Update from Lud and Mur, May ’22

May 4th, 2022

As mentioned in a recent update, as we meet with people in the areas of radio and print we plant the seed, pray and wait with expectations that God will bring the outcome He wants (Psalm 5:3), “Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; morning by morning I lay my request before you and wait in expectation.” A week ago we got two follow up responses. The first, the network that carries my radio program in Spanish at 4am, Monday through Friday, notified us that as of May 2, they will air the program a second time daily at 11:20am, over their 80 plus stations all over South and Central America. This is a significant increase to a whole new audience. They also are open to participate in preparing a year-long series in Chinese on the book of Romans. Then, another network that carries my program asked permission to include the program in their new app. Only God knows how many thousands of new listeners will hear the program daily. Praise God with us for this blessing.
We just enjoyed a few days visiting with our two sons and families in the Chicago area, and watched two grandsons play Ultimate Frisbee, a new game to us. On the way home we stopped to visit with our granddaughter, Sarah and her family in Indiana. What a joy to see them and be a part of their lives.
We appreciate your prayers for Mur’s health. Some Dr. appointments at the end of this month should give us a better idea of expectations. Lud is doing well and keeping busy. He enjoyed preaching on Easter Sunday and the week after at two area churches. Thanks, as always for your prayers.
If interested, the link for the Easter message is: http://andrebernier.com/audio/LUD-Easter2022.mp3


Updagte from Lud and Mur, April ‘22

April 11th, 2022

We just celebrated Palm Sunday and anticipate Good Friday. Then we will celebrate Easter! For the first time in 20 years I will have the privilege of giving an Easter Sunday Message. I’ll be speaking at Chardon Christian Fellowship, 401 S Hambden St. Chardon, in their 10:00am service. Then, on the following Sunday, April 24, I will give the message at Grace Evangelical Bible Church, 14951 Auburn Rd., Newbury, at 10:00am. Please pray for God’s blessing on these two messages, and that God will bless the Easter Message going out throughout our nation and the world. How desperately we need the hope building message of Christ’s resurrection!! “Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers, 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” (2nd Corinthians 15:57-58).
Mur has remained stable, and now has all the medications the Doctors desired. Please pray that these medicines will have a positive effect of strengthening her heart muscle. Most importantly, pray that God, the Holy Spirit, will touch her heart so she will experience Romans 8:11: “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in her, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life (health) to her mortal body through his Spirit, who lives in her.”
Join us in worshiping our risen, victorious Lord, Jesus Christ this Easter season, and beyond.


update from Lud and Mur, March ’22

March 31st, 2022

We want to thank all who prayed that we would have a relaxing and refreshing get away. God answered your prayers. Along the way we expected to have some unique encounters. We were not disappointed. On a dinner cruise we met a Peruvian couple who have moved to Virginia, where they started a Podcast Bible study with four groups of about 200 people each. That is their virtual church! Then, along the way we stopped at a rustic restaurant, where the cook did everything, including talking to you as he cooked, and then praying for you as he served your meal. He shared freely about Jesus with everyone who came in. How refreshing! Then, at another place, as we walked past a guy and his two girls in a sauna pool, we greeted each other. I said to the two girls, how blessed they were to have a Dad who enjoyed playing with them. This led to a conversation in which we discovered he and his wife went to Taylor University with our granddaughter Sarah and her husband Mike. It’s always neat to have fellowship with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
When we got home, among our mail was this letter: “Hello Mr. Golz. I live in Alabama. While listening to Bible Broadcasting Network your program, Getting God’s Message, came on. You were talking about how to search the Scriptures. I called BBN to see how I could get some literature on this and they gave me your address. I hope you can help me with this. I really want to know more about the Word of God and how to study and apply it in my life. Thanks, Betty D.” That’s an example of my target audience – people who want to know God better through reading and studying His Word. I sent her a copy of my booklet on study methods. Please pray that many who hear the program all over the world will be helped in that great pursuit.
Along the way we visited the major network that has carried the program in four languages to see if that outreach can be extended even further. Then we went on to Nashville to attend the National Religious Broadcasters Convention. Again we made some good connections. We plant the seed, pray and wait with expectations that God will bring the outcome He wants (Psalm 5:3, “Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; morning by morning I lay my request before you and wait in expectation.”)


February Update

February 6th, 2022

Mur and I can hardly believe it! Fifty years ago, February 1, 1972, with bitter cold/snowy weather like we’ve had this week, we moved to Novelty, OH. We could never have dreamed or planned for what has happened during those years. We didn’t know most of you who receive these monthly updates. You have become a significant part of our lives and ministries. Many of you have gone on to make your own contribution to the spread of the Gospel and the advance of the Church of Jesus Christ. Our prayer is that what God has done, He will continue to do in and through us all. “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:3-6).
In our last update I suggested a challenge for this year. Many years ago I heard a conference speaker ask, “If you were not afraid of failure and you didn’t consider your present circumstances, what would you like to attempt for God?” Let me encourage you to make time to reflect on this question and prayerfully determine your answer. Then, like Nehemiah, pray, prepare, pursue, and anticipate it becoming a part of your experience this year.
Last Fall Mur and I planned two different “getaways” to enjoy some R&R by ourselves. Both times we had to cancel our plans. Well, we’re not giving up. We’re planning and looking forward to a “getaway” in the sun and warmth down South. Jesus encouraged such times. For example, in Mark 6:11 Jesus said, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Pray for us that we’ll be able to follow Christ’s encouragement.
On my daily two minute radio program I’m starting a study on the life of Timothy and the two books Paul wrote to him. It will begin on February 9 and run through April 22. You can follow along in this study by subscribing to the audio version by clicking on the RSS Feed or the archives link in the top right hand corner of the Home page to read the script or hear the audio.


Update from Lud and Mur, January 2022

January 5th, 2022

As each New Year begins I find myself wishing people a Happy New Year. As I thought about sending out this update I wondered if that is a rather light-hearted wish. So much is happening around us that doesn’t generate happiness. Rather, it brings sadness, fear and even a sense of despair. Our country and world are reeling in confusion and uncertainly. You have to look for encouraging news and hopeful developments. So as we enter this New Year, stop and think, what am I anticipating or preparing for? If nothing pops into your mind, ask yourself, is there anything you would like to see happen? Or be willing to participate in making it happen?
In the Bible, Nehemiah chapter 1 through 2:8 describes the prophet’s experience as an exile in the citadel of Susa. When you have time to read that section in the Bible, notice that when the king asked him, “What is it you want?” he was prepared with a ready answer. Many years ago I heard a conference speaker ask, “If you were not afraid of failure and you didn’t consider your present circumstances, what would you like to attempt for God?” Let me encourage you to make time to reflect on this question and prayerfully determine your answer. Then, like Nehemiah, pray, prepare, pursue, and anticipate it becoming a part of your 2022 experience.
By the way, Mur is feeling quite well. We spent time in GA and NC with our daughters and their families over Christmas. Both of us handled the travel and celebration, and enjoyed our time with them. Thank you for your friendship and faithful prayers. We thank God for you and pray you will have a fruitful and fulfilling year.

I’ve shared this link before, but in the light of all that is going on in our world I felt led to share it again. A message on Habakkuk: https://youtu.be/2hEmgUCngNQ