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Muhammad Ali and Me in 1973

ali1.jpg (8985 bytes)My name is Jock Lenzi and what follows is a brief biography. I was raised Roman Catholic and went eight years to parochial school.  In 10th grade I had a biology class where I was taught the “theory” of evolution as if it were fact.  I didn't realize it at the time, but that teaching had an undermining effect regarding my belief in God. 

In the fall of 1972, I enrolled at Indiana University of Pennsylvania at the branch campus in Kittanning, which was my hometown.  Throughout my life I had been really into sports. Basketball and boxing were my favorites, and I was fairly good at both.

One of the greatest experiences of my life happened during the summer of 1973.  I had driven up to Deer Lake, PA, which is in the Pocono Mountains, where the new training site for Muhammad Ali was located. I was a boxing fan in general and an Ali fan in particular.  Along with two of my friends, I was privileged to talk with Ali for over an hour.  We also had breakfast with him, his family, and his entire entourage.  Later that day we watched him train for the second Ken Norton fight.  One month later Ali defeated Norton, en route to becoming the heavyweight champion of the world for the second time. This was something I'll never forget.

ali2.jpg (5229 bytes)What followed for the next five years was not so good; in fact it was very bad.   I got very heavily into drugs and the partying scene.  I was constantly on the lookout for some action:  drugs, sex, and rock 'n roll had become "gods" in my life. During this time I had a major nervous breakdown and dropped out of college.  To me, life had become empty and meaningless. I thought that I was here by chance, and that whether I lived another five years or sixty-five years, I was going to die and cease to be.  I believed and acted as if there was no God and no eternity.

After years of living in sin, deception, and darkness, something wonderful happened to me.

I knew that I needed something more in my life, so one night in the spring of 1978 I picked up the Bible and started to read the New Testament.  As I read several chapters of one of the Gospel accounts, I became convinced that Jesus was exactly who He said He was and that this was ultimate reality.

I believed that if I were to become a Christian, I would have true purpose and meaning in life.  Right then I repented of my sins and put my faith in Jesus Christ, dedicating my entire life to knowing and serving Him.

My life has truly been transformed!  Since becoming a Christian I have experienced much peace, joy, love and fulfillment.  In the fall on 1979 I met my wife-to-be at a campus fellowship at IUP and we were married in June of 1980.  The Lord has blessed us with five wonderful children, a lot of great friends, a dynamic church, and in His faithfulness has always provided for all our needs.  God is good and wants each of us to know Him as our Father.jock.jpg (3263 bytes)

Jesus asked, "What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul?"  There is nothing as important as your salvation.

Judge yourself, as God will do, by the Ten Commandments --- Have you ever lied, stolen, coveted, lusted, or committed sexual sins?  Have you loved God above all else?  Be honest with yourself.  On Judgment Day you know that you will be found guilty, and therefore not go to heaven.

However, Jesus showed how very much God loves you by this fact:  He died on the cross to take your punishment so that you could be forgiven and enjoy heaven forever.  It is your choice --- eternal life or damnation.  Before it is too late (and nobody is guaranteed another day), cry out to God, repent of your sins, and put your faith in Jesus Christ.  Then read the Bible daily and follow its wisdom and teaching.  God will never fail you.

The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

Jesus said, “Satan comes only to steal, kill, and destroy; but I have come that you might have life, and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)

God desires that all should be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Tim. 2:4)

It is God’s will is that none should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  (2 Pet. 3:9)

Do not be deceived:  God cannot be mocked.  A man reaps what he sows.  The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please God, from God will reap eternal life. (Gal. 6:7-8)

I’d really like to hear from you.  jhlenzi7@gmail.com.