Do You Support Traditional Values? This is the Event for You!

If you support life, traditional marriage, and religious freedom, this is the event for you. The Values Voter Summit is the premier conservative event held each year. Sponsored by the Family Research Council, this even features some of our nation’s leading voices for conservative, traditional values. See the image below for more information. Or go to www.valuesvotersummit.org for details.

VVS 2013

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.

Watchmen on the Wall: An Update from Washington, D.C.

Watchmen on the WallI was privileged to spend last week in Washington, D.C. with president’s of Family Policy Councils and pastors from around the country as part of the Family Research Council’s annual Watchmen on the Wall conference (Every pastor should be at this event.) This event is designed to show pastors the importance of being informed and involved on a local and state level with the critical issues of life, marriage, and religious freedom.

It was a blessing to spend time with the leaders of other Family Policy Council’s and hear about what they are doing within their state to defend life, strengthen marriage, and safeguard religious liberty. I would encourage you to pray for these leaders as they stand in defense of our liberties at their state capitals. Some are facing significant challenges and need our prayer support.

Part of the events for this conference is to take groups to the capitol for a tour inside the capitol building. Dr. Kenyn Cureton hosted our “Spiritual Heritage Tour” which is for the purpose of educating people about the lost episodes of America’s spiritual heritage. These are the things you won’t hear in the media, and oftentimes stories from history that revisionists are trying to rewrite in an effort to erase the Christian heritage of our country. I would commend this tour to you and ask that you consider taking part in order to gain an incredible understanding of just how solidly our country was founded on the rock of Jesus and the Scriptures. Our tour included viewing incredible paintings and statues within the capitol building and hearing the history of those works of art and how they reflect the foundation of faith and freedom our country is based upon. [Read more...]

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.

Confused About Stem Cells: Start Here

The discussion over stem cells matters for anyone claiming to be pro-life. it is not pro-life to kill viable human embryos for the sake of research, yet many companies do this in order to seek cures for illness and disease. To date, not one person has ever been helped through the use of destructive stem cells. And while adult stem cells continue to rack up an impressive list of people helped, illnesses and diseases treated or cured, our government keeps throwing money at destructive stem cell research while ignoring adult stem cells. But many people are still not sure what stem cells are or why they should care. So here is a primer of sorts to get you acclimated to the discussion. It begins with this:

“Much of the confusion over stem cell research involves misunderstanding of terms, so let’s begin with some definitions. Stem cells are immature cells that are undifferentiated (i.e., they have not yet ‘decided’ what kind of cell to be). A stem cell divides into two cells: (1) a duplicate of itself and (2) a cell that develops into a more specialized cell type (i.e., an eye, liver, skin or blood cell). Since stem cells replace themselves every time they divide, they are capable of long-term self-renewal.” 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.

Is Abortion Safer Than Giving Birth?

Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion advocates want us to believe that abortion is “safe,” and a viable option for women. The mantra of “safe, legal, and rare” is often heard in this discussion. But the numbers and facts don’t lie and show a different story. In fact, they show the mortality rate for women who have abortion is higher than for women who give birth. The conclusion of the data then is, abortion is not rare in America, and it is obviously not safe. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“However, a study released this past week demonstrates that this claim is not entirely valid.  New research, which takes into account the full reproductive histories of the women involved, illustrates that, compared to women who delivered their babies, women who had an early- or late-term abortion have significantly higher mortality rates within one to ten years of the event…In contrast with a 2012 study conducted by researchers from Gynuity Health Projects and the University of North Carolina – which asserts that women are 14 times more likely to die delivering a live baby than from complications of an abortion, this study, which links up all relevant reproductive health data, found that death rates associated with birth were lower than those associated with early-term abortion, late-term abortion, and miscarriage in every year over a 10-year period.  The data demonstrates that an abortion prior to 12 weeks is associated with 80% higher risk of death within the first year after the procedure and a 40% higher risk of death over 10 years.” 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.

The American Cancer Society and Planned Parenthood: Best Buddies

by Nathan A. Cherry, 08/27/2012

ACSInformed people make informed decisions. At least that’s the theory. One of our goals is to make sure you stay informed on critical matters so you can make informed decisions. In particular I am talking about decisions on where you will spend your money. I have a list of places I won’t patron because of their open, vocal position on issues like abortion, homosexuality, and marriage redefinition. I have another list of places I try to support often for the same reasons. And I try to stay informed.

By now everyone knows about the Susan G. Komen for the Cure partnership with Planned Parenthood and that many, including myself, have refused to take part in their fundraisers or support them. Yes, they do some great work in seeking to find an end to breast cancer, but, ironically, by giving to Planned Parenthood they are helping women become more susceptible to breast cancer through abortion. Go figure.

Another group that has recently surfaced on many people’s watch list is the American Cancer Society (ACS). According to one recent article the ACS is similar to Komen for funding Planned Parenthood, but there’s more to it than that. LifeNews.com reports:

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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.

That Pesky Stem Cell Debate Seems to be Settled. Guess Who Won?

by Nathan A. Cherry, 07/27/2012

adult stem cellI’ve long been interested in the stem cell debate. I don’t know if it’s a fascination with the ability to recreate organs and cure diseases or simply my morbid curiosity over the staunch liberal support of the utterly failed embryonic stem cell research. Either way I have done my best to stay apprised of what is happening in this debate as it pertains to my desire to see life defended. After all, one thing is certain, embryonic stem cell research destroys viable human embryos, which is tantamount to murder.

What I never could figure out is why the government would choose to fund something that was a complete failure. Former president George W. Bush refused to force tax payers to fund embryonic stem cell research because it violates the religious and moral convictions of so many pro-life Americans. President Obama has had no such trouble and has funneled millions toward the research.

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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.

Obama Says It’s Okay to Use Baby Brains in Research

by Nathan A. Cherry, 03/23/2012

trash can filled with money

Funding embryonic stem cell research is the same as throwing money away

Remember when Obama got all loud and proud about his healthcare overhaul, affectionately known as Obamacare, saying that it would allow citizens to keep their current insurance plan if they liked it, keep their current provider, keep their doctors, and most of all, no abortion coverage whatsoever.

Yeah, that was all a lie.

What we now know is that you can’t keep your current plan (unless of course you want to pay exorbitant monthly premiums). And you cannot keep your current coverage and doctors (especially since many doctors plan to retire and leave medical practice altogether as result of this bad bill). And by the way, every single US citizen will be forced to fund abortion through your insurance plan; regardless of your moral or religious objections.

Alliance Defense Fund president Alan Sears, writing at Lifenews.com explains what this means for us all:

“[T]he Obama administration has now made it clear that the individual mandate in ObamaCare will contain a charge—an “abortion premium mandate”—to forcibly collect monies from millions of Americans who participate in state-administered ‘insurance exchanges’ to pay for elective abortions. And nothing in the final rule that the Department of Health and Human Services issued March 12 concerning the establishment of exchanges required by ObamaCare alters that in the least.”

This is what happens when, as Nancy Pelosi said, we pass the bill in order to find out what it says. The fact that many lawmakers didn’t even bother to read this bill before it was passed is sickening enough. The fact that we have been sold a bill of goods, no pun intended, and lied to once again by this administration is unacceptable. Obama continues his attacks on religious freedom and conscience protections as he ignores the American people on the issue of life and tax-payer funded abortion. He seems to, without remorse, plow forward ignoring the opposition of a majority of Americans on this issue (no wonder his poll numbers are tanking).

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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.

Did You know Komen Made Another Shocking Decision?

by Nathan A. Cherry, 02/07/2012

Komen for the Cure pink ribbonMartinsburg, WV – At the risk of sounding like I’m beating a dead horse – though I suppose I would not be the only one – there’s more good news coming from the Komen decision to defund Planned Parenthood. It is important news because it relates to another ongoing struggle that pro-lifers are slowly but surely winning: stem cell research.

Let’s recap quickly to make sure we’re on the same page. First, Susan G. Komen decided last week to defund Planned Parenthood sending shock waves across the country in a startling decision that left Planned Parenthood stuttering for an explanation while pro-life advocates gave each other a high-five and sent thanks to Komen for finally doing what has needed done for a long time. Next, the researchers behind “Dolly” the sheep, cloning, and embryonic stem cell (ESC) research recently decided to end their ESC research in favor of Adult Stem Cell research; a decision that once again shocked many and excited many others.

These two decisions are major victories for the pro-life movement that is sweeping across America. Contrary to what you might see and hear in the mainstream media, the majority of our country is pro-life. Most people in America want, in the very least, much tighter abortion laws, an end to tax-payer funded abortion, and conscience protections. These are all things the Obama administration has fought against; giving more money than ever before – nearly $500 million – to Planned Parenthood in the last year. So these decisions are major blows to pro-abortion advocates and the Obama administration.

And lest you be misinformed, it has recently been reported that unlike what major news outlets are reporting, the decision by Komen to defund Planned Parenthood is not temporary and based on the outcome of the federal investigation currently taking place. Lifenews.com reports that this is a permanent decision:

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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.

Big News in Stem Cell Research!

by Nathan A. Cherry, 12/26/2011

the cloned sheep DollyMartinsburg, WV – I do my best to follow the stem cell research news because of its obvious implications in the defense of life from conception; a conviction I firmly espouse. You can probably understand my frustration then, when I read countless articles on the ever-widening successes of adult stem cell research only to see our government refuse to invest in this safe, morally acceptable form of research; while continuing to fund a failure like embryonic stem cell research.

If you are curious about my position, you can check out some past articles such as this one, or this one about NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning.

But let’s face it, I’m not a scientist and my knowledge of the subject is limited to reputable news sources; so it’s really limited. And though I am smart enough to know that embryonic stem cell research kills al living human embryo, and is therefore morally unacceptable, there is little chance of anyone listening to me on the subject.

So you can imagine my excitement when I read this article on the recent decision of the scientist that cloned “Dolly” to leave the embryonic stem cell research field in favor of adult stem cell research.

It’s like an early Christmas present for all pro-lifers that can’t figure out why anyone, especially our government, would continue to throw millions of dollars into a form of research that has, so far, accomplished nothing. Not one single success story from embryonic stem cell research against the thousands of very exciting and hopeful success stories thanks to adult stem cell research. Here’s what the article said:

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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.

Update: Pepsi Shareholders File Complaint with SEC Over Research

by Nathan A. Cherry, 11/01/2011

Pepsi logoMartinsburg, WV – Since May of this year I have been following this story of PepsiCo’s relationship with Senomyx, a company that uses aborted baby parts in their flavor research. Over the last six month’s I’ve written several updates to the original article as I have chronicled the progress of the boycott and demand that PepsiCo find alternative sources for research; rather than partner with a company using aborted baby parts.

Now, a new report out states that PepsiCo shareholders have filed a complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission and PepsiCo over the company’s continued partnership with Senomyx.

Since it was first discovered that PepsiCo was partnering with Senomyx and allowing aborted baby parts to be used in flavor testing, an outcry from the pro-life community has been steady against PepsiCo. After requests that PepsiCo either ask Senomyx to use morally appropriate forms of research or sever their ties with the company were ignored, a boycott was implemented.

Pro-life groups from across the country that have joined in the boycott are:

Pro-life groups joining Children of God for Life in the boycott to date are:  American Life League, Life Issues Institute, Concerned Women for America, Colorado Right to Life, American Right to Life, Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute, ALL Arizona, Central Nebraskans for Life, Pro-Life Waco, Houston Coalition for Life, Mother and Unborn Baby Fox Valley, Womankind, Billboards for Life, Movement for a Better America, Defenders of the Unborn, Focus Pregnancy Help Center, Idaho Chooses Life, EMC Frontline Pregnancy Centers of NY, Four Seasons for Life, CREDO,  Life Choices, STOPP Dallas, CA Right To Life, Human Life Alliance, International Right to Life Federation, Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation. LifeNews.com has joined the boycott call as well.

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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.