UPDATE! Website is up and running again

August 18th, 2017

Technology is great when it all is working, but when you get a note like this one you need to scramble to fix it.
“Hello, Your website has been down for a few days now, I suspect that something is amiss. I pray that all is well, and that the technical difficulties will soon pass, as I continue to follow along with you in through the Word in Two program and with your teaching. I sense an excitement each day as I look forward to the next reading and what the Lord will show me on that day and through your guidance. So thank you for your ministry, dedication, and perseverance. God bless, Kevin.”
I alerted my team who know what they’re doing. If you, like Kevin, couldn’t get to the archives, I trust you’ve kept on reading the Bible. We are presently finishing Nehemiah and soon will start Esther. Now you can get the current scripts to assist and encourage your reading. I hope you, like Kevin, have found the teachings helpful in this journey we’re on.
Here are a few prayer requests in addition to getting the website fully restored:
-Lud is feeling better after a bad chest cold. Please pray for full recovery.
-Lud will be speaking in the chapel service at Bible Broadcast Network headquarters on Monday, August 21.
-Lud will participate in the installation service for Luke Rosenberger to be pastor of Cornerstone Church.
-Good visit with some of our family: the southern contingent.
-Continued transitions in leadership at FBC.

Thanks so much for praying!

update from Lud and Mur

July 26th, 2017

A mid-summer update from us:
Since our last update we had a great visit with our girls, Debbie and Tammi and granddaughter Maddie. They took Mur to Niagara Falls, Niagara on the lake, Toronto and Chautauqua. I enjoyed visiting with them before and after their trip. A highlight while they were here was to visit over lunch with our missionaries, the Heffners, in our favorite summer place – our gazebo. Our granddaughter Sam had a great mission trip to the Philippines with 60 others from their church. We’ve been working on some projects around our home. And we continue to find ways to minister for our Lord. As I write Mur is ministering to four women over lunch in our gazebo! I will be preaching at the Chesterland Baptist Church the next two Sundays, July 30, in their 11 am Worship Service. Below is a script for my upcoming September 22 broadcast, followed by a few responses from radio listeners in a number of countries.
Please continue to pray for God to use us in these ministry efforts. As you pray, if God touches your heart to support the ministry, that would be much appreciated. Follow directions on the Donations link. (Philippians 4:11, 17, 18b – 20).

A mid-summer devotional:
Psalm 18 is a real life experience, a word picture, of how God delivered David from his enemies and enabled him to live victoriously in a hostile world. He begins with a focus on the Lord, whom he loves and is his strength. He continues with a wonderful array of descriptive pictures of God. He is my rock – as a foundation. He is my fortress – as a hiding place. He is my deliverer – who overpowers my enemy. He is my refuge – where I find comfort. He is my shield – ever ready to ward off enemy sniper arrows. He is the horn of my salvation – my salvation’s strength is His preserving grace. He is my stronghold – I’m gladly in His grip. Take some time to meditate on these truths about God. When you call upon this God, whatever your need, He understands and is adequate to meet your need and sustain you through it. As you read Psalm 18 notice the emphasis on God’s presence and on His power to sustain and deliver. God is ever present to work in and through you to accomplish His perfect plan. As He does this you’ll no doubt feel like joining the psalmist in declaring, “The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior! I will praise you among the nations, O Lord; I will sing praises to your name.” This is the song of one who has triumphed or is anticipating victory over enemy threats in the strength and sustaining grace of God. Do you know Him?

A mid-summer response from radio listeners: As I mentioned last month, the current objective for my radio program is to encourage listeners to read through the Bible in two years. These responses from listeners are encouraging. Please keep on praying that many who hear the program will take the challenge to read through the Bible. From Diva: “Good day brothers in Christ. I have been listening to you for many years. At first I did it in my country of birth, Colombia, in Bogotá. Then the Lord moved me to Houston, Texas, where I listen on the internet. Your ministry is helpful to me. From my experience, it does not matter what problems I face, I am fortified through your programs which inspire and encourage me to go forward. I thank God for you, because you continue to be a blessing for me, and for many more who are hungry and thirsty for the truth’ From Benjamín: “Beloved in the Lord, can you help me find the archives of your program from the first of January through all of February. From Anny: “I have a problem (after she describes it she continues). What should I do? Please! I need your answer urgently.” From Daisi: “Please send me the archives of daily readings. I listen to you in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.” From Luis: “Wishing you a good day. I would like to obtain your guide for reading the Bible. Cochabamba, Bolivia. From Nicole: “As well as greeting you, I’d like you to know that I listen to your on-line programs in Chile. I would like to receive your guide to Bible studies.

June 20th, 2017

Here we are, another month has passed, and Praise God, He is still working in and through us. How humbling and exciting at the same time. Some expressed appreciation for the Bulletin of my brother’s funeral that I attached in our last update.
As I said, God continues to work. My current objective for my radio program this year and next is to encourage listeners to read through the Bible. My reason is captured in this letter from Kevin, a listener who is doing it.
‘I am enjoying following along with your ‘Through the Bible in Two Years’ program. The two year concept enables me to slow down and really delve into the scripture. I think I tend to reread a lot more and spend more time looking at Bible commentary and footnotes. At times a scripture will stop me in my tracks and I’ll find myself rereading it several times and then falling behind. Then I’ll rush to catch up – and invariably find myself way ahead, which brings me back around to re-read wherever you are at. On a personal note, I used to read westerns, but then the Old Testament came alive. Praise God. Thank you. Kevin”
A number of folks have told me they are doing this project. Would you join us in praying that thousands would join us in this project and be blessed like the listener quoted above. If interested, you can join us by starting where we are at present by clicking on the archives link(top right hand corner of this page) and then find the current date to start. If you have questions just give me a call or email me.
Otherwise our family is doing well. We enjoyed seeing two grandsons perform their piano recitals. I had the privilege of speaking at a Christian High School graduation. Our granddaughter, Samantha, is going on a mission to the Philippines with about 60 other teens from her church, July 6-18. And our extended family will be traveling during the summer. We’d appreciate prayer for safety and a fruitful summer.
While preparing a script for my radio program I came across this quote: “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I ought to do. What I ought to do, by the grace of God, I will do.” (Edward Everett Hale)


May 10th, 2017

I didn’t want to wait any longer to report on our trip to Vancouver for my brother Pete’s funeral on April 29. We arrived a few days ahead and were joined by our daughter Tammi and son Greg. Weather for the week we were there was predicted to be overcast, cold and probable showers. It turned out to be cool but partly sunny almost every day.
The 29th was overcast with predicted rain. For the internment at the cemetery it was cool and heavily overcast. That service went well – I read from Isaiah 61, especially verse 3, focusing on and describing Pete’s life as having been an “oak of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor.” Then, just as this outdoor service ended it started to sprinkle, and by the time we got to the church for the memorial service it was raining hard.
The music was inspiring and the eulogies by his three children and two of his twelve grandchildren were precious. Pete wanted me to preach the Gospel which I did along with a few reflections on our relationship as brothers. One young lady responded by standing as an indication of wanting to be remembered in my closing prayer. What a blessing to see Pete’s impact as a result of a life well lived. It was an honor for us and great to spend time in many different settings with family and friends.
A week later I had the privilege of officiating at the funeral of a lady who came to Christ over 20 years ago and whom I baptized. At the close of that service one of her grandsons, a year out of High School came up to me and shared his desire for help to understand the Christian faith. I had taken a tract along for just such a situation and gave him information so he could call me if he wanted further help. On our flights Mur and I had 4 different opportunities to share literature and the Gospel with fellow travelers.
I would encourage you to keep praying that what was shared, the seed sown, might bear much fruit in the lives touched during these days.
Right after I got home I looked out at the wilderness that was supposed to look like our lawn. So in the rain I tackled cutting the lawn to make our place look somewhat presentable! Dr. A.W. Tozer, in one of his books wrote about “The Law of the Wilderness.” Like the lawn, our lives, if not cultivated and cared for, will turn into a wilderness. So as Paul encouraged us in 1st Corinthians 15, the great resurrection chapter, be vigilant, thank God for Christ’s victory, “stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

Update from Lud and Mur, April 19, ’17

April 19th, 2017

On April 17 Lud’s brother, Pete, experienced what Paul described in Philippians 1:21, 23, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain…to depart and be with Christ…is better by far!” In life, Pete trusted Christ to live out His life through him, even during the tough physical journey of his last few years. Now, as our 14 year old grand-daughter Madison comforted us in a text, “Hey Opa and Oma, I’m so sorry you lost uncle Pete…He’s in an amazing place now sharing the presence of God!” Our son Jeff tried explaining this to his two young children, “He is now getting to see his Mother and Father in heaven.” That was a comforting thought to us.
Pete is in that place which is “better by far,” but we all who are left behind need God’s comfort, grace and peace as we encourage each other to find strength in Christ and through our blessed hope.
When getting my hair cut yesterday the barber asked if I was going to be traveling soon. I responded, “Yes, my brother just died and I’ll be doing his funeral in Vancouver, Canada in a few days.” This opened a conversation about death and… I was able to share about our blessed hope as Christians. Death forces us to ponder tough questions. Fortunately, though we don’t have answers for all questions, the most important answer for Christians to the question, “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” is the declaration of Paul in 1st Corinthians 15:54-57, “Death has been swallowed up in victory…The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
As I’ve pondered Pete’s home-going I have very fond memories of the relationship we’ve shared over many years. Though I’ve lived a far distance from him since I was 18, whenever we’re together it’s as though we’ve not been apart. There’s a unique bond. When I read Proverbs 18:24, “There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother,” I can think of only one who fits that description, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He has truly bonded us as brothers. I’ll miss Pete, but he is in a far better place. Thank you Jesus!
I’d sure appreciate prayer for his family and our extended family and the many who will be at the funeral, scheduled for April 29. Please pray that God will enable me to be a channel of blessing as I share the Gospel at the funeral.