Update from Lud and Mur, April 30, ‘15

April 30th, 2015

I’m 7 weeks past my surgery.  We want to thank you for your prayers.  I’m feeling well and am making progress.  It takes time and requires exercise and patience!!  And faith!!!  Mur has been faithfully caring for me and encouraging me.  Obviously we covet your continued prayers.

I’ve conducted a funeral and am beginning to schedule speaking commitments and doing the radio programs – I recorded 20 programs last week.  Pray for Dick Lee who does the tech part of recording – he has had back pain recently.  Life and ministry goes on in spite of these personal challenges.

I’ve also started to meet with guys and will pick up the pace in mentoring in coming weeks.  It’s great to see progress in their walk with the Lord.  Mur continues to teach in her women’s Bible class as well as meet with women.

I’d like in closing to share one radio script coming up for May 25.  It is a part of an upcoming series of programs in which I study Psalm 1, beginning May 14. ____________________________________________________________________

 

“In our last visit we began to amplify what a God’s blessed life looks like according to Psalm 1:3.  You will be like a fruitful, attractive tree standing tall on the fertile banks of a stream.  Reflecting further on this I was reminded of the mountainous area I grew up in.  The Rocky Mountains are high enough to have what is known as a “tree line.”  What this means is that the higher you go up a mountain the less fertile soil there is.  It has eroded from the peaks and washed down into the valleys.  Because of this there are no large trees beyond a certain point.  At best you have shrubs. Now, it is exhilarating to be up on the heights.  The vast panoramic view is breathtaking.  That’s probably why we often speak of the desirability of a mountaintop experience.  What we need to keep in mind is that the excitement of the mountaintop does not produce growth or fruitfulness.  GROWTH AND FRUITFULNESS TAKE PLACE IN THE VALLEY EXPERIENCES OF LIFE.  The Psalmist might have noticed Mount Hermon in the distance in the northeast corner of Israel with its snow-capped peak while standing in the valley where the Jordan River nurtured fruitful, fragrant trees.  Comparing in his mind the water of the Jordan River with God’s word, he realized how important it was to hide God’s word in his mind and heart. The more diligent he was in meditating on God’s word day and night the more he delighted in it.  He wanted his life to reflect what he found in God’s word.  He wanted to share it with others.  And the more he did this the more fruitful, fragrant and attractive his life became.  Yours will too.”