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2018 Feast of Tabernacles


When to join us. Mark your calendars and start making preparations to join us. We will be observing the Feast beginning with food and fellowship as we welcome the Holy Day on Sunday evening September 23rd and running through Monday October 1st. The opening session of the Feast 2018 will begin at sunset on Sunday September 23rd. There will be food & fellowship followed by opening night services to kick off a wonderful time of spiritual reunion of God's family. More details coming.
The beautiful location.We are happy to announce that CFN will be meeting on beautiful Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach Florida. The Fort Walton Beach/Destin area is a family favorite feast destination, and it is easy to see why. With sugar-white sand beaches, abundant family friendly leisure and recreational activities, and a veritable smorgasbord of dining options to please every palette, there is no end to the possibilities for family fun.
The modern venue.CFN is excited to announce that we will be hosting the Feast of Tabernacles at the wonderful Emerald Coast Convention Center again in 2018. The ECCC is located at 1250 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 on beautiful Okaloosa Island. The ECCC is situated on the main highway connecting Fort Walton to Destin. It sits just across the street from the Gulf of Mexico, and backs up to a state park on the inland waterway of Choctawhatchee Bay. This modern facility has spacious public areas, meetings rooms for all the many feast functions, and a grand ballroom that serves as the worship center for the feast.
The Luxurious Housing: Members have varied housing needs and interests and the beautiful Emerald Coast is the best place we've found to provide the ideal home for each family. You will find a wide range of restaurants, shopping and activities. Many members will be staying at:
    Azure
    Waterscape
    Summerplace
    Many others within one mile of the Emerald Coast Convention Center
HOUSING DISCOUNTS: Are available to attendees of the Common Faith Network Feast of Tabernacles. Resort Quest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals is offering 15-20% discounts for their properties in Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island, and Destin (including Azure, Waterscape, Destin West, Bella Riva, and many others). To claim the discount you MUST BOOK BY PHONE by calling ResortQuest Reservations Department at 1-800-380-4808 to make individual reservations. Guests should identify themselves as part of the Common Faith Network, customer code S1117, when they call. Guests will be asked for a credit card for their advance payment at the time of booking their reservation. The advance payment will be 20% of the total rent. Remember, the discounted reservations are NOT available ONLINE with the group booking code, only by phone.
We understand that some have experienced problems finding housing due to several local schools being on Fall break during the same time, many of the rental agencies are requiring Saturday to Saturday only rental. We suggest you try Airbnb and VRBO. The good news is that many are having success finding beautiful, affordable units available for the specific Feast days.
WORKSHOPS:CFN is on the cutting edge of feast developments, and CFN feast attendees LOVE seminars and workshops. We are making plans for a week full of helpful, informative, and entertaining workshops from the family of faith.
YOUTH CLASSES:CFN is dedicated to making the feast experience special for our young people and has plans for another great Vacation Bible School adventure with classes for ages 4-9, 10-12, and 13-18. Additionally, the young adults (ages 19 and up) will be challenged and encouraged in the INFUSE program with life application learning that extends outside of the classroom and encourages community service.
SPEAKERS:CFN will once again provide a variety of speakers from across organizational lines to inspire and instruct God's people during the feast.
MUSICCFN has something for just about everyone when it comes to music. We enjoy a variety of musical styles and lift the sound of our instruments and our voices in praise with standard hymns, old time gospel, contemporary gospel, and praise & worship music.
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Church of God Cincinnati

Letter from the Pastor of COG Cincinnati

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From Jim O'Brien
October 12, 2018

The Power of Reason

"And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon..."

Hi Friend,

One of the greatest gifts God has given to man is the ability to communicate verbally. The power of words to convey ideas was given to no other creature on earth-only to those made in the image of God.

Even so, that gift is worthless without a greater gift-the gift of a rational mind. Isaiah appealed to that sense when he attempted to convince his listeners, "Come now, and let us reason together," (Isa. 1:18). The rest of the verse reads, "Says the Lord". It was God who wanted to reason with man-not just Isaiah. In fact, all the Prophets of both the Old and New Testaments appealed to the same quality of mind-otherwise their efforts were useless. Their very words assume that God designed a receptor in the mind of man for rational thought, the purpose of which is to change the behavior of man. No other creature has such an ability for self-analysis.

That this process was used to establish a nation is the rare blessing given to citizens of the United States of America. No other nation in the history of man was formed by a group of men sitting down in a room and reasoning together to form a civilized government. The possible exception would be Ancient Israel during the period of the Judges. There was no king and only a sprinkling of an army. The people were ruled by a commitment to a common set of values enumerated in the Ten Commandments. Both governments appealed to the spirit of citizens to submit to a rational standard of conduct.

Ironically, it is NOT God that chooses to change the behavior of man by force-tyrants take that route. God sent prophets to reason with man. When that didn't work He sent His Son to bear witness of His goodness.

And that is what is so frightening about the current political climate in America. Thoughtful and educated men and women are refused the right to speak on college campuses, presumably the cradle of respectful dialogue, because political opponents don't want to either hear them or allow other students to.

It is not too strong a statement to say that without that right we no longer have a civilized society.

One wonders if we aren't reaching the sort of political climate experienced by the Apostle Paul. He testified of the oppression he had suffered, he had "been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely.... Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones...." He continued, saying he had been "in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles...and in danger from false believers." (2 Cor. 11:23-26)

Had Paul committed a violent crime, stolen or murdered? Was he bringing an army to overthrow the government? No! He was making a reasonable argument for belief in God and Jesus Christ! He lived in a culture that would murder a man for teaching the concepts of a peaceful religion. In fact, every apostle of Jesus Christ suffered the same fate.

Once when Jesus was teaching there were opponents in the audience who objected to a statement that, for them, was controversial. He said, "I and the Father are one." It is understandable that some people would not agree with such an astounding statement. But Jesus allowed them the freedom to disagree. He didn't come with an army to enforce His teaching, even though it was truth. He didn't call down fire from heaven.

The violence came from the intolerant people who, "picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them, 'I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?' 'We are not stoning you for any good work,' they replied, 'but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.'" (John 10:30-33)

Imagine, religious people attempting to murder a man because he said something they did not like to hear.

Is America on the verge of losing a fundamental value of Christianity? Have our university presidents, our mayors and politicians lost confidence in the ability of citizens to come together using the God-given gift of verbal communication to achieve justice? Are we witnessing the loss of belief that man is a rational being?

One of the highest creations of God is the rational mind. Maybe the worst sin is rejecting such a gift in favor of anarchy. And that is the loss of civilization.

Until next time,

Jim O'Brien

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Sermon Video: One Small Box

This link will take you to my sermon given September 28 at Ft. Walton Beach, Florida during the Feast of Tabernacles.


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Lack of Hope by Dan Allen


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FOT-CFN-2018 Last Great Day Fair Chance Jim OBrien 2018-10-01


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FOT-CFN-2018 Last Great Day Memorial Program 2018-10-01


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FOT-CFN-2018 Seventh Day Life in the Fast Lane David Freeman 2018-09-30


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