Common Faith Network

Common Faith Network

Early Feast Registration Special

Register by June 25th and pay for your housing through Common Faith Network to receive an 11% discount and tax exemption status.

Follow these steps:

  • Register Here
  • Make your reservations at the rental of your choice and confirm with your rental owner/agency that they will give you tax exemption status with proof and payment from Common Faith Network
  • Mail your housing payment along with the address to which payment must be forwarded to:
    CFN Housing, PO Box 8428, West Chester, OH 45071.
    Include any details or reservation information that needs to accompany payment. Once we receive your check and information we will forward payment and a copy of our Florida tax exemption status to the designated payee. If you would like confirmation that we received your payment, include your email or phone number to receive an email or text.
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    2016 Feast of Tabernacles Details

  • Uplifting Sermons— Each day of the Feast you will enjoy inspiring sermons given by men of faith in the Church of God. Scheduled speakers for 2016 are Bill Jacobs, Guy Swenson, Wayne Cole, Ken Swiger, Jim O’Brien plus others. The deep meaning of the Feast and its application to Christianity is our primary focus.
  • Youth Programs— The most interactive learning program for children anywhere including staged sets with in-character performers to create an authentic presentation and bring a realistic view of biblical truths to the children. The theme this year will be “Egypt: Joseph’s Journey from Prison to Palace”. We also offer interactive teaching discussions with teens and young adults.
  • Informative Workshops— Jesus’ ministry dealt with real life issues such as health, money, mental health and false religion. CFN provides workshops on the same issues and all taught from a biblical perspective. Last year we had more daily workshops than any other Feast site with many more planned for 2016 such as:
      — Physical and Mental Health
      — Family Relationships
      — Marriage
      — Child Development/Education
      — Addictive Elements That Destroy The Family
      — Doctrinal Studies
      — Congregational Issues!
      — Understanding What We Believe And Why
      — Prophetic Significance
      — Impact Of Islam On America
      — What The Bible Says About The Future Of Man
      — Strengthening The Local Congregation
      — How To Light The Fire Of Excitement In Your Congregation All these topics with a focus on biblical teaching!
  • Quality 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 other locations within one mile of the Emerald Coast Convention Center
  • Come Celebrate the Feast of TabernaclesIn Ft. Walton Beach with Common Faith Network

    At CFN, we make it a priority to provide an environment for brethren to fellowship across church boundaries by teaching sound doctrine that is common to our faith. Make plans today to join us to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles in 2016 in beautiful Ft. Walton Beach, Florida.

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    Church of God Fellowship, Lansing

    Lake Rathbun Iowa Feast Of Tabernacles

    Church of God Fellowship, Lansing will once again be celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles at the Honey Creek Resort State Park, on Lake Rathbun. It's a beautiful setting on the lake, in the rolling hills of south central Iowa. The site offers an opportunity to leave the busy world behind and spend time learning, growing, and developing relationships with an extended family of fellow believers.

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    Morning Companion

    The Middle Verse

    I'm thankful for the 2016 election cycle. The name-calling dysfunction and the distressing choices remaining to us have been good things because this messy milieu is a reminder of The Middle Verse.

    It's true we long for real leaders who offer real solutions to real problems. It's true that we need statesmen whose prime interest lies in what is best for the country instead of their own pocketbooks and power base. And it's also true that such leaders get rejected in the election cycle in favor of those with a gimmick or a stunt. 

    But this time around it has been a good thing to have clowns to the left of me and jokers to the right because it all serves as a reminder of The Middle Verse.

    In the King James Bible The Middle Verse is in the 118th Psalm. That's the verse that has as many verses following it as it has before it. By chance more than design The Middle Verse reads, "It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man."  (Psalm 118:8) The 9th verse is much like it. "It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes." 

    Or, as a friend once said, "Don't worry about who is in the White House or who is in the outhouse. God is still on his throne."

    That seems like good advice not just for this year, but for all years.

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    Church of God Cincinnati

    The God of History

    One of the greatest phenomena the world has ever witnessed occurred over 3,500 years ago and is still remembered today. God took a small nation enslaved to the most advanced and powerful country the world had ever known and ripped off the bands of tyranny setting the slave nation free.

    No other god had ever demonstrated such incredible power to accomplish such a noble purpose and it remains an unchallenged manifestation of the existence and goodness of God.

    It has become a metaphor for what Jesus Christ does for His followers today. Mankind seems to embrace slavery. We are enslaved to debt, drugs, pornography, junk food and television. These slaveries are entered by choice and exited by war.

    The miracle of Passover continued by the Passover Lamb is that God fights the battle for the oppressed against Pharaoh to gain freedom for those without hope. Israel had to do her part. It wasn't easy to pack all the family belongings onto a cart, herd the cattle, sheep and oxen together, prepare the food and "walk" to freedom. Besides, they had no weapons with which to oppose a well-trained, well-equipped army. They didn't even know where they were going. They only knew they were going OUT of slavery and they had to trust in a God they could not see.

    The deep symbolism this represents for Christianity is unparalleled in any other events in history. Jesus was killed on Passover. He is our Passover Lamb. It is His blood spread across our doorposts that protects us from the death angel.

    Understanding this, one can only wonder why all Christian churches don't celebrate Passover? The Good News is that one day all Christians will observe Passover. In keeping His last Passover on earth Jesus told His disciples "this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins....I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's Kingdom." (Matt. 26:28-29)

    Imagine the time when Christians will keep the Passover with the Passover Lamb-who is then King of Kings!

    The man whose great hope is to share in that meal with Jesus Christ tomorrow, can begin today.

    Until next time,

    Jim O'Brien

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    Passover

    The Value of Ceremony

    This sermon by Jim O'Brien takes a look at the value of ceremony and the warning of taking the Passover unworthily.

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    Church of God International

    What are we so afraid of?


    by Brandy Webb

    Fear is a powerful tool that Satan likes to use against us, and here lately I keep hearing a lot of fear. Fear over who is going to get elected, fear of the economy, fear of China, fear of Russia, fear of North Korea, and the biggest fear, that we are getting closer to the end of the world. Now, as Christians, why are we so afraid of the end of the world? Why do we get fearful when we look at the world around us and we start thinking that the time is near for Armageddon? Aren’t we supposed to be praying for God’s kingdom to come (Matt 6:10)?

    Don’t we also know that “there is nothing new under the sun” (Eccl 1:9); therefore, the world is just as bad as it probably always has been just in varying ways. I know I would not have wanted to live during the Medieval Inquisition or during the Spanish Inquisition of the late Middle Ages.  What I am trying to point out is that right now may not be the worse the world has ever been. 

    I know it is easy to give into fear when there is so much fear mongering going on around us, but we aren’t supposed to have the spirit of fear, but the spirit of “power and love and self-control” (2 Tim 1:7). So, I ask you and myself, seriously, what are we afraid of? Is it the unknown, pain, struggles, hardships, loss, and death? If we are afraid of these things, then we are not holding onto God’s promises. We are allowing this life to destroy our joy, hope, and faith. And, if we can’t live a life that shines God’s spiritual fruit, how do we expect to be any different from the rest of the world? How are we supposed to prove to the skeptics that God is real if we cower in fear?

    Some of the best testimonies proving the existence of God are from people who live a life of true belief even when they are going through trials that we can’t even imagine. For instance, Paul never gave up on his faith even when he was imprisoned, beaten, stoned, shipwrecked, and eventually faced martyrdom. In fact, while he was imprisoned in Rome he made a profound statement in Philippians 1:21-26:

    For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.

    Paul did not fear death, nor did he fear suffering for Christ sake, so that Christ could be glorified. I want to be like Paul instead of a timid fearful person. We need to strive to not let fear defeat us. Jesus died for us to break “the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death” (Heb 2:14-15). Therefore, let us not forsake this awesome gift of freedom. Instead let us accept it and become truly free from the fear of death and any other fears we may have.

    This is our time to shine in darkness. This is our time to give hope to each other and to unbelievers. This is our time to “walk through the valley of the shadow of death” without fear because we know that God is with us, and He comforts us (Psa 23:4). So, let us walk the path of faith and not fear, and as we go into the Passover, let us remember we have a Messiah that knows and understands our struggles. He is there to comfort us, and He died for us so that we can hold onto the hope of eternal life. Therefore, what is there to fear, if He is for us who can be against us? Plus, why fear what this world can do to us when we can hold onto the hope that this life is not the end.

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    Life Resource Ministry

    A Festival of Spiritual Growth - Days of Unleavened Bread

    A friend, who works for a mega church, told of his frustrations with the spiritual apathy he sees in the members. "Most of them don't know anything about the Bible, and don't live for God," he told me. He sees profession without knowledge or commitment. This issue comes from a lack of something the Church gave up long ago. Learn what is missing in this, our latest presentation.

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    Church of God International

    Women’s Conference 2016

    by Brandy Webb

    This past weekend, I was blessed to participate in the New Church Lady Women’s Conference sponsored by Church of God International, Christian Educational Ministries, and other local ministries. It was an awesome uplifting experience. There were some tears, laughter, praise, great teachings, and wonderful ladies. I am so glad that my daughter and I got to participate.



    For me, one lesson that I learned during the conference is how we need to strive to walk in the ways of Christ using the talents given to us by the Holy Spirit to spread God’s light into the world even if you don’t become popular for it. This path that we are all trying to walk is not an easy one, especially when you have to fight back against unfair biases and judgmental people. However, it never gives us a justification to not be nice because our job is to represent our Father and our Messiah.

    All the speeches and round table discussions really fit together like intricate puzzle pieces. We were taught to live a life that “brands” us as true Christians, how to take care of our temples so that the Holy Spirit could freely work in our lives. Also, to work on figuring out your spiritual gifts so that they can be nurtured and used for God’s glory, even if they are behind-the-scenes type of gifts. We learned about important women in the Bible who played a valuable role but may not have even been named, or only had one small moment that is mentioned, showing that sometimes it isn’t the “big” things that are most important in God’s plans, but small moments can also be used to move His plans forward. We learned what the value of the heart is to God, and how we can’t just act like Christians on the outside. We have to have a Christian heart on the inside because God judges us by our hearts, and if they are not right with God, no matter how many “good” deeds one may do, it won’t matter. This led us into a teaching of the importance of being the bride of Christ waiting for our bridegroom to return.

    This conference definitely lifted my daughter and me. It was edifying to fellowship with women from all different walks of life. In fact, some of us had varying doctrinal beliefs, but that wasn’t what was important. What was important was that everyone there is striving to walk the path of righteousness. We all had the same goals to love God and Christ, to love one another despite our differences, and to strive to make it to the Kingdom of God. It was truly a moment where we did not neglect meeting together, but instead encouraged each other like Paul tells us to do in Hebrews 10:25.

    I’m very blessed that I went, and I hope and pray that all who were able to go will practice and share with others what we learned so that God’s loving light and wisdom can spread.

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    Church of God International

    Keep Running

    by Brandy Webb

    My last couple blogs have been about faith, and I realized that, with faith, we must also have perseverance. Don’t give up even if it seems like Jesus is slow at returning. Don’t give up running the race of righteousness. This race is not a sprint but a very long marathon, and one of these days there will be a finish line.



    Thankfully, we can look at our Bibles, and get comfort from the many that have lived before us, like Abraham, Joseph, Moses, the apostles, Paul, and many others. These patriarchs did not give up and throw in the towel, even though they knew they weren’t going to see the promise fulfilled in their lives.

    Abraham followed God into an unknown land based on the promise that the land would belong to his descendants. He never fully owned the land himself, but he believed in God’s promise. He saw the promise from afar, and stayed on the path of righteousness, acknowledging that he was a stranger on the earth (Heb 11:13).

    Joseph didn’t give up when he was a slave and then a prisoner. He was mistreated, but he didn’t give up on hope. Moses didn’t quit following God, even though he knew that he was not going to be able to enter the Promised Land.

    Paul realized Christ wasn’t going to return before his death; however, he still followed the path of righteousness. He willingly suffered for Christ also. Five times he received forty lashes, three times beaten by rods, stoned, shipwrecked three times, imprisoned, and eventually he was martyred. Yet, he never gave up on following God.

    It is easy to want to throw in the towel when things don’t go our way, when we lose someone we love, when a healing we desire doesn’t happen, or anything else that life throws at us that is not positive. However, we can’t give up. We must stand strong and follow our spiritual ancestors. The story isn’t over yet. Who knows whose names will be added to the book? When we stand strong, continuing the race, we give others an example to follow.

    Therefore, “do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Pet 3:8-9). So, wipe the “sweat” off your brow, drink some “water,” and keep running toward the Promised Land.

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