Update from Lud and Mur, March, ’20

March 19th, 2020

Mur and I are closeted in our home for the next two weeks at least. We were able to get our trip South in without incident. We saw almost all in our family’s southern contingent. What a blessing to see 5 of our 7 great grand-kids, and especially to witness Miles and Silas’s baptism. The next generation is off to a great start spiritually! Our time at the National Religious Broadcaster’s convention in Nashville provided good times with friends and connections for the radio ministry. Thanks for your prayers. I talked to the Director of a Spanish radio Network who shared: “Your program is wonderful! At the time your program is on people enjoy listening to your solid Bible teaching. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for all you do. Keep doing it until the Lord returns.” Our program is now carried on a new station, Heartfelt Radio, 91.9 FM,WKJA, Barberton, OH at about 5:40-50 in the morning. See if you can pick it up.
Since returning home we’ve been hit, as you have, with wave after wave of news concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. Presently we are doing well and trying to follow the guidelines our government has prescribed. We’ve found comfort in the words of Psalm 5:3, 11-12 and 57:1. By the way, Lud’s eye surgery and healing has gone very well. Thanks for praying
The other day our grandson Caleb’s wife, Hannah Wilson, shared the following quote over facebook which provides wise counsel during times like we’re in:
It’s now clear that COVID-19 is a deadly serious global pandemic, and all necessary precautions should be taken. Still, C. S. Lewis’s words—written 72 years ago—ring with some relevance for us. Just replace “atomic bomb” with “coronavirus.” In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. “How are we to live in an atomic age?” I am tempted to reply: “Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.” In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty. This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds. — “On Living in an Atomic Age” (1948) in Present Concerns: Journalistic Essays
Over the next month you might have time to do some reading. If you haven’t been following the study of Romans that I’m doing over the radio you might want to go to the archives and read what we have covered so far this year in this study. I hope some of you will find this study helpful.

update from Lud and Mur, February, ’20

February 17th, 2020

The sun is shining brightly this morning and I can see distant vistas clearly without glasses!! Now I need to manage making sure I have reading glasses available for close up work. That will take a while getting used to, since for 65 years I put my glasses on first thing in the morning and kept them on until going to bed at night. You might not recognize me if we happen to meet on the street. The two eye operations are behind me, now the “drops in the eyes” regimen needs to be endured for a few more weeks. There is always something, right? Praise God, one day we will experience the ultimate transforming operation – “we know that when Jesus Christ appears we shall be like him, for we shall see Him as He is.” PERFECTION! No need for any kind of glasses anymore……in the meantime, Thanks for praying. The eye surgeries went without incident and as I said, the healing process is moving along well, with the loving help of my “eye drop” helpmate.
This Thursday, after a follow up appointment for my eyes, we will be on the road again, starting with visits to our daughters, Tammi in NC, and Debbie in GA, along with as many of their family members as are available. Then we will go to the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville, TN, February 27-29. Please pray, that we will make good contacts while there related to our radio ministry. On our way back home we’ll stop in Indiana to witness the baptism of our two great grandsons, Miles and Silas, from our grand-daughter Sarah’s family. That will be a great celebration!
By the way, my radio program, Getting God’s Message, is now being broadcast over the brand new Radio Station, WKJH 91.9 FM, Barberton, OH. We were able to pick up there signal all the way home the other day. Try the station to see if it can be heard from your location. I believe my program will be on at about 5:45 am, Monday – Friday, during the Morning Drive segment hosted by my dear friend, Mark Zimmerman.
PS: If you’ve ever wanted to do an in-depth study of the book of Romans, that’s what I’m doing this year on my program. Up to this point I’ve been doing a biographical study of the life of the Apostle Paul. Starting February 19 I will begin the study of Romans. Why not join others in this study. I believe it will give you a better grasp of what the Gospel or Good News is all about. You can read the scripts or listen to the audio by clicking on the “Program transcripts and audio” link in the top right-hand corner of the home page. Then click on the month and date. Or you can download the audio by clicking on the RSS Feed.

Update from Lud and Mur for January, 2020

January 12th, 2020

As we have already entered the New Year, 2020, there are three things I would like to share with you.
Rejoice with us over all God has done over the past year. Many lives have been touched. We’ve shared some wonderful stories in the updates we’ve sent to you last year. Here are two notes received in the last few days: “I truly enjoy listening to your program each day on BBN. Thank you for your commitment to teaching how to study Gods word. I would like to be put on your email list to keep updated on the ministry. Thanks so much! Joslyn M.” “I just finished reading your book, ‘A Call To Responsible Freedom.’ What a great book, to end the year with ideas on how to live during the new one! I really enjoyed it! Have a blessed new year! Carl Redemann, CEO Bible Broadcast Network.” (If you haven’t read this book I’d be happy to send you a copy. Email me with your mailing address to receive it)
My Commitment is to pray for you what Paul prayed in 2nd Thessalonians 1:11-12, “That our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith…so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” If you have a special good purpose you’d like prayer for share it with us and we’ll pray for it.
Our Request: 38 years ago a brother in Christ donated $8000 to expand Lud’s ministry to a larger audience. That enabled us to produce a pilot project in radio, marketed to 35 stations. Dick Lee managed one of those stations in Arizona. When he came to Cleveland we connected, and started producing the program. To date we’ve produced over 8,500 programs. Millions have been reached with God’s Message. God has provided to cover the cost for this outreach, which now goes out in 4 languages. While the reach of the program has grown significantly, we’ve seen a decline in donations in the last couple of years. Our ministry board has prayed about this and felt we needed to share this with you so you can thank God for all He has provided and done over the years and pray with us that He would prompt others to join the team of financial supporters. If, as you pray, God prompts you to partner with us in this way, you can send a one-time donation or commit to a regular donation by check made out to “Getting God’s Message” and mailing it to Lud Golz Ministries, 9584 Kinsman Rd., Novelty, OH 44072. Or you can donate on line by clicking on the “Donate” link. If you have any questions please contact us.
Again, thank you for your prayers and may the Lord bless you abundantly in 2020.

Thanksgiving update, ’19

December 11th, 2019

We hope you had a good Thanksgiving Day celebration.
November has been a rich and rewarding month in many ways. The first weekend we were in Chicago for Annie’s bridal shower. Less than two weeks later we were in Colorado Springs, CO, for grandson Stephen and Annie’s wedding. What a setting, overlooking the Garden of the God’s and Pike’s Peak, with sunny skies. What a great celebration. They had graciously asked Lud to have a part in the ceremony. His comments are added below.*
We drove to Chicago and flew to Colorado Springs for the wedding. I wondered whether driving to Chicago and flying from there was the best plan for this trip, but on our drive home from Chicago, at a truck stop, a truck driver was having lunch in Arby’s , across from where we were having a snack. He asked a question about the impeachment hearings which were showing on the TV. After a few comments he asked, “What can we do?” Mur suggested prayer. He said he was praying, a..n..d…before long I went over and sat by him to go deeper in the conversation. To make a longer story short, he prayed with me, asking Jesus to be his personal Savior and ever present companion!! Was it a good decision to drive to Chicago? God answered by touching a lonely truck driver’s heart and Jesus became his friend who will stick closer to him than a brother! (Proverbs 18:24)
After 6 days home, which included Mur’s Women’s Bible Class and our ministry’s Board Meeting, we drove to Indiana to have lunch with dear friends, Ken and Dot Goss (former staff at Riverview Church). From there, after a short drive, we enjoyed some play time with our great-grandkids before taking them and granddaughter Sarah and Mike to dinner. Then, on to our daughter Debbie’s family in Atlanta for Thanksgiving. We celebrated granddaughter Maddie’s birthday and visited Sam’s university apartment as we drove to our daughter Tammi’s home in NC. But…while on the road we got a text that our Grandson Billy and his wife Sam had just been blessed with the birth of their first child, a boy, two weeks early. Amazingly the hospital was just 10 minutes off the highway we were on!!! We of course stopped and had the joy of holding our 7th great grandchild. All agreed, this was a God sighting.
This is the time of year when opportunities to share something about what Thanksgiving and Christmas should all be about. Have you prepared your heart and mind to buy up those opportunities? In the midst of enjoying family and friends, keep your eyes open for some lonely person who needs a kind, loving word of encouragement. (Proverbs 15:23, 25:11, Isaiah 50:4, 1st Peter 3:15) Psalm 126:6, says, “He who goes out weeping carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.” I remember a commentary that described “carrying seed to sow” as “being a leaky seed basket,” meaning, everywhere you go seed drops out of your basket, some of which sprouts and becomes fruitful. Always have some seed with you to share as opportunities arise. _____________________________________________________________________________

*For Stephen and Annie’s wedding.
The Apostle Paul, in 1st Corinthians 13, describes true love and then declares, “Love never fails.” Stephen and Annie, you have chosen to get married because you love one another. Today you’re formally affirming that choice. From this day forward, because you’re choosing to be married you must love one another because God commands this. Love was the catalyst which led to choice. Now, choice is the conveyor and cultivator of that love. Let me take Paul’s description of love to explain what that looks like:
“In times of stress love chooses to be patient.
In times of vulnerability love chooses not to envy.
In times of victory love chooses not to boast.
In times of success love chooses not to be proud.
In times of embarrassment love chooses not to be rude.
In times of advantage love chooses not to be self-seeking.
In times of disadvantage love chooses not to be easily angered.
In times of inconsiderateness love chooses not to keep a record of wrongs.
In times when evil surfaces love chooses not to delight in it.
In times when truth prevails love chooses to rejoice in it.
In times of danger love chooses to protect.
In times of question love chooses to trust.
In times of disappointment love chooses to hope.
In times of despair love chooses to persevere.
Love never fails,”
because it always chooses the welfare, well-being and worth of the one loved. That’s no doubt why Paul declared that love is the most excellent way! If ever there was a time when this kind of mature, quality love is needed, it is today, especially in marriage, in the home and within the church. So, Stephen and Annie, whatever you encounter in your marriage, ALWAYS CHOOSE TO LOVE EACH OTHER!

Update from Lud and Mur, November ’19

November 6th, 2019

We trust the following experiences will encourage you to make the most of this Thanksgiving season to share Jesus Christ with others and also to express your thanksgiving to God for all the blessings you receive from Him.

What a privilege I had a few Sunday’s ago to baptize a dear friend. John was introduced to me about a year ago. Though growing up in the home of a pastor/Bishop and involved in church most of his life he came to realize something very important had eluded him – a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Finally this 85 year old gentleman took that step of faith, followed by obedience to declare it through baptism. This is what he wrote me afterword: “Many, many thanks to you and others for being in my life at this juncture on earth. You’ve shown and witnessed how our Lord Jesus Christ is the center of your lives. Whatever comes to you and each of those you love is a result of his living, dying and overcoming death for each of us. The transformation I experienced through baptism was almost immediate for me. Through continued fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ I’ll continue to dedicate my life as a child/soldier to Jesus Christ. In Christ, John.” To view a video of the baptism copy this link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ixqtz5VZuuP6xE8x6

What a privilege is ours to share life with folk like John. In addition, God continues to allow us to share over radio and the internet. Here is some communication with a radio listener:

I am writing to you seeking a transcript of a wonderful reading I heard when I turned on the radio as I got into my car. I facilitate a cancer Ministry at my church and I wanted to share it with the group. Would you by chance have a copy of this reading? If so it would be such a blessing to me and so many more. Thank you in advance for your help. Trusting in His faithfulness, Lori
I emailed her directions for getting the script of the program in my website. This is her response:
Dear Pastor Lud, Thank you so, so much for your quick reply and guidance. I work late hours so was just able to sign onto your link and find the transcript. As you can imagine, those walking the difficult journey of cancer are encouraged when reminded how God is in control of everything and walks with us, carrying us at times, on the most difficult days. I am so excited to share your teaching with my group. Blessings to you for your dedication to the Lord and encouragement through your words. Trusting in God’s faithfulness & celebrating His grace always,