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Tim Sprankle

Tim Sprankle

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.

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Sun, Jun 09, 2024
Passage: John 1:14-51
Duration: 43 mins 19 secs
We are natural born seekers. As infants, we look for a face that beholds us with love. As children we play games of hide and seek. As we age, we seek friendships, spouses, and meaningful work. Along the way, we need people to guide us. They join our quest. These truths hold true in our search for God. If we want to see him and dwell with him for eternity, we must seek Jesus. Good news: He sought us first!
Sun, Jun 02, 2024
Duration: 45 mins 49 secs
"What do you want?" This question is profound. It goes deeper than your latest Starbucks order or craving for a good night of sleep. It gets to the heart, and your heart is at the center of your being. Your heart desires, years, chooses, and schemes. Your heart organizes your life around what you love. We are not healthy humans without healthy desire. This sermon will explain the divine origins of our desire and six ways to cultivate healthy desire.
Sun, May 26, 2024
Duration: 51 mins 42 secs
We will not be spiritually healthy if we are socially isolated. God made us for relationships. Without them, we fail to thrive. This idea is backed by science. Both the Surgeon General's report on the loneliness epidemic and early childhood research on attachment confirm our social wiring. This is no surprise: Our Triune God is essentially relational and made us in his image. Love is the primary calling. This sermon offers six ways to get better at relationships.
Sun, May 12, 2024
Duration: 45 mins 21 secs
Emotions are signals and connectors. They live and flow deep within us. Sometimes they emerge in unexpected ways. While our culture makes too much of them, in the church we have relegated emotions to the basement of our spiritual lives. We must unearth them. Emotions are essential to our humanity, and they reflect the nature of God. This sermon will provide a theology of emotions and six ways to become more emotionally healthy.
Sun, May 05, 2024
Duration: 49 mins 48 secs
"You are your body." While this phrase is not only contested in contemporary, secular debate, this belief has also crept into the church. We have a low view of the body. And yet, this goes against the biblical evidence that describes our bodies being good and essential by design. This sermon casts a biblical vision for the body, helping us to embrace our embodiment and become healthier humans.
Sun, Apr 28, 2024
Duration: 49 mins 55 secs
We have a mind. It is essential to our humanity. As God's image-bearers, we reflect his ability to think. We are moral agents. Unfortunately, our minds have been corrupted by the fall and are negatively influenced by culture. We have to work hard to renew our minds. This sermon will move us toward healthier minds so we can love God and others better.
Sun, Apr 21, 2024
As Paul's letter to Timothy comes to a close, he offers his spiritual child a final charge: fight to the finish, stay strong, keep your commitments. Paul knows the importance of vigilance in the Christian faith. It is easy to grow apathetic, get distracted, and drift. There is a better way. We must stay committed to Christ. Our view of Jesus and hope for heaven will keep us moving forward until he returns.
Sun, Apr 14, 2024
God created us with desire. Our consumer culture exploits this, surfacing desires it cannot satisfy with material goods. We are conditioned to want more, more, more. However, the secret to a godly life is to trust that God's enough. This message will take us through 1 Timothy 6:2-10, dealing with false teaching, money, and how to redeem desire.
Sun, Apr 07, 2024
Throughout our lives, the bottom will fall out. We can all benefit from a safety net. According to the apostle Paul, the church should be one of our safety nets. In 1 Timothy 5:1-6:2, Paul outlines two ways members in God's household care for one another. They help those in need (e.g., widows) and honor those who lead (e.g., elders). This sermon encourages us to recapture this beautiful ethic in today's church.
Sun, Mar 31, 2024
Series: Easter
Duration: 41 mins 41 secs
Jesus's death was tragic. His resurrection was triumphant. Indeed! The resurrection reorients reality. It gives us a picture of overcoming faith, everlasting life, and renewal. This sermon will walk us through Matthew's final chapter in three acts. Along the way, we will engage in sensory activities to engage more fully in the Easter story.
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