As we near the end of this age the importance of faith in our lives will increase. In this sermon Mr. Smith goes through a sections of Mark 8 and 10 where Jesus tries to teach his disciples that they will face persecution if they follow his teachings. The Bible shows us that if we also follow Jesus we may face persecution in the years ahead of us and we need to develop a strong faith in God's promises to bring us through the times ahead and into his kingdom.
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.