|Muhammad Ali and Me in 1973
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.
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.
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
After years of living in sin, deception, and darkness, something wonderful happened to me.
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.
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.
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.
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
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)
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. firstname.lastname@example.org.