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.

Have a blessed Christmas, Lud and Mur Golz

December 16th, 2017

This script for a future radio program is appropriate for this Christmas season. Isaiah’s heart cry in Isaiah 64:1 was fulfilled in the first coming of Jesus. Our present heart cry will ultimately be fulfilled in Christ’s second coming. In the words of Paul in 1st Corinthians 16:22, and John in Revelation 22:20, “Maranatha” meaning, “Come, O Lord!”
I am always gripped by the opening words of Isaiah 64, “Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down!” When I see the evil sweeping across our land I’m often prompted to cry out with Isaiah, “Oh, that you, God, would rend the heavens and come down!” Or when I see the church impotent in the face of the challenges before her, I’m prompted to cry out, “Oh, that you, God, would rend the heavens and come down!” Even more so, when at times I see the coldness or indifference of my own heart, “Oh, that you, God, would rend the heavens and come down!” Isaiah continues in verse 4, “Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.” That’s the secret. Cry out to God to come down and act. Then wait on Him. So often we become impatient. We think God should come through for us because of our efforts at living righteously. Then, as we wait in His presence it becomes apparent we are not as righteous as we thought. In fact, Isaiah says, “all our righteous acts are like filthy rags.” God doesn’t act because we’re righteous. He acts because He loves us as our Father. Listen to verse 8, “O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” That’s an additional key. Cry out to God to come down and act. Wait on Him. Be pliable clay in His hands. Then yield to the loving touch, and sometimes firm pressure, of the potter’s hand. Let Him mold you into a vessel that’s fit for His use. Trust Him.

Update, November, ’17

November 9th, 2017

May God fill you and your family with Thanksgiving for Who He is and all He has done.
We had a great time the day our great granddaughter, Eliana Wilson, was dedicated to the Lord. She had a good start with four great-grandparents, four grandparents, parents and other family members together with church family, praying that God would do a great work in her heart and through her life in the days ahead (Philippians 1:6 “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”). Eliana is number 32 in our family!
Did I say 32? That would be a pretty good size mini-church. We used to call a small group in our church a mini-church. Well, Mur and I feel our growing family is our primary mini-church! What a privilege to keep our eyes on our family, pray for each one and try to encourage their spiritual growth and impact. What a joy and responsibility.
In addition, Mur is having a great time team-teaching her women’s Bible class each Wednesday. She is very encouraged with the growth in the lives of those who participate. And I continue to meet with guys, young and old, sometimes in a group, but most often one on one. I’ve also been encouraged lately to hear that there are some who are being blessed and challenged by reading my books.
In addition it’s been a blessing preparing the scripts for my radio program. Currently we’re going through the Psalms. This will be followed by going through the book of Luke during December. You could follow along by clicking on the archives link on this website. On Sunday, November 26, I’ll be preaching at Christ Community Church of Willoughby, 10 AM, 36407 Ridge Rd, Willoughby, OH 44094.
Thank you so much for your faithful prayer support. We thank God every time we’re reminded of your partnership. And if you’re led to financially support our ministry, that would be much appreciated. Make checks out to Getting God’s Message, and send to 9584 Kinsman Rd., Novelty, Ohio, 44072, or click on the donation link.