BibleGrasp -- an 'everybody welcome' Wednesday series Send a link to a friend
[AUG. 23, 2005] Does the Bible really intrigue you? Are there many parts of the world's most important book that are difficult for you to grasp? Yet, do you believe that the Bible somehow is addressed by God to you as his word to guide, comfort and encourage you in all your relationships?
If so, regardless of whether you're a member at Lincoln Christian Church or some other church -- or not a member of any church, Pastor John Castelein, preacher and Bible professor, can help you grasp the historical setting of each and every Bible book as well as its message for your life and family today.
These Wednesday evening courses, starting at 6:30 p.m. from Sept. 7 on, will provide you with maps, charts, outlines and your own BibleGrasp notebook. All you need to bring is curiosity, your own study Bible and your questions. A 5:30 p.m. meal and child care are provided. In this fun and relaxed atmosphere, no one will be called on to read or answer questions.
Lincoln Bible Church welcomes new ministerSend a link to a friend [AUG. 22, 2005] Ron Denlinger officially joined the Lincoln Bible Church pastoral staff, effective Aug. 1. He and Don Hoover will serve together in pastoral team leadership. Hoover, who founded the church 16 years ago, will continue as senior pastor. Denlinger is taking the role of administrative pastor. The two pastors will share equally in the Sunday morning preaching.
Both Hoover and Denlinger feel strongly about the value of team ministry. Although this principle is often overlooked in smaller church contexts, they are convinced it results in greater ministry effectiveness. They see Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 as a key biblical text for this strategy: "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work…"
Denlinger has 18 years of ministry experience. Following graduation from Lancaster Bible College, he served as a youth pastor in his home church -- Paradise Mennonite Church. He planted two churches: Lebanon Bible Church in Lebanon, Conn., and Community Bible Fellowship Church in Red Hill, Pa. A few years ago, Denlinger assisted in a team ministry in a small rural Baptist church in Pownal, Vt.
Over the past five years the Denlingers have had a unique ministry to field staff for the Rural Home Missionary Association. They've traveled to each of the small-town fields of association, encouraging and counseling pastors in their ministries. The Denlingers' only house was a 31-foot motor home. That changed a few months ago when they purchased a home in Lincoln. Though they are now settled into a permanent dwelling, they will continue to travel a few months each year in their continuing part-time responsibilities with the Rural Home Missionary Association.
Ron and his wife, Joan, have two children: daughter Kari, 18, and son Jeremy, 11. Kari is severely disabled, from birth, with an undiscovered underlying diagnosis. Ron and Joan see her as an integral part of their life and ministry.
In March of 2002 the Denlingers co-authored a book about being a family with a disabled child. They entitled it "Joy in a Foreign Land: How a family can stay together when their world is coming apart." Through this self-published book and several speaking engagements, they've had a ministry of encouragement to many families.
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