Update from Lud and Mur

May 8th, 2018

It’s been over a month since we last sent an update. We’ve been waiting for spring to finally spring. The last few days have almost been like summer. Now scurrying, we’ve been picking up branches and I got our lawnmowers running. We still have things to get done inside, but now with a couple of trips planned, we will be busy.

I have had two recording sessions this month to catch up and get a little ahead. Mur’s Bible Class has its final session this Wednesday, and we’ve enjoyed getting together with a number of folk for great fellowship. We have received emails from a number of folk who have been blessed with readings from my books as well as from listeners to the radio program. It always amazes me to hear of how God sometimes uses one 2-3 minute program to touch a life. Rejoice with us as you read the following two emails from listeners to the Spanish version.

From Allan, San Pedro Sula, Honduras Greetings and God bless you! How pleasant it was to listen to you for the first time. And believe me how this message filled me, and what you said about: 1- Listen what God tells you. 2- Don’t question what God tells you. 3- Be obedient to what God tells you. I thought I was a Christian, but I had died, and now was being born again, like when one is a baby that begins to grow. I experienced the joy, that internal peace, the desire to share the Word and the love; that mysterious love that God gives us. I also have new energy of which I don’t know its origin. I will stay in contact with you, grateful for what you do. Blessings.
From Diana in Mexico: “I ask for your prayers.” I live in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico. I listen to you (Consejo Bíblico) every day. You have given me the opportunity to learn more about God. Your words have helped me very much, especially at this time in my life. My husband is a pastor. We have a “Fellowship” in Puerto Escondido. We also have a business we see as our mission, through which we share the Word of God. Recently my husband was falsely arrested and is in prison. While in the jail he has shared God’s Word. God is working in the lives of 45 prisoners who have talked with my husband. I am very thankful to the Lord for this. I only ask for your prayers that God perform the miracle of returning him home and to his people here. Thank you, and may God Bless you, Diana


Easter Update

March 29th, 2018

We are home again after experiencing answers to your prayers for safe travel and God’s enabling power in speaking to the staff of the Bible Broadcast Network. I almost blew it that morning, March 12. I left early for the BBN headquarters. It was dark, windy and pouring rain. Since the drive was less than 10 minutes I left the motel, turned left and started driving in rush hour traffic. After about 10 minutes I didn’t recognize landmarks from the night before, so pulled over and consulted my cell phone GPS, only to find out I was heading in the wrong direction. After another two miles to turn around, I called a friend on staff to let them know I was on my way. I got there just in time to give my message. I started by sharing how I had trusted my own instincts. Belatedly, I checked my GPS. I was lost, but fortunately found out how to get back on track. I pointed out, when we go out into our world trusting our own instincts we often get lost, going in the wrong direction. We need to consult our spiritual GPS, the Bible, to get back on track and in harmony with God’s plan. Only then can God bless our efforts at serving Him. It was embarrassing, but turned out to be a good illustration to introduce my message. God was faithful. Many shared how they appreciated the message. Thanks again for your prayers. I mean it when I say, I need your prayer support!
Mur and I enjoyed spending a few days with the southern contingent of our family. We look forward to spending Easter with our family in Chicago/Wheaton. Please pray for safe travel.

Here is a note from a listener to the program:
Pastor Golz, I often hear you in your 9.05am slot on BBN Radio (Charlotte), and appreciate your Christ-centeredness in opening the Word. May the Lord bless you for your faithfulness to Him as a wonderful evangel of Christ.
In His grace, J.M., Publishing Consultant / Editorial Director


God answered prayer

March 5th, 2018

God answered your prayers. Praise His name! And thank you for praying.
The memorial service for former police chief, Jim Jimison, went well. Family members and Bill Repke shared heart-warming memories. I shared a few memories as well, and then pointed out that both Jim Jimison and Billy Graham died on the same day. Both of them had a positive impact on many individuals during their long, distinguished record of service. I believe both of them were now enjoying the joys and blessings of heaven. But they were not in heaven because of their illustrious record of service. They were there because of the amazing grace of God’s forgiveness and loving acceptance when they put their faith in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Billy made that decision over 80 years ago as a teenager when he responded to the invitation in an evangelistic service. Jim made his decision in his mid 70’s after I shared the Gospel over a cup of coffee at Panera Restaurant. Both of these men received the gift of eternal life by faith. Paul explained this transaction in Ephesians 2:8-10, “It is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Please pray that those who were at the service will remember what was said and respond by receiving God’s gift for themselves. Pray also that many who heard what was shared at Billy Graham’s memorial service will also receive God’s gift.
From there Mur and I went to the annual National Religious Broadcaster’s convention. Amazingly, within the first hour after checking into the hotel I ran into almost everyone I intended to see there. To understand how unusual this is, there are almost 5,000 registered participants!! One of them is the director of a radio ministry in Puerto Rico that carries my program in both English and Spanish. Remember, Puerto Rico was devastated by two back to back Hurricanes last summer. Right after a warm greeting she spontaneously asked if I would record a word of greeting and encouragement to those who listen to their radio stations. Her associate, right in the middle of the hustle and bustle, reached out her cell phone and recorded my one minute add-lib message. Now, that’s what Paul meant when he wrote in 2nd Timothy 4:2, “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season…encourage – with great patience and careful instruction.”
We now are enjoying a few days of rest and reflection. Then, on Monday, March 12, I will be speaking to the staff of BBN, the network that carries my program in four languages. I’ll also be meeting with the Chinese staff that produces my program in Chinese. Please pray these meetings will be blessed by God.
On the family front, our grandson, Zack Wilson, just moved to Dallas, TX with his wife, Erika, and daughter. He will be working for the Josh McDowell Ministries division of CRU. Our granddaughter, Sarah Farnsley, will be moving to Shelbyville, IN in a few weeks with her husband, Mike, and their three children. Mike will be finishing his Seminary studies on line, and looking for work. Please pray for both of these families as they settle in these new endeavors.
Again, thank you so much for standing with us in prayer.


February Update

February 14th, 2018

The first month of 2018 was cold with a fair amount of snow and a few days of sunshine. In spite of this we’ve continued our relatively full and fulfilling life.
During January I’ve met with over 20 guys individually for coffee or a meal to fellowship, encourage and share life. I try to listen and pray, and at appropriate times share a thought or Biblical truth. The ages of these guys range from the 20’s to the 70’s and everything in between. They’re all facing different challenges and opportunities. I just want them to know they don’t have to face life alone. Mur does the same with her lady friends.

In my radio ministry we have encouraged and led people through reading over half of the Bible last year, and hope to finish this project of reading through the Bible by the end of this year. Pray that many listeners will succeed in reading the Bible through and finding God changing their lives through this exposure to His Word. You can join us this year by clicking on the link in the top right hand corner of the Home page, “Program transcripts and audio,” and look for the current date. We are presently going through the book of Isaiah.

In a few weeks we will be going to the annual National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville, TN. This conference over the years is where most of the contacts have been made to expand the outreach of our radio and web ministry, now in four different languages. Please Pray that we might be led by God to the contacts He wants us to make.

In the meantime, I had a Cystoscopy procedure recently. Nothing serious, just further self-directed therapy. Fortunately only a minor inconvenience. This is the joy of getting older!?

Have a great Valentine. We appreciate and love each of you as you partner with us.
God bless, Lud and Mur


New Year’s Greeting and update from Lud and Mur, January 2018

January 5th, 2018

It’s already day five of the New Year, 2018! And we’re not yet caught up with getting settled after visiting with our extended family in NC, GA, OH and IL. We got to see all 30 of our immediate family. What a blessing to see them walking in the truth, love and faith. God protected us over the more than 2000 miles. Thanks for your continued prayers for us.
It’s been great hearing from many of you, one of the blessings of the Christmas season. We trust all of you had a great time with loved ones. We also hope you were enriched Spiritually. It was so cold on Christmas Eve in Wheaton we decided to have a candle-light service at home singing carols and reading scripture. What a joy.
We had many blessings during 2017, and a few tough times. God remained faithful, as always. Now, entering the New Year we are reminded of Jeremiah’s words in Lamentations 3:21-26, “This I call to mind and therefore I HAVE HOPE: Because of THE LORD’S GREAT LOVE we are not consumed, for HIS COMPASSIONS NEVER FAIL. They are new every morning; GREAT IS YOUR FAITHFULNESS.” We’d encourage you to memorize these three short verses, and then throughout the year, especially when the going gets tough, CALL THEM TO MIND!!
We want to thank all of you who have prayed for us and for those who were able to give to our ministry. We ended the year having received just over what was budgeted, PRAISE GOD, so we enter 2018 ready to buy up the opportunities God opens up for us to share the Good News and encourage believers to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). Our daily program, Getting God’s Message, is heard worldwide in English, Spanish, Russian and Chinese. We hear of people being blessed by the program, and by Lud’s books. Pray that God would be glorified as He uses us to touch many lives in 2018.
Our prayer is that God will bless you richly in the New Year and use you for His glory.