In this sermon Mr. Smith continues his sermon series on the principles of biblical child rearing. He first points out that God does not give us a long detailed list of rules on child rearing. But he points out that there are several verses that give key overall principles about parenting. In this sermon he considers in detail two of these. Starting with Genesis 2:24 he shows us that the most important principle we need to apply is to develop strong marriages that teach our children through the examples set by their parents. He then uses Deut. 6:6-7 to show us how important it is for us to help our children develop qualities of good character.
Gary Smith was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, but spent most of his youth in the Pasadena, California area. He graduated from Ambassador College in 1976 and he and his wife, Liz, moved to Peoria, Illinois. For the next six years he worked as a nursing home administrator in Illinois, Ohio, and Texas.
In 1982, he and Liz began to serve in the full-time ministry. Since that time, they have served in a number of congregations in the Midwest.
Gary and Liz now pastor in Houston, Texas near their two children and grandson.