Update from Lud and Mur, February ’21

February 5th, 2021

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.

August 10th, 2020

We trust you are keeping well and enjoying the summer thus far. Here are some praise items and prayer requests.
Thank you for praying for me as I preached on July 26th at FBC. Received good feedback from many. Here is the link where you can hear the sermon: https://youtu.be/xuqi-vrLYK4 Feel free to share it with others.
Lud has another opportunity for which he would appreciate prayer. He was asked to teach on “How to Study the Bible” at a seminar at FBC on Saturday, August 22, from 12:30 to 3:00. You are invited. It is free, but they asked you notify the church that you’re coming so they know how may to prepare for .
The following day, Sunday, August 23, Lud will be preaching at Chardon Christian Fellowship, 401 South Hambden St., Chardon, Ohio, at 10:00 am.
Mur would appreciate prayer for guidance in preparing for her women’s Bible study this fall.
Please pray for these opportunities, that God would be glorified and participants be inspired and equipped to live as salt and light in our desperately needy world.

update, July ’20

July 9th, 2020

Things to ponder and pray about during these long hot summer days.
Nothing has changed – change is everywhere! Moving at an accelerated pace, in good and bad ways.
Nothing has changed! God is the same, yesterday, today and forever! God’s plan is on target. He is working in all things “for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose…to be conformed to the likeness of his Son.” That’s more than a cliché, it’s the bottom line to keep in mind as you experience all of the, at times confusing or seemingly conflicting, vicissitudes of life.
Reflect for a moment on each point in Romans 8:28. God is working: I know, so is satan. But who is greater? For the good: I know, it sometimes sure doesn’t feel good. But if the end result He is working toward is for you to be “conformed to the likeness of his Son,” it is worth enduring and enjoying it. Remember, it is “according to his purpose,” not necessarily your purpose. But understand this: it is and will be the ultimate, exclusive outcome for “those who love him.”
That’s right. Don’t let the vicissitudes of life distract you and/or get you off the track of fulfilling the first and greatest commandment: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind” and “love your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27).
How do you do this? John tells us in 1st John 4:19-23, “We love because he (God) first loved us. If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command. Whoever loves God must also love his brother.” If you don’t love your brother and sister in Christ, you’ll have a hard time loving your neighbor, let alone your enemy, who Jesus said you should also love.
In other words, if Christians are to make a difference in our convoluted, confused and corrupt society, we must first recognize that “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God loved us, me, first. We love him by receiving his free love gift, Jesus Christ. In this new relationship he begins pouring into our life his love, so we can let it flow through us to our Christian brothers and sisters. When watching neighbors see that happen, they might be open to letting God’s love flow through you to them. When that begins to happen those who might be your enemies will take note, and maybe, just maybe they too might be open to let God’s love touch them. That would become what we call REVIVAL. And that alone will ultimately make a difference. So where are you in this emerging process of experiencing and expressing the flow of God’s love in our world? __________________________________________
For prayer:
-That God would curtail the spread of Covid 19.
-That God would sovereignly implement His plan in the midst of the political quagmire in our nation and world (Daniel 2:21 & 4:17).
-That God would awaken us as Christians to be “points of light” (Philippians 2:15-16).
-That God would use
-Lud’s radio ministry to spread the light of God’s Word. On June 28, 2020, BBN signed on WYHA in Grand Rapids, MI. The station broadcasts over 102.9 FM with 50,000 watts of power, covering the greater Grand Rapids area and reaching Muskegon and Grand Haven. The area the station reaches has a population of over 2 million people.
-Lud as he preaches at Fellowship Bible Church on July 26
-Lud as he teaches a seminar in August at FBC on how to study God’s Word.