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2017 Feast of Tabernacles


DATE: 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 Wednesday evening October 4th and running through Thursday, October 12. The opening session of the Feast 2017 will begin at sunset on Wednesday, October 4th. 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.
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.
Venue:CFN is excited to announce that we will be hosting the Feast of Tabernacles at the wonderful Emerald Coast Convention Center again in 2017. 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.
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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There are 650,000 preachers in America, most of these ministers have never been validated in the eyes of God! What does it take for a man’s ministry to be approved and validated in the eyes of God?

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When God Slept



Faith sometimes takes a strange shape.  One time early in Jesus’ ministry he and his disciples boarded a ship on the Sea of Galilee, when a windstorm blew and buffeted the ship unmercifully.  Several of the disciples were seaman and surely had weathered such storms that frequent that sea, but this apparently was worse than most.  The boat was filling with water and was in danger of sinking.   But through it all, Jesus was in the stern of the ship, fast asleep.  They cried, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” (Mark 4:35-41) 

I find it easy to identify with the disciples’ reaction.  Like them, I know that Jesus is the Christ.  I have seen him doing his work in others’ lives and my own.  He tells me that he will never leave me nor forsake me.  I understand that there is a grand purpose in this scheme called life and for this planet called earth, yet often when I am beaten about by the storms of life I feel I must wake him from a sleep and ask him why he doesn’t seem to care that we are perishing. Why does he seem to be asleep when the storm is at its worst?

And make no mistake. It does seem sometimes that he is sleeping in the stern while my ship is going down. But maybe his calm in the midst of the storm shows something more profound than potential indifference. 

Jesus knew the end from the beginning in the matters of his life.  He knew that his life on earth had a certain destination that would end with a bright light in a garden tomb three days and three nights after Golgotha.  He knew that the storms surrounding him and his disciples would not alter that destiny, and so he slept in the faith that God would see them through.  In fact it almost seems like a rebuke when he asks his disciples, “Why are you so fearful?  How is it that you have no faith?” (Verse 40)  They believed Jesus enough to wake him for help, but not enough to know that the storm could not halt the march of history. 

So here we have two examples of faith.  We have Jesus’ perfect faith, echoed in Hebrews 11:1, which says, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  Jesus knew where things would lead and had the faith in his Father to bring it about.  And then there is the faith of the disciples, which is very much like my own.  I know what Jesus says, but my nature fails to grasp the evidence of things not seen.  In my weakness I doubt, but I have faith enough to rouse Jesus from his apparent complacency and cry, “Lord, do you not care that I am perishing?” That’s faith too, but of a different kind.  And it’s a kind that he still honors. 


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Letter from the Pastor of COG Cincinnati

Letter

From Jim O'Brien
February 02, 2018

Hi Friend,

A Tale of Two Americas

There are lots of theories about how it happened, but there is no doubt that America is anything but united. We're split. One need only look at the Halls of Congress during the Presidential State of the Union address. Or follow the news media. Are they talking about the same country? The same President? The same constitution? The same values?

There is a cyclical pattern in the history of God's people. It is expressed in the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt. Joseph had died and the new generation forgot that he had saved their nation from famine. The history classes in the public schools edited that part of their history out of the textbooks. So the new king put the Israelites to forced labor. "The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. God heard their groaning and...looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them." (Exodus 2:23-25)

God called Moses saying to him, "I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians" (Exodus 3:7-8)

Like it or not, God does not do that for every nation. Lots of people have suffered under tyranny and were never delivered. But the people that God called His own He delivered. I realize that some people can't accept that kind of a God but He doesn't need the approval of man.

The big question is, why would a nation that was so blessed by God ever reject the God that blessed them? Where on earth was there a nation with better principles? Where was there a more virtuous nation? Was ancient Egypt with its slaves more virtuous than Israel? Was Pharaohwho customarily had his wives and servants buried with himmore civilized than Moses or the Prophets? Was Babylon that believed in sacrificing children on an altar to a pagan god more honorable than Israel? Where were the Israelites going to go to find this nation of supreme virtue that would make the lives of the citizens better?

Consider the people who suffered under the heavy yoke of the Philistine oppressors and cried out to God for relief. Will they not rise up in the resurrection and condemn later generations who basked in wealth and prosperity but then rejected the God who delivered Israel?

Is America different than ancient Israel? Of all the people who appear to hate America, who protest and demonstrate-where is this nation of perfect virtue they seek? Is it Russia? Or Mexico? Or China? Or one of the Arab countries? Or North Korea? Then why do citizens leave those countries to come to America?

We were having church services a few years ago during a 4th of July weekend. As it happened the song leaderchose God Bless America as a congregational hymn and a young man, new to the congregation, walked out of services. I called him later and he angrily responded that he was offended by a hymn that gave thanks to God for our country.

In a free country a person has every right to walk out. But, I wonder-if the day comes that America is enslaved to a barbaric tyrant, will such a person cry out for relief from oppression? Will he call on God to intervene and provide a nation of virtue where he can worship in peace-where his children can grow up without fear of the Nazi heelat their throat? And if God hears his prayer, and grants him such a virtuous nation in which to live-will he then sing praises of thanksgiving to the God who provides such a blessing? Will he be moved to sing a hymn asking for God to bless the nation that makes his life better?

Maybe the tale of two Americas is the one that is grateful and the one that isn't.

Until next time,

Jim O'Brien

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How does God view cohabiting? Is the act of living together by itself a form of sexual contact or the appearance of impropriety? That is the question that religious couples must ask themselves. At what point do two people actually enter into a marriage covenant in the eyes of God?

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