January 13, 2009

50,000 & Random Stuff…

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:40 pm by Scott Paschal

How is your 2009 so far?

ICTA Founder, Scott Paschal, at Pacific Life Open during ICTA Outreach to 300,000 tennis fans

ICTA Founder, Scott Paschal, at Pacific Life Open during ICTA Outreach to 300,000 tennis fans

I hope life is good for you.  I’m good.  Had a nice break and did some fun stuff.

Anyone noticed our little ICTABlog is closing in on 50,000 visits!?  I thought that was pretty neat.  Seems like I just recently mentioned we were nearing 40,000.  For a while traffic was down to maybe 50-100 visits a day, then over the last 10 days or so traffic has jumped back up to around 200-250 visits a day.

Thanks for sending in those prayer requests during Christmas.  That’s good stuff.  I have more to post that came in while I didn’t have much internet availability.

Gatlinburg was awesome.  I had a great time.  Josh McDowell had a great message, really focused on 1.  teaching what makes something a sin, and 2. what is truth?  Good stuff for sure.  Ergun Caner blasted away at stereotypes and challenged us all to stop being individualized groups with a victim mentality… and focus on being Christian.  I enjoyed the drive to Gatlinburg with Newbie, the cabin, the bands, the speakers, the mountains… again, good stuff!

Anyone heard of Derek Prince?  If not, I’ve been reading his books lately and have really grown a lot.  He takes some really deep ideas and thoughts and presents them so simply… simple enough for someone like me to understand for sure :).   Maybe go to Amazon and buy one of his books.  He’s dead now, but his ministry is still pluggin’ away.

Another guy I’ve enjoyed reading lately is Ted Dekker. Heard of him?  When you get a chance, take a look at Circle Trilogy.  It’s a fantasy adventure type book wrapped around Biblical truths.  My brother, David, mentioned this morning a couple of books by Dekker he really liked… but I forgot the names already.  He wrote them with Bill Bright, the Campus Crusade guy.  I’ll get the book names and blog ’em to you.

My grandmother died.  Her funeral is tomorrow.  She was closing in on 90 years of age.  David is doing the preacher stuff at the service.  I’m not able to go.  I want to go to support my Grampa and to see family I haven’t seen in a while.  But, I’m probably not going.   My grandmother was an awesome cook.  Typical Italian.  I think her goal in life was for everyone to eat constantly.  I’m going to miss her.

It’s good to have some of my full time students back at the house!  Mark came in from Mexico about 5 days ago.  Anastasia and Hiromi flew in on the 10th from Ukraine and Venezuela, respectively.  Aussie gets here in a couple of days, and Newb is already here.  Luke will be in around the end of February.  He’s from Costa Rica.  I’ve been working with  kid from Malaysia to help him get a visa to the USA.  I like him a lot, and his dad.  But, he is having visa problems.  Will keep you posted on his progress.

Rach is working on the ICTA Women’s Pro Tennis Team schedule for Feb and March.  Looks like a possibility for the team to journey to Egypt for a few tournaments.  But, a lot has to happen first.  Will keep you posted on this, too.

ICTA has a 2nd property now.  My house has pretty much been the academy house over the years.  Well, the house will keep serving the same purpose for our missionaries/athletes, but I’ve got my “own place” now.  It’s a nice condo right on the intercoastal waterway.  So far it’s been great.  And the new place has enough room for guests/friends/parents to come stay with me.  Plus, it’s the new location for expanded ICTA offices, storage, etc…

Ironically, my new place, which is located directly across from the Player’s Club, was originally built by an old boss, a guy named Peter.  Peter hired me as GM of the tennis club.   I quit within weeks.  Peter was one of the most corrupt people I have ever had the displeasure of meeting.  I think he is in prison now.  He’s lost everything.  The Player’s Club is completely out of business and has been for years.  It just sits there looking like a war zone with a For Sale sign.  A testimony of greed and corruption.  And a good reminder as to why Christ needs to be the center of our lives….

I had some awesome cookies during Christmas.  You have to take some time and make these.  They are called Texas Cowboy Cookies.  Here’s the ingredients…

here’s the cooking directions…

Directions

  1. Layer ingredients in order given in a 1- quart wide mouth canning jar.
  2. Press each layer firmly in place before adding next ingredient.
  3. Recipe for Cowboy Cookies (to be attached with the mix):.
  4. Empty jar of cookie mix into a large mixing bowl,.
  5. Blend mix together.
  6. Add: 1 stick butter melted, 1 large egg, slightly beaten, and 1 tsp vanilla.
  7. Mix until completely blended.
  8. Shape into balls the size of walnuts; place 2 inches apart on sprayed baking sheets.
  9. Bake at 350° for 11-13 minutes until edges are lightly browned.
  10. Cool 5 minutes on baking sheet.
  11. Remove cookies to racks to finish cooling.
  12. Makes 3 dozen cookies.

Hope this week finds you thinking about Jesus.

So often we don’t.  We put so much in front of what should be our sole (soul) focus.

If you are having touble, open your Bible.  Take some time to dwell on the words.  Find a Bible-believing church and start serving in it.  Discover a genuine prayer life.  Go on a mission trip to help those less fortunate.  Worship God.  Memorize scripture.  Fellowship…

Send me an email when you get a chance…

God bless,

Scotty

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1 Comment »

  1. Shauna said,

    I pick up maybe 5 to 6 books a year to read, but I got a copy of Kiss by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy. It is I have to say a great read. Dekker’s work is always good but with first time author Healy, this book is outstanding. I had to make myself put it down because I was not doing any work at my office (I was getting stares from my coworkers).

    Publisher’s Weekly sums it up like this:
    Master of evangelical Christian suspense, Dekker (Thr3e; Blink; Skin) joins first-time author Healy in this thriller, no less fast-moving than the Christy Award–winning author’s solo prose, but also more gripping as it plunges into the life of a woman with frayed and painful family relationships. When a tragic auto accident leaves Shauna McAllister’s brother brain-damaged and erases her recent memories, she discovers she has a paranormal ability to steal memories from others, a capability that will either get her killed or unveil hidden sides of the very people she thought she could trust. Against this background, she attempts to uncover the ugly truth about her father’s dark secrets and to upend his run for president of the United States. True to Dekker’s penchant for twists that keep you guessing till the very last page, Kiss also attempts to return to snappier dialogue and more logical plotting than Skin. A psychological suspense thriller that shines light into black-market child trafficking, Dekker’s latest will satisfy Christian fiction lovers who want complex characters and who believe in the stark realities of true good and heinous evil. http://www.thelostkiss.com/buzz


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