Sunday, July 29, 2012

Politics in the Olympic Opening Ceremonies

Putting the politics aside, the opening ceremony of the London Olympics was a phenomenal production. If we don't put the politics aside then we must admit it was quite a plug for the liberal, even socialist agenda. Consider:

1. the glorification of the proletariat - the working lower class

2. the prolonged 'hospital bed' scene celebrating Britain's nationalized health service (NHS)

3. A quick insertion of Britain's first broadcast of a lesbian kiss from a 1993 soap opera, Brookside.

4. The formation dancers made of the symbol for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. 

5. The drama presentation of the struggle of the trade union movements.

The deceptive message was that socialism is alive and well and is a smashing success. We aren't fooled. Social liberalism is founded upon a faulty philosophical construct. It has never been successful in any society at any point of history and it never will.
But......I thought Mr. Bean was great!!!

Kevin Probst - Teaches History, Government and Apologetics at the high school level in Columbus Georgia.

Should Ron Be On The Rock?

Do you think President Ronald Reagan deserves a place  on Mount Rushmore?

Kevin Probst - Teaches History, Government and Apologetics at the high school level in Columbus Georgia.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Ten Questions for Barack Obama

Does Barack Obama look more like Frank Marshall  Davis (Upper Right) or  Barack Obama, Sr. (Lower  Right)?

Why are the world’s most radical leaders so comfortable with Obama and why is he so comfortable with them?

 Was Obama’s real father Barack Obama, Sr. or was it communist Frank Marshall Davis?

Why does Obama bend over backwards to apologize for America’s ‘arrogance’?

Would Obama deny that his dream of ‘hope and change’ is to replace American capitalism with Marxist socialism?

When Obama stated, “We are the ones WE have been waiting for”, who was he referring to when he used that second ‘we’?

Why does Obama refuse to release his medical, academic and financial records but insists that Romney open all his books?

Why does Obama bow and show humility to foreign Islamic leaders but displays a prideful spirit otherwise?

Would Obama deny that his election as president was a result of a plan fostered by a socialist movement that silently infiltrated the press, the universities and the economy?

Would Obama deny that Marxist Frank Marshall Davis was his ideological father?

                  What was Obama thinking when he chose Joseph Robinette Biden as his Vice President? 

Kevin Probst - Teaches History, Government and Apologetics at the high school level in Columbus Georgia.

The Tempest by Jennifer Thomas

Kevin Probst - Teaches History, Government and Apologetics at the high school level in Columbus Georgia.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Comfort of His Coming

 Many in the present age would like to deny the Christian doctrine of the Second Coming of Christ.  The Old Testament is filled with hundreds of verses that predicted Christ’s birth.  He would be born to a virgin. (Isaiah 7:14)  He would be born in Bethlehem.  (Micah 5:2)  He would be born of the House of David.  (Isaiah 16:5)  His coming was prophesied hundreds of years in advance in great detail. 

The Bible also predicts in great detail the second coming of Jesus Christ.  The Apostle Paul mentions the Second Coming fifty times in his writings.  James and John spend a good deal of time writing of it.  The angels taught it.  (Acts 1:10-11) Jesus himself taught that he would one day return.  He clearly stated that “I will come back.”  (John 14:1-4)

“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” – 1 John 3:2 

This doctrine of his second coming has been the hope of the saints, it has been the delight of men, the glory of the ages, it has been the last word on many dying lips.

Jesus prayed his precious prayer in John chapter 17:  “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me” (John 17:24)  Was Jesus not saying to his Father;  “I know it will be hard for them to watch the whip open my back but I want them to see me clothed in the purple robe of royalty.  I know it will be hard for them to watch as they crushed a crown of thorns on my head, drive the spikes in my hands and drive the spear in my side but Father, I want them to see me as more than the humble lamb taken to the slaughter….I want them to behold my glory, the glory you have given me.”

“And for that reason, I go to prepare a place for them.  I love them.  I have kept them.  They are mine and I will cherish them throughout all of eternity.  I will surely come again to receive them unto myself.”

Jesus taught this concept of his Second Coming with clarity and conviction.  He instructs us to “occupy until he comes” (Luke 19:13) and to always be on the alert and ready for his unexpected return.  (Matthew 25:7)

Paul instructed the Thessalonians to encourage one another with words about the return of Christ.  (1 Thessalonians 4:18)  We as Christians living in the latter days should take his admonition to heart.  We should be constantly encouraging each other with thoughts of Christ’s soon return.

How many of the desperate have been comforted by the fact that Jesus has not forgotten them?  That man whose poverty has caused him to seek the cover of a bridge.  That mother who grieves the loss of her children and feels the pain and weight of a hopeless heart.  The millions who look daily upon the world in which they live and they sense the despair, they sense the aimlessness and they wonder what in the world is going to happen…are they not comforted by the knowledge that we are never forsaken.  He has promised to come again that “where I am you may be also.”  (John 17:21)

To the elderly whose body is now racked by weakness and pain, he has promised to come for you and take you to a place where there is no longer any sickness, no pain, no suffering…a place where there is no longer any shedding of tears.  (Revelation 21:4)

To that older person whose loved ones and family members have already gone on to glory and they now find themselves lonely on this earth.  You have not yet been taken because your mansion is not yet finished.  He has gone to prepare a place for you and when he is ready, and when you are ready, he will come to take you to a place where solitude and loneliness have been banished forever and ever.  You will be met on that other shore by loved ones with whom you will celebrate a family reunion that will last for all of eternity.

The crippled body will be made perfect.  Those who have been born with infirmities and have struggled through unknown valleys that the rest of us have never experienced will be made whole and they will finally be freed from the shackles of their earthly existence.

This second coming of Jesus has been the blessed hope of the ages.  It is the inspiration that keeps many moving forward. 

Isaiah Martin wrote a song in 1905:

I will meet you in the morning,
Just inside the Eastern Gate.
Then be ready, faithful pilgrim,
Lest with you it be too late.

Keep your lamps all trimmed and burning;
For the Bridegroom watch and wait.
He’ll be with us at the meeting
Just inside the Eastern Gate.

O the joys of that glad meeting
With the saints who for us wait!
What a bless├Ęd, happy meeting
Just inside the Eastern Gate!

If you hasten off to glory,
Linger near the Eastern Gate,
For I’m coming in the morning;
So you’ll not have long to wait.

We will meet those who endured the sword of persecution, we will meet those who refused to betray Christ and it cost them their lives.  We will meet those whose path to glory has been so much more difficult than ours and we will ask ourselves, “How in God’s name do I deserve to gather at this gate with these great saints of God?”
There are two graves in an old country cemetery in a village called Geneva in northwestern Pennsylvania.  Lying there, side by side, are my mother and my father.  We laid my father there nearly 30 years ago and my mother just a few years ago.  My breast is filled with a blessed hope that one day I will see them again because the “dead in Christ shall rise first” and we will meet them in the air.  (1 Thessalonians 4:16)  I will see my mother and father again, I’ll see grandparents, I’ll see siblings and aunts and uncles and nieces and nephews I’ve never seen before.

I’ve seen some happy days this year.  On February 3rd by oldest son Matt and his wife, Becky, had a baby (Jacob) and I became a grandfather for the first time. On June 15th I celebrated ten years of marriage to a most wonderful woman, Shannon.  On July 1st my son, Justin, and his wife, Denise, brought my first granddaughter (Mia) into our family.  This year has been chocked full of happy days.

But there is coming a day that will overwhelm all these days in its brightness and glory:
There is coming a day,
When no heart aches shall come,
No more clouds in the sky,
No more tears to dim the eye,
All is peace forever more,
On that happy golden shore,
What a day, glorious day that will be

There'll be no sorrow there,
No more burdens to bear,
No more sickness, no pain,
No more parting over there;
And forever I will be,
With the One who died for me,
What a day, glorious day that will be. 

Who is waiting for you inside the eastern gate?  Let us remind each other often of the hope and joy we have in Christ’s return.   

Kevin Probst - Teaches History, Government and Apologetics at the high school level in Columbus Georgia.

Forty Days of Prayer Before The Election In November

Kevin Probst - Teaches History, Government and Apologetics at the high school level in Columbus Georgia.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

"If I Were The Devil" By Paul Harvey

I would gain control of the most powerful nation in the world;

I would delude their minds into thinking that they had come from man's
effort, instead of God's blessings;

I would promote an attitude of loving things and using people, instead of
the other way around;

I would dupe entire states into relying on gambling for their state revenue;

I would convince people that character is not an issue when it comes to

I would make it legal to take the life of unborn babies;

I would make it socially acceptable to take one's own life, and invent
machines to make it convenient;

I would cheapen human life as much as possible so that life of animals are
valued more than human beings;

I would take God out of the schools, where even the mention of His name was
grounds for a lawsuit;

I would come up with drugs that sedate the mind and target the young, and I
would get sports heroes to advertise them;

I would get control of the media, so that every night I could pollute the
minds of every family member for my agenda;

I would attack then family, the backbone of any nation. I would make
divorce acceptable and easy, even fashionable. If the family crumbles, so
does the nation;

I would compel people to express their most depraved fantasies on canvas and
movies screens, and I would call it art;

I would convince the world that people are born homosexuals, and that their
lifestyles should be accepted and marveled;

I would convince the people that right and wrong are determined by a few who
call themselves authorities and refer to their agendas as politically

I would persuade people that the church is irrelevant and out of date, the
Bible is for the naive:

I would dull the minds of Christians, and make them believe that prayer is
not important, and that faithfulness and obedience are optional;


Kevin Probst - Teaches History, Government and Apologetics at the high school level in Columbus Georgia.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

To Those Who Are Enemies Of The Cross

He doesn't deserve the hatred, we don't deserve the love.

“For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the Cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.” - Philippians 3:18, 19.

          Why do men hate the cross?  Why do so many hate the greatest symbol, the greatest expression of love? The greatest miracle known to man is the fact that a loving and merciful Christ, the very Son of God, descended to this earth to sacrifice himself for those who hate him.  You would think millions of people would be clamoring to adore the Christ who died upon the cross and made salvation and eternal life possible for them, but instead, many hate the cross and the Christ who hung there.

          What is the cross? It is not just two pieces of wood connected.  We see crosses made of stones, of concrete, of gold hung around the necks of millions.  These are but symbols of an actual event.  We certainly don’t worship these symbols.  But they are precious to us.  They are precious because our Christ did literally and humanly die upon a wooden cross, nailed there by Roman soldiers, in our stead, to purchase atonement for our sins.  “…the Just for the unjust, to bring us to God.” (1 Peter 3:18)  As it is written, “He has made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor. 5:21)

          Those who would belittle the atonement of the Son of God make themselves to be enemies of the cross.  When we say to Him who laid down his life for the sheep that there are many others ways to achieve this salvation we belittle his sacrifice and become enemies of the cross. 

          Those who love the cross do so because “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son” (John 3:16) to die upon it “so that whosoever believes will not perish but have everlasting life.”  He who would argue with this message so clearly laid out in God’s love letter to the lost makes himself an enemy of the cross.

          Those who would live for themselves rather than for Christ, they who would dedicate themselves to fulfilling the passions of their own lust and the indulgences of their own appetites become enemies of the cross.  They who would dedicate their lives to the accumulation of wealth, to the acquirement of fame, to the enjoyment of pleasure alone may become enemies of the cross.

          We who are lovers of the cross have a total realization of the sacrifice Christ made, of the totality of our sins forgiven, of the magnificence of eternal life purchased. We cannot be anything but totally and unabashedly committed to Christ.  We dare not make our lives about us, it must be all about Him and in Him and for Him and to Him.  We adore this symbol because of the reality it represents.

          Why are so many intolerant of the Christian religion?  The genuine among us are a harmless and loving and kind people. 

          Why do men hate the cross?  Is it because they think themselves well and in no need of a physician?  Is it because they deny their sin, and the disease of their heart?  What man who is well wants to take medicine?  Who wants open heart surgery when one thinks all is well in his heart?

          Why do we who are Christians get so disturbed when we meet up with enemies of the cross?  Why do we expect all the world should get along with us?  The world despised the holiest man who ever lived and yet we think the world should love us.  Why does the world despise Christ?  The cross leaves no neutral ground, people love it or they hate it.

          Haters despise the cross because it represents the holiest thing this side of heaven?  Because the One to whom the pierced hands belongs, the One to whom the crown of thorns belongs cries out, “Why have you crucified me?  Why have you forsaken me?  Why will you not accept the gift, purchased at such a great price?”  The enemies of this cross hate it because they cannot endure the guilt of rejecting and refusing the expression of such love.

          They express their hatred when they choose sin over righteousness, when they choose the world’s harlot rather than heaven’s Savior.  They willfully and daily choose Barrabas rather than the Christ and in so doing they become enemies of the cross and haters of the Lamb of God. 

          We who love the cross must decide how we will react to its enemies.  It is our distinguishing trait as Christians to put away militancy, and anger and hatred.  We are instructed by the One who died on this cross to “overcome evil with good.”  We are to smother the world’s hatred with Christ’s love. 

          Paul said, “For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears (with weeping), many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.”  Why weeping?  Because we want no one to hear the indescribably terrible and awful words of Christ; “Depart from me, I never knew you.” (Matthew 7:23)  We don’t hate our enemies.  We love them and we pray for them and we desire they would know and experience the love of Christ and taste of his eternal salvation just as we do.

          We want the enemies of the cross of Christ to know the grace of God.  “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”  (Gal. 5:1)  The cross is only a symbol.  You can tear down the symbol but you can never destroy the reality.  The cross is what makes us free.  And we all know that there is a great price that must be paid for freedom.

          This country contains millions of memorials to those who died in foreign lands, who shed their blood to purchase our freedom.  The cross is our memorial to a Savior who purchased our eternal freedom at so great a price.  We will never forget, we will always remember the sacrifice made for our liberties and freedom.  We will love those who are enemies to the cross.  We will weep for those who hate our Savior.  But let it be known far and wide, we will stand firm in our commitment to defend the symbols of our faith.  We will not be passive and apathetic while the rights of our fellow Christians are being trampled under feet.

          We are concerned about the damage the enemies of the cross might do to our children and grandchildren.  We don’t want them to forget.  We have no desire that they worship symbols like idolaters, but we do desire these symbols remain so that our children will always remember the sacrifice made for their freedom, for their salvation.

          There is a vine that grows rampantly here in the south.  It was introduced by the Japanese as far back as 1876 in Philadephia.  But it became prolific when a man named Charles Pleas planted the vine to hide his garbage cans in Chipley, Florida.  Kudzu can grow up to 18 inches a day and it covers millions of acres of ground in the back country of Alabama and Georgia.  We know that when those who would destroy our liberties win one victory, their zeal spreads like kudzu and our liberties will be smothered out quickly and affectively by those who would be enemies of the cross.

          To those who would be enemies of the cross of Christ, think not that we are ashamed of our faith, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” Paul said to the Romans. (Romans 1:16( We are determined to live our lives for our faith, to stand firm in our defense of it and to die willingly to preserve it for our children and grandchildren.  

Kevin Probst - Teaches History, Government and Apologetics at the high school level in Columbus Georgia.