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Faith Leaders: Nation's Destiny Hangs In The Balance

Need a reason to vote? You can always check this out to understand a few of the reasons why this election is important. Last week, though, several Christian leaders, including senior leadership from The Family Foundation, met in Northern Virginia to discuss the election, its importance and the role of the Christian vote (see CBN.com). Focus on the Family vice president Tim Goeglein told the meeting that this election could impact the nation's destiny as much as Abraham Lincoln's victory in 1860 or Ronald Reagan's landslide in 1980, and that evangelical Christians — who practice their faithful citizenship and vote — had the opportunity to affect that destiny. He said:

What is the future of marriage? What is the future of the sanctity and dignity of every human life? And what is the future of religious liberty and our rights of conscience? Those are giant issues and they're all at play in this election.

In the American experience and currently in the 21st century, men and women of faith constitute a very large percentage of successful candidates.

Family Foundation of Virginia President Victoria Cobb noted that conservative Christians were responsible for Governor Bob McDonnell's historic landslide in 2009, leading a conservative sweep of traditional values candidates across the state and in the legislature. As she told CBN:

Exit polls from that election revealed that more than half his supporters were self-identified evangelicals. If they show up in those same kind of numbers this year in such a crucial swing state, they could be the Americans who determine who's president.

Is that not enough of a reason to vote? That conservative, family values, Christian voters could tip one of the most important swing states and therefore the election — and therefore America's destiny? Then again, you can always watch this.

Here's the CBN News video report on the meeting, which features TFF President Victoria Cobb:

America's destiny will be determined by Christian values voters. Will you be counted on elections day? (Notice our voter guides in the frame!)

Join Us For A Very Special Evening With Dr. Del Tackett!

"What is truth?" The chilling words of the man who turned over Jesus Christ to His innocent death still echo today. In a culture that denies the existence of truth, many in our churches ask the same question. Too many Christians live as if truth doesn't exist, and the consequences have been cataclysmic.

Many, simply don't know the answer to the question. That is why we are thrilled to join with Grove Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond to invite you to an evening with Dr. Del Tackett on Thursday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m. We hope wherever you live in Virginia you will be able to attend.

Dr. Tackett is best known as the author, architect and teacher for Focus on the Family's The Truth Project, a nationwide initiative designed to bring the Christian worldview — and  a renewed belief in absolute truth — to the Body of Christ. Thousands of Virginians have participated in Truth Project small group studies. His presentation, "Truth or Consequences: A Personal and National Decision," is sure to be motivational, educational, and encouraging. While our nation faces a pivotal election, it is also in the throes of cultural upheaval, the consequences of a rejection of absolute truth.

Dr. Tackett has challenged the thoughts of millions of church going Americans with the question, "Do you really believe that what you believe is really real?" If you've been part of a Truth Project small group, you know just how dynamic and inspiring Dr. Tackett is. If not, you are in for a treat. There is no question that Dr. Tackett will challenge you in how you think, how you act, and how you understand God's truths.

Tickets for this special evening are only $5.00. Click here or on the image to register.

Dr. Tackett also will address our Pastors For Family Values Pastors Summit during the day on September 13. Please make sure your pastor and church leaders are aware of that event that is uniquely designed for clergy. Please forward this blog post link to your church's clergy and they can get more information about the summit here.

As someone who has both experienced and taught The Truth Project, I can't tell you how enthusiastic I am that we have partnered with Grove Avenue Baptist Church to bring Dr. Tackett to Virginia, and how pleased we are to offer you this special opportunity. I look forward to seeing you there at what will be a very special evening.

Far Left SPLC Tries To Smear Pro-Family Organizations; Time To Stop Hating, Start Debating

We all remember the rhyme "sticks and stones," and those of us in the pro-family movement are certainly used to being called just about every name in the book. So the recent attack by the far left Southern Poverty Law Center (see Christianity Today) on Americans who believe in the sanctity of human life and traditional marriage certainly doesn’t bother me — but it does reflect the desperation of the far left. Unfortunately, SPLC and other leftist organizations have gone as far as urge that pro-family spokespersons, such as the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins, be denied the opportunity to be guests on national news programs. In response to the SPLC's labeling of pro-family organizations and leaders as "hate groups," The Family Foundation has joined with nearly 150 other national and state organizations to denounce the SPLC's attack and call for a civil debate on the merits of the issues.

Name-calling reveals a lack of strength and character — and of valid arguments. By dismissing debate and dialogue, SPLC and its liberal funders simply are avoiding having their assumptions challenged.

The Family Foundation and the other pro-family groups that have signed on to the response welcome the debate. We have the truth, the facts, on our side. To read more about the response, go to startdebatingstophating.com. You also can sign onto the response at that site (and share this link to encourage others to do so).

We are proud of our association with Focus on the Family, The Family Research Council, the Alliance Defense Fund and the other nearly 40 Family Policy Councils around the country! It is indeed sad that the divisions in our country have brought us to the point where believing that marriage as we have always known it — between a man and a woman — is viewed as hateful. It is even more distressing that there are organizations working, literally, to silence voices that carry the pro-family, pro-life message.

We are blessed with tens of thousands of people across Virginia who support The Family Foundation and our pro-family message! You and I know that our principles, our values, make society stronger and more stable. That is a message that will not be silenced!

Will You Marry Me? A Look Inside The Recent Pew Poll On Marriage

If recent news stories about a Pew Research Center poll are correct, that is a question that few people are going to be asking in the coming years. According to reports, nearly four in 10 Americans say, "marriage is becoming obsolete." But as usual, there is more to the story. Even The Washington Post says so.

In fact, when you look at the entire study, Americans still absolutely believe in marriage and want to be married. In fact, only 13 percent indicated no interest in getting married; even cohabiters expressed a desire to marry, with 84 percent saying they still wished to be married. Nearly 70 percent of 18-29 year-olds also stated in the survey that they wanted to be married, and a significant number of Americans are more optimistic about the future of marriage than they are about the moral standards of the nation.

Unfortunately, in a culture where the media rarely portrays marriage in a positive light — when was the last time you saw a movie or television show with a happily married couple? — people's perception of marriage is that the culture sees it as outdated even if individually most still respect and desire marriage. Not that the Pew study is all good news; there are negative indicators as well.

A large number of Americans, around 40 percent, believe "it doesn’t make much difference" if unmarried couples raise children together or live together outside of marriage. Not surprising considering that cohabitation and out-of-wedlock births have skyrocketed since 1960 — a retreat from marriage that has had a devastating impact on America's children.

Yet social science clearly states that men, women and children are more likely to succeed emotionally, financially and educationally within a two-parent, married family. In an excellent article, Focus on the Family marriage and family expert Glenn Stanton provides a detailed overview of the research that tells us what a majority of us understand — marriage matters.

So, what's the story here? The truth is that Americans still believe in marriage and want to get married while at the same time they are concerned that marriage is becoming outdated. More Americans are waiting longer to get married and living together prior getting married, resulting in a generation of children being raised in the uncertainty of a life with uncommitted parents.

The question remains whether these trends will reverse. Will Americans begin to live out what they claim to believe — that marriage is a good thing? For our children's sake, we have to work toward making sure the answer to that question is an unequivocal "I DO!"

Next Truth Project November 6 In Newport News

The Family Foundation, in association with Focus on the Family, is pleased to offer our next The Truth Project® group leader training Saturday, November 6, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in Newport News at the World Outreach Worship Center, 1233 Shields Road. The Truth Project® is a DVD-based small group study that practically and personally introduces viewers to the truth claims of God. This dynamic training event will prepare you to lead this innovative small group curriculum, imparting a Biblical worldview into the lives of others. The event is open to everyone, especially small group ministers and leaders.

Click on the image to register today using our secure form.

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You can only get The Truth Project® DVDs by attending a training event or by completing the 13-week study. So, don’t miss this great opportunity. It may very well be the most transformational four hours of your life.

Registration is $99.00 per individual or couple and is only $50 for students who present a valid student ID at the door. The cost includes entire 8-disc DVD curriculum with Leader Training DVD. For more information about The Truth Project®, visit www.TheTruthProject.org.

If you would like to bring a Truth Project training to your area, please  contact Roger Pogge at 804-343-0010 or e-mail at roger@familyfoundation.org.

New Truth Project Training Dates Set

The Family Foundation is putting together two more group leader training sessions for Focus on the Family's The Truth Project®. The Truth Project® is a DVD-based small group study that practically and personally introduces viewers to the truth claims of God. This dynamic training prepares people to lead the innovative small group curriculum, imparting a Biblical worldview into the lives of others. It has been called "Dynamic," "Inspiring" and "Transformational." The events are open to everyone, especially small group ministers and leaders. The next session is in Fredericksburg on September 11. Following that is one in Newport News on November 6.

You can only get The Truth Project® DVDs by attending a training event or by completing the 13-week study. So don’t miss this great opportunity. It may very well be the most transformational four hours of your life. We hope you sign up today (click here). Here are the details:

Saturday, September 11

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Hosted by Calvary Christian Church

2222 Jefferson Davis Highway

Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Saturday, November 6

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Hosted by World Outreach Worship Center

1233 Shields Road

Newport News, VA 23608-2062

Registration is $99.00 per individual or couple and only $50.00 for students with valid student identification at door. The cost includes the entire 8-disc DVD curriculum with Leader Training DVD. Registration is available online using our secure form (click here). For more information, visit TheTruthProject.org or call 804-343-0010.

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Open Minded, Tolerant Liberals (Or, Virginia Is Not For Lovers)

We love it when we're accused of intolerance and closed mindedness, either as an organization or as conservatives in general. The accusations typically come from the left who actually are closed minded and intolerant who make the accusations as a way to shield themselves from that which they accuse others. Two recent blog postings illustrate the point. In one case, our friend Citizen Tom was banned from Vivian Page's Blog simply for disagreeing with an assertion she made in an op-ed piece. If you read the comment trail, neither Tom, nor the other conservative, Warren, posted anything inflammatory. They simply disagreed and made their points adamantly, but respectfully. 

While Tom was banned, we incured the wrath of a homosexual activist blogger simply for writing something about which he should agree. In this post, where we clearly make the case for strict enforcement of bullying bans in school, Michael In Norfolk uses vile and hate-filled rants. Of course, he must be exempted from "hate speech," I suppose, because he's a left-wing and homosexual activist. But, in addition to calling us a "Foul Odor," he wrote:

In a state that has more than its share of Bible beating fascists — Pat Robertson, Liberty University, Regent University, the Arlington Group, Chuck Colson's prison indoctrination "ministry," AG Ken Cuccinelli — The Family Foundation ("TFF"), an affiliate of Daddy Dobson's Focus on the Family, is nonetheless one of the most insidious. ...

Ms. Cobb is so anti-gay obsessed that she likely pats herself on the back telling herself "job well done" each time a story breaks of a gay teen committing suicide because he/she can no longer stand the abuse. How a supposed Christian can make a career out of causing misery. ...

Lies, character assassination, hateful language. Can you find those types of words here? One must have some serious pent up rage to go off on Chuck Colson, who helps criminals get their lives together. In fact, this particular blogger does exactly what he accuses us of: If you don't practice hisform of Christianity, he excoriates you. He, and the homosexual left, apparently are the arbiters of faith.

Imagine if we, or any conservative organization, ever issued a statement filled with such vitriol as the left does against us or if we banned a left-winger from our blog. We suppose it never occurs to such producers of vile that if every Virginian who disagrees with them is a hatemonger, about 58 percent of Virginians are hatemongers (about the vote for the Marriage Amendment and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli). Maybe they want to change Virginia's tourism slogan? We love the double standard.

Family Foundation Wins Focus On The Family Award!

Yesterday, I was honored to receive Focus on the Family's 2010 Family Policy Council Family Champion Award in recognition of our successful Winning Matters 2009 campaign. Winning Matters was the largest voter education and mobilization campaign in our 25-year history. I received the award while attending Focus' annual Family Policy Council Leaders Conference in Chicago. We are particularly flattered to have been selected from nearly forty family policy councils from around the country to receive this special recognition from Focus on the Family. In presenting the award, Focus on the Family Action (CitizenLink) Vice President Tom Minnery said:

Because the results of their successful efforts were so decisive, Victoria Cobb and The Family Foundation of Virginia have distinguished themselves as a 2010 Family Champion Award recipient.

Winning Matters proved that with the right plan and the right message, values focused voters can be motivated to turn out and can make a difference in any election. We plan to use what we learned from our successes in 2009, combined with the instruction I am receiving this week in Chicago regarding campaigns, to begin formulating our strategy for next year's crucial state Senate elections.

You may recall the Winning Matters campaign included eleven staff, nine that were in the field working with churches across Virginia, meeting pastors, attending community and political events, and using social networking to educate and mobilize our voters. Together, they contacted more than 4,000 churches, distributed nearly 125,000 General Assembly Report Cards — more than twice as many as ever before — and conducted or initiated hundreds of voter registration drives. The Family Foundation Action also produced Get Out The Vote phone calls with Chuck Colson, Mike Huckabee and Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Family Foundation Action mailed thousands of voter education pieces to key House districts and distributed nearly one million non-partisan Voter Guides for the three statewide races and 38 House races, to educate voters — including Spanish and Korean statewide Voter Guides for the first time. In another first, the non-partisan organization created a video Voter Guide as well, to distribute virally through social networking sites.

According to exit polls, the number of evangelicals who voted in 2009 surpassed the previous 2004 Virginia election benchmark, and 83 percent of these voters voted for pro-life, pro-family candidates. Consequently, nearly half of all Governor Bob McDonnell's votes came from self-identified evangelicals.

I would also like to express my appreciation to all of you who supported Winning Matters either financially or through your hard work on the campaign!

I am also pleased to report that there were no protests at today’s award presentation!

Poll Shows Disturbing Trends In The Cultural Divide

A recent Gallop poll showed that Americans are as divided as ever over key moral issues, several of which are reflected in the deep political divisions that we regularly encounter. On several of these important values issues, The Family Foundation is on the frontlines when moral issues confront public policies. Sadly, yet not surprisingly, with few exceptions the national trends we see are leading our nation further from the ethical standards necessary for a civil and safe society. For example, for the first time since the poll was done, a slight majority of Americans view "gay and lesbian relationships" as morally acceptable. A slight majority also finds "having a baby outside of marriage" as perfectly moral. In what comes as no surprise at all, our culture is completely comfortable with sex outside of marriage, with nearly 60 percent of the population finding it morally acceptable (I’m actually encouraged that number isn't higher).

From these numbers we can see that public policies that encourage traditional marriage and family as God intended are running square into a culture that is daily becoming more self-seeking. What is encouraging, however, is that a majority of Americans still believe that taking the life of an unborn child through abortion is morally unacceptable.

One issue addressed in the poll shows how important framing the question can be to the result. According to Gallop, 59 percent of Americans find "medical research using stem cells obtained from human embryos" as morally acceptable. One wonders, however, if the question had been more accurate and instead asked if it was morally acceptable to use stem cells obtained from the destruction of human embryos, if the response would have been different.

Suffice it to say, our culture is in moral decline — but I don’t think that's news to anyone. The question is, what can be done? At The Family Foundation, we know that we must educate an entire generation on the ethical truths that have been the bedrock of our nation and of any successful society. We believe the best instrument for making this happen is through The Truth Project. The Truth Project is a DVD-based small group study that seeks to impart a Biblical worldview in its participants. The Truth Project looks at every aspect of life from science to the family, from arts to politics, from anthropology to theology in order to see what God's Word has to say in regards to it.

Nearly 70 people from across the state (and even some from out of state) came to Hope Church in Richmond last Saturday to be trained as small group facilitators for this comprehensive, Bible-based worldview curriculum. Led by Family Foundation volunteers Jerry Daniel and Ron Gallagher, people left inspired and equipped to take this training back to their churches, their homes and their small groups.

We have hosted several of these training sessions across Virginia over the last several months and we will continue to host them. But we do need some help — it takes good audio-visual equipment to pull off a modern, quality presentation, including the DVD inventory we must purchase, a new laptop and a video projector, not to mention publicity for each training session, and the travel costs for our dedicated team of volunteer trainers.

Gifts for this mission are tax deductible. If you are interested in helping, please click here. Or, if you want more information about receiving the training, please contact our office (804-343-0010). With your help, as a dedicated Truth Project trainer and/or someone who can help us financially, we look forward to doing our part to reverse the disturbing trends among people's attitudes in these crucial areas of cultural and policy concern. Thank you for your support!

Last Truth Project In Richmond Area June 5

What if one 13-week small group experience could transform your congregation? What would you do as an involved and concerned parishioner, clergy or pastor to make that happen? The Truth Project® wants parishioners to learn how to live in a way that is informed and guided by the truths of Scripture. Focus on the Family's The Truth Project® is a DVD-based small group study that practically and personally introduces viewers to the truth claims of God.

There is a bit of urgency in this if you live in Central Virginia: Although The Family Foundation, in association with Focus on the Family, has offered The Truth Project® group leader training across the state in recent months, this Saturday, June 5, will be the last Leadership Training in the Richmond area until 2011! We urge churches to send representatives from their congregations to be trained as Truth Project® leaders. We have out-of- state registrations — that's how powerful The Truth Project® is — but we want as many people as possible to receive the training since we will not offer it again in this region for many months. 

This dynamic training event will prepare you or someone from your church to lead this innovative small group curriculum, imparting a Biblical worldview into the lives of others. It is a DVD-based small group study that practically and personally introduces viewers to the truth claims of God. The event is open to everyone — especially pastors, small group ministers and leaders.

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You can only get The Truth Project® DVDs by attending a training event or by completing the 13-week study. So don’t miss this last convenient opportunity! It may very well be the most transformational four hours of your life.

Click here to sign up today by using our secure online form.

Saturday, June 5

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Hope Church

12445 Patterson Avenue, Richmond

Here are some tools for your pastor, ministers, deacons or, if you are clergy, for your parishioners: » Preview video, » Printer-ready flyer, » Power Point slide.

Registration is $99.00 per individual or couple and only $50.00 for students (with a valid student ID at the door). The cost includes the entire 8-disc DVD curriculum with Leader Training DVD. Walk-up registration opens at 8:00 a.m. So even if it's last minute — you are more than welcome to just come! For more information about The Truth Project®, visit www.TheTruthProject.org or call 804-343-0010.

Concerned About The Culture? Government Policies? The Direction Of Our Country? Here's What You Can Do!

Do you see things happening in our culture, government and even in the Christian community that concern you? Do you want to make a difference, but don't know where to begin? You can start by volunteering at The Family Foundation this summer. Since 1985, The Family Foundation has been at the forefront of critical public policy debates, helping Virginia citizens, lawmakers and business leaders better understand and apply to law the principles of life, marriage, parental authority, constitutional government and religious liberty. We are currently holding several Truth Project training sessions across Virginia to affect the hearts and minds in our culture and in the Christian community.

Non-profit and non-partisan, The Family Foundation of Virginia is the commonwealth's oldest and most influential family public policy organization. Our mission is to strengthen the family through accurate research and education, prompting civic activism and affecting public policy outcomes. The Family Foundation is proud to be associated with Focus on the Family and its network of nearly40 independent state policy councils.

Any college, high school or home schooled student looking to fulfill community service requirements for graduation or who would enjoy assisting us in our mission on a weekly, bi-monthly or monthly basis — we can use your help this summer (and beyond)! In fact, entire families, including  middle school students, provide great help to us regularly. If you are interested in public policy and the issues of the day that directly affect our culture, lives and values, then you will enjoy and be fulfilled by contributing your time to our shared cause.  

The Family Foundation headquarters is located across from the State Capitol in downtown Richmond. Parking is located only a few blocks from our office building and we can assist you with your parking fees in specific garages.

Responsibilities and duties include:

» Data Entry (basic computer skills, in office or at home);

» Mailings (production and processing);

» Database Management (basic computer skills); and

» Constituent Interaction.

If you are interested in volunteering your valued talent in order to advance the cause of traditional values in the Commonwealth, then please take a moment to e-mail Marie Edwards at marie@familyfoundation.org or call her at (804) 343-0010. Thanks!

Preparing The Next Generation For The Culture Battle

Why am I here? What is the meaning of life? Can we prove the existence of God, or are we left to grapple in the dark and take blind leaps of faith about what we believe? Focus on the Family has produced a new DVD series called TrueU that presents scientific facts supporting a Christian worldview in order to equip Christian youth to defend their faith, especially when heading to college or into the workplace. In the first of the series, TrueU: Does God Exist?, Dr. Stephen Meyer plays a "philosophical survival" game pitting four worldviews against one another in the quest to decide which one gives the best answer.

Broken down into 10 30-minute lessons, TrueU is ideal for an older teenage Sunday School group, a home study group, or even as a curriculum for seniors in a Christian high school. From the creators of The Truth Project, TrueU builds a life-long foundation to prepare students to enter the world with a Biblical worldview and Christian values.

The Family Foundation is excited to be able to offer this series prior to release on Amazon.com or in bookstores at the special price of only $35.00. Don't miss this opportunity to equip the young people in your life with the knowledge and values they need to defend their faith from the onslaught they are sure to face as they enter college or the workplace.

Click here to see a TrueU preview video featuring Dr. Meyer.

To order your set, click here to log onto The Family Foundation’s donation page. When filling out the form, type "TrueU" at the bottom in the block that asks, "How did you find out about The Family Foundation." This will ensure your order in processed quickly and your DVDs will be sent in an expedited manner. Alternatively, you can send a check with True U in the memo line, made payable to The Family Foundation, to 830 East Main Street, Suite 1201, Richmond, VA 23219.

Truth Project Coming To Richmond Area

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The Family Foundation's on-going series of Truth Project group leader training events around the state makes its next stop in Richmond on Saturday, June 5. We've held similar sessions in the western and eastern parts of the state already, but if you missed them, and are interested, make plans to come to Richmond and join Christians from around the capital area. The event is hosted by Hope Church, at 12445 Patterson Avenue, in the west end of Henrico County. It begins at 8:30 a.m. and lasts until 12:30 p.m.

Focus on the Family’s The Truth Project® is a DVD-based small group study that practically and personally introduces viewers to the truth claims of God. This dynamic training event will prepare you to lead this innovative small group curriculum, imparting a Biblical worldview into the lives of others. The event is open to everyone, especially small group ministers and leaders.

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You can only get The Truth Project® DVDs by attending a training event or by completing the 13-week study, so don’t miss this great opportunity. It may very well be the most transformational four hours of your life.

Registration is $99.00 per individual or couple and only $50 for students (present a valid student id at door). The cost includes the entire 8-disc DVD curriculum with Leader Training DVD.

You can register online using our secure form (click here) or call 804-343-0010 for more information. Walk-up registration also is welcome if it comes down to a last-minute decision, so feel free to register at the door, which opens at 8:00 a.m. For more information about The Truth Project®, visit TheTruthProject.org.

Tebow Super Bowl Ad Follow-Up

Speaking of television ads, it wasn't that long ago when the abortion-on-demand crowd was howling at the pro-life Super Bowl ad from Focus On The Family that featured star college football quarterback Tim Tebow and his mom. The fact that they tried to block it gave up the lie (if we needed any proof) that they are not "pro-choice" (having a baby, of course, being a choice), but rather pro-abortion at all costs. So, what was the outcome of it all? If this was an ad promoting a secular progressive cause, the mainstream media would have produced all sorts of follow-ups, documentaries, blog posts, etc., detailing how successful it was, whether or not it really was. That it was a pro-life campaign, we didn't expect any subsequent media, positive or otherwise. But new Focus President Jim Daly issued a letter the other day with some interesting notes about the ad's success:

. . . the network would not permit the word "abortion" to even be mentioned. So, if we didn't want to play by their rules, we couldn't run the spot. ... there had always been a two-part strategy surrounding the ad campaign. Our main goal was to drive viewers to FocusOnTheFamily.comwhere the full story of Mr. and Mrs. Tebow was featured. Over 1.5 million people have viewed the online movie.

. . . new research data that indicated the Super Bowl ad caused over 5 million viewers to reconsider their view of the legality/morality of abortion.

Those impressive numbers spell success. Congratulations to Focus for a good strategy and a well played hand.

Truth Project Coming To Martinsville

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We previously announced a Truth Project group leader training event, in association with Focus on the Family, in Roanoke on March 20. Now we are able to announce one for the Martinsville area we well. It will be on:

Saturday, April 10

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Hosted by First Baptist Church of Collinsville

3339 Virginia Avenue in Collinsville

For more information about this training event, click here (times, etc., apply to both events). For more information about The Truth Project itself, click here. To register online using our secure form, click here.

The Truth Project small group training event is a dynamic experience. It will prepare you to lead this innovative small group curriculum, imparting a Biblical worldview into the lives of others. It is open to everyone, especially small group ministers and leaders. Please take the time to read about The Truth Project and event particulars. We are sure you will find the event, as so many others have, inspiring and transformational.

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The Truth Project: Do You Really Believe That What You Believe Is Really Real?

That's a loaded question. But it's one The Truth Project wants you to be able to answer. So, you’re invited to experience this dynamic, inspiring and transformational event — not a random description, by the way, but one used repeatedly to convey what The Truth Project is.

Focus on the Family’s The Truth Project® is a DVD-based small group study that practically and personally introduces viewers to the truth claims of God. Now, The Family Foundation, in association with Focus on the Family, is pleased to offer another The Truth Project® group leader training. 

This dynamic training event will prepare you to lead this innovative small group curriculum, imparting a Biblical worldview into the lives of others. The event is open to everyone, especially small group ministers and leaders. We invite you to sign up today:

Saturday, March 20, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Hosted by RENEWANATION at Parkway House of Prayer

3230 King Street, Roanoke

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Registration is $99.00 per individual or couple; only $50 for students (present a valid student id at door). The cost includes entire 8-disc DVD curriculum with Leader Training DVD.

Walk-up registration opens at 8:00 a.m. Even if it’s last minute, you are welcome to just come!

You can only get The Truth Project® DVDs by attending a training event or by completing the 13-week study. So, don’t miss this great opportunity. It may very well be the most transformational four hours of your life.

Click here to register online using our secure form.

Share this exciting event with a friend. Click here for a print-ready flyer.

For more information about The Truth Project®, click here to visit its Web site.

Intolerant Pro-Abortionists Don't Believe In First Amendment

Although the Super Bowl and all of its ads have come and gone, it's still instructive to review the "controversy" regarding the ad bought by Focus On The Family which featured All-American quarterback and former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow (Tim Tebow Zone) and his mom, Pam. Several hysterical cries from the pro-abortion left echoed to CBS that the ad should be pulled. Never mind that their reasons were specious. Some, such as Jehmu Greene, president of something called the Women's Media Center, wanted the ad pulled although she admitted she had seen neither the ad nor the script! Can you say "prior restraint"? What about plain ol' leftist bullying and censorship? Just as startling is her assertion that a positive ad that highlights Pam Tebow's  "choice," which worked out well for all involved, "clearly" is "trying to take away" abortion rights. Ms. Greene also wants a "meaningful dialogue" on abortion but will tolerate only a monologue — from her side. Here's Ms. Greene in her own words:

Jehmu Greene of the Women's Media Center: I haven't seen it, but I want it banned!

Now, here's a much younger individual, Mr. Tebow himself, showing much more poise and reason in about 50 seconds than Ms. Greene was in five minutes:

All-American boy: Tim Tebow has no apologies, nor should he.

Finally, here's the ad itself, which still has the pro-abortion left knashing its teeth. Where is the controversy? Where's the intolerance (aside from the left)? By the way, see the rest of the Tebow story, here, at FocusOnTheFamily.com.

Tim and Pam Tebow: Just telling their story. Only to the left is a heartwarming story a nightmare.

FRC Action Webcast On Health Care, Tonight At 8:30!

Tonight, at 8:30, FRC Action and The Call to Conscience will host a live video Webcast on the proposed government takeover of the health care industry. Called, "An FRC Action PrayerCast: Government Takeover of Healthcare," it will feature a powerful line-up of speakers, including:

» Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council Action

» Lou Engle, Founder and President, The Call to Conscience

» Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family Action

» Dr. James Dobson, Founder, Focus on the Family Action

» Hon. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas), United States Senator

» Hon. Randy Forbes, (R-Va.) United States Representative

» Hon. Jim DeMint, (R-S.C.) United States Senator

» Hon. Michele Bachmann, (R-Minn.) United States Representative

» Bishop Harry Jackson, President, High Impact Leadership Coalition

» Pastor Jim Garlow, Skyline Church, San Diego, Calif.

» Reverend Samuel Rodriguez, National Hispanic Leadership Conference

The Webcast will provide information on the threats to the God-given right to human life through government funding of abortions and health from rationing, the impending massive tax increases, and the general loss of freedom when the government runs something as personal as our own health care. The Webcast also will offer time for prayer for our nation and our leaders. 

Click here to register for tonight's FRC Webcast: "An FRC Action PrayerCast: Government Takeover of Healthcare"

Gala Remarks By Family Foundation President Victoria Cobb

Tonight, you are part of the largest crowd to ever attend a Family Foundation Gala. Thank you for joining us and for your support of our work. Tonight is the first time that we have held our gala prior to Election Day. The past two galas, in fact, took place in the days immediately following elections, where we came together to lick our wounds and try to find solace after two miserable election seasons. Of course, we were being blamed for election loses by both politicians and pundits. Conservative principles, we were told, just can’t win. We were encouraged to shut up and go away. Frustration was growing among those of us who still believe in transcendent values, and that those values can win on Election Day.

So last year, I told you that we as pro-family Virginians had a choice. We could allow the frustration we all have felt to drive us to simply give up, see politics as a lost cause, return to our church pews and leave the field. Or, we could regroup, refocus, reshape our message, and work harder than we have ever worked before to make sure that our values are protected. We could ignore the pundits, the politicians and the naysayers and simply outwork those opposed to us.

Of course, there really was no choice. We simply cannot quit at any point, because we know that the values we share are the only values that can save our culture. They are principles that can make the lives of all Virginians better. We have positive solutions to the problems that families face.

Now, a year later, we are on the verge of an election where, perhaps, things will be different. Next week, we may elect pro-family conservatives to all three statewide offices, and even add pro-family legislators. Tonight, we look forward to Election Day with cautious optimism. One might even say we look forward to the future with hope for change. Perhaps, like me, while you anticipate electoral victory, you realize that it is just one small part of the cultural renewal that we seek. Maybe that is why, tonight, my enthusiasm for candidates is tempered by the knowledge that there is so much more to be done.

Let me make something perfectly clear. The optimism we feel, the anticipation for success, is not built on any single candidate or party. While many in this room are working tirelessly for individual candidates, our hope is not predicated on the person, but on the principles those candidates claim, and their record of action that supports those claims.

Last year, I made a commitment to you that The Family Foundation would not back down, would not quit, but would instead work harder than we ever have before. I pledged to you that we would work to reach more Virginians with the positive message of the sanctity of life, the importance of marriage, of freedom, of liberty. I promised that we would build our network of grassroots supporters. I told you that, through Pastors For Family Values, we would reach more pastors than ever before.

And that’s exactly what we have done. Just look around you this evening. Also, can I have all the pastors that are in attendance please stand so that we may recognize you?

Now, I know that our attendance tonight has just a little bit to do with our speaker, but I also believe it’s because you are committed to the mission of The Family Foundation and the work that we are doing. Tonight is simply a reflection of the value each of us places on this work. A moment of renewal; of celebration; of motivation. Leaving this room last November I know many of us had a renewed excitement, a rekindled dedication, and we got to work.

With that new motivation, this year The Family Foundation and our sister organization The Family Foundation Action undertook the largest and most expensive voter education and voter mobilization campaign in our history, called Winning Matters. Thanks to the help of an organization called Let Freedom Ring, we were given the opportunity to create Winning Matters, and thanks to many of you we met the challenge. This campaign is larger than the marriage amendment campaign of 2006 in both scope and cost. Incredibly, in a time where everyone is feeling the pinch of the recession, we raised the money necessary to meet Let Freedom Ring’s financial match.

Because of many of you in this room, we currently have eleven Winning Matters staff, nine of whom have been working with churches across Virginia, meeting pastors, attending community and political events, using social networking — every tool we can think of — to educate and mobilize our voters. Together, we have contacted more than 4000 churches, distributed over 100,000 GA Report Cards — more than twice as many as ever before — conducted or initiated hundreds of voter registration drives; we’ve identified over 40,000 pro-family Virginians who weren’t registered and mailed them forms and encouraged them to register and vote.

Over the course of this week we will be doing several Get Out The Vote Phone calls with Chuck Colson, Mike Huckabee and Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King. And we will be mailing thousands of voter education pieces to key House districts where pro-family conservatives are on the ballot. As we speak we are distributing nearly 1 million voter guides in 38 races to educate voters, including a Spanish statewide Voter Guide. For the first time this year we have also created a video Voter Guide to distribute virally through social networking sites.

We know that pro-family voters make the difference in every election, either by showing up, or not. We can honestly say that this election season pro-family voters have no excuse. They will be registered, educated and mobilized like never before.

But while we anticipate the success of pro-family candidates one week from now, we must remember that this is not the conclusion of our work, it is the beginning. One need only remember that just a few short years ago many of us celebrated the reelection of George Bush, anticipating the success of our principles. And while we were rewarded with two principled Supreme Court justices, we also became frustrated by someone who saw government as the solution to our economic troubles instead of the cause. We must remember that the terms “bailouts” and “stimulus package” didn’t start with President Obama, but instead with someone that many of us in this room helped get elected.

Unfortunately, that isn’t the first time we’ve been let down by those we’ve supported, and it may not be the last. But it is up to us to make it harder for those who claim our values during election season to abandon them once elected.

We expect, we demand, we deserve better. Let me be clear:

We expect that the first budget introduced by the next Governor of Virginia will ban taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood.

We expect that the first budget introduced by the next Governor of Virginia will fund roads, not the destruction of innocent human life.

We expect that the next Governor of Virginia will restore right of state police chaplains to pray in the name of Jesus.

We expect that the next Governor of Virginia will not stop at Charter Schools, but will open the locked doors of a quality education for all children in Virginia by providing real school choice.

We expect the next Governor of Virginia to reduce, not increase, the tax burden on Virginia’s businesses and families.

We expect the next Governor of Virginia to care more about the culture of Virginia than the road to the White House.

And we will not accept anything less.

But we will not simply leave it in the hands of the elected officials. Honestly, we cannot expect politicians to change the culture alone. I heard a pro-family leader recently who made a very strong statement about politically active Christians. He said that the first people to quit when we lose elections are Christians and the first people to quit when we win elections are Christians.

Again, let me be clear. Regardless of what happens next week, The Family Foundation will not quit. Winning Matters is not the end, it is the beginning.

The Family Foundation works at the place where our culture, our faith, and our politics intersect. While Winning Matters has concentrated on the political side, it is just part of our mission. We know that the only way we can be sure that our values are truly protected is by winning more people to our cause. There are still too many people who share our pews but don’t share our values or that have not joined the battle. We must reach them. One way we are doing this is our new partnership with Focus on the Family to bring The Truth Project, a comprehensive, transformational worldview-training program, to Virginia. We hope that through The Truth Project thousands of Virginians will be challenged to not just confront the culture, but to transform it. Anyone who has been through the Truth Project, or had the privilege of leading it as my husband and I have, know the impact this program can have.

We will continue to build our grassroots networks across Virginia, one chapter, one county, one Virginian at a time. We will continue to challenge pastors to speak truth to power through Pastors For Family Values. And let me just say how thrilled I am to announce tonight that Bishop Earl Jackson has agreed to be the new Chaplain for The Family Foundation and in that role the new leader of Pastors For Family Values.

Of course, we will continue to do what we do best. We will be there on January 13th when the General Assembly comes to town, advocating for your values in the hallways of the General Assembly building. Legislators can count on seeing our faces as they walk through the capitol building. We will continue to generate tens of thousands of e-mails from people just like you to our elected officials on the legislation, the issues, you care so passionately about. That isn’t going to change.

On the day the Declaration of Independence was signed, John Adams wrote a letter to his beloved wife Abigail. His words ring as true for us more than two hundred years later:

I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the gloom I can see rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth more than all the means.

As we gaze into the future it is clear that the work we have before us is great, and will cost us dearly. Yet while we have been called to this arena we call politics, while we work day in and day out to affect our culture though civic activism, and that means asking our elected officials to battle on our behalf, our hope, our trust, cannot rest entirely on them. Our trust, our hope, must be on the One who is greater than any. The light and glory that John Adams spoke of came from a recognition that the new nation he was part of founding was birthed with a reliance on God.

The foe they faced was so much greater than we could ever imagine. This rag tag group of independent colonists that bickered among themselves and could agree on little was facing the greatest nation and greatest army on earth. No one in their right mind thought they would be victorious. But we know on whom the Founding Fathers relied.

I am reminded of the words of Psalm 20:

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.

Tonight, as we look toward the future, while we anticipate new successes, as we hope for a renewal of our culture with the values we hold dear, let us do so with the knowledge and comfort that comes from knowing the one true God of the universe. Yes, we have a duty to carry His banner not just in our homes and churches, but also in our offices, our communities, and our government. And carry that banner we will, with truth and with grace. We will fight with chariots and horses, but we will trust in our God.

Thank you and God bless you.

Group Leader Training For The Truth Project

Dynamic. Inspiring. Transformational. These are just some of the comments from those who have experienced Focus on the Family's The Truth Project®, a DVD-based small group study that practically, and personally, introduces viewers to the truth claims of God.

The Family Foundation, in association with Focus on the Family, is pleased to offer The Truth Project® group leader training in Virginia Beach.

This dynamic event will prepare participants to lead this innovative small group curriculum, imparting a Biblical worldview into the lives of others. The event is open to everyone, especially small group ministers and leaders — and you're invited as well!

Truth Project

For more information about The Truth Project®, click here.

So, sign up today and share this exciting information with a friend! It takes place Saturday, October 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., at Kempsville Presbyterian Church, 805 Kempsville Road in Virginia Beach. 

To regisgter online, click here.

You can only get The Truth Project® DVDs by attending a training event or by completing the 13-week study. So don't miss this great opportunity. It may very well be the most transformational four hours of your life.

Registration is $99.00 per individual or couple. Cost includes the entire 8-disc DVD curriculum with Leader Training DVD. Group discounts are available. Walk-up registration opens at 8:00 a.m. So even if it's a "game time decision" you are welcome to attend!