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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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Christians have always desired revival. Down through history there have been many Christian revivals. Most of which lacked real repentance, there have been many revivals to get people saved but not change the heart of man. God’s Word promises that all nations of the earth would be blessed by the preaching of the gospel. {Gal. 3:8} When will real revival take place? When will all nations of the earth be blessed by the preaching of the gospel?

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From Jim O'Brien
January 05, 2018

Hi Friend,

Does America NEED the NFL?

When I was in high school I had a summer job working as an x-ray orderly in a hospital. The job consisted mostly of transporting patients back and forth from their room to the lab for x-rays and cobalt treatments. Sometimes it was a cancer patient; other times it was a broken bone. Almost always it was painful. The worst was a broken hip.

Hospitals serve people with needs. Some needs are obvious-release from pain and healing from disease. Sick people know they need something.

There's an interesting prophecy in the Book of Revelation. It is a description of a church that exists just preceding the return of Jesus. But the description really applies to the world in which the Laodiceans live. This church is a reflection of the mindset of the surrounding world. John writes, "Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing'-and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked-I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see." (Rev. 3 17-18)

Never in history has the world had such obvious wealth as it does today. America's poor have access to more wealth than kings of previous generations. Even Louis XV did not have a cell phone, central heat, computers or paved roads and a carriage that could travel seventy miles in one hour or an airplane that could cross the ocean in three hours.

Today the wealth of professional entertainers has become a microcosm of what's wrong with the world. They are overpaid, narcissistic, self-worshipping leeches on society. The average cost of a professional football game is about $100 per ticket. Who goes alone? A family of four that purchases food and drinks and maybe a jersey for one of the kids may spend upwards of $600 for the afternoon. If the U.S. economy took a nosedive, would that family spend the same amount on food and clothing-or choose a football game?

Do professional athletes and entertainers provide an essential need for Americans?

America needs a constitution. America needs laws that provide a foundation for civilization. America needs police. America needs a strong army. America needs farmers. Cities need a system to deliver fresh water, a sewage system, doctors and truck drivers to deliver essential products. But professional athletes and Hollywood entertainers are superfluous.

One sports star or Hollywood celebrity today possesses more wealth than an entire nation of past generations. They have so much wealth they think they have everything-they think they don't need anything! They flout civil laws and moral conventions. But they're blind! What they need is character!

Conversely, the one other thing the NFL needs is America. What America doesn't need is the NFL.

Until next time,

Jim O'Brien

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At this time of the year, many people are very concerned with their new year's resolution. Yet many times our resolutions fall by the wayside. There may be a reason why we fail to make real and lasting changes in our lives. The reason is quite simple, we fail to say the three words God desires the most.

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From Jim O'Brien
December 29, 2017

Hi Friend,

Blurring the Lines

We took the afternoon to see the movie Star Wars with the grandkids. This may be the eighth in the series and I confess to having seen only a few. But there are numerous plastic characters in our family that have been passed to a second generation of kids.

There was something troubling about the movie and it may be a reflection of a broader cultural illness. All the episodes I have seen are enjoyable for both young and old. But each time I walk out of the theater wondering "what is the take-a-way from this movie?" Donna kept turning to our granddaughter and asking, "Is that a good guy or a bad guy?"

It isn't so much that it was difficult to tell who was good and who was bad-the good guys wore white and the bad ones wore black. It was defining good. There was a lot of talk about the "dark side," but what defines the dark side?

Good journalism always asks the questions who, what, where, when and why.

Watching Star Wars with the grandkids it was hard to determine what made the characters good or bad so I wondered what was left in their minds. Okay, I'm biased-I was looking for God someplace in this message. It was a message and that means there was a moral to the story. Therein is the dilemma.

There is a desperate need for man to "look UP" to find genuine morality. How do you know the "dark side" if you don't see the light? May the force be with you-but what force? Without the God of the Bible there is no purpose to life because there is no WHY to existence. Therefore there is no WHY to death. Why go to war against the Nazis if we have no greater WHY than a Nazi soldier?

What does a culture have if it only looks to a political party to determine right from wrong? There MUST be something higher-a higher moral code that determines right from wrong. Without it we are only subject to the morality of POWER-the one with the most power is right.

We may be living in the most Machiavellian age ever to inhabit the earth. Are we teaching our youth that might makes right? When we remove the moral boundaries established by the Creator there is nothing left to cling to other than the man with the most political power or the biggest army.

There MUST be something higher! A higher moral code that determines right from wrong. A code that supersedes a political party, a nation and, yes, even a church. Maybe especially a church.

One of the recurring themes of the Bible is deception. The Book of Revelation depicts it as a White Horse-the first of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Deception precedes all of the other disasters. John wrote, "I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer." (Rev. 6:2) It's the story of a system that seems good on the outside but inside is corrupt. As Jesus said, "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. (Matt. 23:27-28)

It is the deception of mind that happens when our perceptions are clouded. We've removed the defining boundaries. Our culture has lost the ability to distinguish right and wrong, male from female, family from cohabitation-our descriptors have been changed to fit our circumstances.

When Jesus told Pilate that He, Jesus, was truth, Pilate asked the question that echoes into our age. "What is truth?" (John 18:38) He had lost the sense of right and wrong-a leader with no sense of justice. The deception that engulfed Pilate caused him to rubber stamp the greatest tragedy in human history-the murder of God!

Until next time,

Jim O'Brien

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Today there is much information about survival and survival skills. The
number one survival skill is attitude. More than any other skill, your attitude
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