January 10, 2010

"Love Worth Fighting For" tour featuring Kirk Cameron and Warren Barfield 2010 dates announced


Feed Your Faith, a nonprofit group based in Knoxville, Tenn. that brings Christian speakers, authors and performing artists to raise money for those in need, has announced its LOVE WORTH FIGHTING FOR tour will be in Lexington, Kentucky on March 6, 2010 at Immanuel Baptist Church AND in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, April 10, 2010 at the Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church.  The LOVE WORTH FIGHTING FOR tour features actor, writer and evangelist Kirk Cameron and singer/songwriter Warren Barfield (“Love Is Not A Fight” from the FIREPROOF movie starring Kirk Cameron) live on stage for an unforgettable evening.  More dates throughout the Southeast United States will be announced in coming weeks.

These events have two sessions to choose from – an afternoon matinee session beginning at 1 p.m. and an evening session beginning at 7 p.m.  In 2009, this event was attended by nearly 9,000 people in Knoxville, Tennessee and tickets sold out almost six months early.  Don’t wait if you wish to participate in this amazing, life-changing conference.

KIRK CAMERON

Kirk Cameron is best known as the lovable teen heartthrob Mike Seaver, of the award winning series Growing Pains. He entertained audiences worldwide as the charming troublemaker. He is also known to many Christians as "Buck Williams" from the Left Behind films -- based on the NY Times runaway best selling novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.

But much more noteworthy than his acting career was his conversion to Christianity. Kirk was not raised in a church-going home and describes himself as a devout atheist from a very young age. By the age of 14 he was so convinced there was no God that he laughed at those who thought there was. But that all changed one afternoon as he sat in his sports car pondering the first Gospel message he had ever heard.

Kirk continues to be actively involved in quality family entertainment and travels throughout the country,  making the most of every opportunity to further the Gospel. He speaks in schools, churches and at community events. He is also a producer and host of The Way of the Master television series and radio program..

Kirk and his wife Chelsea have six children and live in southern California.

WARREN BARFIELD

North Carolina-born singer/songwriter Warren Barfield is on a mission to make the truly important things important again in his life. Things like faith, love, marriage, children, truth, and with his songs, he challenges us all to do the same. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live." Warren has found those things in his faith, his wife, and his belief in love. "These are the things I would die for; things I will wake up every morning and spend my day fighting for."

Worth Fighting For, Barfield's third record, out May 20, 2008 on Essential Records, expresses a vulnerability and passion born out of the realization of how much life passes by without intentionally living, how little we invest in those we love, and how often we settle for the status quo.

"My wife is my best friend, who I love dearly, and she loves me," he says. "But isn't it fascinating that two people who love each other so much can cut one another so deeply? When you let issues build up in a marriage, the smallest thing can trigger a war, and pretty soon you can lose sight of your love and commitment to one another. We had a night where something as trivial as spilled pretzels forced into the open things we had left unsaid. Once everything had calmed down, I wrote this song. In that moment, I fully realized my duty, as my wife's husband, was to wrap my arms around her, to love her more than my pride, more than my desire to be 'right,' and to find a way to move through life's good and bad times together. That will be a struggle at times, but love is worth the fight."

For those who have lost or feel they're losing the battle in relationships and in life, the poignant ballad "Drop The World" is a prayer for comfort and healing. "We've been taught our whole lives that God holds the whole world in His hands," Barfield explains. "There's an epidemic of brokenness in our world, people hurting so much, they need someone to drop everything and hold them. My heart is broken for people whose marriages have ended, people who've lost people they love, and I believe Christ is broken for them. He knows our deepest secrets and loves us anyway. We don't have to hide our pain from Him."

Without an ounce of judgment, Worth Fighting For strikes a delicate balance between hope and hurting, between love and loss, infused with a heavy dose of encouragement and grace. Songs like "God Believes In You," "The One Thing" and "Say It With Your Life" reinforce Barfield's confidence in God's passion for His children. "We can run away from our problems, our fears; we can run out of money, run out of hope, but the one thing I can't run out of is God's love," Barfield says of "The One Thing." "He's always there watching, waiting for us to let Him love us. When everyone and everything runs away, God is running to us."

These are the lessons that cannot be imparted by parents or college professors. These are truths learned in the trenches, carved out on the journey, forged in fires of failure and forgiveness. Truths only time and experience can teach.  Barfield's "Love is not a Fight" song was a hit single last year as part of the Fireproof movie (starring Kirk Cameron).

FEED YOUR FAITH

A few years ago, Mike Williams – a Blount County resident with a heart for people who are struggling – started Feed Your Faith. Rick Laney joined him as Feed Your Faith’s marketing and promotions director three years ago.  The Feed Your Faith concept was simple; bring in Christian speakers, authors, singers and music groups to help Christians grow in their faith and, at the same time, raise money for those who are less fortunate. Unlike some nonprofit and charity groups, Feed Your Faith has virtually no overhead expenses – so once the cost of bringing the event to town is covered, proceeds go directly to local charities.

To date, Feed Your Faith has worked with nationally known writers and music groups including Lee Strobel (former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune and author of The Case for Christ), author Mark Middleberg, DecembeRadio, Decyfer Down and Sanctus Real (Dove Award winning Christian Rock and Alternative band), needtobreath and Sarah Reeves.

For more information about the LOVE WORTH FIGHTING TOUR featuring Kirk Cameron and Warren Barfield LIVE at Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, April 10, 2010 and in Lexington, Kentucky on March 6, 2010 at Immanuel Baptist Church, or to order your tickets today, visit www.FeedYourFaith.org.  More cities and dates will be announced in coming weeks.

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