John 10:22 records Jesus being in Jerusalem at the Jewish feast of the dedication. This is not a holy day, but is similar to national holidays such as Thanksgiving. In this sermon Mr. Smith traces the history of this feast that relates to the
Jewish rebellion lead by the Maccabeans against the Syrian king Antiochus Epiphanes. This event is not recorded in Bible history but is spoken of in prophecy in the book of Daniel.
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.