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An NFL Player Converts

We had one of the Cowboys come to Christ a few years back. What a testimony! He came to me one day and said, "Howie, I'm going out to Thousand Oaks for the training camp and need an assignment."

I said, "Okay. I want you to read the Book of Ephesians."

"The what?"

"The Book of Ephesians."

"How you spell it?"

I said, "Have you found Matthew?"

"Yeah, yeah," he said, "I got it right here in the front."

I said, "Okay, find Matthew, go right, and you'll run into it."

So he gets out to Thousand Oaks, California. I found out later he read the Book of Ephesians six times, every single day. When he came back he called me up and said, "Hendricks, I've got to get together with you. You know that assignment you gave me?"

I said, "Yeah."

"Man," he said, "it blew my mind! That's a wipe out."

I said, "Okay. Come on over."

So he comes over, he opens the book--isn't it wonderful to work with people who have no idea what you know?--"Here ... here it is right here! Here: 'Husbands, love your wives even as Christ also loved the church.' Whooo!" he said. "That's impossible!"

I said, "Fantastic, man! You have made the greatest discovery in your Christian life, and that is that the Christian life is not difficult; it's impossible. Let me ask you a question. What does your wife do that you appreciate?"

Typical male fashion, he says, "Oh, lots of things." "Well," I said "name one." "Well," he said, "for example, she's a good cook." I said, "Great. That's your assignment. I want you to go home and tell her how much you appreciate her cooking." "Oh, man," he said, "I--I couldn't do that. That'd take a miracle." I said, "Great. That's what God specializes in." "Well," he said, "we'd better pray about that."

We got down. I'll never forget this guy's prayer, "Oh, God, you've got a rough assignment here." Then--you know, the Lord's so beautiful--the guy gets up from his knees and goes home. His wife knocked out the best meal he'd ever seen: six courses, beautifully spread table, candlelight, the works.

I said, "How'd you enjoy the meal?"

"Aw," he said, "it was horrible."

I said, "Why? What's the matter?"

"Oh," he said, "I just sat there saying 'God, you gotta do it.' "

"Well," I said, "what happened?"

He said, "Well, finally the Lord encouraged me, and I got up and I ran around to the other side, and I grabbed her."

I said, "What happened?"

"She went as white as the table cloth," he said. "I really think she thought I was gonna clip her." And he said, "I lifted her up so that I could talk to her eyeball to eyeball, and I said, 'Woman, that was wonderful!' And I knew we were off the ground."

He gave his testimony last Friday in Dallas. It just blew the minds of the guys. He said, "Man, I want you to know that I was the most yellow man in America behind a closed door. I'll take on anybody in the NFL. It usually takes two or three in the pits. But, you put me behind a closed door, and I'm yellow." Then he said, "Jesus Christ came into my life. How do I know it's real? I'll tell you. He took a self-centered, great-big football stud like me, who had all of his life revolving around him, and he began to deliver me from myself."

Have you ever learned that? That's the antidote to discrimination in any form.

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