Ben Hogan

Ben Hogan

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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…

Step Nine: We’re Part of the Family

Have you ever wondered how people who have no affiliation with a church family get through life? When you think back to some of the darkest times in your life, for many of us, the church family we were a part of was one of the greatest supports during that storm. This is not by accident; the people of God are designed to fill that exact role and function as part of God’s Family. Lanny Wolfe, in 1974 said it…

Step Eight: They’ve Got Questions…He’s Got Answers!

Once your neighbor has taken you up on an invitation, the one thing you must be ready for is their QUESTIONS. Regardless of the situation (in my experience), everyone has questions when they visit the Lord’s Church for the first time. This is no surprise and should not catch you off-guard. If they are asking questions, it is because of two things: they have noticed a difference in our congregation and others, and they want to know why we are…

Step Seven: Be Our Guest???

Invitations are a double-edged sword. On the one hand, if you receive an invitation to something you really have been looking forward to, then it is a cause for celebration. However, on the other hand, if you receive an invitation to something you really have been dreading or something you cannot stand… then it might be a cause for apprehension. We all have been there before, and have all been put in awkward situations where someone has invited us to…

Step Six: Let’s Have a DISCUSSION…

At this stage in the evangelism process, we have already: introduced ourselves, built a rapport, engaged them, expressed our faith to them, and served them.  The majority of these first five steps are intended to separate us from the ordinary encounters our neighbors make daily. However, if we are not careful, we can get all the way through step five and know very little about OUR NEIGHBOR’S thoughts, beliefs, or faith. The overarching goal of evangelism is to meet the…

Step Five: First Come, Then SERVE

So far, in the evangelism process with our neighbors, we have: introduced ourselves, built a rapport, engaged them, and expressed our faith to them. A common theme that we have established among the first four steps is how we should be trying to separate ourselves from the rest of the encounters they make daily. This is not to be fake, disingenuous, or to have ulterior motives. Simply put, this is to show them there is something different about us because…

Step Four: Express Yourself

Last time, we discussed three ways to accomplish one of the most practical milestones in the evangelism process, step three: ENGAGE, be ENGAGING, and arrange ENGAGEMENTS. It is during step three that we begin to spend quality time with our neighbor.  Many of the steps to follow will rely on a consistent dedication to this. For example, without having first accomplished step three, achieving the very next step can be awkward, weird, and uncomfortable. However, if we truly succeed in…