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.

Update, June ’20

July 9th, 2020

It has been a long time since shutdown started but for us it has seemed to go by so fast. Weekends come up before you expect. Where has the time gone? What have we accomplished? We’ve kept busy with things we put aside, things that were not necessarily top priorities. Others that needed to be done if we were going to enjoy the summer. But in the midst of it all, we’ve worked on essentials that will count for eternity. More time in prayer, and boy are there increasing reasons to turn to God for His help. More time to read, study, meditate and memorize parts of the Bible. That’s right, memorize important Bible verses to arm yourself for Battle. When you consider how quickly things have changed in our nation and world over the last few months in ways I don’t think any of us would have thought could or would happen. And change is not over. Only God knows what we will confront this summer, fall the elections, and…
Are you ready to follow Paul’s instructions in Ephesians 5:15-17, “Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is!” And, yes, “be filled with the Holy Spirit.” If you tie that in with his instructions in Philippians 2:12-16 you get a fuller picture of our assignment for these days: “Therefore, my dear friends…work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life” to those in your sphere of influence.
Why am I sharing these thoughts with you? I’m sure the people of God in the time when the prophet Amos lived found it hard to believe what he was warning them about: “The day is coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord, “when I will send a famine through the land – not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. Men will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the Lord, but they will not find it.” If you think I’m an alarmist, just stop and think of the millions of churches, nationally and worldwide, that have stood empty for three months, and are now only cautiously being allowed to open with limiting guidelines. Yes, we have creatively used technology to great advantage, possibly reaching many we hadn’t reached with past strategies, but the internet is not controlled by the church. Already we’re seeing surveillance increase and scary misuses of such information being exercised to potentially limit or control our freedoms. Beware and prepare. But most of all…
Be sure you and your family are right with God, be armed with the Word of God, pray diligently, cultivate close relationships with fellow believers (Hebrews 10:25) and “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1st Peter 3:15-16). And remember, greater is He Who is within you than he that is in the world! (1st John 4:4).
As you pray, please remember to pray for us as we and our family serve the Lord in all we do, and as Lud shares the word of life over the radio. Thank you and God bless.

latest update from Lud and Mur

May 6th, 2020

I wanted to send this update out a few weeks ago, but in addition to all else going on in our land and the world these days my computer ran into difficulties, so I was without a computer. I kept up to date watching TV and checking things out on my mobile phone. Yesterday I got my computer back. So here goes…How have you been coping these days?
Mur and I have been doing well. We have food to eat. We’ve slept well most nights. We try to get out for a walk each day. I’ve been doing some heavy cleanup work in the yard and some repairs in the house. Mur’s been house cleaning, reading and updating photo albums. We are on overload watching the news, or should I say, reporter’s and authorities’ opinions – It sometimes gets so convoluted and conflicted it’s hard to grasp what’s really going on. We desperately need to become sons and daughters of Issachar “who understood the times and knew what should be done” (1st Chronicles 12:32).
Psalm 1:1-3 gives us guidance on how to live that way: As you try to be informed be wary of worldly sources and give priority to Divine revelation. You will be blessed and be a blessing to others if you delight in meditating on God’s Word. You will be “like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”
The prophet Jeremiah lived that way. He tried his best to call his people to repent or else face God’s judgment. They repeatedly resisted his divine warning and listened to self-affirming, worldly suggestions. When unintended consequences came they hardened their resistance until Babylon devastated Jerusalem. What did Jeremiah do? He lamented what happened, describing it with tears, but then shared his victorious coping strategy in Lamentations 3:2126, “Yet 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. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’ The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”
In closing, let me encourage you to pray for Christ’s church, our country and the world, and also for our ministry to people and especially for the tens of thousands who listen to my program daily.

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.