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, Feb 04, 2018
Duration: 42 mins 57 secs
External pressures and internal tensions require us to build strong bonds. Followers of Jesus must stand firm against secular forces, as well as bind together against disunity. These are not easy tasks. They begin with a loyalty to Jesus and stay firm when followers of Jesus practice humility.
Sun, Jan 28, 2018
Duration: 45 mins 32 secs
Our culture denies death. Listen to the headlines advertisements: we're always attempted to prolong life, mask aging, and defeat sickness. The apostle Paul faced his mortality. "To live is Christ and to die is gain," he wrote. He cares less about ending suffering, and more about intimacy with Jesus. Listen in.
Sun, Jan 21, 2018
Duration: 40 mins 19 secs
Sometimes we get rerouted. Our GPS helps us avoid traffic jams or construction zones. We are accustomed to new routes. But when God allows a roadblock in our life (like Paul's imprisonment), we too quickly panic. We need to remember these are opportunities to see Him work.
Sun, Jan 07, 2018
The Christian life is not a solo performance. God links his people together in grateful, loving relationships to help us work for his good. He calls us to be team players, which is not only counter cultural, but also difficult when you feel like you let the team down (or it lets you down). Nevertheless, the call to link arms remains.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017
Duration: 40 mins 45 secs
Trust Big is the theme for 2018. It sees faith as more than a matter of intellectual assent. It is a relationship with God, where asking and expecting, abiding and rejoicing mark a healthy dynamic. Hear how to make this theme a reality in every day life for 2018.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017
Satan was the most original Grinch. He is hellbent on stealing joy and destroying all God holds dear. One of his age-old tactics is to accuse God's people. But Jesus' birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension sent Satan sputtering. God's people have an Advocate, and need not heed Satan's accusations any further.
Sun, Dec 17, 2017
Duration: 44 mins 43 secs
History knew him as Herod the Great, but really, he was Herod the Grinch. When he caught wind of a new king in town, his paranoia soared. So it happens with powerful people. So it happens to us, when our power is threatened. Herod the Grinch tried to kill the baby Jesus, but God would not allow Herod the Grinch to stop Christmas from coming. It came.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017
Duration: 46 mins 57 secs
Joseph had an opportunity to stop Christmas from coming. He could have asked for Mary to be stoned. It would have been within his rights, considering she was with child and it was not his. But Joseph resolved for a more merciful decision, putting his role above his reputation. In a shame-sensitive society, his choice was wonderful.
Sun, Dec 03, 2017
Duration: 45 mins 36 secs
God welcomes us back to Him when we drift. He is our refuge, our hiding place, our home. People in Hosea's day needed this reminder as they faced exile (by Assyria). They had lost their bearings. Their relationship with God had thinned. But He welcomed them back. He always welcomes a come back.
Sun, Nov 26, 2017
Duration: 42 mins 44 secs
We put too much weight on our politicians (and they too much on themselves). They are not men and women in positions of influence; they are not messiahs. Sadly, we can put more trust in them to solve our problems than God, who sets people in their seats of power. Hosea calls his people to look past politics to find spiritual solutions to spiritual problems.