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, Jun 17, 2018
Duration: 43 mins 25 secs
God is our Father. Jesus knew Him intimately and eternally as such. Thus we allow him to define the terms of fatherhood. While this is hard for those who have distant, abusive, or deceased fathers, we cannot avoid the metaphor. And when we understand all that is wrapped into the fatherhood of God, we cannot help but feel cared for by Him.
Sun, Jun 03, 2018
Duration: 38 mins 24 secs
One of life's hardest lessons is giving up our goals, letting go of our expectations, releasing our grip on our dreams. Our ways will not always come to pass. God's way will. And when our will collides with God, his will win. The prayer of concession helps us deny ourselves and submit to Him. Fortunately, His way is better.
Sun, May 27, 2018
Duration: 42 mins 19 secs
Confession feels like a dirty word. And, in a way, it is because it admits the guilt we bear for our wrongful deeds and attitudes. Ezra the priest made confession for the people who returned from exile (454 BC). He lamented the mixed marriages of his people, knowing their religious devotion would likely suffer as it had in the past. Ezra's confession teaches about God's compassion and our culpability. It encourages us to take time to lay bare our souls before God.
Sun, May 20, 2018
Duration: 39 mins 34 secs
Praise comes naturally when we talk about things we love. We praise our kids, spouses, and sports teams. We praise our company, accomplishments, and delicious foods. We praise what we love because we want to share the joy with others. Do we do this in prayer? Do we do this with God? Hear how David teaches prayer as celebration; you'll want to join him!
Sun, May 13, 2018
Duration: 43 mins 52 secs
Solomon dedicated the Temple (a twenty-year building project) with a prayer. And he wanted the Temple to serve as a House of Prayer. It was a place where God's people and foreigners could recommit themselves to God. Prayers of commitment, whether big decisions or daily choices, mark our path and fuel our progress as God's people.
Sun, May 06, 2018
Duration: 44 mins 47 secs
Prayer is a two-way conversation. Us and God. God and us. We talk and listen. We share and hear. Except, too often we approach prayer as a monologue and laundry list for our Father in Heaven. Abraham serves as a model for prayer as conversation, teaching us that awareness, honesty, and asking matters.
Sun, Apr 29, 2018
Duration: 44 mins 53 secs
Jesus's Great Commandment linked loving neighbor with loving God. Our vertical relationship intersects with our horizontal ones. Sadly, Christians have a reputation for being hateful, judgmental, and unwelcoming. Jesus envisioned a greater love, a greater posture, a PRO*YOU stance toward others. This means ordering our affections, overlooking aversions, offering assistance, and opening arms.
Sun, Apr 15, 2018
Learning is verified by our application. Practice, not study, perfects. All our Bible reading, ministry training, and Sunday School lessons mean little if we do not DO what we have been taught. In the Great Commission, Jesus challenges us to teach others to obey everything he commanded. We should be PRO*DO.
Sun, Apr 08, 2018
Duration: 32 mins 32 secs
Sadly, Christians are known more for what they are against than for whom they follow and what they affirm. A real "protesting" Christian, however, stands for what Jesus stands for: The Great Commission and Great Commandment. In the opener to this four-part series, we call Christians to be "Pro-Go," on the move, living with purpose.
Sun, Apr 01, 2018
Duration: 40 mins 19 secs
Followers of Jesus sign up to play the fool. Biblical values and wisdom do not align with worldly aims and virtues. This was true in Jesus' day as it is now. However, in the modern era nonstop media allows constant pot-shots at Christians. And some criticism is earned! Nevertheless, the Fool's Way is not to fire back and play into the critic's hand, but to loosen up and love better. Like Jesus and Paul, we embrace the Cross rather than answer our critics.