thought,
said, or done.
ecently, I have real-
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it is for me to love
God with all my heart, soul,
and mind (Mt 22:37). He
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One of the hardest things I have prayed about in a long time was
a prayer I just prayed not too long ago. A lot of my very close
friends are dating, getting married, or are married. With all this
going on, I was thinking, praying, and learning about marriage.
I heard people say how important it is to surrender every area
of our lives to God, but I never applied it to this area of my life,
because I wanted to be married more than anything! About a
year ago (and a few times since then,) God challenged my heart
to surrender this area of my life to Him. Not too long ago, the
thought came to me again, and this time I told God that if He
didn’t have marriage in my future, then that would be okay with
me. I told Him how I wanted to serve Him with my whole life
whether single or married and I honestly meant it (and still do.)
Wow friends, ever since I prayed that prayer, I have found my-
self growing so much closer to the Lord, my True Love. I have
never loved Him so much in my whole life. I know in my heart
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plete control, then whatever happens (whether the way we plan
it or not,) we will not turn away from God because our heart’s
desire will be for Him to be glorified because we love Him.  
I challenge you to ask God what is it that He wants you to give
over to Him. Is there anything you have been holding onto that
God wants you to surrender to Him fully? Is it your life, future,
job path, money, dreams, relationships, etc?  Just know when
you do, He will bless you more than you could ever imagine!
Go ahead, say a little prayer right now asking Him what you can
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Abstinence Until Marriage:
Discovering the Gift of Purity
12th Annual Father/Daughter Purity
Ball (ages 11-17)
Sheraton Uptown Hotel
Friday, November 6, 2009
y name is was sitting on the dock doing my daily devotional and the
Vanessa bible pages turned by themselves. I was called to read 2
Griego Timothy 4:17-18 which reads, “But the Lord stood with me
and I am eighteen and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached
years old. I am fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also
originally from Cal- I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord
ifornia, but moved will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for
to Albuquerque His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever.
when I was 8 years Amen!” Then I heard a whisper telling me that I was going to
old. I have 3 broth- be a missionary and that He would guide me. At this time I
ers and 5 sisters and I had a feeling of peace. God gave me this verse to remember
am the sixth child out of and to tell me not to be discouraged and to know that He will
nine. When we arrived in Al- give me the words to speak. I have learned to wait for God
buquerque, my parents went to the to continue to speak to me because I know that everything
School of Ministry (SOM). My Dad has been an Assistant is in His timing, not mine. I would like to continue to go to
Pastor at Calvary of Albuquerque for almost five years now. the mission field. I hope that this will be an encouragement
I just recently graduated from the SOM and I am looking for- to you and that it will make you think about what God might
ward to what God is going to do with my life. Family is some- have you do. God will speak to us all, if we just listen to
thing very important to me and I feel that it is something we what He is trying to tell us. Remember that you may or may
should always cherish. God has put us in a family for a rea- not know your calling in life, but God has it all planned out.
son, even though we may not think so. I pray for my siblings Also remember that it is all in God’s timing, and not ours!
because half of them are believers and the other half are not. We all have gifts that God will reveal to us and to others. So
I was raised in a Christian home and home-schooled all my listen to His still small voice, to what He is trying to tell you,
life. We attended Calvary Chapel Montebello and our Pastor and take the next step.
was Pancho Juarez. I gave my life to the Lord when I was 4
years old at a puppet show. At that time I didn’t really know
what it meant to have Jesus in my life, so I rededicated my Vanessa Griego
life when I was 5 years old at a Greg Laurie Harvest Crusade. Calvary Chapel
It was at this time that I realized the true meaning of what it
was to have Jesus in my life. When I was fifteen years old, I
went on a mission trip to England with a high-school group
and realized that I had a fire for mission ministry. I had
plans on being a Veterinarian, but God changed my plans.
I began won-
dering if God
was real and
asked Him to
show me what
my future would
be in life. My
Dad asked me
if I wanted to
go to Belize
with a high-
group and
I went for
two weeks.
Boy, did
God rock
my world; I
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Friends, let us probe the depths of God’s redemptive work for
us in Christ. We protesting types are fond of parroting our pa-
tron saint Paul, we are saved by grace alone. Works are nei-
ther sufficient nor necessary for God’s free act of saving us.
Of course once we have been rescued by infinite love we will
have no other proper reaction than love, but our standing before
God is not contingent on our inherent goodness. It is the good-
ness, even the perfection, of Christ which stands in our place.
His righteous body, ripped by man’s ignorance and arrogance,
raised to new life, in the place of our filthy rags. Is God then
just? By all means, the punishment we deserve was poured out
on the Son. We are free.
My senses are indignant. They should be. It is foolish in the
world’s eyes. To seekers of wisdom it is irrational. To those
who long for signs it doesn’t add up. Yet to us who are be-
“But since our thoughts are not fixed on the present, we are
ing saved by this good news, it is the essence of power, free-
not concerned when men cut us off; since also death is debt
dom, and love. Think on this radical notion. Pause, ponder, and
which must at all events be paid.” -Justin Martyr, 1st Apology
wonder at the work of Christ for YOU. Who are we? Cosmic

want to grab onto your shirt, to shake you, and to speak in criminals, made in God’s image, yet inclined toward rebellion.
strong words with penetrating eyes the following: no trial Lost in sin. Steeped in law. Who will save us from this body of
is deeper than His love. I want you to do the same to me. sin? Who will do what we know we cannot? It is already done.
Stop me in the happy tracks of my apathy. Arrest my comfort. He has stretched out His hand to lepers, called tax collectors,
Slow down my fast paced blogging-tweeting-texting self and reclined with sinners, of which you are one. It is done. Yes,
force me in love to think on the scandal of the gospel. No secret, yes, your better judgment protests, ‘death is a debt that must be
no trial, no darkness can ever find deeper footing, a more firm paid.’ It has. Be free. Fix your thoughts not on your present trial.
foundation, than the love of God in Christ. He is a shelter to us, His love extends to its darkest depth and consumes it with love.
our father in heaven. Glory to His name. Instead, let your head by lifted by the strong hand of Christ and
marvel in the scandal of His grace.
Recently, I was teaching to some of my brothers and sisters
in the juvenile detention center. Our time together is always a
blessing. These kids get it. They see their sin, they wear their
shame, they are ready for grace. Yet I always consider the dan- Greg Schneeberger - Youth Minister
ger of coming off as a well groomed (maybe,) buttoned up, Desert Springs Church
perceptively pleasing church guy. I pray that they know, while
seated in order and uniforms, that before the cross we are equal.
The scandal of Messiah is not only his preeminent Kingship but
also man’s humble leveling.
hat is love anymore? A convenience? A
comfort? In our society, we have com-
pletely diluted the reality and meaning of
what love is. Listen to pop music on the radio and
tell me that we know what love is! Then we wonder
why we have an unprecedented amount of broken
families in our nation or the abundance of crimes
and violence.
Today it is all about the next “hook-up” or how cute
someone is. Or my favorite, what you are going to
get out of being with that person, like love is a business deal. Do you realize the power
of love? The count I found was 697 verses in the Bible with ‘love’. Some of these
verses contained love more than once! SO, instead of me explaining love and not do-
ing a good job, listen to God’s opinion on love:
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one an-
other in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. - Romans 12:9-10
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he
who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “Do not commit
adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other
commandments there may be, they, are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neigh-
bor as yourself.” Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment
of the law. - Romans 13:8-10
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resound-
ing gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all
mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have
not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the
flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy,
it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily
angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices
with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are
tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know
in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.
When I was a child, I talked like a child; I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.
When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflec-
tion as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall
know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and
love. But the greatest of these is love. - 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Take this to heart! The next time you are at school, work, or church, consider this:
Why do we not love our brother? The one guy at work who annoys us? The pregnant
16 year old? The drug addict? Hate the sin, not the sinner was supposed to be what this
was about and love would handle the rest. Instead we judge and ignore.
To truly make a difference, true, pure, honest love has to be apparent in our every action and
in every aspect of our lives. That is what will make a difference in this world and truly set us
apart like we are supposed
to be. How much easier
would it be to, “Go
Scott Paden
unto all the world and
New Mexico’s Body of Christ
make believers” if we
truly loved them all?
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have never met TV and read the Bi-
a parent who ble with your kids.
looked into their Give them the armor
newborn’s eyes in of God to protect
awe of their new them from evil in-
child’s beauty and fluences. Know who
then stated that they your kids are hanging
hoped that the child out with and remove
would live a life them from situations
of godlessness and that tear them down in-
sin. Every Chris- stead of lifting them up.
tian parent that I meet will state emphatically that they want Proverbs 22:6 commands
their children to love God and serve Jesus all their lives. Yet that we should “train up a
research done by George Barna and others give us a startling child in the way he should go,
reality, 90% of our evangelical children growing up in “com- and when he is old, he will not depart
mitted” Christian families are jumping ship and going the way from it.” Consider seriously and pray about homeschooling.
of the world. What is going on today? Where is the disconnect Deut 6:7-9 says that we should speak of the Lord when we get
between our desires and the outcome? I believe the Christian up, while in the house, go about our business, and when we lie
community has forsaken the God breathed scripture in regards down. God and His wonders should be ingrained in everything
to how we raise our kids and we have adopted far too much of we do. The American school system is about as far from that as
the world into our families. possible. It is a godless anti-Christian institution that is poorly
educating your children and has 40 hours of influence on your
I believe the #1 issue in family disintegration is vision. Prov-
children every week! Do you honestly think that 45 minutes of
erbs 29:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he
Sunday school a week can undo the damage done 5 days a week
that keepeth the law, happy is he.” When was the last time you
in public school? You may claim, “that’s too radical!” You need
thought about, then articulated, a vision or a goal to your family?
not go far to find a multitude of couples in church that lost some
Something like, “My family will be a kind, generous and God
or even all of their children to the world as soon as the chil-
fearing family that is a light to the world. We will be evangelis-
dren left home. Take them out to lunch and ask whether or not
tically minded, a help to the poor, and be an encouragement to
daily devotions, homeschooling and guarding their hearts from
our friends and neighbors.” Once you have a vision statement,
wicked friends and ungodly media would have made a huge
you have to act on it and evaluate everything you do against
difference in their kids lives. Ask them about the heartache that
your vision. It is so easy to go on autopilot in life, going to
comes from knowing their kids will not be with them in heaven
work, school, and church without a significant thought to what
and ask them what they would have done differently if they
we are really doing. We
could do it over again. Would they have spent less time working
pray and sing songs about
and more time talking about God’s truth, living a joy filled life
God using us, but weeks
and sharing the gospel like crazy?
and years go buy with no
real effort on our part to Dear friends, I encourage you to look at your current place in
truly make a difference. life through the telescope of the end of your life. If you want a
If an activity doesn’t sup- legacy of godly offspring, make tough choices today that will
port your vision or if it lead to pride and joy over your children and not regret. Seek the
occupies time that could scriptures on how to raise your kids and ask the Holy Spirit to
be dedicated to the vision, guide your application of those scriptures in your daily life. God
don’t do it! Trade a year will richly bless you.
off from little league and
Adam Getty, husband of one wife for 11 years and struggling
tumbling classes to visit
daily to raise my four kids to God’s glory.
retirement homes, serve
together in the food bank,
soup kitchen, help clean
the church or pull an el- Adam Getty
derly neighbor’s weeds. Rio West Community Church
If you want your kids to
have a godly worldview,
you need to turn off the
of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” The pas-
sage is clear that not everyone is a teacher. It is a spiritual gift
given by God to help believers understand Christian truths more
clearly. In this way the church is kept safe from spiritual harm.

One of the objectives in fire safety is to contain fires within a
small area. This protects both lives and property. James 3:2
reminds us that this principle works concerning the words we

speak, as well. As believers, we must restrain or set a guard over
he Great Chicago Fire began our tongues: “For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does
on October 8, 1871 at 8:30 not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the
pm. The fire cost 100,000 whole body.”
people their homes. 17,500 build-
ings were destroyed, 300 people However, James admits that “no man can tame the tongue”
died, and it cost the city 400 mil- (James 3:8). So what’s the point? I believe that James is direct-
lion dollars to recover. You’ve ing us to the One who can tame the tongue. We can’t contain our
probably heard that Mrs. O’Leary’s words on our own. The psalmist prayed, “Set a guard, O Lord,
cow, Daisy, kicked over a lantern over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips” (Psalm
in the barn and started the fire. But 141:3). Maybe it would be helpful for us to ask God, “Please,
it was never proven that the cow was seal my lips that I may not sin against You or others.”
to blame. The Chicago tragedy burned
Mrs. O’Leary’s reputation beyond belief. Her life was in ruins
despite any proof that she had a hand in the fire. Chicago Tri- It may seem paradoxical, but sometimes firefighters set a small
bune reporter, Michael Ahern, later retracted the story, but it fire to prevent a larger one. It is believed that controlled burn-
was too late to save O’Leary’s reputation. Her story is proof thating stimulates germination and forestation renewal. One force is
used to overcome another. Likewise, James reminds us that “we
the tongue can either be a fire igniter or a fire extinguisher. The
book of James warns us of this, and Scripture teaches us how to put bits in horses’ mouths” (James 3:3) and use small rudders to
prevent fires caused by words blazing out of control. turn a ship “wherever the pilot desires.” (James 3:4). Bits and
rudders must overcome contrary forces—a bit overcomes the
wild nature of a horse and a rudder overcomes wind, currents,
The King James translation of James 3:1 says: “My brethren, and other forces that could take a ship off course. Our human
be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater tongue must overcome the opposing force of the flesh and our
condemnation.” ‘Master’ literally means instructor or teacher. sinful nature or we will go off course.
Let’s ask ourselves the ancient question, “Art thou the master of Proverbs 15:1 gives a great example of a controlled burn, “A soft
the unspoken word, or is the spoken word the master of you?” answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” The
Truly, the tongue can spark scandals or save reputations. next time you encounter heated words, try the counterbalance of
In the forest world, the forest ranger is the ‘master’ of his domain, a calming tone.
sitting in his tower watching for fires. In dry seasons, the rangers
are especially vigilant. When they detect smoke, they summon
firefighters who try to stop the fire before it gets out of hand. Sometimes fires are started by natural means – like a strike of
They also determine which trees, because of disease or decay-
ing, need to be cut down. In addition, they diagnose how to save
nearby healthy trees.
In the church, there are pastors and teachers who vigilantly
guard the church. They are much like the forest ranger, watching
vigilantly for danger, disease, and diagnosing trouble within the
church. As James warns, it’s crucial that the right person is in
the pulpit.
The teacher or master must be called or gifted by the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 4:11-12 tells us, “He [the Holy Spirit] Himself gave
some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some
pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work
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lightning. But nine out of ten fires are started by human negli- an unloving manner.
gence. The same is true with burning words. In James 3:5 we Let’s face it, we’ve all been guilty of polluting the air with dam-
read, “Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great aging dialogue. Thankfully, God does not want us to remain
things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!” defiled. Allow me to walk you through the three steps to decon-
James explains that there are two ways the fiery tongue becomes tamination.
irrepressible. The first of these is boasting: “Even so the tongue 1. Repent: Pray for God to cleanse your mind from the defile-
is a little member and boasts great things.” (James 3:5). It ment of spreading or listening to gossip.
reminds me of the boastful frog who wanted to go south with the
migrating geese. The frog called out to a goose and asked him 2. Restore: Pray for God to give you genuine love for each
for a ride. The goose replied, “We have no idea how you could person involved in the gossip, and if you have sinned against
fly south with us.” But the vain frog had a plan. He plucked a someone, to make it right.
cattail and asked two geese to use it as a pole for him to hold on 3. Renew: Romans 12:2 says, “And do not be conformed to
to with his mouth. A farmer looked up and saw two geese with this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
a frog hanging by a reed and said, “Which one of you figured God’s Word is truth and it will cleanse you. If you feel con-
that out?” The frog said, “It was I...I…I…yi… yi!” As Proverbs taminated, you can rest assured that God’s word will cleanse
16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit you once you confess.
before a fall.” Haven’t you noticed that the very things you boast
about lead to your downfall? In 1944 there was a fire in Capitan, New Mexico where 17,000
acres were burned. A tiny little bear cub was found hiding up
The second fire hazard is strife. The person who stirs up strife in a pine tree. His little paws were singed and burned. One of
is like a person who stirs up coals to get a fire blazing. Proverbs the forest rangers found him and the department adopted him
26:20-21 says, “Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and as Smokey the Bear. To this day, most kids can recognize the
where there is no talebearer, strife ceases. As charcoal is to burn-
ing coals, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindle
strife.” I’m sure you know people who add fuel to the fire of hot
situations. Please make sure you’re not one of them. Lenya Heitzig
Calvary Chapel
If you’ve ever been near a campfire you know that when you
come home, everything smells of smoke. In James 3:6 we learn,
“The tongue is so set among our mem-
bers that it defiles the whole body.”
Just as smoke permeates everything it
comes in contact with, words can be
defiling—they can stink.
Here are four symptoms to let you
know you’ve been contaminated by
tainted talking:
1. Dislike: Developing bitterness or
resentment toward someone who did
not directly offend you.
2. Disapproval: Maintaining a critical
attitude or recruiting others to take
your side in a conflict.
3. Distortion: Distorting a situation to
give a bad impression of another or to
make you appear more spiritual.
4. Deception: Deceiving yourself into
believing that such actions are actu-
ally accomplishing God’s will rather
than realizing that you are acting in
ouples fight!  The key to 9. Commit yourself to openness,
any fight is to maintain honesty, and acceptance.  This will
control.  You do not have help you relax, listen, and give feed-
the right to be immature, childish back. 
or abusive.  If you do have legiti-
10.  Allow yourself and your partner
mate feelings and issues, you are
to retreat with dignity.  How a fight
entitled to give a reasonable voice
ends is crucial.  Recognize when an
to those feelings in a constructive
olive branch is being offered to you
way. (That includes not being self-
(it might be disguised as an apology
righteous or taking yourself too
or a joke,) and give each other a face-
seriously.) Proverbs 29:11, “A fool
saving way out of the disagreement.
gives full vent to his anger, but a
wise man holds it back.” 11. Pray privately and together
about each conflict before discussing
  1. Take it private and keep it pri-
it. Prayer can never hurt any situation.
vate. Fighting in front of your kids
is nothing short of child abuse.  It
Stuck? Need some help? Email John
can and will scar them emotion-
ally and spiritually all because you
don’t have the self-control to keep it
together until you can talk about it privately. It also not advisable
to share information about your fights 320 with family
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to anger pacifies contention.”
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2. Deal with the issue at hand!  Keep
it relevant!  Stay on
task! Focus on the issues rather than attacking each other. Don’t John Thurman M.Div., M.A.
bring up old issues or grudges when they are not a part ofSpeaker,
the Writer, Professional Counselor
solution. Put boundaries around the subject so it won’t turn into
a free for all. Limit the discussion to the one issue at the center
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4. Eliminate “You never,” “You always.”  These phrases will
always lead to some place you really don’t want to go. John Thurman M.Div., M.A. Speaker, Writer, Professional Counselor
5. Avoid character assassination.   Stay focused on the issue
rather than ripping into your spouse’s personality, family, or
6.  Don’t “mind read!”  If you are not sure what your partner
meant by something they said, ask for clarification.
7.  Stay on task! The mission is to resolve to conflict and come
out with a “win-win” not a “I win you lose outcome.”
8.  Be proportional in your intensity. You don’t kill a fly with
a cannon.   There are basically only two types of problems
people have – solvable and unsolvable (or not solvable right
now.) Everything that you disagree on is not an earth shattering
issue.  Remember, you don’t have to get mad and upset every
time you have a cause to be.
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Are we divided? Have we allowed ourselves ors and from Central to Montgomery. In the same mind
to be divided by denominations, church affili- through prayer and spreading the Gospel in love, after
ation and some biblical differences that do not all isn’t that our instruction. We don’t have to imagine!
separate us as God’s children or being one body UNITED we can do this. Eph. 4:15-16 reads: speaking
in Christ? Have we kept church locked up in the truth in love, so we may grow up in all things into

God’s Family
church and do we ever see mul- Him who is the head—Christ—from whom the whole
tiple churches supporting an body, joined and knit together by what
event or outreach? Paul writes, every joint supplies, according to the
no he PLEADS, in 1 Cor. 1:10 effective working by which every
- Now I plead with you, breth- part does its share, causes growth of
ren, by the name of our Lord the body for the edifying of itself in
Jesus Christ, that you all speak
Divided, Blind and Lost?!? love.
the same thing, and that there
be no divisions among you, but that you be per-
fectly joined together in the same mind and in Prayer Mission.
the same judgment.
Never before has the churches in New Mexico been
Are we blind and lost? We as members of the more unified, but we still have a long way to go. Several
church, yes you and me who sit in the seats of the churches, organizations, and fellow Christians have felt
church we attend, have we become blind and un- a call to pray for New Mexico 24 hours a day, 7 days a
aware of our purpose as children of our Lord and week, all 365 days next year. We are looking for church-
Savior Jesus Christ? Are we lost in the cares of es and Christian organizations who would like to take
this world? Are we blind? How do we see homo- a day, or a day a month, to be in prayer. What about
sexuals, atheist, homeless, and those who worship your church? Unity starts with UnI! We can not leave
false gods? Do we not see them as God’s creation this entirely up to churches or the pastors! You and I,
in whom He died for, a lost soul being lead to the (UnI) the members of the churches need to drive this
slaughter? Do we avoid them like some plague mission! Only together and united can we accomplish
or does our heart feel love and compassion? Who such a task. Go to www.NewMexicosBodyofChrist.
did Christ die for? If we are to be Christ like how com and click on the Prayer Mission Tab to learn how
are we dying and showing love to the lost? Paul you and your church can be involved.
wrote in 1 Cor. 9:19, 22b For though I am free
from all  men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I
might win the more. I have become all things to all men, that
I might by all means save some.  Daniel Ruiz
New Mexicos Body fo Christ
Unity starts with UnI. Why would Paul tell us to be united,
no perfectly joined together? Maybe for such a time as this!
The enemy is trying to keep us divided by denomination or
church affiliation and now he is using political party, govern-
ment, our president, and some media to keep us separated.
There are even so called christian churches that say same sex
marriage is ok. We lost prayer in school and did nothing about
it. New Mexico is number four in the nation in suicide. What
about rape? Did you know 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men
will be a victim of sexual assault in their lifetime. UNITED
for such a time as this! Imagine our churches being united in
prayer for our state and nation. We could have 365 churches
pick one day to pray. We even have a few churches that could
do one day every month. We read in 2 Chron. 7:14, “if My
people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves
and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways,
then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will
heal their land.” We can do this! Imagine one weekend every
church in Albuquerque united in a street outreach. We could
have church members at every block from Juan Tabo to Co-
lone, aban- to earth where He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised
doned and for our iniquities, the chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
abused? and by His stripes we are healed. As He hung on that cross He
Sounds a lot like us became Fatherless so we would never have to.
before Christ.
There are over 2000 orphaned in New Mexico. 858
Rom 5:8, “But God are ready for adoption now! New Mexico
demonstrates His has 1615 churches, so we must ask our-
own love toward us, selves why? If only one person per
in that while we were church were to adopt a child we would
still sinners, Christ be fight-
died for us.” Some of us ing over
have good fathers, some of who would get
us bad fathers, and some hav- a child instead
ing no fathers at all. As Christians of fighting to find
we all have a perfect Father, a Father who gave up everything so them a home. All these kids want is to be loved, to be safe, and
that we could become sons and daughters of His eternal family. to be wanted.
As His sons or daughters we are able to enter into the throne
How can you help?
room of King of Kings and cry out Abba Father (Daddy)
1. Pray: Hold these children here in New Mexico and the mil-
Rom 8:15-17, “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage
lions around the world up before the Lord who we call Father;
again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom
that His good news of salvation finds them, that they find safety,
we cry out, ‘Abba, Father’ The Spirit Himself bears witness
comfort and love, and that their daily needs are met. Pray that
with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then
hearts of the Christian community open to the call to care for
heirs--heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suf-
the fatherless.
fer with [Him], that we may also be glorified together.” In the
eye of God we are as much a son or a daughter of His family as 2. Foster a child: Bringing a child into a home where they
one being born into it. This word adoption comes from 2 Greek can be loved unconditionally as Christ loved us. Teach them
words, the first, Huios that means “Son” and the second Thesis by your example that the God we follow loves them, and show
means “Placement.” Adoption is a legal term, and in the above them there is a better life in Christ.
context indicates that the believer has been given full privileges 3. Adopt a Child: Become a forever family for a child. Make
of sonship. Adoption was God’s plan for us from the very be- them heirs of your family and by example, heir to the kingdom
ginning. In the same way adoption is a reflection of the very of God.
nature of God to rescue His lost children. Christian couples 4. Volunteer: Become a big brother or big sister. Serve in your
considering adoption are mirroring the love, grace, and mercy church’s Sunday school. Get involved in a child’s life where
that God has shown us in rescuing a lost or fatherless child. you can imprint the love of Christ on their hearts.
Take a close look as God calls us to make disciples of all men. 5. Financial support: Not all fill the calling to bring a father-
less child into their homes, please help those who do. In many
Mat 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the na-
cases the adoption fees are too high for an average family to
tions, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son
adopt. Your financial support goes a long way to come along
and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that
side the families and the orphaned child.
I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, [even]
to the end of the age.” Amen. How better to preach the gospel Your support can make a difference. For questions or help get-
and make disciples, teaching them to observe all things, then to ting plugged in, call 410-4460, or email schroff@aspenproject.
bring a child into our home where they can see and hear daily org.
the love and truth of the God we follow. Free 4 band concert to benefit Aspen Project at the El Rey
At Aspen Project our mission is to challenge the church com- theatre Oct 16th doors open at 6:30n ends at 10pm. Featured
munity to follow the Lord’s command as set forth in Exodus, bands POEMA, NICK CRESPO, CHUCK ELMORE, and
Deuteronomy, Job, and Psalms, to care for the fatherless. It is IVES!!!
an area where we feel the church community as a whole, falls
short. Please do not misunderstand. Not all are called to adopt,
Clay Schroff
not all are called to foster. But we are all called to help care for
Aspen Project
the fatherless.
(505) 410-4460
Consider this, for our adoption God gave up heaven and came
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“If anyone has material possessions, and sees his brother in need but
has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?…” - 1 John
“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty
or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison and did not help
you?’ He will reply ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one
of the least of these, you did not do for me’.” - Matt 25:44-45
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to
look after widows and orphans in their distress and to keep ones self
from being polluted by the world.” - James 1:27

hat if we are NOT called to gather together as many
as we can fit into our building, but to go out and be
Jesus among the watching world? What if church has
nothing to do with sound systems, padded pews and bulletins?
What if every believer was involved in outreach outside his
church walls and the coming together was to worship and give
good reports of the things that God has done through each mem-
ber while they were NOT in the building?
What if there is NO SUCH THING as a layman, and God has
called ALL OF US to be ministers? What if every time we saw
a vagrant or a person in front of us in the grocery store line
or someone standing at the exit ramp holding a “will work for
food” sign, we looked hard enough to see nail prints in their
hands and feet and recognize them as Jesus?
God’s people are stewards of those who He desires to be His
people. The lost and broken are His first priority. That is why
He became man and endured death on the cross. Since we are celebration. Unconventional steps? Sure. Required steps? Read
His Body and are inhabited by His Spirit, then the lost and the the scriptures at the beginning again and decide for yourself.
broken should be our first priority too.
Instead of showing our God how much we love Him by go- Juliet Tross
ing to Church four times a week, what if we showed up at Ekklesia Church Outreach
the prisons, the hospitals, the orphanages and the convalescent Rio Rancho, NM
homes? Then gathering on Sunday mornings would truly be a
YOU can help bring real and permanent hope to poor, needy,
and homeless people.
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2.DONATE---A.R.M. depends entirely on financial contribu-
tions from individuals, churches, businesses, and organizations.
3.GIFTS-IN-KIND---Donations of food, clothing, bed and bath
articles, personal hygiene supplies and other items are needed.
Every gift saves the Mission money by reducing our shopping
expenses. Donations may be dropped off at the Mission, located
at 525 2nd St. SW, Mon. through Sat. from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
“ You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in
his distress. A shelter from the storm…” 1 Peter 5:2 4.VOLUNTEER---Experience the joy of serving with your time,
talents, skills, and energy for people in need. To find out more
Giving Refuge to the Homeless:
about how you can participate in this valuable ministry, call our

he Southwest morning sun breaks over the Sandia Moun- Volunteer Coordinator at (505) 346-4673 extension 235.
tains and filters down to touch the people standing out-
side our gates this morning at the Albuquerque Rescue
Mission. Tall, short, young, old, men, women, and children Jannetta LaMort
are bundled up as best they can be against the chilly night they Albuquerque Rescue Mission
just survived. Their faces pinched against the cold; are tinged 505-346-4673 ext. 236
with anxiety, as they know that the nights and days are going
to get colder, wetter and more dangerous for them as fall slips

into winter. e at Rivers of Living Waters are happy to present to
the community of Albuquerque a team of ministers
For over 55 years, the Albuquerque Rescue Mission has opened and volunteer helpers who love coming together to
its doors to thousands of hungry, homeless and hurting men, serve you in this time of economic uncertainty; we enjoy feed-
women, and children in New Mexico. Each day homeless and ing people. Thanks to Angel Food Ministries we can offer food
hurting people are comforted, supported, encouraged and trans-
at a fraction of the cost. We invite and welcome churches, com-
formed through what may seem to be so basic: a meal, warm munity centers, and individuals to participate. http://www.riv-
clothing, and a safe place to rest. Breakfast starts with hats or call (505) 898-0044 or (505)
pulled from bent heads, hands clasped as God is thanked for
the food He has provided. The plate of hot, nourishing food set
down in front of each person is accompanied with a smile and
the opportunity to talk to someone who cares.
Times are hard right now and the Albuquerque Rescue Mission
is not immune to the shifts in the economy. As more people fall
victim to high unemployment and rising costs of food and utili-
ties, we find our services in even more demand for the newly
Cail and Sharon Morris have been serving our community one
homeless or near homeless, while donations are down to the
family at a time. Please know that each month gives you the
lowest levels in many years. One hundred percent of the fund-
opportunity to feed families in need during this challenging
ing for the ongoing programs and services we offer comes from
economic time. Please make a
private donors. The Albuquerque Rescue Mission does not re-
tax-deductible contribution to
ceive federal, state, county, or United Way funding. Every night our ministry and mail your do-
the lives of the countless homeless men, women, and children nation to:
on the streets of Albuquerque are challenged due to the lack of
food and shelter. Their need is great, but few know of it. Our 12500 Montgomery Blvd. NE
work at the Albuquerque Rescue Mission is to restore value to Ste. 112- Albuquerque, New
the lives of the homeless of our city with food, clothing, shelter Mexico – 87111
and biblical counsel. Call (505) 346-HOPE (4673) or go to our Angel Food is available in a
website to learn more about how you can quantity that can easily fit into a medium-sized box at $30 per
help us restore value to the lives of the many homeless men, unit. Each month’s menu is different than the previous month
women, and children on our streets today. and consists of both fresh and frozen items with an average
retail value of $60.
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nfamous maltreatment of Christians throughout the world is “remember them
a widely recognized reality that varies from severe persecu- that are in bonds, as
tion (e.g. N. Korea) to minor inconveniences (e.g. America). bound with them;
This quarter’s “International Section” was written to promote and them which suf-
prayerful discussion about the possibility of increased perse- fer adversity, as be-
cution cutting into our own slice of the world – “the land of ing yourselves also
the free”. Economic, political and social tempests may already in the body.” (Heb
be tracking toward the “perfect storm” of societal upheaval in 13:3) To learn more
America. about how to help
your spiritual family in
Imagine access-restricted Asia
Circumstances are extremely challenging for all, and worse yet that is deeply familiar
for the Body of Christ. The secular and “religious” alike have with persecution, go to www.
blamed Christians for the onset and development of terrifying
troubles at home and abroad. In New Mexico cities, the threat to
life and limb is such that the vast majority of pastors prayerfully
determine it is best for their congregations to morph – almost Ian Marshall
overnight – into thousands upon thousands of micro-churches Front Line Resources
that must meet in homes.

A Chinese proverb popular among persecuted Christians states,
“If we appear as a small group of ants we will probably be ok,
but if we begin to look like a colony we must beware of the feet If you know of awesome International
that will stomp on us.” For the foreseeable future, it is best for efforts or missions let us know by visiting
us to walk with the wise in this way. us at, or
All Christian media has been shut down. When the internet is Daniel Ruiz at: (505) 264-5201
up every web page and email goes through exceptionally so- or
phisticated government filters. There is no way to disguise your
IP address or anonymize your activity.
Are we ready for such a time as this?
Are there enough Biblically literate and experienced disciplers
to serve thousands upon thousands of N.M. house churches nec-
essary to meet gathering-in-safety requirements? Who will risk
hosting and/or leading 3,000 – 4,000 new “home groups” in,
for example, Albuquerque? How small should our groups be
so as not to draw undue attention? How much time should we
allow before the next person comes or goes to avoid detection?
If an unrecognized person spots us approaching the meeting
place, shall we continue to our destination or go back the way
we came?
Evangelism has not stopped, it has simply taken on a new
shape, and increased! Spontaneous exponential expansion of
the Church now accurately describes how the Lord has been
adding to the Church daily! However, qualified leaders cannot
be found. We need to develop secret intensive training centers
even as regular gathering to continue in the apostles’ doctrine
and fellowship. Breaking of bread and prayer is increasingly
risky. Add new believers to the equation and the amazing has
become somewhat perplexing. More grace Lord; send help
Even as we contemplate the possibility of “us” becoming “them”
and how we might prepare accordingly, may we continue to
My wife Meagen and I have been working with Musicians
For Missions International since January of 2007. MFMI was
Also Meagen Moody just released her studio album called
founded in Amsterdam, Holland by Karen Lafferty in 1981 and
“Notes To The Author” and samples of that album can be heard
it is now based in Santa Fe, NM. The purpose MFMI is to
at or on iTunes.
encourage, train and mobilize Christian musicians who have a
heart for God, a compassion for people, a high standard of ar-
tistic excellence and seriousness for ministry. MFMI focuses on
evangelism, training, tours, and recording projects as a means
Chad & Meagan Moody
to reaching the lost encouraging Believers and equipping others
Musicians For Missions International
for music ministry.
Our most recent project was a 3-week music seminar in the
Quito, Ecuador. We have spent extensive time in Mexico and
Honduras but this was the first time to South America. We
were invited by the Christian Missionary Alliance Church of
Cumbaya to be part of the Music and Arts seminar.
Salt & Light Magazine spoke with Missions Pastor Matt Brad-
Quito is a beautiful city set in the Andes Mountains with a shaw. We discuss their recent mission trip to Marseille, France
population of 1.4 million people. Ecuador is made up of many where they were meeting people (mostly Muslims) who arrive
indigenous people groups and is rich in resources such as oil, at the port there and handing them material to read about Jesus.
timber, and gold. It is also one of only 18 countries in the world If you have ever been interested in missions we encourage you
having a “mega diverse biosystem”, meaning Ecuador hosts a to come watch this video as Matt talks about their 10 day trip to
large variety of plant and animal life. France and how the people there reacted to them being there.
Go to to watch this vid-
The Music and Arts seminar hosted about 70 students over the
eo interview in our online magazine November 1st.
3-week period. The classes included music theory, piano, voice,
guitar, bass guitar, drums, painting and cooking. My wife and I
were teaching music theory, piano, voice, guitar and bass guitar.
It was an amazing time for the two of us to see the students so
eager to learn and to grow in excellence, and to use their talents Pastor Matt Bradshaw
to glorify God. We also found God giving us a heart to invest Sagebrush Community Church
in the students and to trust in Him to use these men and women
in the future for His purposes.
The long-term vision of worship pastor Gustavo Sa-
maniego, who was over seeing the seminar is to have
a full time Christian music and arts school operating
alongside of CMA Church of Cumbaya. We were
privileged to be a part of the first steps of working to-
wards that goal. Classes will continue once a week
from now until the end of the year and possibly by
then the Music and Arts school will begin to operate
in it’s own building on a full time basis. The arts are
such an important part of Christian culture and Wor-
ship and we need to continue to encourage excellence
in Christian Art and Music.
Meagen and I always find that as we step out in obedi-
ence to Him, He is always faithful lead us and to work
in us. We are so thankful for the opportunity we had
to glorify Him in Ecuador and we look forward to see-
ing how God will use the many musicians and artist
who are being trained in Ecuador to be worshippers in
Spirit and in Truth.
You can find out more about Chad and Meagen Moody
and Musicians For Missions International at www.
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ave you attend- ceived ceremonial
ed a tea party? laws regarding their
Have you been worship, and civil
to a townhall meeting? laws regarding their
These are good ques- relationships with
tions in light of the po- one another. The

litical unrest in our na- observance of these
tion. But there is a more laws required gov-
important question; ernmental activity.
should you as a Christian participate in the volatile arena of
The biblical pattern of

politics and government?
government is shown in
It has been my experience and it is my opinion that the church the Old Testament Scrip-
has withdrawn from the realm of political controversy. Why?
Maybe it’s because of the old adage which says, “If you want
tures: first there was a theoc-
racy, the rule of God. Adam and IO N
to keep friends avoid conversations about politics and religion.” Eve, Noah, and early descendants
Or here’s another favorite viewpoint, “Whatever you do, main- of man lived under this perfect form of government. As the
tain separation between church and state.” Pastors and church population of the earth expanded we see the institution of the
leaders everywhere live in fear of “crossing the line.” patriarchs, the rule of fathers. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are
examples of this kind of leadership. Finally, the people cried out
What is the biblically correct stance when it comes to the church
for a king, and God granted their request by anointing Saul to be
and government, along with the active participation of Christ’s
the first monarch, a sovereign ruler, over Israel.
followers? The apostle Peter makes it very clear that we are to
be subject to every human institution. We are to honor every- The New Testament writers also provide details on the gover-
one, love fellow believers, fear God, and honor the king. (1Peter nance of the people, whether Christian or not. The apostle Paul
2:13, 17) In other words we are called to be model citizens. says, “Let every person be subject (submitted to) the governing
But the question that remains with many Christians is; to what authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those
extent are we to be involved in the political process of our na- that exist have been instituted by God.” (Romans 13:1)
It becomes evidently clear from a study of God’s word that
Let’s look at what government and politics are supposed to be. government isn’t a man-made institution; rather it is the sys-
First, the definition of government is the act or process of gov- tem God has ordained for the orderly conduct of human affairs.
erning; specifically: authoritative direction or control. Second, Since God has established moral standards and holds all people
the definition of politics is a: the art or science of government b: accountable to him, Christians should take every opportunity
the art or science concerned with guiding or influencing govern- to influence the government to make laws consistent with the
mental policy c: the art or science concerned with winning and Bible’s moral standards. This, out of necessity, will require the
holding control over a Christian to engage in the political process that ultimately deter-
government. In a nutshell mines who has authority in government.
government and politics
Jesus was once questioned about his political allegiances and
go hand and hand. You
whether or not he should keep the law regarding paying taxes.
can’t have one without
His answer was simple, Give to Caesar the things that are Cae-
the other.
sar’s; and to God the things that are God’s. As a Christian, will
As a Christian we need you respond accordingly, serving the Lord with wholehearted
to recognize that God has devotion, participating in the process of government and poli-
established civil govern- tics that leads to good citizenship here on the earth?
ment for the good of the
Carl Mahler is an associate pastor with Apostles Lutheran
people. After God’s cho-
Church in Chesapeake, Virginia. He leads the church’s small
sen people, the Israelites,
group ministry and conducts Bible studies. He and his wife Rita
came out of Egypt and
are the parents of four children and ten grandchildren. They are
400 years of slavery God
Christian marriage counselors and have conducted parenting
led them into the wilder-
classes for many years.
ness and made a mighty
nation out of them. At the
foot of Mount Sinai they
received not only the Ten Pastor Carl Mahler
Commandments (moral Apostles Lutheran Church
laws) but they also re- Chesapeake, Virginia
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This section is not about Republican or
Democrat but bringing you a more personal
Salt & Light Magazine spoke with Steve Pearce in a video re-
side of the people in government. If you are
corded interview. Steve is running for Congress, 2nd district
running for office or are already in a position
which is the Southern district of New Mexico. We discuss the
we would like to interview you.
Daniel Ruiz at: (505) 264-5201 changes and vision he has for New Mexico and how we need to
or start voting our faith over our political party. If you would like
to know more about Steve Pearce go to www.NewMexicos- to watch this video interview in our online
magazine November 1st.

Former Congressman Steve Pearce
Taylor Memorial Baptist Church
Hobbs, NM

Salt & Light Magazine spoke with State Representative Nora
Espinoza in a video recorded interview. We discuss voting
biblical values not political party. We ask her why she thinks
Christians should be involved in politics and what she would
like pastors in New Mexico to say about voting to their congre-
gations. To hear her answers and more go to www.NewMexi- to watch this video interview in our on-
line magazine November 1st.

Nora Espinoza
NM House Representative District 59
Church on the Move
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ast December, Terri Krueger, the mother of two Naval any of
Academy sons, was attending the Army/Navy football us know
game. During halftime, a check was presented to the one of the
Wounded Warrior Project. During the applause she knew, to- many heroes who
gether with her friends and their friends back in New Mexico serve in our armed
that she could raise even more money for this worthy cause. forces andkeep us
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the Wounded Warrior Project. And since she is a successful abroad. We want to
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don’t think I alone. We found out that Joyelle had been drinking ev-
will ever for- eryday since the first rape. It is hard to comprehend that
get the sound our child became an alcoholic at age twelve and we did
that the door made when not even see the signs. So we finally realized Joyelle did
the staff at the psychiat- not have headaches from allergies but had a hangover
ric hospital took Joyelle from us. every morning for 4 years. Don’t forget the $10,000
They told us they would stay in touch, but for us to phone bills; it seems that Joyelle would call Courtney
not contact her for at least two weeks. When that door in MA and her friend Rick, who had moved from Mi-
closed we knew in our hearts that life for Joyelle was ami to CA, on three way calling. Joyelle would pass
hanging by a thread. The little girl that we knew and out and Courtney and Rick became very good friends
loved would never be the same again. We continued talking on the phone every night most of the night. As
contact with Joyelle’s doctor at the hospital calling ev- we continued our counseling, we realized the pain our
ery day to see what was happening. He explained to us daughter must have been suffering daily. Apparently,
that Joyelle had to face her demon and it was probably the perpetrator had such a hold on the children in Fall
one of the most difficult things she will ever experi- River, MA because he always knew where Joyelle was
ence. When we were finally able to see Joyelle we until she moved to Dallas, TX. You see Joyelle never
were in shock. Joyelle had lost weight and was ex- told Courtney about Dallas, we thought it strange she
tremely weak and very angry with us. Her first words stopped asking us if Courtney could come for her year-
to us were, “You always said you would be there for ly visits and we just thought maybe they had just out
me, where were you?” I personally felt like I had been grown each other. Now that we put things together we
hit by a truck and I knew it was going to take extensive realize they did always stay in touch but Joyelle always
counseling for all of us to get through this crisis. You made up excuses as to why Courtney could not come
realize that you must put on your strength and trust in to visit. Joyelle knew that if she told Courtney where
your Heavenly Father to get you through trying times we were living in Dallas her rapist would find her. We
like this. We spoke often with our Pastor and asked did not know he kept calling her and threatening her
him to please visit Joyelle. After one of his visits with while we lived in Miami, saying there was no place she
Joyelle he dropped by to see us and he was in tears. would be safe and he would always find her. He told
Joyelle had asked him, “where was God when HE was her he was going to rape her and her best friend and
raping us, You said in church that ‘God is always with he did. He also said he would kill her dog and he did.
us?’ I finally realize what they mean when they say So when he said he was going to kill her parents and
“time is a healer.” make her watch if she told anyone, then she thought
he would. It is hard for us to try to comprehend what
Joyelle was so fortunate to have the team of therapists
she went through as she (at age 12) was trying to pro-
she had. Every night we drove forty miles round trip to
tect her mother from a rapist/killer and her dad from a
meet with other parents whose children were in the hos-
killer. The threats were so believable to her. She said
pital with Joyelle. Joyelle was inpatient for thirty days
he always knew when Jack was out of town and would
and then transferred to outpatient services for sixty days
call her. The hold that a perpetrator has on his victim
while also attending AA and Tough Love groups for
is monumental. She finally felt safe when we moved
over a year. We had individual family counseling and
to Dallas and this was why the truth could finally come
we learned what our daughter had been going through
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being parents of an alcoholic is that you must work the Healthy Families: 505-842-9911
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cess. The first night we found out about Joyelle’s drink-
ing we went home and threw out all the alcohol we had
in our home. At the time my parents lived overseas
and would always bring us these wonderful wines from
different countries, needless to say that night our home
had a very strong smell as we poured everything down
the drain. Of course we all know that alcoholics will
relapse at least once and it did happen on Joyelle’s first
weekend pass. After that weekend, and a heart to heart
talk, we all made the commitment as a family to never
touch a drop of alcohol again. Through our strong faith
and love for ourselves and each other we have all been
alcohol free for the last seventeen years.
Read the rest of Joyelle’s Story in our online maga-
zine November 1st.
Local Alcoholics Anonymous (Albuquerque, NM) : 505-
Rape Crisis Center (Albuquerque, NM) : 505-266-7711
UNM Children ‘s Psychiatric Center: 505-272-2890
Desert Hills Behavioral Health Center: 505-836-7330
Lovelace Behavioral Health: 505-727-8855
Albuquerque Family Mental Health Clinic: 505-256-0065
Sequoyah Adolescent Treatment Center: 505-222-0300
Christ-centered recourses:
Christian Counseling Center of New Mexico: 505-856-0300
Family Therapy of Albuquerque: 505-821-3628
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10/2-4/09 – Festival of Marriage - A Picture 2 Treasure............................................... 23
10/5-9/09 – Fall Senior Celebration - A&S Automotive .................................................... 29
10/9-12/09 - Help the orphans from Juarez  on a campout - www.bettertogether- ACI Financial.......................................................... 18
Amor Reality............................................................. 7
10/10/09 - 2009 City Wide Homeless Crusade
Believer’s in Business.............................................. 19
10/10/09 - Starfield w/ Article One –
10/16/09 - Free 4 band concert to benefit Aspen Project at the El Rey -Theatre doors Computer Network Design....................................... 12
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10/18/09 - Skillet, Hawk Nelson, Decyfer Down, & The Letter Black (Kiva Audi-
Ekklesia Church .................................................... 21
torium - ABQ) 
10/20/09 - Skillet, Hawk Nelson, Decyfer Down, & The Letter Black (McGee Park Global Destiny Ministry............................................ 4
Memorial Coliseum – Farmington) Global Security Agency............................................ 7
10/19-23/09 - IFOC Basic Chaplain Training Class – Golfernoggins .........................................................10
10/22/09 - Sunport Serenade - Located at the Sunport Airport in Alb NM -Come out John Thurman.......................................................... 18
and hear the choir serenade the passengers at the airport - http://www.newmexico- Joy Junction............................................................ 21
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10/26/09 - Remedy Drive – (Ocotillo Performing Arts – Artesia) KKIM ...................................................................... 5
10/28/09 - The Way We Roll Tour Newsboys w/ Seventh Day Slumber – (Farming- Koinonia Coffee House............................................ 4
ton – Please call 505-327-7202 for more info.)
Lisa Ortiz .............................................................10
10/31/09 – View our calendar for Fall Festivals throughout New Mexico
Mesa Reprographics .............................................. 14
11/1/09 - The Way We Roll Tour Newsboys w/ Seventh Day Slumber – (Las Cruces
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11/1/09 - Creation Festival: The Tour Jars of Clay w/ Thousand Foot Krutch – (Be- Options Acupuncture & Acutonics.......................... 25
lievers Center – ABQ) Print Mart ............................................................... 16
11/8/09 - Jeremy Camp, Natalie Grant, Bebo Norman – (NMMI - Pearson Audito- PTL Trades ............................................................ 23
rium – Roswell)
Purity Ball............................................................... 11
11/10/09 - Jeremy Camp, Natalie Grant, Bebo Norman - (Hoffmantown - ABQ).
Quic Transmission .................................................. 26
11/6/09 - Purity Ball –
11/13-15/09 - Christmas for the orphans in Madera, Mexico - www.bettertogether- Ray of Hope Ministries.......................................... 8 RCG ......................................................................... 2
11/19/09 - Altered Minds Tour - Lecrae w/ After Edmund – (Carlsbad – Please call RE/Max ................................................................... 7
575-499-9973 for more info.)
Shaklee .................................................................. 10
11/20/09 – Albuquerque Christian Children’s Home Benefit Dinner & Auction –
(505) 898-5520 or Shorty’s BBQ.......................................................... 11
Special Touch Salon................................................ 15
12/20/09 - Childrens Christmas Play - Crestview Baptist 301 Chama N.E. Albq
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12/29/09 – FUGE Winter Camp - Storms Insurance ..................................................... 7
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