Actor Cameron will talk about power of marriage

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Months after Fireproof became a surprise box office hit, Kirk Cameron found himself in front of an audience eager to keep the conversation on marriage rolling.

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"Growing Pains" and "Fireproof" star Kirk Cameron will be part of the Love Worth Fighting For tour today at Cedar Creek Church in Aiken.   Special
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"Growing Pains" and "Fireproof" star Kirk Cameron will be part of the Love Worth Fighting For tour today at Cedar Creek Church in Aiken.

More than 9,000 people flocked to a Baptist church in Knoxville, Tenn., last July to hear the actor-turned-evangelist espouse on marriage.

The event was so successful that Cameron and Feed Your Faith, the Knoxville charity that sponsored the event, created a national tour to promote a biblical view on marriage.

"People are dying for a solution to fix their dying marriages," Cameron said in a telephone interview this week.

The tour, Love Worth Fighting For, will stop in Aiken next Saturday for a 3½-hour event at Cedar Creek Church. Warren Barfield, who wrote the lyric after which the tour was named, also will appear. The singer-songwriter's Love Is Not a Fight was the theme song for the film.

Cameron, who starred in Fireproof as a firefighter faced with divorce, acted on the 1980s sitcom Growing Pains and married co-star Chelsea Noble, who played his girlfriend. They've been married 20 years and have six children.

In that time, he said, he has learned that the state of the family affects all else in life.

"There's no joy like family joy. And there's no pain like family pain," he said.

The tour is designed to strengthen good marriages, heal broken marriages and lay the groundwork for biblical relationships, regardless of marital status.

Cameron talks about waging war with things that might destroy marriage, such as pornography or separateness, when two people never really weld their lives. Cameron said he will tell personal stories but will focus on sharing a biblical view of marriage.

"I don't want to just tell people my sob stories," he said. "It needs to be practical, but at the same time, you need to be thinking right about marriage."

It starts with an understanding of how God intends marriages to be, Cameron said.

"It's a covenant. It's something you don't break," he said. "We lock the door and throw away the key. If we stay in there, God is our teacher and we learn things we wouldn't ever have otherwise. Come hell or high water, I'm staying. If you leave me, I'm going with you."

Millions of people walk down the aisle every year, but:

"Most all of them never have the intention of getting divorced and hating the person they vowed to cherish. At least half of marriages end up crumbling and failing. Something happens. What is it?"

With a laugh, he suggested, "It's all the guy's fault."

Actually, he added, "People are selfish. A lot of people get in marriages thinking love is a feeling you just fall into.

''If you can fall into it just like that, you can fall out of it. We need to define what love is."

God offers a counter-cultural definition of love itself, Cameron said.

"Love is a decision to sacrificially serve someone else, even when it's difficult," he said. "It transforms you. In the movie, the defining symbol of love is at the cross, where Christ died for us.

"That's how we're, as husbands, to love our wives."

If you go

WHAT: Love Worth Fighting For, featuring Kirk Cameron and musician Warren Barfield

WHEN: 1 p.m. June 12

WHERE: Cedar Creek Church, 3001 Banks Mill Road, Aiken

COST: $25, or $22.50 each for couples; call (800) 965-9324 or visit www.FeedYourFaith.org.

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jmb578
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jmb578 06/05/10 - 09:05 am
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The date in your story is

The date in your story is incorrect. This event is taking place on Saturday, June 12th at Cedar Creek Church.

Bill Kirby
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Bill Kirby 06/05/10 - 11:10 am
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You are correct about the

You are correct about the date. The Web site says next Saturday. Thanks for alerting us.

grouse
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grouse 06/05/10 - 11:51 am
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Cameron and his buddy, Ray
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Cameron and his buddy, Ray Comfort, released a dressed-up anniversary edition of the out-of-copyright "The Origin of the Species" (sic) to hand out to college students free. What they didn't let the students know was there was a introduction by Comfort to refute Darwin's text. This type of subterfuge seems to me to run counter to Christian ideals of honesty. Cameron is an egoist who thinks his brand of Christianity is the only way.

GAterp
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GAterp 06/05/10 - 03:21 pm
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Kirky better get on the stick

Kirky better get on the stick with his presentation because the marriage thing is going South quicker than General Sherman.

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