2012 By the Numbers: A Look Back

This is a little outside our normal area of reporting,  but I found this very interesting and thought others would benefit from reading the stats from 2012 From The Gospel Coalition:

World population (est.): 7,061,314,509

Resident population of the United States (est.): 315,067,051

In America there is:
– One birth every: 8 seconds
– One death every: 12 seconds
– One abortion every: 26 seconds
– One international migrant (net) every: 40 seconds
– Net gain of one person every: 17 seconds

America’s outstanding public debt (est.):$16,348,868,007,556.33

America’s outstanding consumer debt (est.):$11,380,000,000,000

Average credit card debt per U.S. household: $15,418

Average mortgage debt per U.S. household: $149,782

Average student loan debt per U.S. household: $34,703

Median household income: $50,054

Read more stats on adoption, same-sex “marriage”, and Christian persecution from 2012 after the break.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

2012: A Reflective Look Back Before Moving Forward

2013 happy new yearIt’s 2013! Typical of the first day of a new year is a reflective look back on where we have come from while focusing intently on where we are going. Many people will carefully craft New Year’s resolutions aimed at betterment, a practice held in high regard at this time of the year.

So with a goal of reflectively looking at where we have come in an effort to determine where we want to go, let’s look at some nationwide statistics from 2012 along with some specific accomplishments of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia.

First, thanks to our friends at The Gospel Coalition, we have a detailed list of statistics from 2012 that will serve to soberly remind all of us that whatever we have accomplished this year, the work is not done. Not even close.

World population (est.): 7,061,314,509

Resident population of the United States (est.): 315,067,051

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Pro-Life Victories in 2012

child with abortion signAs the year draws to a close it is almost standard to be reflective and look back at accomplishments from the previous year. This is helpful in determining where we have come and where we are headed. For those in the pro-life movement it is a critical part of staying motivated to press on in the face of constant media attacks, legislative attacks, social media attacks, and certainly attacks from pro-abortion advocates.

If you didn’t know better, you would think most of the U.S. and even the world overwhelmingly favored abortion on demand and thought anything less was barbaric. You would be wrong. A consensus from multiple layers of data – polling, surveys, ballot initiatives, and legislation shows the tide is turning in favor of life and that few people actually claim to support abortion on demand. Even among those who do support abortion, many believe it should be limited to extreme circumstances rather than sold on street corners.

So what are some of the key moments from 2012 that pro-lifers can rally behind and carry into 2013 as a banner to march behind as we seek to further strengthens life laws? A recent article from LifeNews.com lists ten victories for the pro-life movement in 2012:

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

The Top Five Pro-Life Videos of 2012

These videos were among the most watched pro-life videos of 2012. I would encourage you to not only watch them, but to pass them along. The best way to spread the pro-life message using a video is to put it on Facebook or Twitter and then pass it around. It has the ability to reach far and wide at unstoppable speeds. So take a moment to look at this top rated video, then pass it along or post it to your Facebook wall. The pro-life message is winning, let’s keep it going in 2013.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Not Voting is Not an Option

As the election unfolds today, millions of Americans – like me – will be distracted at work by the continuing coverage. We watch as the results pour in anticipating the outcome. But regardless of who you vote for, the key is to vote. I can’t think of another election in my lifetime that has been so critical than this one, and experts around the country agree. A recent article says“Voting is both a right and a responsibility,” said American Values President Gary Bauer. “The country is narrowly divided. Whichever side turns out in the greatest numbers will not only prevail on election day, but make all the most important decisions in how we’re governed, our religious rights, our free-speech rights, marriage and parenting. So it’s critically important that people who believe in those values turn out on Election Day.” The truth is, I would rather you go vote for someone I oppose than to sit home apathetic to what is happening around the country. Be informed. Be engaged. Be in prayer. God bless America. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

What Kind of Choices Will You Make in November? Time to Educate Ourselves!

By Tom Stark, 09/15/2012election 2012

A friend of mine recently made the statement that deciding how to vote is not an easy thing to do.  With that, he said the proverbial “mouthful.”  It isn’t easy.  What’s more, there are umpteen thousand voices vying for your ear to tell you how they think you should vote.  So I thought that I would stick my neck out and give you some limited insight into how I believe one should make that decision based on biblical worldview and values.

Some on the left – progressives, liberals, socialists, secularists, etc. – claim that conservatives, particularly Christian conservatives treat their political views like a religion.  Their claim is based on their belief that we want everyone to be forced into believing the way we do.  Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.

Yes, we want everyone in the world to come to know Christ as their personal savior simply because we know the good that comes from it and don’t want anyone to experience the hell that awaits unbelievers.  At the same time, we also believe that in order to be meaningful and genuine, the decision to accept Christ must be a voluntary decision based on change of heart, not coercion or enforced “belief.”

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About Tom Stark

Tom Stark began writing for the Engage Family Minute blog in February 2012. As a small business owner Tom is passionate about the intersection of faith and politics in the life of Christians and the community around him. Having been touched by both the abortion issue and the issue of homosexuality in his own family, Tom is passionate about defending the lives of the unborn and upholding Biblical Truth. Tom also writes for www.westvirginiaconservative.com

News Release: FPCWV Announces 2012 Faith & Freedom Forums

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P.O. Box 566  /  Charleston, WV 25322  /  (304) 982-2803 /  www.familypolicywv.com 

NEWS Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 13, 2012

CONTACT:  Jeremiah G. Dys, Esq.
Phone: (304) 982-2803
E-mail:  info@familypolicywv.com 

FPCWV Announces 2012 Faith and Freedom Forums 

Voter forums to feature statewide, local candidates in Marion, Jefferson Counties.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Family Policy Council of West Virginia (FPCWV) announced today that it is sponsoring two voter forums ahead of the 2012 elections.  The “2012 Faith and Freedom Forums” are sponsored by the FPCWV as a service to the churches hosting the events at the end of September.

“We believe that informed voters make the best voters,” said Jeremiah Dys, president and general counsel of the FPCWV.  “It’s our pleasure to serve these churches, and the state as a whole, by sponsoring these opportunities for voters to engage the men and women asking for their vote.”

The 2012 Faith and Freedom Forums are a two-hour voter forum designed to provide candidates an opportunity to answer pre-submitted questions from those in attendance.  During the first hour, candidates for statewide office will be invited to participate, followed in the second hour by those running for West Virginia State Senate and House of Delegates.

The first event will take place on Saturday, September 22 from 7-9 p.m. at the Fellowship Bible Church in Shennandoah Junction, WV.  Then, on Sunday, September 23, from 6-8 p.m., the second Faith and Freedom Forum will be hosted by Trinity Assembly of God in Fairmont, WV.  For details and to submit questions, please visit FamilyPolicyWV.com/Action.

The Family Policy Council of West Virginia is a servant organization that advocates for policies that embrace the sanctity of human life, enrich marriage, and safeguard religious freedom.

www.FamilyPolicyWV.com

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Chuck Norris Has A Message for America

by Nathan A. Cherry, 09/03/2012

Does it really matter what the message is that Chuck Norris has, or should everyone just read it to protect yourself from his fury? I’m a big Chuck Norris fan and especially love all the “Chuck Facts” on the Internet. But the message he has now is no laughing matter. The new video by Norris and his wife urge evangelical Christians to vote in 2012 because of the disastrous consequences of their lack of voting in 2008. The video states“With our country at a crossroads, Chuck and I have asked ourselves what we can be doing to help support this great country we’re blessed to live in and how we can encourage our like-minded American brothers and sisters to unite and let their voices be heard. It is estimated that in the 2008 election, 30 million evangelical Christians stayed home on voting day and Obama won the election by 10 million votes.” The message is a much needed on this year as America approaches a crucial election that could forever change our country. Besides, do you really want to make Chuck Norris mad? I don’t. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Presidential Watch: Where Does Obama Stand on Abortion, Marriage, and DOMA?

election 2012by Nathan A. Cherry, 08/09/2012

Maybe you chuckled at the title of this article because you have been paying attention for the last three and a half years. Or maybe you are really curious because you voted for Obama in 2008 thinking his “hope and change” were more than rhetoric and now you are really confused by what the president has “evolved” into. Then again you might be a political junkie that can’t help but read the articles relating to our upcoming election. Whoever you are, I want to make sure that before you vote you are informed and equipped to make a conscientious, intelligent vote.

A big issue that is sure to be brought up during the election cycle is that of life. While Romney makes many staunch pro-lifers nervous over his flip-flopping on the issue in recent years, President Obama leaves nothing to the imagination over where he stands. From calling pregnancy “punishment” that he wanted to make sure his daughters had an escape from, to giving more money and support to Planned Parenthood than any other president. There is no doubt that Obama has earned the title of the most pro-abortion president in American history.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Is Obama Losing Young Voters? I Certainly Hope So

by Nathan A. Cherry, 07/05/2012

In 2008 Obama carried so many young voters that statistically it was incredible. But since then young voters and those that are now first time voters are not so keen on the president. Most would say “it’s the economy, stupid” and this a fair analysis (considering the unemployment rate for 16-25 year olds is very high). But another aspect to this has to do with the fact that Obama is the most pro-abortion, pro-homosexual, anti-religion president in American history. Come on, let’s give our young people some credit. (Full article at TheBlaze.com)

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.