Update from Lud and Mur, March 2019

March 7th, 2019

While we recently got a couple of days of warmer weather in Florida we went for a walk to the beach and sat down to rest on a bench where an older man was sitting. We greeted each other and soon were in a conversation. It went deeper when he mentioned visiting Israel, which we’ve done several times. We found out he was Jewish, who as a youth went to a Protestant church with his mother, and later was married to a Catholic. When I referred to the Messiah he said he had given up on God since He didn’t do anything to stop the holocaust. We tried carrying on the conversation, but he graciously insisted he wasn’t going to go there. So please pray for this 94 year old man, facing eternity refusing to consider God’s love for him.
In contrast, it’s always good to hear from listeners to my radio program or from those who are getting the program from this website. You can read the scripts or listen to the program from our archives, or download the programs from a new platform that automatically populates more than a dozen smart device podcast APPS (like Stitcher, Overcast, Google Podcasts, iTunes, and more).
A recent listener wrote: “Could you please send me an email script of your broadcast over BBN radio yesterday, Feb 15? It dealt with the meaning of love according to 1 Cor. 13:4-7. Thank you so much for the good work you are doing.”
Soooo, let me encourage you to pray for us as we prepare and then engage in sharing the Good News found in the Bible. Pray also that God will provide the support needed to carry on this work. We are so grateful for all of you who uphold us in prayer.
I heard that Franklyn Graham recently said he believed our nation has crossed the point of no return. I’ve felt this way for some time as well. Let me encourage you to check out one of the last messages I preached at Fellowship Bible Church almost 5 years ago on the book of Habakkuk: A Prophetic Perspective for the World Today. Google this link:


Update from Lud and Mur, Feb., ‘19

February 13th, 2019

We’re only a little over a month into 2019 and have faced some challenges and blessings. We went to Buffalo for the funeral of a long-time friend, Randy Robbins. He asked Lud to officiate the last time we saw him and his wife Viv. A few days after returning home we decided to drive to upper Minnesota to visit Mur’s sister while she was still alive. Mur had a good conversation with Judy and has peace that we did the right thing.. We drove the 1900 miles in good weather until we approached Cleveland, driving the last leg in a lake effect snow storm. Judy passed a week later. Please pray for her family and the Robbins family. And thank God for our safety enroute.
A week later we received a big blessing – our grandson Zachery and his wife Erika became the proud adoptive parents of a little girl, Adelaide Brea. That makes our family 33 now!!
In the midst of all this we continue our ministry activities and relationships. What a blessing to see lives touched by God and transformed. Please pray for God’s guidance, anointing and continuing provision.
Here are two responses from listeners to my daily radio program:
I began hearing Lud on WCRF many years ago in the wee hours of the morning when I used to deliver newspapers. What a great way to start the day! More recently I took the challenge to “Read the Word in 2 years.” I looked forward to see what Lud would reveal with each day that I was able to study along. He never ceased to deliver encouraging, practical and always refreshing insight into the study of God’s Word. May the Lord bless you with many more years to continue in the sharing of His truth which is so desperately needed today! Karen
I am able to listen to your radio program in the mornings at about 8:00 AM (CST) on BBN radio here in Omaha, Ne. I have thoroughly enjoyed the bits of insight you give on the radio before I get to work. You always have a practical and insightful perspective on the WORD OF GOD, and for that I am grateful. I am personally currently studying through Psalm 119 and was wondering if you have already covered this wonderful Psalm in your radio program. If so, I would greatly appreciate if you could direct me to the year/month on your website where I might find it and use it alongside my own studies. Myles T.
And here is a response from an 85 year old man who just weeks ago prayed to receive Jesus Christ as his Savior.
Dear Lud: Thank you for reaching out to me this past Wednesday. Lunch at Corky & Lennie’s was just right. Your special nut roll wasn’t too shabby either. Thank you also for the book you wrote, I’m reading it. I truly have found my new life at Fellowship Bible opening up paths for me to travel on as I begin a new and exciting journey with our Lord Jesus Christ. Until this coming Sunday’s service, God Bless, John


Update and transition into the New Year 2019, from Lud and Mur

January 16th, 2019

What a joy it has been to receive Christmas greetings from many through cards, email, text, phone calls, and in person. We appreciate the prayer support we receive. Our prayer for you is that Paul’s words in 2nd Corinthians 9:8 will be fulfilled in your lives in 2019: “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”

December travels are behind us. Thanks for your prayers. Most of the roads were clear and the car worked well. During the month we got to spend time with all but 4 of our family of 32. It’s increasingly difficult to get everyone together.

One of our grandsons started at Wheaton College last fall. As we look into 2019, a granddaughter is graduating from High School and getting ready for college. Also, two of our grandsons and their wives are expecting to become adoptive parents. And on August 8 we anticipate celebrating our 60th anniversary! We are so grateful to God for His blessing upon our family. We feel as though He has fulfilled the blessing of Numbers 6:24-26 on us: “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.”

The radio ministry continues to touch hundreds of thousands of lives all over the world. New stations have been added, but a Spanish network in California has dropped the program after two decades of giving us the privilege of sharing God’s Word with their listening audience. Pray that as the daily programs go out over the airways and internet many lives will be touched and transformed by God. I also get word from some who’ve been helped through reading my books. My life’s verse is 1st Corinthians 9:19, “Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.” What a privilege to be an ambassador for our great God!

Mur has seen God bless the women in her Bible class and I’ve enjoyed interacting with men. What a joy to see some come to personal faith in Jesus Christ and others grow in grace and in their knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. That’s what it’s all about. And our prayer for 2019 is for God to continue working in and through us and our family, and each of you, for His glory.


Christmas greetings

December 19th, 2018

Hi to all of you we consider to be supporters of us and our ministry in so many ways, especially in prayer.
This has been a great year in many ways, but we plan to share all of that in our next UPDATE after we get back from celebrating Mur’s special birthday with the southern contingent of our family over the next week. Please pray for safety on the road for all of us and for the rest of our family during these days. We’ll be praying for you as well. We hope to hear from you during these days. For now, we wish you and your family a very blessed Christmas.


Update from Lud and Mur,

November 1st, 2018

We just got back from a trip where we saw most of our southern family contingent. We stayed one night in one of our grandson’s home, enjoying fellowship and a couple of meals. We toured another grandson’s home. And we cheered a granddaughter as she played in a lacrosse tournament – she had 14 goals in 6 games, her team winning the tournament with six wins! Yes we are proud, but more so, because they are all believers.
We also snuck in a brief visit with PJ and Delores Maduri, our church missionary/evangelist in Beckley, WV. It’s always good to get a first-hand, face to face report of what God is doing through them, gathering prayer requests and praying with them. Pray for him as he pursues a Dr. of Ministry degree, while continuing his strategic, international evangelistic ministry.
I also visited one day with the staff that produces and broadcasts my program in four languages. What a great team I work with at Bible Broadcast Network. Pray for God’s blessing on this ministry and for their Share-a-thon this week. An example of the impact they and my program make is seen in this recent note I got from a listener: Ana wrote from San Jose, Costa Rica: “I wake up early almost every morning,, and meditate on the Lord as I don’t know the hour when He shall come for me. I listen attentively to your programs on Radio BBN. I’m blessed by how you explain the passages of Scripture. Thank you very much!”
I was challenged by a recent communication to encourage everyone in our sphere of influence to be informed regarding the upcoming election on November 6, pray diligently and then vote. To help you get informed go to the website: ivoterguide.com. Then pass this information on to your circle of influence. In addition, encourage your church to do the same. Our country is in desperate need for God to raise up righteous leaders. Proverbs 14:34 declares, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.”