This Week – Yakima, WA & Next Week – Victorville, CA

August 12th, 2010

We just finished a four day series of meetings in Campbell River, B.C. Canada.  We conducted five services, preaching on the theme, “Hope, an Anchor for the Soul”.  Each night we prophetically ministered Scripture promises to many individually who so desperately needed “a word from the Lord”. 

This week, we leave Canada to go to Yakima, WA where we will be conducting special meetings at Open Bible Christian Center with Pastor Mike Lyon.  We are trusting God for a great move of His spirit.

Next week we begin a series of meetings in Victorville, CA at Horizon Foursquare Church, Pastor Larry White.  Pray  for God to give us His strength as we are only home in Redding, CA for a few days before leaving again for our next ministry assignment.

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Special Meetings in Campbell River, B.C., Canada

August 9th, 2010

Greetings!  This week are ministering nightly at Christian Life Fellowship in Campbell River, B.C., Canada.  In our first of five services five adults came forward at the close of the service to trust in Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.  What a blessing it was to hear each of them confirm their decision to turn from sin and turn to Christ as their Redeemer.  Praise God!

In each of these meetings I am speaking on the subject, “Hope, an Anchor for Your Soul”.  Many people, due to the hardships of life have little or no faith to press on.  As a result of these meetings, many are renewing their hope in Christ, knowing that He is our Hope, a hope that brings freedom from past failures and defeats and the promise of God’s unwavering Word and divine presence in the future. 

At such a time as this, may God help us all to anchor our hope in Christ as our only Rock and in His Word as our only resource of unwavering Truth.

Evangelist Roger Smets

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Gwen’s Gems

August 3rd, 2010
We have an awe-inspiring God. “August” isn’t just a month, although it’s a special month because it’s my birthday month, but it’s also an adjective used to show reverence or admiration. It’s always a good time to think on the majesty and grandeur of our great God. He is our Lord, our Savior, our Shepherd, our Healer, our Provider, our Peace…and many other attributes. Remember this month, and always, to “think on these things”, think on our great God, think on whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable; think on Him. (Phil. 4:8)


Great news! No Heart Damage!

August 1st, 2010

As many of you know, two months ago I had a heart attack.  One of the main arteries to my heart was 100% bocked.  A few days ago I returned to the doctor and had a stress test, a nucular test, and a echocardiogram (or sonar) test. After reviewing the results, my cardiologist said that all three tests confirmed the same result, that I had NO PERMANENT DAMAGE as a result of the heart attack.  I praise God for sparing my life from what very easily could have been a fatal attack.

I have had a full recovery now and as per my doctor’s release, have resumed all scheduled ministry engagements and necessary traveling.  As a result of this experience,  I realize now that every day is a gift, the gift of another opportunity to preach the Gospel and touch lives in Jesus’ name.

This coming week we begin a four day series of meetings at Christian Life Fellowship in Campbell River, B.C.,Canada and are expecting a great time of ministry as I preach the Word of God with His power and authority.  My ministry theme will be “Hope, An Anchor for your Soul”.  Pray for people to be saved, encouraged and strengthened in the hope that we have in Christ and His living Word.  Thank you for praying for us and these meetings August 8-11, 2010“He sent His Word and healed them and delivered them…” (Ps. 107:20)

Evangelist Roger Smets

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A Great Day of Ministry in Mission Hills, CA

July 27th, 2010

A GREAT DAY OF MINISTRY IN MISSION HILLS, CA  We Praise God for a great day of ministry at Mission Hills, CA where where we served at Living Stone Christian Fellowship with Pastor Tim Vercellono.  Prior to the meetings on Sunday, the church orchestrated a 24 hour prayer vigil with people praying at the church around the clock.  As a result, it was a powerful day of Worship and preaching of the Word of God.

As Pastor Tim led the worship, a prophetic “Song of the Lord” came upon him with power and divine authority.  I experienced the same prophetic annointing as I preached the Gospel.  At the close of my message 5 adults came forward to acknowledge their decision to trust in Christ as personal Savior and Lord. Praise God!

NEXT SUNDAY on August 1st I am preaching in Santa Monica, CA at The Lighthouse.  Pray for another opportunity for Jesus to be exalted and for the Word of God to be declared with the power of the Holy Spirit.

Thank you for praying for these upcoming services in Santa Monica, on this Sunday AM & PM.

Evangelist Roger Smets

Redlands, CA Meetings

July 20th, 2010

REDLANDS, CA MEETINGS:  We just returned home from a great weekend of meetings at New Life Chapel in Redlands, CA with Pastor Dennis Evangelisto.  With the help of the Holy Spirit, I was able to give a personal prophetic word of encouragement to many.  I praise God for the power of His Word that “will not return void”. (Is 55:11a)

Thank You for your Prayers!

June 26th, 2010

Greetings!  We want to thank all of you who have been praying for my recovery from a recent heart attack earlier this month.  I am glad to report that I am doing much better and have been released by my cardioligst to resume my normal ministry schedule at this time.

This experience has without doubt been a sobering one.  After rushing to the hospital, straight to the ER, within minutes, 3 or 4 doctors were frantically working on me.  I over heard them talking about “saving”me.  I knew then it was quite serious.  As they rushed me down the hospital corridors to the Catheterization Lab to have a stent put in one of my arteries that was 100% blocked, I prayed for God to let me live.  After having the emergency angioplasty, my cardiologist said all went “perfect”, for which I am grateful.  I was also grateful that I was already in the ER at the hospital when the heart attack actually occured, which allowed a very rapid response by the doctors.  I am also grateful for the skilled and experienced hand of the doctor who said it couldn’t have gone any better.

So, again, thank you for your prayers.  We are trusting the Lord for a complete recovery and that upcoming tests will confirm that there was no permanent heart damage.

The Scripture promise I am declaring for myself is Psalm 27:14, “Be strong and be of a good courage and He will strengthen your heart.” So be it Lord Jesus!

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Heart Attack

June 7th, 2010

Last night my father, Roger Smets, experienced a heart attack. Around 4:00pm he began having chest pains and decided to drive himself to the hospital.  Upon arriving he collaspsed and attendants frantically worked to “keep him alive.”  It turns out he had a 100% blockage in one of his main arteries.  Thankfully, he made it to the hospital just in time and due to the freshness of the blockage they were able to  penetrate the blockage and put in an angioplasty stent instead of having to do bypass surgery. The angioplasty procedure was successful and my dad is recovering.  Thank you for all your prayers, comments, texts messages & phone calls.

It is in times like these when we become acutely aware that life is a gift of God. As 1 Samuel 2:6 says, “The Lord kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up.” We are grateful God in his wisdom has seen fit to give life to my dad and keep him with us longer.  We praise God for his goodness to us in this and even more so for the goodness of the gospel.  In Jesus we have a life that heart attacks can’t touch (Rom 8:31-39).

- Duane Smets

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My Dear Friend, Dr. Tom Ferguson – Present with the Lord!

May 21st, 2010

Roger & Pastor Tom

On Thursday, May 20st, I was making a follow-up call to my dear friend, Dr. Tom Ferguson, when Jodi (his secretary), told me the sad news that Tom had passed away just minutes before my call.  Tom was my nearest and dearest friend.  We have been close friends for over 35 years.  Tom was my supervisor for eight years in the Northwest District of Foursquare Churches, and my pastor for the past ten years. 

Pastor Tom was always a great encouragement to me in my ministry as an evangelist.  He challenged me to memorize the promises of God’s Word and to prophetically speak those promises into the hearts of people everywhere.  I was honored to minister annually at New Life Center in Everett, WA over the many years that Tom was Senior Pastor there, and more recently at Hope Foursquare Church over the past ten years in Snohomish, Washington. 

Pastor Tom was a very “Word focused” pastor.  He would always begin the service declaring such words as, “It is written, I John 4:4 that “Greater is He who is with you, than he who is in the world.” – It is written, Rom. 8:37 that “You are right now, More than a conquer through Jesus Christ our Lord: – And It is written, Eph. 3:20, that ”God is able…”  Upon hearing three or four “It is writtens” the entire congregation would spontaneously stand to their feet and applaud the Lord!

I am grateful for the close relationship that we have shared together for so many years.  In many ways Tom was a mentor to me, passing on to me his passon for souls.  Even though he functioned in a pastoral role, he was without doubt an evangelist at heart.  We spoke frequently over the phone, having conversations that always ended with an anointed prayer for each other and our ministries.  Often, if Gwen and I were in need of special prayer, he would call his entire congregation to stand together and intercede in our behalf.  I am so grateful for the spiritual covering that he extended over us and our ministry for so many years.

 I am going to deeply miss Tom and the love he extended to me for so many years.  Our heartfelt and earnest prayers shall be with Ronda and the family during this most difficult time. 

Evangelist Roger Smets

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Taking an Uncompromising Unwavering Stance

April 20th, 2010
Roger Smets

It is clear that fewer and fewer “Christians” in the church today are willing to take an uncompromising and unwavering stance on the truth of the Scriptures.  Any Biblical commands that are considered “uncomfortable” or “old fashioned” are written off as mere “suggestions” for godly living, not literal commands of God for all who believe.  The common recurring response of many to any such commandments has been the phrase, “It depends on your interpretion of the Bible”.  They believe there are ”many different interpretions” and thus many “different ways” to live a godly life.  One “Christian” woman recently told me that she and her “live-in” boyfriend have their own “private faith” where they have decided which commandments and Biblical teachings “best fits” them, abide by those and reject the rest as being “incompatible” with their desired lifestyle.  She said “some of the admonitions of the Bible “just don’t work” for them.  Thus, she and her boyfriend  have in essence, fashioned their own hand made gospel which bears no resemblance to the gospel of God’s Word.  Another “professing Christian”  told me that he believes there are different levels or degrees of Christianity and that all Christians don’t necessarily have to live their lives in response to a common behaviorable standard set forth in the Bible.  As for himself, he said he consders himself a “C- Christian”, the grade or level he feels most “confortable” with.  Sad to say, this kind of verbage is a ”new age” brand of thinking that is appalling to mainline christianity and is rapidly creeping into the church today at an alarming rate.  The once unquestioned and undeniable foundational doctrines of the Bible are now being reconsidered and redifined as merely one of many different theological views or ways of thinking.

Thus, the time has come for true Christians, to take an uncompromising unwavering stance for the undeniable and unchaning Word of God.  The Bible says that “The time will come in the last days when people will not endure sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around themselves teachers who will say what their itching ears want to hear.” (II Tim. 4:3 NIV/KJV)  This prophetic time has now come, a time when true Christians are being called upon to take a uncompromising and unwavering stance for the clear teaching of the Word of God.  In such times, sister may have to stand against brother and brother against sister.  Such a stance against compromising what the Bible says, is a costly one but is one that pleases God and that honors the price He paid for our sin through Jesus Christ at the cross.  As Jesus Himself said, “If any man come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me”. (Mt. 16:24)

In the midst of a weak mediocer modern day “Christianity” may God help us to unashamedly take an uncompromising unwavering stance that the Bible is without doubt the inspiried Word of God and is the foundation for all that we believe is true.

So be it Lord Jesus!

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