Welcome to Episode 14! This week’s conversation is with Ben McSpadden.
Ben is the Associate Pastor of Connections & Missions at Hope Church in Fort Worth, TX. He has been on staff at Hope Church since 2008.
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Comments from Ben:
- One aspect of teachability says, “I’m willing to walk in a different direction than where I was previously aiming.”
- Advice to a college graduate:
- “Don’t chase after a career, but find a church who’s mission you want to support and go support it regardless of how you get a paycheck.”
- Good Mentors: “Men not afraid to share the truth whit me, even if it’s hard, especially when it’s from God’s Word.”
- “I’ve responded to the light God has given me and He has give me more along the way.”
Lighting Round Notes:
- “Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.” Proverbs 14:4 ESV
- “The Bible teaches you what is REAL, not just TRUE.”
- The Definition of insanity: “Doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results.”
- “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”
- Ben’s advice to his 23 year old self:
- Commitments will help you grow into maturity, they teach you faithfulness. So commit!
- Don’t shy away from noble things because you fear impure motives.
- Pursuing wisdom is worth it!
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Next Week: My conversation with Church Planter John Worcester.