Tuesday, February 13, 2018

2018 Mission Conference


Dr. Ralph 'Yankee' Arnold, Pastor
4811 George Rd.

Tampa, Fla. 33634


Will host our 4th
October 21-24th, 2018
Mar_8:35  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.
Calvary is extending an invitation to all of the ALUMNI from:
         Florida Bible College from “Old” Grove era
Florida Bible College from “Hollywood” era
Florida Bible College from “Kissimmee” era
Florida Bible College from “Miramar” era
Florida Bible College from “Tampa” and “Orlando”
Colorado Bible College / Tampa Bay Bible College, and
Dayspring Bible College
Remember how we loved the clear gospel of Jesus Christ? Remember how we were willing to go anywhere and pay any price to reach people for the sake of the gospel? Have you wondered what kind of impact we could make if we still loved the gospel and the lost man the way we once did?
Calvary will provide up to 9 meals free of charge for all attendees.
Calvary will provide time for all alumni to meet Sunday afternoon, plus morning and afternoon on Monday –Wednesday.
Calvary will provide reduced rates at our local hotels.
Airport is 5 minutes away (shuttle provided)
Mingle with our missionaries and renew old friendships 
George & Linda Heckman:
We have been so blessed and encouraged by the dear folks at Calvary Community Church and Florida Bible College of Tampa, and the Missions Conferences they have hosted annually.  What a blessing to be in a good, strong, Bible believing and teaching church and see the ways the Lord is growing the believers there.  It has been such an encouragement to see old and new friends gathered around the word of God at the meetings.  Pastor Arnold and the entire staff have given themselves to encourage and minister to all the missionaries who have attended the conference. We also have really appreciated the opportunities to get to know the church family there at Calvary Community Church.  The great music is a balm for a weary soul.  The meals they have provided during the conference are great, and always provide a wonderful time of fellowship focused on the work of the Lord! We have also been greatly encouraged by the fellowship of the missionaries attending the conference. Calvary Community’s mission conference has developed into a time for missionaries to hear and encourage each other.  We have been encouraged by the ways we see the folks at Calvary Community enlarging their missions outreach each year.  They have added new missionaries each year, increased their giving to current missionaries and are focusing on sending out laborers from the church and College. They are a vital and growing part of our support team. This church wants to have an impact for Christ on the world. We thank the Lord for Calvary Community Church
Charlie Bing:
It's a pleasure to write this testimony about Calvary's Missions Conference: When I am at Calvary Community Church's mission’s conference I feel as if I have their full support. To them, missions are not just a program that the church is supposed to have, but a calling and command from God. Missionaries and their ministries are front and center for the people to see. Then the church backs up their commitment with a generous financial contribution to each missionary. Everything is done first class from the music, messages, and worship to the delicious meals. I look forward to unique fellowship with the other missionaries, the church, and the Bible College students. 
Charlie Bing / GraceLife.org
Jon & Peggy Sperling:
Jon and I have been overwhelmed by the care, support and love we have received from the Calvary Community family in Tampa.  The mission conferences we have attended have encouraged and uplifted both of us, truly enabling us to meet the mission challenges before us. I understand the many hours spent organizing such an event and very much appreciate how our every need is met, from the flights to the hotel accommodations to delicious meals and even a welcome basket. Every sacrificial gift of time and care given to us has propelled our mission forward and having community with other missionaries is tremendously valuable. Such an extension of love is uncommon, needed and appreciated beyond my ability to express. Thank you Calvary Community Church of Tampa!
Mark Barnes:
Terry and I were honored to be a part of the Missions conference in 2017.  We were blessed by the messages and encouraged by the fellowship.  I loved the opportunity to play guitar in the Firehouse Five as we sing to prepared hearts for the messages that were to come.  Terry and I are blessed by the financial partnership that Calvary Community Church has begun in your generous gifts to our ministry. Food is always important in any culture.  It not only gives us the nourishment we need but more time to fellowship.  It is nice for Terry and I as all we have to do to get to the church is to cross the Howard Franklin bridge to Tampa from St Petersburg. We are looking forward to October 2018 Missions Conference.
In His sights, Mark and Terry Barnes / Ethnos360
Matt Floyd:
Calvary's Mission Conference is a highlight of our year. Dr. Arnold, Betty, and the rest of Calvary graciously provide a boost to our family and ministry both financially and spiritually. The conference is a blessing and encouragement from beginning to end with all of the great messages, fellowship, food, and accommodations. 
Thank you and God Bless,
Pastor Matt, Jen, Alyssa, and Courtney
Greg Sirmons:
Dear Yankee and all at Calvary Community Church,
We want to thank you for the invitation to your next mission's conference in October 2018.  We were planning on our next furlough and had made tentative plans to visit the State between June and August, but we have now changed our plans to visit our supporting churches between August and October, so as to be able to be with you.
Thank you so much for your part in the ministry here in North France. 
In Christ,
Greg and Judy Sirmons
 Birbal & Annette Boodram
Annette and I have thoroughly enjoyed all the mission conferences from its inception. We are proud to partner with and Calvary Community Church Mission conference. A church that preaches a clear gospel message that Christ died, buried, and rose again for sins and by accepting only what he did for us we can know we have eternal life and a home in heaven. The conferences boost us to go out back into the mission field to reach and train more souls for Christ. The hospitality, the spiritual food and the physical food are great. We will not miss this mission conference for anything. The challenging speakers will get you excited to go back and do what Christ called you to do. 
Thanks to Dr. Yankee and Betty Arnold and Calvary Community Church for making this conference possible and for making it possible to host us.
We Love you all 
Birbal & Annette Boodram
Evangelist Freddie Coile
Joe and Terri Potter
Dr. Ron Seecharan (tentative upon his health)
Louis Hernandez (graduate of Tampa Bay Bible College)
Jesse Martinez (graduate of Florida Bible College of Tampa)

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Monday, January 29, 2018

 Dr. A. Ray Stanford
"Master Soul-winner"

View this 26 minute video

Ray was born in Winter Haven, Florida and passed into glory on
May 21, 2012 at the golden age of 95. 

Ray speaks on
Ray trusted Jesus Christ as a grown man and never attended Bible College for formal training. Ray was a polished shaft that the Lord used to drive the point home as to the clarity of the Gospel. (Isa_49:2,  And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me;).
Although Ray was more like an uncut diamond, I considered his loving presentation of the Gospel for the lost and his compassionate challenge to the believer to win souls, brighter than any man I have ever met.  
I worship no man, but I recognize the value of those things I learned from those who has greatly enhanced my Christian life. Through his life, he has trained many thousands on his specialized techniques of winning people to Christ.
This 26 minute opening only contains his introduction to his hour long message where he tells the Jim Tingen Story to over 1500 screaming teenagers at the Christian Youth Ranch Summer Conference in Hollywood, Florida back in the early 70’s.
I'm very thankful to Ray for many pictures and for permission to write the book on the Jim Tingen Story. Outside of the Gospel, hearing Ray Stanford tell the Jim Tingen story was the most powerful story I had ever heard. It was a story that ran the limits of emotional highs and lows, tears and laughter, and suspense as great as any drama presentation I had ever encountered. It was used as a tremendous training tool on what it means to have a burden for souls, how to witness, and what sacrifice is all about.

“During the Dare 2 Share Revolution Tour, we decided to use a true story, the story of Jim Tingen. This story absolutely blew the teenagers away. Almost 50,000 teenagers were motivated to share their faith during this tour and were deeply impacted by the Jim Tingen story. Around 5,000 teenagers came to Christ during this tour as well. One of the big reasons I am doing what I’m doing today at Dare 2 Share is because I heard the Jim Tingen story when I was a teenager.”
                                                                                    —Greg Stier, Dare 2 Share

After watching the video, please feel free to make a comment about what Ray meant to you. Only complimentary comments are requested as I would like to forward them to his wife, Susan, his son, Lee, and two daughters, Jane and Patti.


Thursday, January 4, 2018

                                                               By Dr. Ralph “Yankee” Arnold

The attributes of God are reflected through Biblical Doctrine. Doctrine reflects the attributes of God. To err in Doctrine is to err concerning the character of God. Therefore all doctrinal errors are attacks upon the character of God. The Gospel of Jesus Christ reflects every attribute of God.
Calvinism seeks to destroy the very heart of God’s character.
T stands for the....       Total depravity of man           IT IS A LIE
U stands for..........       Unconditional election           IT IS A LIE
L stands for..........       Limited atonement                 IT IS A LIE
I stands for...........       Irresistible grace and             IT IS A LIE
P stands for the.....      Perseverance of the saints      IT IS A LIE
If it is a lie, then it calls God a liar.
If Calvinism is true, then God did absolutely nothing to save those who went to Hell. They were unloved, unwanted, and lived without purpose. This would mean they were created without value, lived without meaning, died without hope, and were created to be eternally alone and doomed for punishment without light. Their destiny was totally determined before they were born.
How could a holy, just, righteous, compassionate and loving God ever justify his actions to the believer and to the unbeliever? If Calvinism is true, there can be no justifications for God’s actions. 
“God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.”  (Romans 3:4) 
The Lord must be justified, when he is judged by the unjust. Man must not be able to find error in the righteous judgments of God.
Calvinism strikes at the very heart of God’s character. Calvinism corrupts man’s view of God.
Here’s the truth: “Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.”  (Mark 10:21) And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.  (Mark 10:22)
Notice that though he was lost, Jesus loved him while he was lost; Christ showed the lost man that he lacked one thing--perfection. He used the sin of coveting to prove he did not keep the law, and concluded with the statement that it was impossible for a man to save himself, but possible with God. The man walked away lost but loved. If the man was lost, Jesus said he could have been saved. If he was saved, it is evident that he did not persevere in the faith - which way was it?  
The real test of a Calvinist who truly believes in the saints persevering in the faith after they are saved, must preach “Turn from Sin” (stop being bad) and “Make Christ the Lord and Master of your Life” (start being good). Then they proceed to use their magnifying glasses to see if you are a genuine believer by using their expertise in determining your qualifying works. This is why most become judgmental, critical, and prideful with an egotistical attitude.
The teachings of Calvinism offer no advantages in reaching the lost. It is the killer of godly motivation.
The teachings of Calvinism offer no advantages in growing strong Christians. Their own uncertainty of salvation being brought into question by their failure in daily performance greatly hinders their spiritual growth. 
God knows everything and His knowledge is complete. This is called His omniscience. 
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.  (Isaiah 40:28)
Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?  (Job 37:16)
Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.  (Psalms 147:5)
For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.         (1 John 3:20)
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!  (Romans 11:33)
God is able to bring to pass everything that He chooses. He has no external limitations. His only limits are those He places upon Himself. The book of Job (42:2) says that He can do all things and that nothing can restrain him. 
I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.  (Job 42:2)
Genesis 18:14 simply asks, “Is anything too hard for the LORD?” The answer is “no.”
God’s omnipresence speaks to the fact that He is present in all places at all times. While God is in Heaven, He is also present in every place. 
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.  (Proverbs 15:3)
Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off?  (Jeremiah 23:23)
Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.  (Jeremiah 23:24)
Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?  (Psalms 139:7)
By nature, God is absolutely unchanging. For this reason, the attributes He possessed before the creation of the world are the same ones He has today. 
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.  (Psalms 90:2)
For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.  (Malachi 3:6)
Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;  (1 Timothy 6:15)
Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.  (1 Timothy 6:16)
Though all the attributes of God are important and dependent on one another, the fact of God’s holiness seems to be the one He wishes us to put emphasis upon. When God revealed Himself to man (Moses, Job, Isaiah, Mount of Transfiguration, etc.) each encounter mentions His holiness. Isaiah called God “the Holy One” more than 30 times. 
Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy.  (Psalms 99:9)
Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?  (Habakkuk 1:13)
God’s holiness is manifested in His righteousness. Because He is holy, He is righteous. This attribute of righteousness is the way His holiness is expressed when dealing with men. Many verses declare His righteousness (Exodus 9:23-27; Psalm 129:4; 145:17; Jeremiah 12:1; 1 John 1:9)
Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.  (Psalms 116:5)
O LORD God of Israel, thou art righteous: for we remain yet escaped, as it is this day: behold, we are before thee in our trespasses: for we cannot stand before thee because of this.  (Ezra 9:15)
The LORD is righteous: he hath cut asunder the cords of the wicked.  (Psalms 129:4)
God in his sovereignty chose to give man a free will. This is what makes Him free to do what He knows is best for us. Though He is in complete control, He has also given us a free will to obey or reject His leading. The first verse of the Bible says that God does what He chooses to do. The entire first chapter shows God’s authority and sovereignty over His creation. The Bible is full of passages that show God leading or commanding people to do certain things. Man’s freedom of choice justifies God’s choice of results.
This is one attribute that people love to embrace; it is the fact that God is love. This word embodies for us His mercy, grace and loving-kindness. 1John 4 tells us that God has love, that He is love, but also what is love. (John 3:16)
God’s mercy has been defined as God not giving us what we deserve. We, as sinners, deserve eternal punishment away from His presence, yet in His mercy He has chosen to offer us a way for salvation (Ephesians 2:4) says that God is merciful. 
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  (Romans 5:8)
The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.  (Psalms 103:8)

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Pictures from Calvary

We pray that these holidays will be Holy-Days for you and your family. Pastor Ralph "Yankee" Arnold

Great letter from Pastor Jesse Martinez:

Hello Pastor,

This is my fourth year working at Calvary. In my time here I have had the opportunity to start the Bibleline Broadcast Network (BBN) on YouTube. YouTube is a place where people can create, upload, and share videos with the whole world. It is a massive platform which can reach all those with internet access around the world. I cannot believe the response we have gotten from BBN on YouTube. In 2017 alone, we collected over 250 indication of people placing their trust in Jesus Christ as their only hope of Heaven. This spans over more that 50 different countries! We have people watching from every state in the USA. There are churches in Australia which use the BBN Channel as a source for Bible studies in their home churches.

In amount of people who have tuned in since the channel was started in 2014 is well over 300k. We have just passed 3k subscribers. This means that every time we upload a video, over 3k people are notified via email! Several thousands of people have commented and shared our BBN videos around the globe.

I would have never thought to see the day when we would be able to have a presence on the worlds number one video sharing platform. We are still a relatively small channel but our impact is echoing into the halls of eternity with each video uploaded. It humbles me to think about this little church in Tampa, Florida sending out videos which have a global impact.

This is just the beginning of something great. The more we stay up on the channel and continue to pour in good biblical content, the larger we will become! I hope this update has provided you with the same encouragement it has given me.

In Christ,

Pastor Jesse Martinez
Proverbs 16:3

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Merry Christmas from Yankee and Betty
December 25th, 2017

Prophecy was the eternal Father's way of introducing his eternal Son to the world. Jesus Christ did not begin his existence when he was born in Bethlehem. He simply changed his place of residence. Jesus is salvation.

The glorious gospel of Christ is not only a true reflection of the birth of Christ but the love of the Father.

·        The baby was prophesied and so was salvation

·        The baby was expected and so was salvation

·        The baby was prepared and so was salvation

·        The baby was perfect and so was our salvation

·        The baby was priceless and so is our salvation

·        The baby was precious and so is our salvation

·        The baby was a prince and so are we children of the king

This virgin born perfect holy child met all the qualifications necessary to become the Lamb of God. He became the author of “The Eternal Salvation Plan” which was the hope of all mankind. The true test of Grace is that salvation must be “Free” and it must last “Forever”. No one can know he is going to Heaven, until he knows that he cannot go to Hell in the future. When you truly believe that Christ paid for all your sins on the cross, was buried and rose again, he gives to you Eternal Life. Since Christ paid for all my sins, I have NONE TO PAY FOR. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Christ did not believe in Calvinism

If Calvinism was only about believing in Eternal Security it would not be a serious problem, but when it is preached that God predetermines what particular person would be saved, pays only for his sins, gives him the faith to believe, and then guaranteed that he will automatically mature in the Lord and persevere in the faith until death; then it is a wicked teaching from beginning to end. It is a complete mutilation of the Word of God by causing the love of God to be limited, the blood of Christ to be limited, the payment to be limited, and the offer of Eternal Life to be limited.   This hemorrhaging has drained the churches of their life and power. When under the guise of intellectual superiority, they have severed the truth of the gospel from its life giving power to save. 


Dr. Ralph “Yankee” Arnold


The following simple acrostic (TULIP) is the classic reformed five-point Calvinist viewpoint.

       T stands for the....      Total depravity of man           We don’t believe this
       U stands for..........      Unconditional election           We don’t believe this 
       L stands for..........       Limited atonement                  We don’t believe this
       I stands for...........       Irresistible grace and              We don’t believe this
       P stands for the.....      Perseverance of the saints       We don’t believe this

TEXT: Mat 13:3-9 

Was the soil predetermined by God? No!, the soil (stony, thorny, or good) is determined by the belief of EVIDENCE revealed (light-truth-creation-God).

John 1:9  That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

John 1:10  He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

Luke_12:48  ...For unto whomsoever much is given, (the greater the LIGHT) of him shall be much required: (the greater the responsibility) and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

Matt 13:10  And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?

Matt 13:11  He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to KNOW the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. (WHY? WHY? WHY? IT’S NOT FAIR)

Matt 13:12  For whosoever hath, (LIGHT) to him shall be given, (more LIGHT) and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, (rejects LIGHT) from him shall be taken away even that he hath. (LIGHT or EVIDENCE to believe)

Mark 4:23  If any man have ears to hear, (wants to KNOW) let him hear.

Mark 4:24  And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear (UNDERSTANDS what you KNOW) shall more be given. (more truth-light)

The Purpose of the Parable: To give light to those who want to know truth (receive light).

Matt 13:11-14 

Matt 13:15  For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

Matt 13:16  But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

The Parable is Explained:

Matt 13:18-23  Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.

Matt 13:37  He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;

Matt 13:38  The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;


Matt 13:13  Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. (The choice to not hear or see was their choice, not God’s)

Matt 13:14  And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: Matt 13:15  For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. (It was the will of God to save them, the good seed was sown to them, they chose not to believe).

1.      The birds (Devil) gets the seed before the person understands and accepts it as truth because of their own previous rejection of light. “…lest they should believe and be saved.”  (LOST) (Luke 8:12)

2.      Three soils that receive the seeds as truth: (BELIEVE AND SAVED)

a.      Stony ground They on the rock …receive the word … for a while believe,” (Luke 8:13)

b.      Seeds among the thorns “…which fell among thorns…bring no fruit to perfection.” (Luke 8:14)

c.       Seeds that fall on good grounds “…heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit” (Luke 8:15)

The Parable as Applied to sound Doctrine:

1.      The seed was to be cast to everyone (The results reveals the condition of their minds)

a.      The first did not understand (seeds by the wayside-no desire-don’t care)

b.      The second understood and received it immediately with Joy, but was easily offended because he had no roots (did not grow to maturity- remains as “Babe” in Christ).

c.       The third understood and received it but had no fruit because he was entangled with the cares of this world. The weeds (deceitfulness of riches) choked the word.

d.      The fourth heareth the word, and understandeth it; and also beareth fruit,

2.      Choices were made by the people –not God

Each of the last three (c., b., and d.,) received the Word, believed the Word, and were saved.

Each person determines his own type of soil.

The sower did not predetermine the soil (person) to believe

Not all believers will mature in the Lord (some will remain babes in Christ)

Not all believers will be faithful (Many will be offended to serve the Lord)

Not all believers will persevere in the faith ( Many will be caught up in the things of the world).

Not all believers will be fruitful.

T stands for the....Total depravity of man……Man May Choose To Hear, See, & Believe

U stands for..........Unconditional election……Anyone May Choses To Believe

L stands for..........Limited atonement………..The Seed Was Sown To All Soils

I stands for...........Irresistible grace and……...All Could Have, But Many Chose Not To

P stands for the.....Perseverance of the saints...Many Did Not Reach Maturity Or

   Persevere In The Faith

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Pictures and more Pictures

There's is nothing like having a great time of fellowship with missionaries. Dr. Tom Cucuzza was injured two days before our Missions Conference. Tom's position on the clarity of the Gospel was a great complement to our ministry.

This is one of the two ladies' Bible studies. They are the
backbones of their husbands.

Frances on the left and Brenda on the right were two of the teenagers in one of my camps back in the early 80's. So wonderful to see them and know they still love and are serving the Lord.
Sita (left) is from Trinidad and invited Peter Amato and I to come to her house on a Saturday to sing, eat, and witness to her neighbors. Three trusted the Lord. 

 Greg Stier of Dare2Share ministries sent me this picture of someone who was reading my book on the
"Gospel Driven Man"

My granddaughter Melanie Mech shot a 12 point deer on my property in Ga.

 These men and women provided special music.

We enjoyed the "Fabulous Firehouse Five"

Bob Brookes still has it

A few of our FBC girls

                         Mark Barnes              Matt Floyd       
         Pray for and support our missionaries
          Joe and Terri     Birbal / Annette Boodram

     Jon / Peggy Sperling         Tom Cucuzza 

   Make plans now to attend next year's Missions Conference
Oct. 21-24, 2018
Calvary Community Church
Dr. Ralph "Yankee" Arnold