September 27, 2011

Scott Paschal Tennis: Coaching 2 Ladies League Teams in Florida!

Posted in Christian Tennis Academy, International Christian Tennis Association, Scott Paschal Tennis tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:57 pm by Scott Paschal

GREAT time coaching one of my two ladies teams! Each team has 16 ladies.  Has been 10+ years since I’ve worked with a ladies league team! My awesome wife, Melody, helped me with the team, as did my full time tennis academy student from Australia, David. This group of ladies LOVED their workout! They appreciated the high level of coaching skills we brought to the courts…and the passion, fun, and excitement as we strive to make sure everyone improves!

 

GREAT time coaching one of my two ladies teams! Each team has 16 ladies.

Has been 10+ years since I’ve worked with a ladies league team!

My awesome wife, Melody, helped me with the team, as did my full time tennis academy student from Australia, David. This group of ladies LOVED their workout! They appreciated the high level of coaching skills we brought to the courts…and the passion, fun, and excitement as we strive to make sure everyone improves!

As I have coached junior players from 25 countries and 15 USA states full time during the past 10+ years, I am thoroughly enjoying my time working with locals for the first time in a long, long time!

God bless!

Scott Paschal

International Christian Tennis Association, President

Ultimate Impact Tennis Academy, Owner

 

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September 17, 2011

Scott Paschal & John Maxwell

Posted in International Christian Tennis Association, Scott Paschal Tennis tagged at 10:07 pm by Scott Paschal

God worked through this awesome guy, John Maxwell, to impact my life as a man and Christian leader in HUGE ways. John Maxwell is the world’s leading expert on Christian leadership development.

I am thrilled and honored to have this picture with him and my incredible wife, Mel!

God bless!

Scott Paschal

June 28, 2010

Get Out Of The Boat!

Posted in Faith, ICTA Tennis, International Christian Tennis Association, Leadership, Scott Paschal Tennis, Sports Ministry, Tennis Athletes in Action, Tennis Devotionals, Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 10:23 am by Scott Paschal

So blessed to reach 300,000+ for Christ at world's 5th largest professional tennis tournament.

To go from a fisherman to fishers of men.

The privilege, the honor, is mind blowing.

Jesus called for Simon and his bro, Andrew, to drop their fishing nets and follow him.  (matt 4:18-20) They did. Me, too!

Mexico, USA, Australia, Canada..ICTA is raising strong Christian leaders to impact nations.

Cool thing here for me to think about…Jesus knew that Simon, Pete, and I were ridiculously flawed.  Yet, he still wanted to bring us into his inner circle.

He didn’t ask for our grades in seminary, didn’t want 10 references, wasn’t interested in checking our credit score…and He def didn’t care if we made Him look good.

He said to drop everything and follow him. We did.

Pete even walked on water to follow Jesus. Lol…check this out…

“During the 4th watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. ‘It’s a ghost,’  they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’ ‘Lord, if it’s you,’ Peter replied, ‘tell me to come out to you on the water.’  ‘Come on,’  He said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.”  matt 14:24-25 (niv)

I remember clearly when God called me to “drop the net.”  He put the words…International Christian Tennis Association…in my thoughts.

He then relentlessly developed my imagination to see mission trips to the world’s most famous pro tennis tournaments, a world class Christian tennis academy, pro tennis teams traveling the world sharing their faith, a global membership of believers…

The words…International Christian Tennis Association…were so clear that I dropped everything and my life changed. When you truly see God calling, you know. You might not exactly know what to do next…but you know that you know. 🙂

My wife, Mel (front left), leading 2010 ICTA Pro Team throughout Egypt. The team impacted Russian player, Lera (front right)...and countless others.

For a while I followed God in “my own little boat.”  Then, like Pete, I got out. And, like Pete, I sank, too, after a few steps as doubt crept in.

But, there was no doubt what happened for those first steps out of the boat.

The vision God gave to me, the way God created my new imagination, the “walking on water” steps He gave me…are all very real. Same with my flaws he recruited me with. Very real.

Now, eleven years later… ICTA has reached 2,000,000+ people at famous tennis events on large-scale ICTA Global Outreach mission trips. Our incredible tennis academy program has developed players full time from 23 countries and 16 USA states.

Our ICTA Pro Tennis Team has reached 1000’s for Christ at pro tennis tournaments worldwide from Israel to Italy to Nigeria and beyond! Christian tennis.net gains over 100,000 visitors yearly, this blog has had over 150,000 readers…and ICTA membership has exploded worldwide to reach over 2000 cities in 60+ countries.

People have come to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.  Seeds have been planted. In what is a truly Jesus-less sport worldwide, He is becoming known

My mom! It is a blessing for all of us who have Moms who pray for us. I am fortunate, indeed!

Aisa..Buddhism. Middle East..Islam. Globally, tennis is 80% non-Christian. Our harvest field is huge.

The potential to impact nations is fantastic. Political leaders, business owners, celebrities…worldwide…from all religions…they play tennis as their source of recreation and physical renewal and stress relief.

ICTA is raising up teen leaders to impact a global population. ICTA is reaching 100,000’s yearly at famous pro tournaments. ICTA is challenging the hearts and minds of world class athletes worldwide to question their religions they were born into.  And, ICTA is confronting an over-churched, passive American Christianity culture to realize God’s plan for our nation.

Personally, I can tell you from experience that your life will change when you choose to follow Jesus.

And, when you follow, you will have your opportunities to “get out of the boat.”

Let me know how I can help.

I’m here for you guys. I know life is hard.  And I know following Jesus can be tough, too…

It’s tough partly because anytime we get out of a boat…we end up rocking the boat.

Others may become upset because our bold choices are rocking the boat they are routinely sitting in.

Also, we will probably make waves around us, which may disturb others comfortably sitting in their boats.

You may even feel like your boat will tip over as you step out, over the side and into the water.

And, let’s be honest here,  to those watching us…it can seem pretty insane for us to claim we’ve heard Jesus’ call…and are about to walk on water! Lol..!

Scott and Melody Paschal

But, that’s ok.  Keep focused on Jesus.

Focus on the One walking on the water calling you to come to him…!

Step out!  Rock the boat!  Make some waves! Go for it!

Send me an email or give me a call. I am here to help. I do care. You are important.

We can take some time, together, and make some waves..! Lol…

God bless,

Scott Paschal

International Christian Tennis Association, President

Ultimate Impact Tennis Academy, Owner

April 6, 2010

Christiantennis.net Egyptian Pro Tennis & Missions Tour

Posted in Athletes in Action Tennis, Christian Tennis Mission Trips, Christian Tennis Outreach, Christian Tennis Player, ChristianTennis Israel, Faith, Fellowship, ICTA Tennis Ministry, International Christian Tennis Association, Leadership, Scott Paschal Tennis, Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 7:11 pm by Scott Paschal

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Anastasia and Hiro, two members of ICTA Women’s Pro Tennis Team, have been able to email me a few pics, even though the internet is unbelievably slow in Ain Elsokhna-Suiz, Egypt…and I’ve made a little slideshow for you guys!

(I have been blessed to coach Ana (Ukraine) for 3.5+ years and Hiro (Venezuela) 2.5+ years full time here w/ International Christian Tennis Association in Florida.)

I’ve added a few captions to some of the slideshow pictures for you. Also, fyi, know the pictures appeared in a random order. As this is the first time I’ve used this new slideshow feature, I don’t know how to make them appear in the order I’d like them to…but, looks ok anyway! 🙂

After 8 days, the girls are getting pretty physically and mentally worn out…

Aside from adjusting to a 20+ hrs journey (after helping ICTA Outreach at 2010 Sony Ericsson Open for a week!), a new time zone, a new country’s customs, red clay tennis courts, oppression of women nationwide,  and a complete lack of Christians… there is also much smoke in the air (burning trash?), sand gets everywhere (nose, eyes, mouth), and the mosquitoes are out of control.

Anastasia has been sick for 3 days/nights now. Melody has had much difficulty sleeping due to the difficult conditions, and has pain in her shoulder. Hiro seems to be ok, for now, though.

Please keep the girls health and safety in your prayers.

This Russian teen is meeting Jesus in Egypt!

Though it has been difficult for them, the ministry work has been really excellent.

I’ve received their many email updates, and I couldn’t be happier or more excited about the effectiveness of their outreach.

Most of you reading this really have little idea how difficult a trip like this can be even if simply traveling as a tourist.

If  traveling as a pro tennis player with all the burdens and responsibilities to compete and win and improve…it is very, very difficult.

Add to this a calling to help others as a Christian missionary…in a land where you are not welcome at all…and the difficulties/burdens/duties/responsibilities multiply to the point only a few, select individuals can handle it.

God is doing a great work in Muslim dominated Ain Elsokhna-Suiz, Egypt through the willing hearts of Hiro, Melody, and Anastasia.

These are three very, very rare people….

Thanks for your prayers and support,

Coach Scotty

April 11, 2009

Christiantennis.net Sights at Sony Ericsson Open

Posted in christian tennis, Christian Tennis Academy, International Christian Tennis Association, scott paschal, Scott Paschal Tennis tagged , , , , , , , , at 11:25 am by Scott Paschal

Fans watching final on Big Screen in Food Court.

Fans watching final on Big Screen in Food Court.

International Christian Tennis Association exhibitor's booth near Grandstand

International Christian Tennis Association exhibitor's booth near Grandstand

Full time ICTA student, David, from Australia, hanging out at Beach Tennis

Full time ICTA student, David, from Australia, hanging out at Beach Tennis

Beach Tennis mascot getting a pic while Scott Paschal gives interview

Beach Tennis mascot getting a pic while Scott Paschal gives interview

ICTA full time student, Luke from Costa Rica, hitting on Grand Stand court

ICTA full time student, Luke from Costa Rica, hitting on Grand Stand court

Scott Paschal pic with news crew after interview.  Great time bringing ministry in tennis to Miami. This helps open doors for others and inspire them to share their faith through tennis.

Scott Paschal pic with news crew after interview. Great time bringing ministry in tennis to Miami. This helps open doors for others and inspire them to share their faith through tennis.

David hitting on Grand Stand court. So awesome for ICTA players to attend whole Sony Ericsson Open.

David hitting on Grand Stand court. So awesome for ICTA players to attend whole Sony Ericsson Open.

Fun group of people visiting International Christian Tennis Association exhibitor's booth.

Fun group of people visiting International Christian Tennis Association exhibitor's booth.

Jon hitting on Grand Stand court.  Soon to leave for college, Jon is a really special kid with loads of potential to change the world.

Jon hitting on Grand Stand court. Soon to leave for college, Jon is a really special kid with loads of potential to change the world.

Melody Snelen takes a pic with Fernando Verdasco before his match with Andy Murray.  Thanks Fernando.

Melody Snelen takes a pic with Fernando Verdasco before his match with Andy Murray.

March 11, 2009

Scott Paschal Teaches, “How To Get More Value For Your Money”

Posted in Christian Tennis Academy, Florida Tennis, Parent Coach Relationship, Scott Paschal Tennis tagged , , , , , at 12:29 pm by Scott Paschal

14 Year Old Luke from S. America

Investing in Your Child's Passion for Jesus Pays Big Rewards in Your Family's Legacy. This Is a Pic of Luke, My 13-Year Old Fulltime Student/Goofball from Central America... 🙂

What do you invest in?

I mean, where do you put what is valuable to you?

You are probably thinking about money right now. But, let’s go deeper than that.

Sure, money is needed. And, yes, it is valuable.

Yet, money is finite.

You know the hours and hours you invest in your tennis game? It pays off as you improve. The people who want to practice an hour a week can only dream of owning your game.

You chose to take your skills to a professional level. Commitment and perseverance met opportunity. You do what it takes and wisely invest.

Life is about wise investing.

Life isn’t about money.

Money is finite.

Life is infinite.

Jesus talks about eternity. The things of this world are finite.

What is real, then?

Is a chair real that is here today, but is completely gone 500 years from now? Is a building real that is built in 2009, but is never seen or remembered in 2709?

How powerful is Nero, now? Or Pharaoh?

They were finite.

What is real is that which is eternal.

So, why invest in anything except that which is infinite?

Life isn’t about money.

Money is finite.

Go deeper.

Focus on eternal investing.

Get more for your money…

God bless,

Coach Scotty

President,   International Christian Tennis Association   Inc

October 23, 2008

Ashley Harkleroad Gets Naked in Playboy Magazine…

Posted in Christian Tennis Outreach, Christian Tennis Player, Cult Buster, Cults, Demon Possessed, IMG, International Christian Tennis Association, Julia Vakulenko, Rich Fanning, Scott Paschal Tennis, Serena Williams Nude, Sex Slave Trade, Sexual Abuse Tennis, Spooky Naked Guy Chronicles, Tim Heckler, Uncategorized, USPTA, WTA CEO Larry Scott tagged , , , , , , , , at 2:06 pm by Scott Paschal

Let me ask you something, and feel free to speak your mind.

The Next Generation of Leadership in Tennis

The Next Generation of Leadership in Tennis?

Actually, let me ask you a couple of things so you can really open up with your thoughts and opinions both for and against.

Please, don’t be shy.

First, do you have a complete understanding that the Bible says non-Christians, people without the Holy Spirit inside, can be inhabited by satanic beings?

If not, please read your Bible.

Second, do you have a complete understanding that the Bible instructs us that non-Christians can be in positions of influence?

If not, please read your Bible.

Let’s connect the dots for those of you whose idea of being a Christian is to bless your church with your presence on an occasional Sunday morning….

I was recently shown all of Ashley Harkleroad‘s nude Playboy pics.  Yep, I saw Ashley naked.  Just as tens of thousands of young junior tennis players have via the www, I saw Ashley Harkleroad exposing herself on a tennis court.  Her new Prince tennis racket shining proudly by her side.

And, I saw naked Ashley’s Christian fish tattoo on her front hip.  Yeah, that was pretty weird.  Just above her crotch on the right, basically the right inner hip area, is a symbol of the Christian faith.

Go figure.

Is this Christ-centered?  Yes or no?

Is this pic of Ashley Christ-centered? Yes or no?

Other pics have her in tennis skirts which are lifted to expose her private areas, and bending over, and doing some strange stuff near the tennis net… I kept seeing Prince tennis equipment and naked Ashley and a Christian fish.

And I wanted to know who serving Hell from Prince agreed to degrading women, and empowering child molester tennis coaches worldwide who use this satanic stuff to soften up young girls and boys, and mocking the Christian faith, and adding pressure to girls which can lead to eating disorders…

And I want to know who serving Hell from WTA agreed to this, and why was it allowed, and how can rules be implemented to stop it, and how can whoever agreed to it be held accountable.

And I see the satanic footprints all over it, and I’m concerned.

I know Ashley.  Yep, this ol’ Christian tennis coach knows Ashley Harkleroad.  I’m addressing the entire “why Ashley got naked in Playboy mess” in another article, but for now just know that she’s not just another top WTA player to me…

… I’ve been to her house in Georgia and hung out…  we’ve gone out to eat together, and I even know she makes some of the best cookies in the world as I’ve eaten them in her kitchen.

… I was there when she retired from tennis a few years ago, as she was broken and confused and ravaged by eating disorders.  And I believe I was used by God as a main catalyst to getting her back into pro tennis.

Ashley was a Christian.  She contacted me.  And God began working…

She began playing tennis soon after.  I was so happy!  For a couple of years she was doing awesome and I was all smiles and thrilled for her…

Now, though, I’m concerned.

She hooked up with a new coach, Chuck Adams.  He seems to have been the one pushing her towards accepting the Playboy offer.  They began living together…

She’s pregnant now.

Ash dumps her husband, Alex Bogomolov,  an ATP pro player who I also knew and thought the world of, begins shacking-up with Chuck Adams, exposes herself in Playboy magazine, ends up pregnant, and has walked away from pro tennis.

Who is Chuck Adams!?

I mean, nothing against him.  As far as I know, he may be an amazing guy and they may be an amazing couple.  Certainly, Ashley thinks highly of him.  But, why take one of tennis’ most beautiful and talented pro players and….

Ok, enough Ashley Harkleroad for now.  But know, I’m not mad at her.  I’m not judging her, either.  I’ve made stupid mistakes, too.  So have you.  Now, it’s her turn.

I still care about Ashley.  I just think she’s making some really idiotic decisions.  And these decisions are capable of hurting kids and causing them the same pain she went through.  And I think she is simply a product of a Godless tennis industry which uses anyone and everyone for its own gain.

Ashley, I still have you in my prayers.  And I haven’t gone public at anytime about what we have spoken about, nor do I plan to.  And I hope you stop the tail spin, forgive those who need forgiving, and focus on Jesus regardless of the actions and behaviors of other Christians in your life.

What I’m hoping this article accomplishes is to begin an awakening within parents of junior tennis players, within tennis coaches, within the employees of tennis equipment manufacturers, and within all recreational, junior, collegiate, and pro tennis players…

An awakening to help you see the satanic footprints of Godless people of influence in the global tennis industry.

Who at Prince approved Prince products mocking the Christian faith by having them placed so near Ashley’s naked body on a tennis court?  Who at Prince wants Prince’s name associated with empowering child molesters?  Who at Prince wants Ashley’s naked body sending unrealistic messages to little girls who trust Prince to have their health and best interest in mind?

What about WTA?  I realize Billy Jean King is the founder of WTA, and is one of the, if not THE, most famous and outspoken lesbians in the world.  I realize WTA seems to embrace an “anything goes” philosophy towards making their product profitable.  But, who serving Hell in WTA is in charge!?

And is it possible those serving Heaven can begin to stand up?

I’m sure I will be mocked and attacked quite heavily for writing this article and beginning discussions on this subject.  I fully expect my reputation to be slandered and my credibility to be bashed.  There will be very powerful people in positions of great importance in tennis who will begin working feverishly to shut me up.

Honestly, I don’t care.  I have come to embrace being bashed!  And some of my greatest lessons learned have come from abuses and slander heaped on me, particularly from child molester tennis coaches who become angry they are being exposed.

And International Christian Tennis Association has literally dozens of attorneys in our membership who will gladly defend me whenever needed, and who will gladly fight back when the situation presents itself.

That said, I believe it is time to stand up for morals and standards within the global tennis industry.

I’ve given you just one of hundreds of painful situations I could discuss.  What I’ve witnessed in the global tennis industry is truly Godless.  I fully believe if I could sit with you for even 15 minutes that you would be in tears of pain as you listened to what my brain has been forced to embrace as fact… such as the tennis sex slave trade, fatal drug addictions, horrifying effects of eating disorders….

So, what is you answer to my two questions?

Do you have a complete understanding that the Bible says non-Christians, people without the Holy Spirit inside, can be inhabited by satanic beings?

Do you have a complete understanding that the Bible instructs us that non-Christians can be in positions of influence?

Ashley, any thoughts?

God bless,

Coach Scotty

International Christian Tennis Association

additional info on dealing with situation…

June 5, 2008

Roger Almighty: The Worship of Roger Federer

Posted in ATP Tennis, Christian Tennis Academy, ICTA Tennis, Maria Sharapova, Roger Federer, Scott Paschal Tennis, Tennis Devotionals, Tennis Ministry, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , at 12:04 pm by Scott Paschal

ICTA Founder, Scott PaschalRoger Federer is arguably the best tennis player in tennis history.

Without question, Federer has been the best player over the last 4 years. Not only has he been an amazing player, but he is someone who seems in his own way to work hard to be a positive ambassador for the sport.

Ask junior tennis players who they want to be like when they grow up, and you often hear them reply, “Roger Federer!”

As kids, most of us probably had our sports idols. Me, I thought Roger Staubach, the Super Bowl winning quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys was amazing.

But, as I grew older, and hopefully wiser, I’ve come to realize people who compete at a high level in their sport, while achieving fame and fortune, are not necessarily worthy of being role models.

We tend to treat celebrities with a type of reverence. I guess it’s human nature. For some reason we readily give these sports idols the reigns to our life, and the ability to influence our history.

Do you want to know how many top 100 ATP players regularly have sex with multiple partners… nightly!? I can name a couple. Should these men advise your son… or daughter… on life lessons?

Scotty w/ Athletes in Action Trainee and ICTA student, Chris.

Chris is leaving soon to play college and is embarking in a life of Christian ministry. What a treasure and a joy to have had Chris as a part-time academy student, and full time friend, these last 6 years.

I remember a few years ago when Federer split with his coach. He said he didn’t need one. So, kids worldwide decided they, too, didn’t need coaches. To be “cool” they decided they were experienced and aware enough to develop themselves into top 10 ATP or WTA players.

Unfortunately, the kids, and the parents who supported their decision, were wrong. And we have an entire generation of junior tennis players coming up who are woefully underdeveloped.

In addition, this generation of junior player learned to believe they were superior in knowledge to tennis coaches.

As incomes dried up, and reputations were damaged… how many good coaches did we lose to this, both now and in the future?

And from this how many kids were robbed of the mentorship and accountability structure provided by a caring coach? Among the most influential people in my life have been the men of God placed in my life who have taught me not just sports, but have taught me about life.

Sure Federer gave several coaches select roles at certain tournaments for short periods of time, and even had coaches here and there for weeks at a time.  But, that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m concerned that his overall public theme about coaches and mentorship is damaging.

I don’t know where I would have been without my coaches.

Those coaches in and of themselves by their examples and deeds have taught me how to have a relationship with my Creator, and how to live within an accountability structure, and how to plan and achieve goals, and so much more…

So, to the kid who worshiped Roger Federer and dumped his or her coach, I have to ask if they can see now their choice wasn’t such a good one. And to Roger Federer I would ask if he realizes the difficult impact his choice has had on junior tennis development and beyond….

In addition, kids are highly aware Federer isn’t married, yet travels with his girlfriend worldwide, shacking up in hotels and playing married?  Thus, kids believe it’s cool to do the same….

Honestly, I find it hard to believe she is the one who wants to stay unmarried. She has helped him earn millions of $ for years, and obviously loves him.  And Fed  probably doesn’t want a huge, public breakup where she is left with nothing.  Or a “forced” marriage from pregnancy….

Just get married, Fed.

What are your thoughts on this? Is this the message you believe should dominate the hearts and minds of your sons and daughters?

Should sex outside the bonds of marriage be promoted so outspokenly by one of the world’s highest profile athletes? Does this undermine God’s plan for marriage?

Do you feel good about Roger Federer’s highly publicized actions possibly guiding your children away from God’s views on marriage and sex and family?

Sure, he has his foundation which helps people. And without question, he strives to remain humble and approachable. I think we all really, really like him, right?

That said, I’m not questioning his likableness. Nor am I judging him.  I make mistakes and am the first to say I am not a good person.  I am simply asking you if Roger Federer should be an object of your child’s worship.

Or should you work to replace Roger with Jesus in your child’s heart?

Now, as Roger Federer sees his amazing career slowing, what will be his legacy? Sure, he will be known as among the tennis’ best. But, I’m asking what his real legacy will be.

What will be the Kingdom impact he will have for Christ?

If you are an atheist reading this… you probably want to puke.  Understandable. This may seem ridiculous to you.  That’s ok, your belief that nothing created everything seems ridiculous to me, too

Scott Paschal in Normandy

Fellowship of Christian Athletes Campus President, Emma Hustad, in Normandy, France w/ ICTA Founder, Scott Paschal, and ICTA Women's Pro Team Captain, Rachel Snelen, during 2007 ICTA foundation-laying outreach to Roland Garros

That said, a big question comes up when I talk with kids. I ask, “Who is your idol?”

I listen to what they have to say. Then, I ask them if they understand their choices in life have a huge impact on the direction and growth and quality of not just their tennis, but their lives. And not just their lives, but the lives of others?

Instead of giving my opinion on who they should idolize, I ask them to look at the Bible for guidance.

Like Roger Federer, Scott Paschal is flawed. I have my daily struggles, and I’m the first to say if God hadn’t guided me into Christian ministry, I have no business being here with my life story.

Additionally, I’m not an expert on what every kid should do. But, I am someone who looks to God’s word when I see something I need to improve in my life. Especially when organizing my life priorities!

That said, a question I ask myself is, “Who or what rules my life?” Is it tennis, family, career, ministry friends…?

What about you?

Who sits on the throne of your life?

Is it Roger Federer or Maria Sharapova? Or someone or something else? If so, let’s take a look at what God’s word says.

Jump Down… Off of Your Throne

“(The people of Tyre and Sidon who had sought an audience with Herod because they had been quarreling with him). On the appointed day King Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. They shouted, ‘This is the voice of a god, not of a man.’ Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an Angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.” Acts 12:21-23 (NIV)

(Pretty gross, huh? Eaten by worms and died! Notice the order here. First eaten, then died. Not too pretty for a King….)

KEY QUESTIONS: “Who or What sits on the throne of your life? What is my priority?”

1. Is it self?

2. Is it success?

3. Is it stuff?

*A Man Called Doubting Thomas

“Jesus said he was going to Bethany and be with Lazarus even though the disciples warned him that some of the Jews tried to take his life the last time He was there). Then Thomas (called Didymus) said to the rest of disciples, let us also go that we may die with him’ .” John 11:16 (NIV)

“Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it’.” John 20:24-25 (NIV)

1. Didymus means twin.

“Thomas (called Didymus)….”

2. Thomas had the courage to go and die with Jesus.

“…let us go that we may die with him.”

3. Yet Thomas lacked the faith to believe in Jesus.

…I will not believe it.”

*Our Personal Struggles with Duplicity

“Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify you hearts, you double-minded.” James 4:8

1. In some ways all Christians are two different persons

“I love to do God’s will so far as my new nature is concerned; but there is something else deep within me, in my lower nature, that is at war with my mind and wins the fight and makes me a slave to sin that is still within me. In my mind I want to be God’s willing servant, but instead I find myself still enslaved to sin.” Romans 7:22-23 (LB)

2. Our greatest struggle is within

“So you see how it is: my new life tells me o do right, but the old nature that is still inside me loves to sin.” Romans 7:24a (LB)

3. The danger is falling back to our selfish, carnal nature.

“Oh, what a terrible predicament I’m in! Who will free me from my slavery to this deadly lower nature?” Romans 7:24b (LB)

*Hopping Off of the Throne

“Oh, what a terrible predicament I’m in! Who will free me from my slavery to this deadly nature? Thank God! It has been done by Jesus Christ our Lord. He has set me free.” Romans 7:24-25 (LB)

1. First, I must determine who or what sits on the throne of my life.

“So why do you call me ‘Lord’, when you won’t obey me?” Luke 6:46 (NLT)

2. Then, I must replace whatever is sitting on my throne with Jesus.

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of man who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 (NIV)

3. Third, I must determine that Jesus Christ will be all of all of my life.

” Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus first appeared to them. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord!’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hands into his side, I will not believe it’. A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’ Then He said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.’ Thomas said to Him, ‘My Lord and my God! Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet believed.” John 20:24-29

Closing Thoughts: A Wise Person Once Said…

“If Jesus Christ is not your LORD of ALL He is not your LORD at ALL!!

Can I say something that I think Roger Federer would be the first to agree with?

Federer is just a man, a regular guy with regular struggles. A guy who happens to be a celebrity. He isn’t in any way, shape, or form an answer to or a replacement for… Jesus.

Junior tennis players are a solitary bunch. They seldom benefit from a team atmosphere. Mom and Dad dedicate weekends to tournament travel. Attending church is forgotten. Sunday’s are dedicated for tournament semifinals and finals.

Scott Paschal in Africa

My student, Anastasia Kharchenko, and I spoke to the media/TV daily about Jesus while in Africa. Ana won 11 matches in a row to win 2 ITF Pro Circuit events in 2 weeks, which gave us a large platform to share our faith in Christ.

The family bond is filled with discouragement and pain and envy and emptiness….

I have seen so many divorces, eating disorders, heartaches, etc. caused from Christian families who believe in Jesus, but do not follow Jesus, and have placed tennis as their purpose of worship.

I am well aware of the spiritual battle parents and junior players are entrenched within. As I’m contacted from people worldwide, I work to bring them back to a singular focus on Jesus, the Jesus of the Bible, with nothing added or taken away. Just Jesus.

Invading my life/house right now, and eating all of my food :), are my amazing tennis and missions academy students representing 7 countries. My heartbeat is to teach them to focus on Jesus as their source of purpose.

These kids, and their parents, are a point of encouragement for me as I seek His Kingdom. I treasure this time in my life. Yet, the kids and their families are not what I ground myself in. I strive to base my life in God’s word, to gain Kingdom principles.

Sure, tennis is important. But, tennis is simply the tool God has given us to share our faith and resources. Tennis is not the source of life or happiness. Tennis is just a tool, a Kingdom tool for following the Great Commission as written in Mathew 28 of your Bible.

My prayer is tennis fans and players worldwide would begin to understand the importance of placing Jesus on the throne of their lives. Tennis worshiped is destructive. Tennis as a Kingdom tool is constructive. Jesus must be clearly placed in view and made known as the source of life within your world view.

ICTA Women's Pro Team member, WTA ranked Anastasia Kharchenko, in Africa after winning match. Each precious child received free Christian gifts from ICTA.

When this happens, life begins to come into focus. And you will see your reason.

Roger Federer will soon be gone from the pro tennis scene. Another generation of kids will flock to worship another tennis great.

Federer will be old news to them. His ways, on and off the tennis court, will no longer be relevant.

That said, today please consider who and/or what is guiding your life. Consider the eternal consequences of your choices. Are you choosing to follow a trend? A sports legend? Or Jesus?

On the tennis court, Federer is mighty.

Yet, as amazing as he is as a tennis player, he is simply a person like you and me.

Jesus Christ is the only One worthy of worship.

He is the One that it is an honor to serve.

God bless,

Scott Paschal

International Christian Tennis Association

May 21, 2008

Justine Henin’s Shocking Retirement: WTA Flaws Exposed by Tennis Star

Posted in christian tennis, Christian Tennis Academy, Christian Tennis Outreach, Christian Tennis Player, ICTA Tennis, ICTA Tennis Ministry, International Christian Tennis Association, Lindsey Davenport, Maria Sharapova, scott paschal, Scott Paschal Tennis, Tennis Devotionals, Tennis Ministry, Uncategorized, WTA CEO Larry Scott, WTA Tennis tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:01 pm by Scott Paschal

Justine Henin, the #1 ranked WTA player, launched a huge, international statement directly at the WTA on Wednesday by quitting as a professional tennis player.

Without warning, the tennis world’s #1 female player looked straight in the WTA’s eyes and forced them to finally listen to her.

Never before in the history of women’s professional tennis has the #1 player walked away!

Magazines and newspapers and TV shows are quickly spreading the “shocking” news…

I wasn’t shocked.

Over and over during the last year, Justine kept telling the world she was getting fatigued.

The tennis gods refused to listen….

And it seems they’ve refused to learn, as well. Instead of looking inward to see what responsibility they have in this terribly embarassing situation, they smoothly moved Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic to the front of the line.

I wonder if they asked young, unsuspecting Ana Ivanovic if she wanted a blindfold and a cigarette.

As much as Venus Williams changed women’s tennis, Justine Henin also brought hope. She reminded us all that heart is important.

She was a tiny giant among towering tennis superpowers… such as Lindsey Davenport, Venus and Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Jelena Jancovic….

The tiny giant brought the tiny female players worldwide back to tennis… the ones who had became discouraged and quit when height took over the sport. Yet, our tiny giant needed rest, and none was allowed by the tennis gods.

When a player becomes injured, the WTA protects their ranking while they heal from injury, thus when the player recovers she can pick up where she left off. I had written an article recommending the WTA allow a player the same protection for mental fatigue recovery, or physical recovery before a major injury occurs.

The tennis gods refused to listen….

Justine Henin’s Mom died when Justine was in juniors.

The tennis gods refused to listen…

She didn’t speak to her Dad for 8 years.

The tennis gods refused to listen…

I remember when she got married. I also remember last year’s divorce.

The tennis gods refused to listen…

Recently, instead of offering players more freedom to rest, the WTA chose to force top players to attend more tournaments by stiffly fining players who pulled out of events.

The tennis gods also made Indian Wells and Miami (world’s 5th and 6th largest pro tournaments) mandatory for players to enter. These two 2-week long events are played back to back.

Immediately after announcing her retirement, Justine Henin demanded her name be completely removed from the WTA ranking list! That statement was huge. Embarrassingly to the WTA, their heavily marketed Maria Sharapova was moved to the #1 spot without having earned it.

For once in a long, long time the tennis gods have been forced to listen….

Justine Henin’s statement is huge.

Professional tennis is about $. Anyone who thinks differently is clueless. The WTA and ATP worship the almighty dollar. Image is everything and players are simply the product. They are cattle to be used to feed the masses.

Troy Aikman, the Hall of Fame quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys and winner of 3 Super Bowls, blasted the NFL in the ’90s by saying he believes the NFL players are nothing more than prostitutes for the NFL….

Could the same be said by female professional tennis players towards the WTA… that players are simply prostituted to the masses as a source of entertainment and revenue?

The WTA seems to claim to be an organization designed to represent the players’ needs. Is this happening?

The #1 WTA player in the world, and arguably one of the best female players in history, quit!

She demanded her name be removed from the WTA rankings!

As the WTA’s public relations people quickly move into position to keep the public from seeing the real issues, tennis fans worldwide will begin to see the WTA heavily pimp their next prostitu.., excuse me 😉 … promote their next player, which looks to be Ana Ivanavic.

I have little doubt Ana Ivanavic will be gone at 23 or 24 years of age. Her body will be broken down, her mind exhausted, her spirit broken. Like Kim Clysters and Anastasia Myskina, she will crave a real life and love from people who treat her like a human being.

So, what is there, really, with the WTA? New players simply replacing the old? What do tennis fans truly invest in… why even bother falling in love with a WTA player’s game when you know she’s soon worn out?

The #1 female player in the world just quit! She walked away and asked to have her name removed from the WTA computer rankings! She said “no” to millions of $ in prize money, said “no” to millions of $ in sponsor money….

The Women’s Tennis Association must stand up and take notice of their champion walking away, and they must be willing to take some responsibility for their part in her decision.

I’m no brain surgeon, but I do know that when a champion even hints they are tired, they should be listened to and help should be given. When a champion hints changes should be made to help the other athletes, they should be listened to.

When a young person is in trouble, those in a position to help should help.

Take away the facade of tennis.

A kid was hurting. Her mother is dead. She was estranged by her father for 8 years. Last year, her marriage fell apart in divorce. Basically, her only family is her long time coach, Carlos.

Young girls worldwide chase the dream of becoming the #1 WTA player in the world….

Why? Is it for fame and fortune? If so, they are chasing a rainbow’s pot of gold.

The vast emptiness at the top of women’s pro tennis is a wasteland of pain, isolation, and doubt. For the very few who reach financial security, it comes with a cost. Possibly a cost too steep to pay.

What is the answer? Easy.

Jesus Christ.

Without question, placing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of her life will change the lenses from which life is viewed.

It seems the WTA has worked diligently to allow a player’s sex life and sexual preferences take Center Court.

Yet, if one mentions Jesus Christ, or even the spiritual needs of players from all religions, the WTA gods quickly cry foul.

Did you know not even one Christian Chaplain is officially allowed in players’ areas at tournaments? Why? How can this be?

We talk all day about the technical and tactical game of tennis. We discuss nutrition and fitness. Mental training is a hot topic. But, as much, if not more, than any of these is a player’s spiritual fitness.

Without question, Chaplains from every major religion must be allowed access to the players, coaches, tournament staff, volunteers, media, and fans who want them there.

Terrorism, isolation, mafia, constant worldwide travel, lack of family stability… WTA and ATP players need guidance…. spiritual guidance. And the guidance shouldn’t come from the tennis gods….

When will the giants of tennis past step up and lead? When will our current and former Grand Slam champions reach out for the next generation with the message of hope that is Christ? When will Jesus take center court in tennis?

In America, when will hiding behind political correctness to protect your reputation be a thing of the past? Christians worldwide are being martyred at record pace… they’re being murdered daily for their faith in Jesus… they’re being tortured… and they refuse to back down!

That’s how the 12 disciples did it. That’s how Jesus did it.

Yet, in tennis, including past American tennis greats, we have a bunch of geldings worrying about their reputations.

It’s not supposed to be easy and it’s not supposed to be fun and it’s not supposed to be cool. You are a Christian, a follower of Christ… you are heavily involved in a spiritual battle… you have work to do.

Stop hiding, stop whining, stop being politically correct.

Stop trying to be “cool” hoping your “coolness” will “win people” for Christ. It doesn’t work. Worldly techniques can’t effectively fight a spiritual battle.

Tell this lost generation about Jesus. Start sharing the Gospel. The Holy Spirit will convict those you speak to. Start using your influence to bring the name of Jesus to all people groups worldwide.

Learn to understand how a small band of Jewish brothers sent the name of Christ global. Learn to understand how followers of Christ in Rome stood strong, spoke of their faith in Jesus, refused to waver in intense persecution… and conquered the most powerful nation of their day.

Honestly, I wonder if Jesus would be sitting in a box seat being celebrated during the US OPEN.

Without question, I understand I’m a little nobody in ministry and in tennis. Let me make that clear. I’m in no way the authority on anything, and I can see much improvement I need to do in my own walk with Christ.

And maybe in some ways I’m not seeing the whole picture here. But, that said, you can’t really make much of an argument that I haven’t worked my tail off with the resources and knowledge, however limited, I’ve had at my disposal.

I make mistakes, and I’ve worked to learn life lessons. I’m not even hinting at any type of perfection in my life choices.

What I am saying is when a large platform is offered, Jesus Christ should be the One being celebrated.

Players, coaches, fans… former Grand Slam Champions… should make Jesus’ name and story the focal point. Ask yourself why “sexual orientation” is all the rage, yet Jesus is viewed with hate and anger.

Justine Henin’s retirement shocked the world. Yet, there is a bigger picture here.

The tennis world is void of meaning. The purpose of tennis is void of life. $ and power last just so long, then a need for meaning becomes crystal clear.

If you have influence in tennis, you can have a real purpose beyond yourself.

And, if you are a nobody like me, you can have influence to. Just read the Bible and strive to do what it says.

It’s really that simple.

Read the Bible and strive to do what it says…

God bless,

Coach Scotty

International Christian Tennis Association

May 10, 2008

Moms’ Role in Junior Tennis

Posted in Christian Tennis Devotional Videos, Coaching Articles, ICTA Tennis Ministry, Junior Tennis, Scott Paschal Tennis, Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 5:02 pm by Scott Paschal

ICTA Founder, Scott PaschalI’m not sure anyone has offered more influence on my life than my Mom.

Moms dream of their children when they themselves are children. How many of us have seen a little girl caring for her dolls? The love of motherhood starts early and lasts forever.

Who benefits from this? Me and you.

I’m currently in my 40s and at 6′ 3″ I weigh over 220 lbs. Yet, place me in a car with my mother driving and I know without a doubt that when she feels danger on the road and is forced to suddenly stomp on the brakes, her 65 year old arm will suddenly appear in front of me to keep me safe and sound!

Even though I’m wearing a seatbelt and the car has airbags, that arm will appear and there is nothing you and I can do to stop Mom from doing what she does best, which is to protect and care for us.

Now, it’s been a lot of years since Mom has driven me anywhere. But, you get the point.

Let’s look at a Mom’s role in the tennis development of her child.

Dealing with parents can be a “slippery slope” as Rick Macci, one of America’s top coaches, has often said.

Ask most honest high performance tennis coaches about what the worst part of their job is, and the vast majority will tell you that dealing with parents ranks at the top of the list.

I can vouch for that, as well. Unfortunately, I can also vouch that Christian parents are generally much worse than secular parents, or parents from other religions.

My personal list of horror story parents includes a married Christian Mom who lived through her daughter’s tennis, while at the same time was entangled in a lesbian love affair with her best friend. Daily, Mom and daughter would scream and cry on the phone. After a couple months of riding the roller coaster, I decided to no longer coach the player. Soon after, the Mom sent me hate emails claiming I am Satan.

Yet, though parents can be difficult, I can say I have great respect and admiration for the healthy, well balanced parents whose kids I’ve been blessed to coach.

Coaches worldwide attend seminars and workshops to learn how to best deal with the parents of their students. No one has really come up with a good answer. Basically, parents are people and people are flawed.

What I try to do is to educate the parent. Most parents want to learn, and they want their kids to have the parent’s best. In my experience, the vast majority of parents are ready and willing to learn.

As such, let’s take a look at what God’s Word, the Bible, says about parents… and since it’s Mother’s Day, let’s look at what God says about Mom, and particularly a mother’s heart!

The Importance of a Mother’s Heart

“Excuse me, sir. Do you remember me? I am the woman you saw standing here, praying to the Lord. I asked him for this child, and he gave me what I asked for. So I am dedicating him to the Lord. As long as he lives, he will belong to the Lord.’ Then they worshiped the Lord there.” 1 Samuel 1:27-28 (TEV)

1. A Mother’s Heart knows her children are a gift.

2. A Mother’s Heart understands the need for God’s help.

3. A Mother’s Heart wants what is best for her children.

* A Mother’s Heart on “Overdrive”

1. The danger of being over protective. (keeps children from becoming independent)

“It is like this: When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child does. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.” 1 Corinthians 13:11 (NLT)

2. The danger of being over indulgent. (keeps children from becoming mature)

“Discipline your children while You still have the chance; indulging them will destroy them.” Proverbs 19:18 (MSG)

3. The danger of being over involved. (children do not learn to look to and trust God for their needs-they look to Mom and Dad instead)

“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore, what God has joined together, let no man separate.” Mathew 19:5-6 (NIV)

* The Priority of a Mother’s Heart

1. A Mother’s Heart has unconditional love.

“So the Lord answers, ‘Can a woman forget her own baby and not love the child she bore?’ ” Isaiah 49:15 (TEV)

2. A Mother’s Heart demands proper respect.

“Respect your father and mother is the first commandment that has a promise added: ‘ so all may go well with you, and you may live a long time in the land.’ ” Ephesians 6:2-3 (NIV)

3. A Mother’s Heart teaches appropriate responsibility.

“Teach your children to choose the right path, and when they are older, they will remain upon it.” Proverbs 22:6.

4. A Mother’s Heart sets clear standards.

“Correction and discipline are good for children. If they have their own way they will make their mothers ashamed of them.” Proverbs 29:15 (TEV)

5. A Mother’s Heart protects from the world’s temptations.

“Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the Lord.” Leviticus 18:21

6. A Mother’s Heart reveals a heart for God

“(Timothy) I know that you sincerely trust the Lord, for you have the faith of your mother, Eunice, and your grandmother, Lois.” 2 Timothy 1:5 (NLT)

7. A Mother’s Heart rejoices as their children accept Jesus Christ.

“I have no greater joy than to hear my children are walking in truth.” 3 John 1:4 (NIV)

Moms are a blessing. Being a Mom is difficult, at best. A mother of a high performance junior tennis player really must make a defined effort to focus on Jesus to be the center of her world. When this happens, everyone benefits.

My hope is this article will reach Moms, and educate Moms on what God’s Word promises and teaches will help both them and their children.

In many ways this article can be read for Dads and for tennis coaches.

Seldom do we hear in sports, and particularly tennis, about how God’s Word can direct and teach us to become better coaches, parents, and athletes.

May God use this article to reach as many as possible, to open eyes and warm hearts, to instill a willingness to see Him in all things, and to bring a humbleness and a kindness to our lives.

Thanks Moms for your hearts for us. You are a blessing.

“Her children respect her and bless her; her husband joins in with words of praise.” Proverbs 31:28 (MSG)

God bless!

Coach Scotty

International Christian Tennis Association

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