• Lauri Smalls

    Contributing sermons since Oct 10, 2012
Lauri's church

Community Baptist Church
Newport, Rhode Island 2840

About Lauri
  • Education: Received a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management from Virginia University of Lynchburg and currently studying for a Masters of Urban Ministry at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.
  • Experience: Pastoral Assistant since 2010, Music Ministry leader, choir director, church school teacher, Executive Council Chair, Youth advisor, Minister of Ministries for Community Baptist Church
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: Thank you for taking time to look, and I appreciate any helpful comment.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: "It's time to be real", a sermon delivered by my Pastor in 1994. This message helped me hear clearly the call to service.
  • One of my favorite illustrations: "Going to church every week makes you no more of a Christian than going to a garage every day makes you a car." the late Rev. Robert L. Williams, circa 1985
  • Family: Married to Kenneth Johnson, the mother of two Lauren and Robert.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: They know it's a gift from God, because they know me.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: Loves it when I allow God to use me.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Stand up, speak up, shut up and sit down. Be clear, concise and confident. All roads lead to Calvary.
  • Books that have had an impact: Hinds feet in high places. The Bible
  • Hobbies: Reading, singing, laughing
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Jesus loves you just as you are, and loves you too much to leave you that way.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: I learned I can't preach and read at the same time. I have to do one or the other.
  • What I want on my tombstone: She loved the Lord with all her heart, mind and soul and love her neighbor as herself.
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Newest Sermons

  • Be

    Contributed on Nov 22, 2016

    A Thanksgiving Sermon from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18New Living Translation (NLT) 16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. Be Happy Thanksgiving to you all. This is a day of celebration and gratitude. Many of us will more

  • Over Me

    Contributed on Feb 23, 2016

    Emphasis of the work of Jesus on the Cross. a Lenten Sermon

    So they had him at last, and he was taken out of the city, carrying his cross to the place known as “The Skull,” in Hebrew, “Golgotha.” 18 There they crucified him and two others with him, one on either side, with Jesus between them. 19 And Pilate posted a sign over him more

  • Satisfied

    Contributed on Oct 11, 2012

    A message of how Jesus fulfills all of our needs. He satisfies

    Satisfied Verse 1: All my life long I had panted for a draught from some clear spring, that I hoped would quench the burning of the thirst I felt within. Chorus: Hallelujah! I have found Him, Whom my soul so long has craved! Jesus satisfies my longings Thro’ his blood I now am saved. more

  • I Was There

    Contributed on Oct 11, 2012
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    A Lenten message of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ

    Luke 23: 33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. and 42 Then he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom." I was there Jesus paid it all! All to Him I owe, sin more

  • When Christ Is Formed In You

    Contributed on Oct 11, 2012

    An Advent message

    And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. His mercy extends to more