Identity Theft  

by Marsha, Friends & Family Director


Most of us have heard the phrase (or perhaps said it ourselves), “That’s just who I am.” That is a common reply used by people who feel that their sexual identity is being challenged.  Others of us use it, too, especially when we are being challenged to change something in our lives that we either perceive as too difficult to tackle or that we don’t really view as a problem.  Whatever the reason a person uses those words, they state that their identity is being called into question, a core part of who they are that cannot change. 
Identity labels are a part of the LGBTQI+ world but are also a part of the struggles that everyone faces. Whatever label we adopt is an attempt to define ourselves, but God has already given each of us an identity.  In the first book of the Bible, we are told that God said, “Let Us make mankind in Our image, according to Our likeness,” Gen. 1:26.  That is a high status given to us just by being human and created by God.   We are all bearers of His image.  Christians are given additional stature and identity as God’s children.  When a person adopts a label or identity outside God’s Word, whether benign as “I’m a dad/mom/teacher/employee,” or a more demeaning or (continuing reading here)


The Crucible of Criticism
Brings Others to Christ

by Ricky Chelette, Executive Director

Over the last several weeks, there have been scores of articles, blogs, and various media talking about Living Hope Ministries and the work we do. Honestly, most of those who write about us know nothing of what we do, and only one reporter has ever contacted me to check any facts. The articles have not been flattering.

     As a result, I have received dozens of emails from people I don't know nor have ever met, sharing the vilest, most perverted, and hate-filled prose I've ever read. Join me in praying for these precious and misguided people.

     I've had several people who were once a part of this ministry, asked for our help, received our support for free, applauded and praised the ministry, now vilify the ministry and me as damaging and harmful, even dangerous. Their recollections of events either never happened or are so skewed, they bear no resemblance to reality.

     Even worse, these individuals are people who I care about deeply. They were, I thought, my friends.

     I have always believed criticism is an opportunity for evaluation and change, and I take it seriously.  I've prayed, searched my memory, reviewed my practices, and carefully (continue reading here)

LHM Annual Fundraising Celebration Banquet

We all ask ourselves the questions, Am I…
           Man enough? 
           Woman enough? 
           Good enough?
           Strong enough?
           Spiritual enough?
           Faithful enough?
The answer is simple:  NO!  That is exactly why we need a Savior.  We cannot be enough but JESUS IS ENOUGH! 

Jesus has done what we could not do to free us from the shackles
of our sin and transform our hearts and lives. 
Join us on November 6th, 7:00 pm in the Great Hall of
Park Cities Baptist Church, Dallas, TX.
Enjoy a wonderful meal, hear incredible music, and experience the
personal stories of those who discovered that  Jesus is ENOUGH!

Click here as tickets are now on sale ! Space is limited to 400!

We are in need of individuals who are or have been a part of LHM to sing (solo or chorus) and/or share their testimony at this year's banquet. If you are interested please contact Ricky. This banquet can't happen without your help. Your gifts and talents are needed.  Give Ricky a shout-out today!

If you are between 18-27 years old and seeking to discover your true identity in Christ as the man of God He has created you to be, join us for this one-year, highly accountable discipleship program and see the amazing work God can do in and through your life. More info here.

Mark your calendar for Sept. 23, 2021 and support LHM on North Texas Giving Day! Giving Opens Sept. 1!

The recent pandemic coupled with the financial crisis that many Americans face has caused a significant decrease in gifts to LHM.  We are managing well and God has provided for our staff and our ministries. However, your financial support is critical to continue our ministry. When you give through North Texas Giving Day your gifts are multiplied!! Please prayerfully consider how can support the international work of LHM as we journey with those seeking sexual and relational wholeness through a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. 


You Are Not Alone!  Join Our Support Groups!

If you would like to be involved in our FREE online or in-person meetings, please contact us to set up an intake interview with one of our staff. If you have been through an intake and it has been more than six months since you have participated in the group, please contact us to rejoin the support groups. We would be honored to serve you in any way that we can as together, we journey towards Christ and embrace our redeemed identity in Him. 

We have groups for men, women, young adults, friends and family, and wives.  We have had a tremendous response to both in-person and online zoom support meetings. If you need help, we are here.  You are not alone!

Check out over 100 episodes of Hope Cast! - Honest conversations about real issues Christians face regarding sexuality, faith, and discipleship.
Designed specifically to speak into the sexual and relational brokenness of our lives, these verse-by-verse teachings of the Bible help all believers discover how to surrender their lives, sexuality, and identities to the Lord and be faithful followers of Jesus Christ.
Join Us In Prayer

Would you please join us in praying for our friends and family ministry this month?
  • Pray for those parents, friends, or family whose loved one has just come out, regardless of the identity they embrace, that God would hold them close as they grieve this disclosure.
  • Pray that family and friends would find LHM or a similar ministry to encourage them in the truth and to help them pray for their loved ones. 
  • Pray that LHM would continue to have the resources needed by the friends and family members as they navigate a new reality.
  • Pray that F&F members would utilize the support we have:  forums, in-person, online support groups, or pastoral counseling.
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