Many who do not believe in God give as a reason all the suffering we see around us in this world. They say how could a God of love allow this suffering? In this split sermon Mr. Smith addresses this question. God allows mankind to make choices and some of our choices bring suffering to us and to others. God will one day stop this suffering but why doesn't he do so NOW? God wants us to learn from our suffering and then strive ot make the right choices that will bring us blessings now and will lead us down the road to salvation and eternal life in his future 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.