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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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Morning Companion

I'm like a tube of toothpaste



Of the twelve apostles the one that the New Testament portrays with the greatest detail is Peter. He has been called the Chief Apostle, the spokesman for the apostles, and some proclaim him as the first Pope.

But I don't think, until now, anyone has ever portrayed him as a tube of toothpaste. That statement is not meant as an insult because we all share that distinction.

Peter was a brash young man when Jesus called him to be an apostle, and his three and a half years of training during Jesus ministry did nothing to cure that, at least until just before the crucifixion. 

Peter liked to do things his own way, even having the audacity to to rebuke Jesus for saying something that Peter didn't like, if you can imagine anyone doing that (Mark 8:30-33).

When the garrison came to arrest Jesus, it was Peter who drew his sword and attempted to begin a violent revolution.

He even pledged that he would never deny Jesus no matter what anybody else did (Matthew 26:31-35).

But when the real pressure was on, Peter showed what was in his tube of toothpaste. Just like me, and probably just like you.

Let me explain. Recently my family and I have been under a lot of stress due to a major life change. Just so you'll know, this is a major change but not unusual and definitely not life or health threatening. But it's stressful nonetheless. Under times of stress I discover that I have a vocabulary that is different than under normal circumstances. I seem to be acquainted with hundreds of words that I didn't even know existed, most of which have four letters. And worst of all, those words seem to fit the attitudes born of the current circumstances.

So I'm like a tube of toothpaste. When squeezed what's really inside comes out. And once it's out, it's there for everyone to see. Worse, I can't get it back into the tube. And what comes out of that tube -- at least in my case -- isn't very pretty.

And it wasn't very pretty in Peter's case either.

In spite of his protestations of unbreakable loyalty, Peter did exactly what Jesus told him he would do, and then he magnified it. Not only did he deny Jesus three times, he "began to curse and to swear, saying, 'I do not know the man!' " (Matthew 26:74)

When he was squeezed, what was really inside came out, and it's right there on the pages for everyone to read. But we also see something else about Peter. When he remembered Jesus' words, "he went out and wept bitterly."

Peter, maybe for the first time, saw what was inside himself and realized that his arrogance was standing in the way of his faith. His insistence on wanting to do things his own way was blocking God's intent for his life. "He went out and wept bitterly." A few weeks later, with the help of the Holy Spirit, he exhibited the type of surrendered faith that can only come from a man fully repentant. When squeezed, a confident, bold faith emerged even under the threat of persecution and death (Acts 3 & 4). 

That's what I mean when I say we are like tubes of toothpaste. When squeezed, what's inside comes out. What comes out of your tube when you are squeezed?


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From Jim O'Brien
December 07, 2018

One More Time, Moses Was Right

Hi Friend,

"Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor."

The news reported the story of a couple that dropped their elderly, wheelchair bound mother off at the airport to catch a plane. The flight was cancelled and the attendants called the family who returned 45 minutes later to retrieve the mother. All should have been well except the family went on social media to falsely report that their mother had been left overnight unattended, in her wheelchair.

While I can't imagine a person leaving an invalid parent alone at a busy airport, their callous action was exacerbated by a lie. Video and phone records prove that the accusation was false.

Is this where the story ends?

It isn't. When victimhood is the highest moral value then others aspire to it, thus abdicating responsibility for self. This is mindboggling to previous generations where victimhood was a sign of weakness. Now it's a virtue.

What happens to the electoral process when a presidential candidate is slandered by a lie such as tying his dog to the top of his car while on a trip or fabricating a fictitious account of a perverted sexual encounter? What happens when an exemplary candidate to our nation's highest court can be torpedoed by lies from people who want to project their sins on to others? In the end our nation suffers!

Is there nothing that can be done to prevent these atrocities before the collapse of a once great civilization?

There's a scripture from the Old Testament law that could immediately make our nation better. This one law would improve our culture immeasurably.

There is a reason that an image of Moses holding the Ten Commandments is over the rear entrance to the Supreme Court Building of the United States. Moses established the principle of the presumption of innocence. He wrote, "One witness is not enough to convict anyone accused of any crime or offense they may have committed. A matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses." (Deut. 10:15) Can the power to destroy a person be entrusted to one person without evidence? What if the accuser is malicious-or mentally ill? Are any of us safe if the law does not provide a presumption of innocence?

But, what is the remedy? Moses continues, "If a malicious witness takes the stand to accuse someone of a crime...the judges must make a thorough investigation, and if the witness proves to be a liar, giving false testimony...then do to the false witness as that witness intended to do to the other party. You must purge the evil from among you." (verses 16 thru 19)

We are in danger of losing the moral concept that a false accusation is equally as dangerous as the crime itself!

In her book, The Diversity Delusion, author Heather McDonald decries the $250,000 salaries paid to Diversity Department heads at universities across America who frequently destroy the lives of innocent people by falsely accusing students. The salaries are paid by your tax dollars to encourage accusations.

She calls it an "absolutist social theology" that extorts huge financial assets from corporations and American taxpayers. Notice the term, "theology" suggesting the source of this madness is spiritual. The Apostle John identifies the power behind false accusations when he writes, "the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night.... (Rev. 12:10) John is talking about Satan and he does not equivocate that he is a spiritual destroyer who desires to corrupt the justice system by encouraging men toward unbridled accusations.

What can be done? Once again, Moses provides the solution. He points out that "the rest of the people will hear of this (punishment for making false accusations) and be afraid, and never again will such an evil thing be done among you. Show no pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot." (Deut. 19:20-21) Moses is telling us that truthfulness is absolutely essential to a nation's survival-otherwise, we have lost any connection to justice, the cornerstone of civilization.

Do we want a civilized country? Then we must require witnesses to tell the truth. And when they do not, they must receive the same punishment as would have been administered for the accused crime.

This age of man, beginning with the mainstream media, is the most accusing of any that has ever existed. It's an infectious disease for which, once again, Moses provided the answer.

Until next time,

Jim O'Brien

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