update from Lud and Mur, August ’21

August 10th, 2021

We trust you have had a wonderful summer so far. With schools starting so early in many places, it seems as though summer is almost over. I hope not. We’ve had a few days in a row that have been great, except the mornings are too cold to enjoy breakfast in our gazebo.
Do you at times feel like the disciples in Mark 5:31, “Because so many people were coming and going…they did not even have a chance to eat!” Observing this, Jesus said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Hopefully you have made some time, gone to a quiet place, spent time alone with Jesus, and got some rest! It has been said, “Beware of the barrenness of a busy life!”

Here are some things ahead of us this next month, and we’d appreciate your prayers.
1. We’re celebrating our 62nd anniversary on August 8. Praise God for His faithfulness to us and pray that He continues to bless us and our growing family.
2. I will be speaking at an outdoor service in Chardon’s square on Sunday, August 22. Then at Cornerstone Church in Middlefield on August 29th as a part of their starting to meet in their new facility. And I’m also scheduled to preach at Fellowship Bible Church’s 45th anniversary on September 5. I’d sure appreciate prayer for God’s blessing on these opportunities to share the Word of God.
3. We had a good time at the National Religious Broadcaster’s convention in Dallas, TX. Pray for God’s guidance as we follow up on some possible new ministry outreaches.


Update from Lud and Mur, May ’21

May 28th, 2021

Can you believe it? We’re almost through the first half of 2021. It has been quite a year thus far with Covid, recovery, a new addition to our extended family, and doing some visiting with family. We just got back from watching our granddaughter, Maddie, and her lacrosse team, go all the way to the state finals in Georgia. They ended up in second place. Then, a week later, watched her graduate from High School.
In a few weeks we will be attending the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Dallas, TX. While there we hope to visit a number of missionaries. Please pray for safe travel and also for some good contacts related to the radio ministry. If, as you pray for our ministry, you feel led to help support us, you can send a check, made out to Getting God’s Message, and send it to Lud Golz, 9584 Kinsman Rd., Novelty, OH 44072, or go to our website, gettinggodsmessage.org, and click on the donation link. We are so grateful for all who pray for the ministry and for those who support it.
With all that is happening around us and the world it is important to keep our eyes, minds and faith focused on what doesn’t change. “Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). God also said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So you can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me” (Hebrews 13:5-6). No wonder the Psalmist declared, “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare of the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I am trusting him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from the fatal plague” (Psalm 91:1-3, New Living Translation). I’ve committed myself to memorizing Psalm 91 this summer, and would encourage you to do the same, even if only the first three verses.
We’d enjoy hearing from you so we can pray more specifically for you. We love you and thank God for you.


Update from Lud and Mur, February ’21

February 5th, 2021

BLOOM WHERE YOU’RE PLANTED
As we closed out 2020, a year where everything changed because of Covid-19, we took a trip for a brief respite. After a couple of weeks we cut the trip short and were led to drive 13 hours to get home. I wasn’t feeling well so Mur did most of the driving. On January 7 we got essential personal banking done as well as for our ministry. Late afternoon we went to an emergency room for Lud to get a Covid-19 test, Mur had to wait in the car. When he tested positive they kept him there until they found an available room in another hospital. He called Mur and said she couldn’t see him, so encouraged her to go home. Lud waited 8 hours in the holding room until at 1am they transferred him to another hospital. His first room was a regular room until an ICU bed was available. He spent 7 days in ICU to get his condition turned around. From there he was transferred to another hospital where he started recovery therapy for 11 days. It was amazing to see how our kids pulled together to support Mur and set up a way of communicating how things were going, since no one could visit me. Mur and I want to thank all of you for your faithful prayer support for us and our family. You are a great encouragement to us as we seek to do the work Jesus has assigned us to do, while we still can. “Night is coming when no one can work!” (John 9:9) On January 19 Lud joyfully returned home. Whew, what a fascinating 3 week adventure!
Let me, Lud, explain why I call this a fascinating adventure.
The first night, when I settled into the hospital bed I didn’t know how badly I needed oxygen. For the next 4 days I was slowly going downhill, waiting for an ICU bed. When a bed in ICU was available they immediately moved me in. The technician on duty the first night suggested I try wearing a mask to get a stronger flow of oxygen rather than wait until they put a breathing tube down my throat and then maybe go on a respirator. I took his advice, even though the process of breathing with the mask on was tough, because I also had the hick-ups. I struggled through it for three nights. When sufficient progress was achieved they slowly cut back the amount of oxygen, and together with attacking my condition with a variety of medications, that was the beginning of a turnaround. After 7 days in ICU I was doing well enough for them to transfer me to a hospital that provided recovery therapy. 11 days later I returned home. PTL!
Earlier in this update I called the experience a fascinating adventure. Here is why. Massive amounts of prayers were offered in behalf of me and my family. In the midst of all that was going on I felt content and confident in Jesus. I hardly turned the TV on. Fortunately, over the years I’ve memorized large portions of Scripture, so when isolated, I spent my time reviewing and meditating on it. I spent a lot of time praying for others; my family, friends and those God brought to mind. When nurses tried providing other things to pass the time I shared what I was doing. That opened some opportunities to share that because of Jesus I felt secure and confident in Him, no matter what the outcome might be. During the first 4 days, as my condition was worsening, I had a brief conversation with my 75 year old room-mate, who prayed with me to receive Jesus as his Savior. In the ICU room I had many conversations with staff, and again, one night one of the nurses prayed to receive Jesus as her Savior. A number of others made time to talk about spiritual issues. Then, in the final room where I was beginning the slow climb out of where I had been, one nurse came in one morning obviously heavy hearted. As I shared how Jesus could make a difference she started wiping tears from her eyes. Within minutes she was ready to pray, asking Jesus to be her Savior.
Each day I began asking God with a smile, “What’s up today? I’m available. I realize I’m on assignment. Enable Christ’s light to shine through me.” I began to feel like what Paul wrote while in prison in Rome. Paul felt, according to Philippians 1:16, he was put there to share the Gospel. He didn’t choose his confining circumstances, but made himself “available,” and considered himself to be “on assignment,” to be “an ambassador for Christ.” He knew the prayers of fellow Christians were making a difference. He concluded in verse 27, “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ.” That perspective changes everything and allows God to work in and through us to reach hearts He brings our way.
(I encourage you to prayerfully read Philippians 1:3-30)


Update from Lud and Mur, October, ‘20

October 24th, 2020

As October begins to wind down we have much to be thankful for even in the midst of the political quagmire, ongoing health pandemic and all of the other things we might individually be facing. I remember when talking to my mother shortly before her death I asked her for her favorite Bible verse. Her answer was, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” and He promises to never leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:3-8). That truth should steady and sustain us no matter what we might face today (remember Jesus said in Matthew 6:34, “do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”) The Psalmist was right when he said in Psalm 118:24, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
I’m not worrying about a couple of speaking engagements I have, but I would ask prayer for God to help others through what He will enable me to say: Sunday, October 25 at Grace Evangelical Bible Church, Newbury, 10am; Sunday, November 1, Fowler’s Mill Church on Mayfield Rd., 10am; and a class on how to study the Bible at Fellowship Bible Church, November 19, 6:45pm. Pray also for Mur as she teaches the Women’s Bible study on Wednesdays.
On a recent trip I had the joy of meeting with a man that has been blessed by my radio program. Also, I was contacted by a man in California who, as a teenager 60 years ago, came to Christ in our first Church. He found information on the internet by googling “Lud Golz.” We talked for an hour on the phone. It is such an encouragement hearing how God is working in his life and also in his sister’s life and their families. Two examples of what Jesus referred to as “fruit that will last” (John 15:16).


Update from Lud and Mur, September ’20

October 3rd, 2020

We have had a busy month and a half since our last update. Thanks you for your prayers as I preached two times and gave a two and a half hour seminar at FBC on How to study the Bible. In addition we spent a week relaxing in PA followed by the southern girls taking Mur on a trip to the upper peninsula of Michigan (where Mur grew up), then a first birthday party for our Great granddaughter, Marleigh, a celebration for Michael who graduation from Gordon Seminary in Indiana, and later the dedication of our youngest Great grandson, Ford. When we got home both of us had a cold and have taken a week to recover. That’s the price you pay if you want to be involved in the lives of your growing family. We haven’t seen the northern contingency of our family in Illinois because of covid 19 restrictions there. We’re hoping to soon reconnect in person with all of them. Please pray, Greg is having an operation on Sept 29. With all of these activities we have much to be thankful for. God is indeed good.
As you can see from the following email sent by a listener to Lud’s daily radio program, God is continuing to give us the privilege of serving Him. Mur is getting together next week with some of the gals in her Bible study to see how to continue that ministry as well. And Lud is more and more getting back to meeting with guys for breakfast or lunch, to encourage them. __________________________________________________________________________________________________
Here is the email from a radio listener: Lud: Every day that I’m able to hear your short but power-packed program on BBN, I am helped by it. I have meant to say thank you for a long time but have neglected to do so until today. Thank you for being a diligent student of God’s word and for sharing His light and life with us. And thank you for letting us know that today is your birthday! It was the nudge I needed to communicate my appreciation.
She continues with a prayer: Father, thank You for our brother-in-Christ. He will never know how many lives he has helped to live for Your honor and glory during his earthly life, so I pray that You will encourage his heart to continue to “Go forward!” I think of the verse: “The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.” Proverbs 4:18. Please continue to shepherd Lud and his family so that they will shine brighter and brighter with the Light of Christ, giving honor and glory to You! We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen. _______________________________________________________________________________________________
Thank you for making our lives as a family so full and fruitful. Your prayers, and the financial support from those guided by God to under-gird this ministry, are much appreciated. We love you all and Thank God for your friendship and partnership.