Gary Smith begins the sermon by quoting two verses that seem to contradict each other. One speaks of the love God shows to us in the Passover sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The second verse from the Old Testament is a command for the Israelites to kill every person in the cities they conquered as they entered the promised land. How do we reconcile these seemingly contradictory verses?
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.