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Straight Not Narrow-Presenting Jesus Beyond the Walls

Knocking down the walls of the church and bringing Jesus to YOU in a personal way. We present the affirming, encouraging love of Jesus, sharing how ALL God's people can experience Christ's love through worship, teachings, and other useful resources. You c

Updated: 2017-02-08T23:57:34.298-05:00


Encouraging Word Ministry!


You can see what Brenda and I are up to these days in ministry at our new website, Encouraging Word Ministry.  We are offering ministries of encouragement, leadership, and Healing for Damaged Emotions.  Please come by and visit and follow our Twitter feeds and like our Facebook pages.

We've Got a new Ministry!


Please check us out at Encouragement For Living, a site that will offer encouragement from the Lord focused on GLBT people.

Welcome to Affirming Worship!


If you don't have a welcoming church near you, or you just can't make youelf step into one, we're bringing worship to you. We have listed below links to those type of churches that feature live worship music and/or services that have been previously recorded.  We hope you are blessed and take time out of your busy schedule to enter into the Lord's day.If one of the live feeds we post isn't working (stuff happens, especially during the winter) we hope you will take time to check out a different live broadcast or peruse our selection of pre-recorded services listed below.If you know of a service we should add to our list, please send an e-mail and share it with us. The list follows the jump:Live Sunday Services (all times Eastern) VIDEOGA-New Covenant Christian Church, Atlanta, 11:00 AM  FL-Potters House International Fellowship, Tampa, 11:00 AMNY-Marble Collegiate Church, New York City, 11:00 AMFL-Oasis Fellowship Ministries, Casselberry, 11:00 AMNC-Church of the Holy Spirit Fellowship, Winston-Salem, 11:45 AMAL-Covenant Community Church, Birmingham, 12:00 PMOK-Diversity Christian Fellowship International, Tulsa, 12:00 PMCA-Glory Tabernacle Christian Center, Long Beach, 1:00 PMCanada-Rainbow Community Church, Vancouver 9:00 PMAUDIOCanada, Vancouver-Christ Alive Community Church, 10:15 PM FL-Beacon of Hope Ministries, Dunedin (Living the Good Life radio program) 4:00 PMVideo ArchiveAL-Covenant Community Church, BirminghamCA-Glory Tabernacle Christian Center, Long BeachFL-Church of the Holy SpiritSong, Ft. LauderdaleFL-Oasis Fellowship Ministries, CasselberryFL-Potters House International Fellowship, TampaGA-Gentle Spirit Christian Church, AtlantaGA-New Covenant Church of AtlantaMA-First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain (American Baptist)NC-Church of the Holy Spirit Fellowship, Winston-SalemNY-Marble Collegiate Church, New York CityOK-Expressions Community Fellowship, Oklahoma CityOK-Diversity Christian Fellowship International, TulsaTX-The One Church, GarlandTX-Community Gospel Church, HoustonWA-Seattle First Baptist, Seattle (American Baptist)Canada-Rainbow Community Church, VancouverAudio ArchiveCA-Fairview Community Church, Costa Mesa (American Baptist/UCC)CA-Christ Chapel of Long BeachCA-Christ Chapel of the Valley, North HollywoodCT-Riverfront Family Church, Farmington (American Baptist)DC-Riverside Church (American Baptist)FL-Beacon of Hope Ministries, Dunedin (Living the Good Life radio program)FL-Body of Christ Church of God, LargoGA-New Covenant Church of AtlantaKY-Covenant Community Church, LouisvilleMD-Kittamaqundi Community, ColumbiaNC-Myers Park Baptist Church, Charlotte (American Baptist)NC-Wake Forest Baptist Church, Winston-Salem (Alliance of Baptists)NJ-Christ Church, Summit (American Baptist/UCC)NY-Revolution Church, New York CityOH-Emmanuel Fellowship Church, AkronOH-All Saints Community Church, CortlandTN-Covenant of the Cross, MadisonTX-University Baptist Church, Austin (American Baptist)TX-Church of the Savior, Cedar Park (American Baptist)TX-White Rock Community Church, DallasVA-Ravensworth Baptist Church, Annendale (American Baptist)VA-Washington Plaza Baptist Church, Reston (American Baptist)WA-First Baptist Church, Madison (American Baptist)South Africa-Deo Gloria Family ChurchCan we pray for you? E-mail[...]

A New Season for Jim, Brenda, and Straight Not Narrow


Hopefully you've notice a lack of posts here over the past few days. That is because we are moving into a period of transition in our ministry, one that will not include daily updates to this website.

We will still be involved in affirming ministry, but we will be using this site as more of a reference page than one for daily interaction. We'll be building our resources of Affirming Words, Matthew 25 sources, LGBT Helping Hands, Affirming Churches, and other reference points for those who have been treated as outcasts by their chuch or by "The Church." We'll post updates as new items are added periodically.

We appreciate the support and encouragement we have received from so many of you, and please don't stop. We believe Straight, Not Narrow will continue to be a valuable resource and, we hope, a jumping in point for those who have reach a point that they want someting better, someone greater than them, in their lives. We believe that someone is Jesus Christ, and the material here will continue to point people toward Him.

God bless everyone!

Encouraging Music 5/10/10 "Pass It On" by Tommy Walker


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Encouraging Words 5/10/10 Happiness, the By-product of Righteousness


From:  Love Worth Finding

“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6

Happiness is something you stumble over on your way to serving Jesus. When you are serving the Lord Jesus Christ, happiness is the by-product of righteousness. People who are trying to be happy are focusing their energy at the wrong target. If you will seek after righteousness, then you will be happy.

What you need is to drink of the Spirit. It is to feed on the Word of God. The deepest need of your heart will be met only in Jesus.

Ask the Lord to fill you with His presence, to fulfill the deepest need of your heart in Him and Him alone. Now trust Him to do it.

Encouraging Music 5/8/10 "There is a Rock" by Tommy Walker


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Encouraging Words 5/8/10 The Reason We Are Stressed


From:  Love Worth Finding

“Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall He not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?” Matthew 6:30

Do you know the reason we’re stressed? Because we think our needs are not going to be met. We say, “Oh my goodness, I’m not going to have what I need!”

Jesus tells us not to worry about what you are going to eat. And don’t worry about what you are going to wear. He’s saying only one thing is important – His righteousness. These things don’t even take significance until your deepest needs are met. You are to find your satisfaction in Him. If you don’t find your satisfaction in Him, you’re going to be stressed.

Are you stressed out about something today? Turn it over to Jesus and turn your focus to Him. Let Jesus meet your needs and transform your heart today.

Encouraging Music 5/7/10 "Thank You for Loving Me" by Tommy Walker


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Encouraging Words 5/7/10 Biblical Hope, A Firm Certainty


From:  Love Worth Finding

“For Thou art my hope, O Lord God: Thou art my trust from my youth.” Psalm 71:5

What does the word “hope” mean in the Bible? It doesn’t mean “maybe.” We may use it that way in Modern English, but that’s not what the word “hope” means in the Bible.

“Hope” means certainty, but not just any certainty. It is rock-ribbed assurance with anticipation based on the Word of God. When I was a little boy, my dad would take us out for a ride on Sunday afternoon. The kids would be in the back seat getting into squabbles. If things got too heated, my dad would turn around and say, “When you boys get home, I’m going to whip you.” With my dad, I knew this was a rock-ribbed truth!

Our hope, however, is glad anticipation!

Share the hope of eternal life in Jesus Christ with someone today. Maybe there’s someone at the hospital who needs a word of hope. Maybe it’s a member of your family!

Encouraging Music 5/6/10 "I Believe in Jesus" by Tommy Walker


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Encouraging Words 5/6/10 It's All About Jesus


From:  Love Worth Finding

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5

The thing I love about the Old Testament is the thing I love about the New Testament. The Old Testament and the New Testament both are the inspired Word of God. Don’t get the idea that the Old Testament has a message different from the New Testament. All of the Bible is about Jesus. If you read the Bible and you don’t find Jesus, you better go reread it.

Somebody may ask if you have read the four gospels, and you can answer them, “I’ve read all sixty-six!”

From Genesis to Revelation,
•It has the same villain – Satan.

•It has the same hero – Jesus.

•It has the same purpose – to present salvation in no other name but Jesus.

Read Isaiah 53. What are the prophecies that were fulfilled in the life of Christ?

Encouraging Music 5/5/10 "I Have a Hope" by Tommy Walker


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Encouraging Words 5/5/10 Over Our Heads, But Under His Feet


From:  Love Worth Finding

“For He hath put all things under His feet. . .” 1 Corinthians 15:27

Praise God! The story has a happy ending! He is risen! Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God at this very moment, interceding on your behalf (Romans 8:34). And His prayers are always answered.

When the problems of your life are over your head, remember they are under His feet. Where is His head? It is in the heavenlies, interceding for you.

Where are your problems? Under His feet.

Jesus is alive and waiting in the wings to return for you!

Is there someone in your life who is struggling? Write them a note of encouragement and use Romans 8:34 as a closing verse of hope.

Affirming Words 5/4/10-"Why We Need Jesus" Parts 2 and 3 of 3


A sermon by Rev. Clinton Crenshaw from The Big Easy MCC in New Orleans, LA.

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Encouraging Music 5/4/10 "He Knows My Name" by Tommy Walker


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Encouraging Words 5/4/10 God's Omnipotence in Creation


From:  Love Worth Finding

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

An eloquent preacher said, “God stepped from behind the curtain of nowhere and stood upon the platform of nothing and spoke a world into existence.” God is the creator of all that your hand can touch, your eye can see, your ears can hear, and your nose can smell. If you see a watch, I hope you assume there’s a watchmaker. And if you see the precise atomic flux of the universe, I hope that you don’t believe that happened by chance. The evolutionists believe that if you take billions of years and add time plus chance, that you can turn frogs into princes. In school they call that fairy tales. In the laboratory they call it science.

God spoke your life into existence. His Word sustains your breath. His Word can silence your breath. Thank Him for your life today!

Affirming Words 5/3/10-"Why We Need Jesus" Part 1 of 3


A sermon by Rev. Clinton Crenshaw at The Big Easy MCC in New Orleans, LA.

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LGBT Helping Hands 5/3/10-The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of the Ozarks (Springfield, MO)


The mission of GLO is to support the well being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered individuals in the Greater Springfield, MO area by organizing and sponsoring community events and increasing the public understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered citizens.
The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of the Ozarks envisions, in the 21st Century, an environment of safety and respect where basic human rights are guaranteed to all.
GLO is accomplishing our mission and our vision in several unique ways. Through outlets such as Pride Fest, and the Queen City Cabaret, GLO offers the community a celebration of its creative talent and spirit. Our partnership with the Forest Institute now allows for free professional counseling, and our support and social groups continue to further our aim of increasing public awareness and understanding of LGBT issues and concerns. Our decade-long presence on historic Commercial Street, has provided both visibility and continuity. It is clear: We are here to stay.
Click here to find out more.

Encouraging Words 5/3/10 The Wakeup Call


From:  Love Worth Finding

“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.” Romans 13:11

Do you know what Napoleon said about China? “There lies a sleeping giant, and let him sleep, because if he awakens, he will shake the world.” I believe the devil says that about the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. And I believe the church is just that—a sleeping giant. We’re asleep because we have been chloroformed by the spirit of this age. We’re bombarded on every side by all kinds of amusement. Do you know what amuse means? It’s a combination of two words. Muse means to think, and the alpha prefix in front of it means not to. We are a generation that is amusing ourselves into oblivion. And it’s time to wake up!

Are you taking the Christian life seriously? If this were your last day on earth, how would you spend it? In amusement? Or in evangelism?

Affirming Words 5/1/10-"Life Among the Living"


A sermon by Pastor Tom Millner at Church of the Holy SpiritSong in Ft. Lauderdale, FL:

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Life Among the Living from COHSS on Vimeo.

Encouraging Music 5/1/10 "Fall On Me" by Vineyard Music


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Encouraging Words 5/1/10 Praying in Secret


From: Love Worth Finding

“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” Matthew 6:6

What did our Lord mean when He said, “Enter into your closet to pray”? The word “closet” simply means somewhere where you can shut the door on the world and open the windows to heaven.

As you study the life of Jesus, you’ll discover that Jesus sought times to be alone. Sometimes He would go on a mountain, sometimes into the wilderness, and sometimes into a garden. It is the secret place that is the sacred place.

The mark of your prayer life is not really how well you pray in public but in private.

When you enter your closet to pray,

•spend some time in silence
•clear your mind
•listen for His Words of edification, encouragement, and exhortation