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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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Monday, May 14, 2018


By Ralph "Yankee" Arnold.  Colorful, graphic chart explaining all of God's dispensations of time. Dimensions 11" X 17".  Price includes standard shipping within the continental U.S.
Total Price: $10.00

Friday, May 11, 2018

Yankee's Sermon Outlines for Videos

Yankee's Sermon Outlines for Videos
This message is designed for believers who are dealing with difficulty
in managing their anger.
(Use these notes to follow the video)
Pastor Ralph “Yankee” Arnold
TEXT:       (Read James 1:13-21)
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:  (James 1:19)
 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.  (James 1:20)
 Good quote: “Don’t trouble trouble until troubles trouble you.”
1.     When anger is EXPRESSED
Anger expressed immediately is usually explosive and damaging. The solution to a problem is to strike out to hurt someone or something. (It damages others)
Learn how to make the most out of your troubles.
Different problems are designed to produce different responses.
Additional reading: Ex. 32:1-32, Num. 11:1-6, Num. 20:2-12,
2.     When anger is REPRESSED
(Clam-up to prevent feelings, desires, or ideas from being expressed: not to think about or consider-as though it does not exist). Usually these two types of people marry. This type of anger is usually physiologically damaging. They fail to face reality. Pretending it will just go away. (It damages yourself with stress which can cause physical ailments).
Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:  (Ephesians 4:26)
A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.  (Proverbs 29:11)
3.   When anger is SUPPRESSED
(It means to prevent the development, action, or expression of (a feeling, impulse, idea, etc.); restrain. Without some satisfactorily facts it will tend to build up uncontrolled pressure. (It damages yourself with stress which can cause physical ailments and emotional distress).
The person will lock it up for the short haul. Like trying to close a suitcase that is too full. One side locks long enough for people think you have great control, only to snap open in the presence of someone else. Sometimes an innocent person becomes the recipient of uncontrolled explosions.
4.   When anger is CONFESSSED
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  (1 John 1:9) When we confess our sins to the Lord, we have a way to vent unhealthy pressure from our own lives.

If we are the source or cause of someone else’s anger, asking forgiveness is the key to reducing their pressure to respond in an unchristian way and it helps to remove the pressure caused by guilt in your own life.
What do you do when you get mad or filled with anger?
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:  (Hebrews 12:14)
Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;  (Hebrews 12:15)
(Will you hit something or someone, scream, or hold it in so nobody will know?)
  • Anger is a form of great energy, you can use it to correct, build, or destroy. It also dispenses energy quickly, which may leave you totally exhausted mentally and physically.
  • Remember:  Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:  (James 1:19) For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.  (James 1:20)
  • The good Lord gave us two ears and 1 mouth. We should listen twice as much as we speak.
  • If you speak before you put your brain in gear you will probably make the best speech you will ever regret.
  • What a drunk says when he is drunk, is probably what he thinks when he is sober.
When trouble is brewing   Keep still       Slow to wrath
When slander is stewing    Keep still.      Slow to wrath
When feelings are hurt      Keep still       Slow to wrath
  • When you cannot control your words, actions, or attitude, wait until you have recovered from your source of agitation. One of the fruits of the Spirit is longsuffering.
  • It means to be long fused. Give yourself time to reflect honestly before God. To be short fused means to be quickly explosive.
  • For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.  (James 1:20) The righteousness of God is the practical Godlessness that’s developed in your life.
Moving from a double-minded man to a righteous man
James 1:1-20                         God has a purpose   Patience to LEARN
James 1:21-2:26                   Swift to hear             Patience to HEAR
James 3:1-18                         Slow to speak            Patience to SPEAK
James 4:1-5:12                      Slow to wrath           Patience to REPOND
James 5:13-20                      Power of patience    Patience to PRAY
Poem written by Dr. Ralph “Yankee” Arnold, Pastor
(read to the tune of “God's been Working on Me”)

                                     I was down and out the other day
And I didn’t have the strength to go God’s way.
So I changed my shout to a pout
And no friend was there to help me out.
I’m so discouraged, woe is me
CAUSE, Satan’s been working on me.

CHORUS:      Satan’s been working on me
                        To make me what I shouldn’t be
                        It makes me so mad I cannot see
The purpose of his working on me.

I criticize to justify defeat
I jump on everyone I meet
I seem to hurt the ones that I love
People say they care but no one does
I’m so discouraged, woe is me
CAUSE, Satan’s been working on me.

No one cares if I live or I die
I don’t even know why I try
All the good I attempt, I always sin
My whole world is caving in
I’m so discouraged, woe is me
CAUSE, Satan’s been working on me.

Satan is alive on planet Earth
Troubles start from the day of your birth
Victory over Satan is your right
If you walk by faith and not by sight
I’m not discouraged, God’s with me
Tho, Satan’s keeps working on me.

Just remember all the while
You are God’s protected child
Be not discouraged nor dismayed
The victory in the cross, is love displayed.
Satan’s still working on me,
But God has promised victory
All God’s children shall prevail
To see the Devil placed in Hell

Monday, May 7, 2018

Florida Bible College singing groups PAST

The clear gospel of Jesus Christ rode the backs of many singing groups that sprung from the alumni of Florida Bible College. Beginning back in the 1960's, these young men and women were used greatly by the Lord to open many doors of opportunity to share the gospel. 
Bruce Porter, David Shipley, Dick Hill, Mike Otto, and Don Smith
Under the leadership of Joe Alessi, ETERNITY traveled
America and Europe proclaiming the gospel.
Eternity came to our church in Colorado many times
and ministered in our winter camp.

Vernon Brady led the Sounds of Truth Quartet across the United States. Their style of
"Southern Gospel Music" was similar to what most Southerners were raised on. They were a
blessing to have in our church, ranch meeting and serve as councilors in our winter camps. 
This is outside my home in Arvada, Colorado
Bill Butterworth at ranch
 Jim and Dolly Greer
During a TV broadcast in Denver

At great expense to our new growing church in Colorado, we had all four of these groups make that long (2150 one way) journey from Florida to assist in validating the clear gospel to the lost and challenging students to attend Florida Bible College. I am forever grateful for their commitment to the work of the Lord. They sacrificed much because we couldn't pay them very much to be with us.

 At camp in Hollywood, Ray Stanford did one of his famous dives for all the campers.

Oh, when we were young. Dr. Seymour was one of my favorite teachers.
Dick came to Arvada, and conducted a Soul-Winning Seminar, spoke in
Ranch and was the main speaker at Spring Camp in April , 1981. Dick has
been teaching at the Frontier School of the Bible in Wyoming for many years.