April 25, 2007

Christiantennis.net Attends Glory Revealed Concert!

Posted in anastasia kharchenko, christian tennis, Christian Tennis Academy, Christian Tennis Mission Trips, Christian Tennis Player, ICTA Women's Christian Pro Tennis Team, International Christian Tennis Association, Love, melody snelen, rachel snelen, scott paschal, Scott Paschal Tennis, shantel tavita, Teamwork at 11:54 pm by Scott Paschal


Tomorrow is the big day! The Glory Revealed Tour is in our area and we’re heading out to Ocala, Florida to have a great time! We’ll hit some tennis balls with Nasser around 3pm, shower, eat something, then head to the concert venue, First Baptist Church of Ocala!

Watching Newbie and Nasser play a match is always fun! I think this is Newbie vs Nasser V. Right now, I think Newbs has the advantage 3-2. The funnest match was when they played in Atlanta just over a year ago… split sets and a tie break in the third. That match took so long that we were all late getting to the concert venue.

Chris and his mom, Susie, are driving in to meet us. I coached Chris last summer. His Mom and Dad have been my friends and ICTA supporters for 5 years. Susie is a Pediatrician and her husband, Chuck, is a shrink. Will be fun to spend time with everyone. Chris and I have a strong coach/player bond for sure. One of those bonds that will last a lifetime. Same with Newbie, whose real name is Jon by the way.

This morning Rachel Snelen, Anastasia Kharchenko, Shantel Tavita, and Melody Snelen drove to Orlando to spend the night. Tomorrow, 3 of the 4 of this amazing ICTA Women’s Pro Tennis Team flies to Mazatlan, Mexico via LA. The team will do missions activities while competing in two ITF pro tournaments… Los Mochis, Mexico and Mazatlan, Mexico.

Melody Snelen isn’t going with the team as she has been invited by Nasser’s family to go with them on the Music Boat Cruise to Jamaica. Rach went last year on the cruise that went from California down to Mexico. Mel will have a blast spending time with Nasser’s family and meeting so many Christian music artists. She’s really excited! I’m excited for her!

Me… I’m sitting here on the couch with the dog typing this to you… kinda boring, huh? I think I’ll go make some homemade Fettuccine Alfredo and watch The Incredibles. Not exactly missions work in Mazatlan, but it’ll do…

I hope you have had the opportunity to attend Glory Revealed!

If not, be sure to check out the book and CD at the Glory Revealed web site… www.GloryRevealed.com

Please keep the safety of the girls in your prayers. They are traveling deep into Mexico specifically to share the Gospel of Jesus to WTA players and others God brings to their path. These amazing girls are selflessly giving of their time, money, safety to follow the Great Commission as commanded by Jesus and recorded by Mathew (28). These girls, and the mission of their team, are very rare and special.

God bless,

Scott Paschal
International Christian Tennis Association
www.christiantennis.net
386 793 0557
ballboy4jesus@yahoo.com

A Glorious Concert & Christian Tennis!

Posted in anastasia kharchenko, christian tennis, Christian Tennis Player, Cults, Faith, Fellowship, Hope, Love, melody snelen, rachel snelen, scott paschal, Scott Paschal Tennis, shantel tavita, Teamwork at 11:54 pm by Scott Paschal


Hello! This is Scott Paschal, Director and Founder of the International Christian Tennis Association.

Tomorrow is the big day! The Glory Revealed Tour is in our area and the International Christian Tennis Association gang is heading out to Ocala, Florida to have a great time! We’ll hit some tennis balls with Nasser around 3pm, shower, eat something, then head to the concert venue, First Baptist Church of Ocala!

Watching Newbie and Nasser play a match is always fun! I think this is Newbie vs Nasser V. Right now, I think Newbs has the advantage 3-2. The funnest match was when they played in Atlanta just over a year ago… split sets and a tie break in the third. That match took so long that we were all late getting to the concert venue.

Chris and his mom, Susie, are driving in to meet us. I coached Chris last summer. His Mom and Dad have been my friends and International Christian Tennis Association supporters for 5 years. Susie is a Pediatrician and her husband, Chuck, is a shrink. Will be fun to spend time with everyone. Chris and I have a strong coach/player bond for sure. One of those bonds that will last a lifetime. Same with Newbie, whose real name is Jon by the way.

This morning Rachel Snelen, Anastasia Kharchenko, Shantel Tavita, and Melody Snelen drove to Orlando to spend the night. Tomorrow, this amazing ICTA Women’s Christian Pro Tennis Team flies to Mazatlan, Mexico via LA. The team will do missions activites while competing in two ITF pro tournaments… Los Mochis, Mexico and Mazatlan, Mexico.

Melody Snelen isn’t going with the team as she has been invited by Nasser’s family to go with them on the Music Boat Cruise to Jamaica. Rach went last year on the cruise that went from California down to Mexico. Mel will have a blast spending time with Nasser’s family and meeting so many Christian music artists. She’s really excited! I’m excited for her!

Me… I’m sitting here on the couch with the dog typing this to you… kinda boring, huh? I think I’ll go make some homemade Fettuccine Alfredo and watch The Incredibles. Not exactly missions work in Mazatlan, but it’ll do…

I hope you have had the opportunity to attend Glory Revealed!

If not, be sure to check out the book and CD at the Glory Revealed web site… www.GloryRevealed.com

Please keep the safety of the girls in your prayers. They are traveling deep into Mexico specifically to share the Gospel of Jesus to WTA players and others God brings to their path. These amazing girls are selflessly giving of their time, money, safety to follow the Great Commission as commanded by Jesus and recorded by Mathew (28). These girls, and the mission of their team, are very rare and special.

God bless,

Scott Paschal
International Christian Tennis Association
www.christiantennis.net
386 793 0557
ballboy4jesus@yahoo.com

April 22, 2007

Scott Paschal and Peppers… Two Christian Tennis Nuts!

Posted in christian tennis, Christian Tennis Player, International Christian Tennis Association, scott paschal, Scott Paschal Tennis at 12:18 pm by Scott Paschal


This is Scott Paschal.  This morning as the sun rises I keep thinking about the many blessings God has placed in my life.

Even though the TV and the Internet remind me how fallen this world is, even though there is so much heartache, I keep hearing God’s voice through it all.

The senseless massacre at Virginia Tech, the daily murders in Baghdad, starvation and poverty and disease worldwide, kids with AIDS… the world pounds us with such pain and sometimes I just sit and stare, not quite knowing what to do, where I fit in, or even what to think of it all.

Then, as it all begins to seem a bit hopeless, God sends me a sign. Maybe an olive branch in a way. A sign to say He is in control. A sign to say He is creator of all and I am just a little nobody who isn’t supposed to have all the answers. Yet, though a little nobody, I am His.

In a small way I can understand this because I have a fish tank and I take care of my fish.

And as I am His I have a job to accomplish. I’ve been set on this planet to share His word and to disciple others. Plus, I teach tennis. Oh, and there’s this little ministry I run.

Peppers is one of the reminders God is in control. He is someone God sent to show me how I fit into His greater plan. God has big things in store for Peppers. My job with Peppers was to point him in a more focused direction, which I did.

A couple days ago, Pepper’s Dad flew in from the South Pacific to fly home with Peppers. We enjoyed a 4 hr visit at Chic Fil A discussing lots of thoughts about Church, Christianity, Restoration, his family, and Peppers.

The Dad says Peppers is an improved kid from the one he dropped off with me in January. That’s nice.

In the middle of all the pain and suffering of the world, it’s nice to know I have a purpose. It’s good to know there is some good inside of me. When the world constantly says “bad,” it’s nice to know God is good and His goodness wants to flow through you and me.

As it flows through us, it reaches others. While we can’t snap our fingers and make the pain of the world go away, we can open our eyes and our ears to hear his voice and see His face. Then we can answer Him when He calls…

and for better or for worse we can know He is in control.

Friends4Ever,

Scott Paschal
http://www.christiantennis.net
International Christian Tennis Association
386 793 0557

April 12, 2007

A Fun Parent Visit to the International Christian Tennis Association

Posted in Typical Parent Visit to ICTA at 6:49 pm by Scott Paschal

Shantel, Joseph, Rand, Melissa, Edwin, Caroline, Coach Scotty, Anastasia, Adam, Mel, Mark

Yesterday was a fun day. I really enjoy meeting new people whether it is during an ICTA Christian tennis mission trip to a famous tennis event, such as the Pacific Life Open, or simply parents of prospective full time students coming over my house!

Before I write further, though, I’d like to greet our Christiantennis.net and blog guests! This blog and ICTA’s web site get read! And I mean read by 1000s and 1000s worldwide… up to 20,000 page views a week!

Even right now, people are visiting from Sha Alam, Malasia; Santiago, Chile; Singapore, Singapore; Lima, Puru; Caracas, Venazuela; Guadaljara, Mexico; Brooklyn, New York; Tehran, Iran; Central, Fiji; Hyogo, Japan; Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany; Utrecht, Netherlands; Sicilia, Italy; Misto- Kyyiv, Ukraine; Makkah, Saudi Arabia; London, England; Valais, Switzerland; Dehli, India… and so many more… right now. ICTA is truly reaching worldwide! So exciting! A big welcome to all of you for sure and God bless you.

I think one of the most special parts of my day, yesterday, was meeting Caroline. Caroline is one neat kid. Definitely blessed. She is one of those kids who can light up a room with her presence. I met Caroline because her brother, Rand, came in to hit with the gang. Before I agree to train a new student, I schedule a time to visit the student and his/her family. So, that’s what yesterday was about. And from this day I had the opportunity to meet Caroline!

Coach Scotty, Bearby, and Caroline

Here’s a pic of me and her! With Bearby in the middle. Something special about Caroline is she has been blessed to be able to view the world from a different prospective. See, her legs operate differently than mine. They do all the things that my legs do, but they don’t hold her body weight. Thus, Caroline has the opportunity to be unique! From her unique prospective of life, her personality is tremendously positive. And that has been such a blessing for me and an inspiration for all of us! Because, you know, so many people are unhappy no matter their health… and here Caroline is as happy as can be!

Rand came in the night before and spent the night with us. He had fun hanging out with the guys while they all got to know each other. In the morning after a big breakfast of ham, egg, and cheese sandwiches, everyone headed upstairs to watch two Way of the Master videos. Once the videos completed, the gang headed downstairs where I led ICTA Discipleship Training. I spoke on the Great Commission.

From there the girls drove out to the tennis courts and started their workouts in preparation for their 6 city pro tennis tour in May. The guys and I drove my Jeep Wrangler to Walmart to get a leak in the tire fixed. While waiting we walked to Taco Bell and downed some early lunch. After learning Walmart can’t fix that particular leak, we drove to the courts and began pounding tennis balls.

Shantel Tavita: WTA Ranked 2007!

Here’s a pic of Shantel Tavita (above) and Anastasia Kharchenko (below) as we worked on changing the direction of the ball. While training with me, Shantel has recently earned her WTA ranking. She is the first female in the modern era of tennis from her country to earn a WTA ranking.

Anastasia Kharchenko (below) is a new Christian! She accepted Christ last October, a month after she came here to train with me! Ana earned #1 G16 in Ukraine and and #5 in Europe. She has top WTA potential, yet her focus is on learning more about Jesus and gaining a top education via the Abeka Christian Curriculum ICTA offers.

I’m proud of them both and glad they’re members of the ICTA Pro Tennis Team. This pro tennis team travels internationally to compete in pro tennis tournaments while reaching the WTA players with the Gospel. This is the only team of its kind in the world. They are getting international recognition from top Christian ministries for their outstanding dedication to excellence both on and off the tennis court.

Anastasia Kharchenko: New Christian 10/06!

Once practice ended, we drove to the house where everyone took showers and played ping-pong. Mark strung a racket or two. Adam and Rand are evenly matched in ping pong! Lotsa fun watching them battle. Joseph stung a racket and played ping pong as well. I cooked a big pasta dinner to refuel these hard working players!

Daily ping pong wars!
Adam, Mark, Rand, Joseph posing for a pic!

Soon after dinner Rand’s parents & Caroline came by my house to pick him up. Mom and Dad had enjoyed spending a day in St. Augustine, Florida.

Here’s a pic of Mom and Dad hanging out with the gang at my house while Rand sets up to nail a forehand!

One of the greatest aspects of coaching is the interaction, love, and support from the parents of my students.

It means the world to be specifically chosen by these parents to guide and mentor their kids. As the founder of ICTA (and a new ministry) and the owner of a long-standing, successful tennis academy, my schedule is tight. I travel a lot and always have something going on. As such, I’ve learned the importance of having the right people around me. I have learned through trial and error which types of students and parents I need to have a successful, faith-filled tennis academy.

Through my experiences over the years, I’ve learned to make a dedicated effort to locate parents who understand Christian ministry. Often, they have founded ministries or have worked in ministry themselves. They have a great understanding of what I do and a great appreciation I’m willing to invest my life in mentoring others.

I’ve learned I’d rather work full time with a 12 year old boy who is passionate and hungry to learn about Jesus, than to coach the #1 B18 junior in the country. The first asks what can I do for others, the second asks what can others do for me.

I’ve learned I’d rather offer a full scholarship to a no-name female player who loaded with top WTA potential who has fallen in love with Jesus because of our 24/7 efforts in her life, than to offer a full scholarship to a top 100 WTA player who has learned place Jesus in a box while she uses others for her own personal and professional gain.

I’ve learned that a player’s ranking in tennis means nothing in comparison to Christ working in their hearts.

And in all of my experiences as a 21 year coach, I could take every “top ranked” player I’ve invested my life and finances into and they can’t hold a candle to a 10 year old girl with passion for Jesus!

I can look back to so many players I’ve coached who, by the world’s standards, deem themselves special and important, bordering on total self-centeredness, and claiming Christ as the centerpiece in their lives, though little in the way they live their lives bears witness to the claim.

It is embarrassing for me to think about their actions at times.

Especially when I see the passion and love for God that radiates from the heart of a 10 year old kid named Caroline. Top 100 WTA, top 50 WTA, #1 WTA… means nothing. I don’t think Jesus is impressed with rankings. From what I understand, He is impressed with what is important.

I really enjoyed meeting Caroline. She is a special kid from a special family. I’ve agreed to coach Rand. He and Adam will be a great fit. They will be a tremendous team and I will pour my heart into developing them to be both passionate Christians and passionate tennis players. Both of which my current students will say God has blessed me with the ability to do well.

And I look forward to visits from Caroline. You just know God has something big for her life.

She is something special.

God bless,

Scott Paschal
http://www.christiantennis.net

April 8, 2007

Easter

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:53 am by Scott Paschal

I haven’t been to church in nearly 2 months.

Can I say that? I’m a ministry founder and director… am I supposed to admit I haven’t been to church? Why didn’t I go?

First, a 2 week mission trip to reach 70,000+ in Memphis. Then, a 3.5 week mission trip to reach 300,000+ in Indian Wells, California. Throw in long car rides, flights on Delta, a junior tournament or two….

One of the most difficult aspects to being a full time missionary and ministry director is I do lots of traveling. Thus, I can’t attend my church like I’d like.

Well, I’ll be there tomorrow! Easter Sunday is special. Christ’s resurrection radically changed everything. The old is gone and the new begins. For everyone reading this blog, you can begin new as well!

My church is up around Jacksonville, Florida. I love attending and have felt at home since Day 1. A long time friend is a pastor there. One thing I really enjoy about this church is how welcoming the congregation is.

In fact, upon arrival everyone receives lots of friendly smiles and handshakes. Everyone also enjoys fresh pastries & delicious bagels, Starbucks coffee and specialty teas, fresh orange juice and apple juice… you can even bring your hot coffee in to the church service without receiving dirty looks!

The pastor loves to preach and is skilled at making God’s word make sense. The music minister is skilled as well, even having done the junior camp circuits.

That said, my whole tennis academy loves the church as well!

Sometimes, as a full time missionary, I have a difficult time visiting churches where faith is forgotten and Jesus is simply a word. My church really loves to walk in faith and I look forward to Sundays.

And I’m really excited about the Easter Service.

A few ministry notes to catch you up to date…

*The main ICTA Women’s Pro Tennis Team roster has filled up for the summer. 6 tremendous missionaries will hit the ITF pro circuit competing for their countries and sharing their faith. Tournaments are scheduled for USA and Mexico. Possibility for Japan & Europe. I may begin a 2nd team as this program is wildly successful and demand is high.

*I’ve been in wonderful talks with a person who could be a chaplain on the WTA and ATP tours. He has a heart for players and a love for Jesus, 10+ years of chaplain experience, decades of tennis experience, and contacts & relationships with among the most famous people in tennis.

*A tennis chaplain credentialing process is in the works at the genesis stages to take to both the ATP and WTA Tours for approval. Led by an ICTA member who is also a PHD University professor, talks have began not only to provide tennis chaplaincy certification, but also to provide a Seminary Masters or Doctorate Degree in Sports Chaplaincy.

*The ICTA Women’s Pro Tennis Team is back from their mission trip to Birmingham, Alabama where they competed in an ITF $25,000 tournament. The team worked smoothly together sharing their faith and offering support to players. They hit with and developed friendships with about a dozen WTA ranked players, one near 200 WTA. One player they met stayed with the team at David Nasser’s house. The Nasser’s are special people and the girls were so cared for.

*I’ve lost the 7lbs of belly I gained while on the road for a couple of months! 🙂 As I plan to preach a lot this summer, I’m working to get back into shape so I can fit into my clothes a bit better. I’ve enjoyed being home and getting back into a normal schedule.

*Summer camps are shaping up! With 12 students this summer, I am looking forward to the excitement of challenging my students to dive deeper into Christ while learning to make others 1st. Plus, we’ll hit balls twice daily, get the darkest tans in Florida, travel to junior tournaments for mission trips on the weekends, engage in ping-pong wars, and eat like Vikings! Did I mention our untouched beaches!!?

**And last but not at all least… CONGRATULATIONS go to our own Rachel Snelen for becoming one of America’s top 100 WTA ranked professional tennis players. According to the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour’s 2007 Official Guide To Professional Tennis, Rachel comes in right at #100!

From the advanced beginner level of junior tennis (Champs/Texas) in 1999 to one of the top 100 WTA players in America! Rachel Snelen is a special person with a heart to reach players with the Gospel. It is amazing how she can handle balancing her full time+ job with ICTA and her missionary travel as the Captain & leader of an entire pro tennis team while competing on the pro tour and leading people to Christ. Great job, Rach! Your friends are so proud of the life you have chosen.

I guess that’s about all for now. I don’t really have time to mention my plans for building our tennis facility, our tennis tour to the US OPEN, the 2008 ICTA Conference to be held during the Pacific Life Open, or my upcoming book. So, I’ll save that stuff for later!

Until we meet again, know I do have you in my prayers. Friends & enemies, I pray for you all. The life we live is simply a training ground for what is to come. I thank God for each of you. My life is so blessed and I know where the blessings come from.

There has been no greater event in history than the defeat Jesus gave death the moment he was resurrected. I thank God for my life and for my hope in Him. I can’t imagine what I would do if I had no hope.

God bless!

Scott Paschal

April 5, 2007

Scott Paschal says “My life ROCKS!”

Posted in anastasia kharchenko, christian tennis, Christian Tennis Player, Faith, Fellowship, Hope, Love, melody snelen, rachel snelen, scott paschal, Scott Paschal Tennis, shantel tavita, Teamwork at 4:03 am by Scott Paschal

What a great week! Man, I love my life!

This is Scott Paschal, Director & Founder of the International Christian Tennis Association.

Who else gets to tell so many people about the Creator of the universe and how He wants to have a personal relationship with each of them, and while I do that I get to live in gorgeous Palm Coast, Florida and smack the tennis ball around with a bunch of Christian tennis juniors and WTA pro tennis players who want to hit the ball all day long?

Who else, I ask!? Nobody! Just me! My life rocks…

Wanna know what’s been going on around here lately? Ok, I’ll tell you.

My junior guys are working on an in-depth study of A Case for Christ by Lee Stroebel and The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. Cool, huh!? They are learning at just 14-15 years of age the incredible facts and proof of Christ, and learning world-class habits from the world’s leading expert. Who does that at 14-15 years!? Cool, huh!

Plus, these Christian tennis guys are learning how to preach.

They take each chapter of each book and break them down on paper, then write an in-depth narrative of what they’ve learned. From there they head to the edge of the wooded area in the back of the yard of my house… where they take turns reading out loud what they’re learning. And I mean out loud!! Really loud because I’m in the house and they have to speak loud enough for me to hear them clearly.

So fun! Their voices are getting stronger and their words more confident. So fun to build pastors!

Plus, did I mention we hit balls like 5 hours yesterday? That was awesome. What is better than tennis and Jesus… and Italian pasta :).

Speaking of tennis and Jesus, my girls are coming back from their mission trip to Alabama. Rachel Snelen, Melody Snelen, Shantel Tavita, and Anastasia Kharchenko spent the last week telling top WTA players and others about Jesus at an ITF $25,000 tournament.

So fun and productive! They had an absolute blast staying at David Nasser’s house with his family for the week. Nasser is getting ready to head out on his tour, Glory Revealed, www.gloryrevealed.com with Mac Powell of Third Day and so many others! (And be sure to check out this awesome Glory Revealed Video)

Nasser has an amazing guest house and the girls packed into it. His wife is a tremendous mentor and friend to Rach and Mel, and the other girls I coach full time or who travel with us, and Nasser loves playing tennis with everyone. So blessed for them to be in such a loving, faith-filled, family environment. David has been a great friend, mentor, and supporter of mine for years.

Tomorrow nite, the girls will be here after a long drive from Alabama and I’m excited to hear all the wonderful stories of people they met and ministry that happened!

The girls are preparing for a huge 8-week road tour. This will be a time of speaking, prayer, building relationships, seeking God’s will on the pro tour…. Touring throughout Mexico and the USA with sites set on Japan as well, the ICTA Women’s Pro Tennis Team is so special and rare and blessed.

I thank God for these girls and their hearts to share their faith.

I thank God for those who would support them and care about them such as tremendous friends like Jim B. who is there in Birmingham and beyond whenever we need him. I thank God for continuously protecting them from those who would do harm to them (who hasn’t heard my stories of the ridiculous antics of their Chinese-American tennis pro stalker I call “Rev.” Kraft!?). I thank God for these selfless teens and young adults who stay focused on Jesus and have led others on the WTA tour to Christ while developing relationships to last a lifetime.

What an absolute joy I have in my heart when I think about my life!!

My junior guys are being forged into passionate preachers who are brilliantly able to share their faith! I get to plan and attend mission trips to famous tennis events! My pro player girls travel internationally helping others and sharing their faith in such a way that others have been led to know Christ as their personal Lord and Savior!

I have so many blessings in my life! I live in a safe, beautiful town in a wonderful 2 year old home. My health is tremendous, my Jeep runs like a champ, my Mom called today to check in with unyeilding support for my work, my brother is a successful youth pastor and we talk often, I’m founding a new ministry and two new secular Christian-owned businesses, my tennis academy will be full again this summer as we pack the place with a bunch of junior guys ages 14-16 and hit the fuzz off of boxes and boxes of new tennis balls.

Wow, I’m a fortunate person. So blessed! Thank you God for taking this idiot and creating me as you need me to be. I remember my old life and I thank God for the new creation you have made in me. The last 15 years have been wonderful as you took the old self-centered and replaced him with a Christ-centered one.

Life is so good! Yet, as good as it is right now, when I begin to share my upcoming plans for my life and my ministry with you… WOW!!!

God bless and know Jesus loves you and cares about you even when it seems no one else does!

Coach Scott Paschal

April 3, 2007

Scott Paschal Writes, “Out of Mormonism & Into Christ…”

Posted in christian tennis, Cults, Faith, Fellowship, Hope, Love, Parent Coach Relationship, scott paschal, Scott Paschal Tennis, Sports Ministry, Teamwork at 12:00 am by Scott Paschal

Hello!  This is Scott Paschal.  I meet a lot of people when I travel.

In the last 2 months I’ve been across America and back. I’ve talked with people in Georgia, Tennessee, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, California, Alabama.

I’ve met literally thousands of people this year.

I always wonder how things are going for the people I meet. What their lives are truly like? Will they be with me in Heaven?

Lately, I’ve been thinking about a friend.

I remember around 1999 when a friend of mine felt led to share her faith. Her faith was different than mine. I appreciated the attempt, but had a few basic questions for her. I told her I would be glad to take her faith, Mormonism, seriously if she could offer good answers.

She gladly accepted the invitation. In researching my basic questions, her life changed. Permanently. Within a short time she felt her faith was not in agreement with the Christian faith. The next year was painful for her. When she accepted Christ as her personal Lord and Savior, everything she knew was turned upside down. Everything.

I had began coaching her son full time. Great kid, hard worker. After a couple of years, he asked questions about my faith as he worked to share his faith with me. I asked him just a few basic questions. I explained if he could show me some good answers I would consider seriously looking at his faith.

He gladly accepted the offer. One night he called me from the BYU library. Apparently, one of my questions has seriously stumped him and he flew to Utah to see the correct answer for himself. The correct answer was hidden deep inside the library. When he found the answer, his life was forever changed. He realized he had no choice but to accept Christ, the Christ of the Bible with nothing added or taken away, as his personal Lord and savior.

Both he and his mother have paid a great price for their new belief in Jesus Christ, the Jesus of the Bible. I will keep this information private. Suffice to say the last 5 years have been difficult and I am amazed at the strength they both show.

I don’t claim to have all the answers. I was like most of you, didn’t have much of an idea about Mormonism and was willing to listen. In listening I came up with a few reasonable questions. I did some research. Found some answers. Asked my Mormon friends if the answers were right or wrong.

Their personal research showed the answers I found were correct. Thus, their lives changed.

Here is something I found. I would like your answers, too.

Back in the 1800s, Brigham Young claimed to be a prophet of God. He was among the greatest Mormon leader in history. Certainly a visionary. He preached for many years that Adam was God. The Mormon church later took the stance that Adam was not God.

Well, one question to my friend and to my student was, “How can a man claim to speak with God and be God’s prophet, yet preach for years that God told him God was Adam… because the current LDS church says God was not Adam?”

I went on to say, “To me, that makes him a false prophet and I have a problem with a founding member, prophet, and leader of a religion being a false prophet.”

Their answer to me was that Brigham Young would never have claimed Adam was God. That a prophet could never be wrong about something so serious. That there was no way a prophet who talked with God daily would make such a claim.

I agreed a true prophet would never make such a claim, then showed them where Mormons recorded his claim. To find the writings I had located and to verify their origins, my student went to locate either authentic copies or the original manuscripts deep inside of the BYU library.

His life forever changed.

They then went on to find many, many other aspects of their religion they had never known.

As for me, I don’t have all the answers. When asked to join a religion, I listen and ask questions. Nowadays, I get asked a lot of questions. As such, I have more answers than I had when I first answered my call to ministry back in 1999.

Why do I write about this now? Memories. Thoughts. Looking to the future. Both my former student and his Mom are both active in my life. I love them both tremendously.

Can I tell you something? I pray for you. I pray you can see Jesus, nothing added or taken away. The proof of his life, death, and resurrection is so complete. The answers to the tough questions of faith in Him are easily found. God’s DNA is planted throughout the universe from the tiniest flagella to the amazing location of the earth in the galaxy.

I pray for God to reveal himself to you. He will. Simply ask.

God bless,

Scott Paschal
http://www.christiantennis.net
386 793 0557