Ben Hogan

Ben Hogan

Chaos

Spiritual Madness…

For many, the month of March means the beginning of spring, the budding of flowers, escaping the bitterness of winter, and getting back outside for that good ole pollen-ridden air. For sports fans, the month of March brings them the single most unique tournament experience in all of sports, March Madness. Last year, neither of these things could be properly enjoyed as the tournament was canceled and we sheltered in our homes from the pandemic. However, this year more and…
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Time to Throw in the Towel???

  For someone who does NOT enjoy boxing, MMA, or UFC… I have a weird affinity for the Sylvester Stallone Rocky movies. Maybe it was because I grew up with two older brothers and parents who saw the films in theaters. Perhaps it was because whenever we would watch one, we would inevitably proclaim a family diet and exercise plan. All I know is, whenever I hear the song “Eye of the Tiger” or “Gonna Fly Now,” it takes me…
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TO Listen, or NOT to Listen???

One of the most challenging things we have to balance in our lives is deciding who we should listen to. If we have learned anything about this age of imbalanced news and social media, it is that we have to practice judgment and consider the source before ever expecting to form an accurate opinion. Our problem is not merely limited to broad conversations of politics and global interests but is also applicable to everyday discussions with the people around us.…
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What Will Happen Tomorrow???

    We did it! Some way or the other, each of us have navigated one of the most challenging, tumultuous, and grueling years in modern times. 2020 was unequivocally a year that kept everyone speechless. As it unfolded, because of the adversity we all had to adapt to, even the most unusual anomalies began to be shrugged off as if they were no big deal. However, do you remember what your expectations were heading into the new decade? I…
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Becoming His Hands and Feet…

  Wouldn’t it be interesting to know the number of people Jesus Christ touched with His hands? We know Jesus touched the multitudes that He healed… Luke 4:40 says, “When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them.” Can you imagine what it would be like to be touched by the hands of the Savior of…
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The Tough Conversations…

One of the most uncomfortable parts of our lives has to be when we find ourselves needing to have a tough conversation. Whether it is a discussion that has been put off for far too long or a situation that must be dealt with at a moment’s notice, tough conversations are a part of our lives. We may run from them, we may hide, but at the end of the day, sometimes when we least expect it, we are forced…
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That the World May Believe…

    “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us that the world may believe that You sent Me,” John 17:20-21. These were the words of the Savior the night before He was sacrificed for the sins of humanity. Above all the pain and agony…
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The Right Thing…

  At a certain point in a Christian’s walk, it is not difficult to discern what is right and what is wrong anymore. More often than not, we know what we should and should not do; the challenge is in what choice we make. Sometimes the greatest advice you could ever hear is also the simplest. My grandfather (Big Dad), a gospel preacher for over fifty years, has taught me countless lessons about ministry, preaching, and being a good Christian.…
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Downhill Stretch or Downhill Spiral???

At the beginning of the year, the elders and ministry staff set forth this year’s theme for our congregation, “2020 Vision: Focusing on what Really Matters.” The intended goal was for us to honestly examine ourselves, to cut out all the extraneous parts of our lives, and by doing so… end the year with perfect spiritual vision. The theme verse to encompass our goals was 2 Corinthians 4:18, “While we do not look at the things which are seen, but…
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Spiritual Maintenance

Towards the beginning parts of last week, our office staff suffered a major blow to morale. The refrigerator had unknowingly taken a casualty. A perfectly fine, full, and delicious can of Coca-Cola had exploded inside. The sweet elixir covered the entire inside of the refrigerator. The culprit completely saturated all the other waters, cans, shelves, and walls within. How could this have happened?! What could we have possibly done differently to avoid such calamity? It just so happens that with…
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Get On Board

Some of the most pivotal moments in human history happened on a boat or ship of some kind. Without the Ark, humanity as a whole would have been destroyed in the flood of Genesis 7. The very first miracle Jesus performed in front of His initial followers was when Peter, Andrew, James, and John were in a boat, and He told them to cast their nets on the other side in Mark 1. Who could forget when Jesus calmed the…

Step Ten: More Than A Neighbor

The evangelism process can be tumultuous; there are ups, and there are downs. Throughout the journey, there are moments that can leave you with such a positive outlook. However, some moments bring doubts that your neighbor will ever see God’s will for their lives. Pursuing someone’s soul requires a commitment that few are willing to sign up for. Seeing our spiritually dead neighbor next-door, at work, at school, a friend, or a family member who needs Jesus and making the…