Tim Sprankle has served as pastor of Leesburg Grace Brethren Church since 2007. He loves to preacher, teach, instigate, and innovate. He earned his B.A. in Biblical Studies from Grace College (2001) and M.Div in Pastoral Ministries from Grace Seminary (2004). He is married to Liz, his encouraging and lovely bride; they parent two daughters, Claire and Margot, and someday will bring home a son from Ethiopia. In addition to pastoral ministires, Tim serves on the boards of GraceConnect/BMH and CyberCenter for Biblical Studies. He is an associate member of the Evangelical Theological Society. He is also known to throw a mean drive in disc golf.
Sun, Aug 20, 2017
Duration: 43 mins 23 secs
God put us in the body of Christ so we could shoulder one another's hardships. We are called to live together, not alone. According to Galatians 5:22-6:5, to bear the burdens of a spiritual brother or sister we should be spiritual, sensitive, and self-aware.
Mon, Aug 14, 2017
Duration: 43 mins 54 secs
Greetings and good-byes matter. They set the foundation or establish the tone of a relationships. The apostle Paul encouraged the church to "greet one another with a holy kiss" on several occasions. The kiss leveled the playing feel and linked people together. It was a way of including others and showing love. We must learn to express our welcome with a warm embrace.
Sun, Aug 06, 2017
Envy is an enemy to gratitude. When we spend more time lamenting what others get rather than what God gives, it spoils our souls. Jesus exposes this tendency in his parable of the Pay Day.
Sun, Jul 23, 2017
Duration: 47 mins 47 secs
We look for lost keys, socks, and gift cards. God looks for lost sons and daughters. We all have the propensity to run from God or refuse His love. We are all prodigals. Fortunately, our God shows relentless love.
Sun, Jul 16, 2017
Duration: 43 mins 48 secs
God works in small, steady, slow ways. This the picture Jesus paints of the Kingdom of Heaven in the Mustard Seed parable. The imagery is familiar and relevant. For we prefer the fast and efficient, the big and impressive. We must learn to rest in God's blessed slowness.
Mon, Jul 10, 2017
Duration: 44 mins 55 secs
The decisions we make as a youth affect how we age. The author of Ecclesiastes encourages rejoicing, remembering, and revering God in one's youth to keep us from growing up into grumpy, disabled old people. This sermon touches on the ideas of aging and awe.
Sun, Jun 25, 2017
Duration: 42 mins 24 secs
One of the by-products of becoming middle aged male is drifting from former BFFs. The demands of parenting, marriage, and career compete with building quality bonds. Unfortunately, the pursuit of power, wealth, and success turns individuals in pawns, opponents, obstacles, or faceless crowds. Isolation increases, and life feels meaningless. God has greater plans. He aims to enrich our lives through friendships
Sun, Jun 18, 2017
The clock keeps ticking. Our shadows keep shifting. Time passes, but do you embrace it? This sermon considers the enigma of time and promise of God not to forget his people.
Sun, Jun 11, 2017
Duration: 43 mins 51 secs
We spend too much of our lives working not to enjoy the spoils of our labor. Unfortunately, much of our work feels like toil; much of our rest devolves into leisure. We fail to delight daily in our labor because no play, low pay, and lack of personality bleed from our work its meaning. The good news is this: God works in and through us; we must learn to seize each day.
Sun, Jun 04, 2017
Duration: 40 mins 41 secs
Pleasure: the word speaks for itself. God created us as pleasure-seeking creatures. Unfortunately, we have not learned how to align discipleship with desire. We keep following Jesus as a matter of intellect and maintain low-grade guilt for enjoying much of the world. Pleasure for its own sake, says Q in Ecclesiastes, is an idol and dead end. Pleasure as a pointer to God, however, is a guiltless good. So desire God and enjoy life.