Friday, June 8, 2018

2018 TEEN CAMP UPDATE with Yankee & Jesse


Here is a brief testimony from Greg about our mutual vision to reach the lost for Christ.
“God has given me the privilege of equipping over a million teenagers to clearly share their faith through the ministry of Dare 2 Share. None of this would have been possible without Dr. Ralph “Yankee” Arnold. He equipped us to share the Gospel with clarity and confidence. And he inspired me to reach a generation of teenagers with the Gospel. I am so deeply grateful to the man God used to give me a burden for souls and the tools to reach them." Greg Stier, CEO and Founder of Dare 2 Share.

This is the bus we will use to carry our teens to camp. There is no extra charge for the bus.
The total cost of camp is $100.00 which includes the $25.00 registration fee.
We will wave the balance of $75.00 for parents who need a helping hand.

Hook-ups are available for parents to bring RV's (30 & 50) amps. (No additional charge for RV hook-up), and no children under 13. All children must room with campers. Hook-ups are available for parents to bring RV's (30 & 50) amps. (No additional charge for RV hook-up), and no children under 13. All children must room with campers.

Jesse and Kyla Martinez work with our youth here at Calvary. Pastor Jesse is a graduate of Florida Bible College of Tampa. Ministries are for the purpose of building laborers for the harvest.
Send or bring your youth leader/s so they can observe how we have conducted camps for over 50 years.

Many FBC grads brought teens from across America to attend the Christian Youth Ranch Summer Conference that was held by the Florida Bible College. Students had to see the place, feel the excitement, hear the Jim Tingen Story, and learn the joy of serving the Lord.

Yankee's personal plea: I am 76 years old, I have conducted more than 50 camps in 12 states. I have seen the value of young people going to camp. Most of us from old Florida Bible College (60's-70's) are getting up in age. Every week it seems we are losing some of our number to an upper calling. It is unusual for those of our age to be completely free of bodily ailments. I also know that our days are numbered and whatever is going to be done by us that are still roaming the earth are running out of time. We can lay down the baton or seek to pass it on. I have raised the financial support for teens to attend camp, provided a beautiful air-condition over the road bus with a professional driver for extra protection on the road. Any FBC Alumni who desires to bring their teens to camp may do so without charge (except the $25.00 registration fee). We used to bring young people to camp for Jesus sake, for the gospel sake, or for the sake of the lost. Isn't that still a good reason? Don't allow jealousy, envying, or offenses (or even our old age) to say we can't do it any more. If all you can do is pray, please pray.

1.      Help send or bring some young teenager to our Summer Camp.

2.      No money-no problem. We trust the Lord to supply our needs. Living by faith is living by the confidence that others have in what you are doing.

3.      Give yourself to prayer that scholarship funds could be afforded to students who desire a good Bible education at Florida Bible College but lack the funds.

5.      Recommend FBC of Tampa to those you know that want to learn the youth ministry.

Florida Bible College of Tampa is a continuation of this great heritage. Here is how you can play a part in preparing young men for the youth ministry.
We do have online classes for those who cannot come to our facilities here. However, we strongly believe that the best way to learn the ministry is to be in the ministry. Our college gives students this very opportunity. It is more caught that taught. You must see it done and be involved.

FOR the online REGISTRATION and MEDICAL form and information CLICK HERE.
2018 Teen Camp will be held at 

Dr. Ralph 'Yankee' Arnold, Pastor
Calvary Community Church of Tampa
4811 George Rd.
Tampa, Fla. 33634
cell 706-255-5618
If Greg Stier has and is still training 1,000's of youth leaders across America the youth ranch model, maybe we should stay with it. Just glean thru these three statements from three different books. Perhaps our Christian Youth Ranch model and Camps were the best.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

My Lil' Darling of 58 Years


June 8th, 2018

We celebrate 58 years of marriage.

1960 When we ran away to get married. It cost $5.00 by the Justice of the Peace. I was financially broke, young, foolish, no job, no place to live, and worst of all, I was lost as to the Lord. Betty's dad, Raymond Jackson, led me to Christ 3 months later. At 22 years of age, I realized that I had dragged my wife and two children to live in five states, still broke, no education (finished the 10th grade), and no hope of anything getting better. Betty's dad told me that if I would slow down and let the Lord get in front He would guide me. I realized that my life was like pushing a rope. I stopped running, attended Florida Bible College in Miami, Florida, and only by the Grace of God has he allowed me to have a ministry preaching the gospel. WHAT A RIDE! WHAT A WOMAN TO HAVE STUCK WITH ME THROUGH THOSE TERRORIZING YEARS WITHOUT HOPE. THAT IS ABUNDANT GRACE.
Betty last week on Mount Carmel in Israel

The wedding that never was but should have been
Ralph "Yankee" Arnold

In the dead of night, before the morning light
Two hearts were young and gay;
Before the justice of the peace, and a five dollar bill
A rose was stolen away.

This is the wedding that could have been
Had the lord had his way with me;
To have the father give his daughter away
To a man for all to see.

After all these years, one thing I regret
Are memories that will never be;
To rob a man, of the master's plan
Is a deed that still haunt's me. 

Take the time and read the poem below

And remember to always do right;

For the time will come with the setting of sun

That you'll know, and enjoy, with delight.


It seems so right, you dressed in white
awaiting my hand in yours;
To make promises before man, and vows before God
Who looks on from Heavens' bright shores.

To love you, honor you, protect and provide
is my promise to ever be true;
To love no other, but faithful abide
and be the husband God meant for you.

For me to love you, as Christ loves me
is the true test of love divine;
To give to my wife, the supreme sacrifice
is the commitment of this life of mine.

As a token of my love for you
I place this ring upon your hand;
The circle which is eternal,
and our desire for the Master's plan.

Our hearts, like candles, shall melt together as one
as we walk in the warmth of God's Son;
Bone of my bone and Flesh of my flesh,
You're mine till our race is run.

To hear those words, "You may now kiss the Bride"
is a moment to enjoy for life;
But better still are the words so real,
"I pronounce you Man and Wife".

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Pillars and Killers in the Church



Pastor Ralph “Yankee” Arnold

TEXT: Mark 7:5-9,
Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and
many such like things do ye.  (Mark 7:13)
Introduction:        The Lord gives Pillars to the Church. The Devil gives Killers to the church. This message is for the church body as a whole and personally for the individual child of God.
And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.  (Mark 8:15)

Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.  (Matthew 16:6)



Guilty of the doctrine of SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS

    1. Luke 18:9-14, Gal. 5:9, Gal. 1:6-9
    2. Legalistic; adds works to the Gospel. It kills the message of Grace. It will not save.

Guilty of denying the power of the SUPERNATURAL

READ: Matt. 22:23-32

    1. The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him,  (Matthew 22:23)
    2. Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.  (Matthew 22:29)
    3. The church is dead when she does not allow the power of God to work in their lives.

Guilty of the doctrine of MATERIALISM (“Cares of this world”)

a.      Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute (money) unto Caesar, or not?  (Matthew 22:17)

b.      Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:  (Matthew 6:19)

c.       When the church loses its’ eye for the things of the Lord, it will die.

The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.  (Matthew 6:22)



His Plan for me

When I stand at the judgment seat of Christ, and he shows his plan for me. The plan of my life as it might have been, had he had his way and I see.

How I blocked him here and I checked him there, and I would not yield my will.  

Will there be grief in my Savior’s eyes, grief though he loves me still.

He would have me rich and I stand there poor, stripped of all but his grace,

While memory runs like a haunted dream, down the paths I cannot retrace.

Then my desolate heart will nigh break, with the tears I cannot shed,

I shall cover my face with my empty hands; I shall bow my uncrowned head.

Lord of the years that are left for me, I give them into thy hands,

Take me, and break me, mold me, and make me into the pattern that thou hast planned.


And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.  (Galatians 2:9)

For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. 

(1 Corinthians 3:9)

According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.  (1 Corinthians 3:10)

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  (1 Corinthians 3:11)

Pillars are builders.

a.      Men who will stand for salvation by Grace  

b.      Men who believe in the supernatural power of God to produce the new birth.

c.       Men who will put killers out of the church and put pillars in.

d.      Men who will stand in the power of God’s might. “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”  (Ephesians 6:10)

e.      Men who can stand against the temptations of the Devil. “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”  (Ephesians 6:11)

Saturday, May 19, 2018

The value of my good old dirty Bible

Please allow me just a moment to enter into your world. Many people over the years have played a very important part in my life. My father in law, Mr. Raymond Jackson, led me to Jesus Christ when I was 18 years old in a little town called Athens, Georgia. He immediately proceeded to get me involved at the Northside Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. Virgil Edwards. He was instrumental in establishing the Independent Baptist Fellowship of Georgia. I was privileged to attend many Baptist meetings over the next few years.

I was greatly encouraged to have various preachers/teachers signed the flyleaf of my Bible. Each one made a great impact on my life. It was not because I agreed with everything they said, but because I did not know enough to disagree. The one main thing I learned from all of them was their love of the Lord and their love of the Bible that gave them a passion for souls.
From the Fly-leaf of my 1st Bible

Signatures are over 50 years ago. Men that touched my life. 

I heard Charles F Weigle when he was 92, sing a song that he wrote called, “No one ever cared for me like Jesus,”. This was at Highland Park Baptist Church at the dedication of the Weigle Music Center, in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
As a student enrolled at Tennessee Temple Schools in 1964. I worked in the bus ministry (along with Gardiner Gentry) under Dr. Lee Roberson, who was pastor of the Highland Park Baptist Church. I was greatly motivated to be a soul-winner because of Dr. Jack Hyles who was speaking for the Sword of the Lord Conference.

Signatures are over 50 years ago. Men that touched my life. 

My Bible pictured below reveal a good old dirty used up Bible that I used for four years at Florida Bible College. Most of the graduates of Florida Bible College did not only have knowledge about the Bible but a working knowledge of the Bible. It's not that we underlined every verse we read, but we were taught to memorize Scripture from the first class until the last class.

I have pastored three different churches and Dr. Curtis Hutson has been one of my favorite guest preachers in each one. I have had the privilege of preaching in the South Texas Sword of the Lord Conference for three straight years before he passed away. He was truly a "Flame in the Wind".

Dr. A. Ray Stanford helped me more than any man on the clarity of the gospel along with a better presentation that would help the lost man to easily understand the gospel. Dr. Mark Cambron was the Dean of Tennessee Temple Bible Schools from 1948 in 1959. These two great men founded the Florida Bible College in Miami, Florida in 1962. Both were my teachers for 4 years. The older I get, the more I realize that I owe so much to so many.

I want to thank the Lord for every man that has crossed my path. Each one (whether knowingly or unknowingly) has left a little nugget of truth whether in word, thought or deed that has helped sustain me, lead me, guide me, teach me or warned me on how grow in my Christian Life. I have been so blessed. If you see a turtle on the top of a fence post you know it did not get there on its own.
I remember visiting a family who were so proud of their family Bible sitting on the end table in their dining room. I picked it up and found that none of the gilded pages had been separated. Many Bible colleges teach their students about the Bible but not the Bible. Study the word.
  • Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  (2 Timothy 2:15)
  • BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.  (Psalms 119:9)
  • Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.  (Psalms 119:11)
  • Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.  (Psalms 119:129)
  • The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.  (Psalms 119:130)
    The moral of this story is don't forget where you came from and how you got to where you are today. Remember: everyone is having a hard time, be a blessing. God bless.
  • Yankee

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Sermon Outline for "Spiritual Examination"

Sermon Outline for "Spiritual Examination"
To video click HERE


Pastor Ralph “Yankee” Arnold
TEXT:       Romans 12:1-2
1.      To present your body as a living sacrifice is crucial to spiritual growth.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  (Romans 12:1)
2.    To present your minds to be renewed by the Word of God is crucial to discerning God’s perfect will.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  (Romans 12:2)
3.    To present your will to the Lord you must yield (surrender) to his authority.
Romans 6:11-16 (Read)
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  (1 Corinthians 6:19)
For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.  (1 Corinthians 6:20)
4.    MY EYE TEST                (How are my eyes?)
a.                Heb. 12:1        Can’t you see that if God is faithful to the Old Testament saints he will be faithful to you?
b.                I Cor. 2:9       If God hasn’t told us everything, can’t you see that God likes surprises?
c.                II Cor. 5:7      Can you see that we walk by faith in what God says, not in what we see?
d.           John 4:35       Can you see the people that needs to be reached?
e.               Eph. 1:18        Can you see that spiritual eyesight is the result of spiritual understanding?
f.                Eph. 5:15        Can you see that wisdom is being able to see where you walk?
g.                II COR. 4:18  Can you see into eternity? (dirt in the eyes?)
5.     MY EAR TEST      (How are my ears?)
a.                  James 1:22    To understand is to hear, to hear and understand is to do.
b.                  Phil. 4:9         The peace of God is to those who do what God’s word taught.
c.                  Rom. 10:17    If hearing comes by the Word are you spending time with God?
d.                   Heb. 5:11        To be tired of hearing is to be tired of doing.
6.    TEST OF THE TONGUE:  Has it been seasoned with salt? Are your words palatable?
a.                     James 3:8      To discipline the tongue you must discipline the mind. Is your    tongue telling on you?
b.                     (Ephesians 4:29) Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 
c.                       James 3:5      It only takes a spark to get a fire going. How many fires have you started?
d.                       Rom. 1:15       Speaking the gospel is a proper use of the tongue.
a.                        Phil. 2:5-8     Is your submission to Christ done with a sweet humble   spirit?
b.                       Phil. 4:8         A proper thought life gives birth to proper actions.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  (Philippians 4:8)
c.                   II Cor. 10:5    Are you a voluntary love-slave of Jesus Christ?
d.                  II Cor. 11:3     Are you allowing your mind to be corrupted? 
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.  (2 Corinthians 11:3)
e.                  II Tim. 1:7      Is your life governed by FEAR or LOVE?
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  (2 Timothy 1:7)
f.                  James 1:8      Does your life reflect a double minded man?
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.  (James 1:8)
I just wanted to let you know that I really like the sermon notes. Please keep them coming. Also the YouTube videos and Bible Line stuff is invaluable. I have used it so much and when possible watch it on my lunch break. Thank you for all that you do for the Gospel and people.
Very respectfully, Mike

This has been a difficult week.
The Notes help me clarify what is happening.
Applying them will be a challenge but a clear way to resolve my situation.
Thank you
M.L. (An occasional visitor)

Hi Pastor Arnold,
Having these sermon notes to go along with the message is awesome!
Just wanted to let you know.
Thank you! A.A.
    First of all, I want to thank you for your drive for the Lord, Your drive for Calvary, Your drive for FBC, and all supporters and workers in the LORD. You have led them, to that drive, they now have. They are awesome. 
    You are a blessing from the Lord.  I am thankful you picked up, where Hank left off.  You are the only earthly source of guidance I have (that's sort of weird, we've never met, just on the phone).  You have taught me how to feed myself, thanks for that.  Without that, I can't even think about it.  And, yes that poem is so right on, it almost freaks me out. It's real, and has been happening constantly to me. Yes, you still ride with me every day, in my car, giving me the sermons I need to hear.  Thanks for allowing the Lord to use you, as He has.  You have ignited many flames in the wind. Thank you. 
    Oh, to answer your question about the outlines, thanks, they are helpful.  I usually listened to your sermons, over and over and over, to get what the points you made, making sure of every one. That also helps me memorize scripture, which I have done ever since the Lord showed I could memorize scripture that way. (I tried, at first, to make excuses why I couldn't memorize scripture). He let me know, if I could memorize words to useless songs, I could memorize His Word. 
Looking forward to the meeting in the air, what a Grand Picture.
Stay healthy,  D.
Hi Pastor,
Thx for the sermon on anger – I will use that for our Friday night RU addictions recovery program!
 Hope all is well with you all in FL. D.R.
 Enjoyed your notes. Frank
So much better to have the notes, it makes it easier to go back and reflect and add our own notes to.
Thanks for the sermon. George
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THESE!!!! They are such a blessing to me. Thank Jesus for this ministry!!!
God Bless you and your ministry!!!-d
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