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What Does Healing Look Like?

by Ricky Chelette, Executive Director What does real healing look like? That is a question I often get from those who journey through our ministry or from those who wonder what exactly we do at Living Hope Ministries.  The simple word “healing” seems to bring about all kinds of preconceived ideas and expectations.  I think … Read More »

The Child Within

by Ricky Chelette, Executive Director   If you have been around here for a while or if you have seen me personally in any setting for any length of time, you know that I generally talk to you about the inner, emotional child. It is apparent to me that much of the healing that must be … Read More »

Resisting the Blessings

by Ricky Chelette, Executive Director Why is it that many of us simply resist the blessings of God? I often ask myself this question in my own life as well as in the lives of people who struggle with same gender attractions. We are generally above average men and women who are incredibly gifted and … Read More »

Removing Old Tools

by Ricky Chelette, Executive Director A young man entered my office. From all appearances he was just like every other young man you might meet in church on a given Sunday morning: well groomed, articulate, charming, polite, bright eyed and married for ten plus years with a young child. As he began to share, he … Read More »

Parenting the Sensitive Soul

by Ricky Chelette, Executive Director     “I think my son wants to be a girl,” the  father blurted out through tear-filled eyes as he entered my office.  He was an enthusiastic father, an articulate, well-educated man, with a passion for God and truth. His wife was with him, tears streaming from her face as she saw … Read More »

Marriage: God’s Idea

by Ricky Chelette “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Gen. 2:24). In this simple but profound verse we see the Creator of the Universe clearly laying out His design for human union:  One man, one woman, created as a … Read More »

Managing Sin vs. Loving Jesus

by Ricky Chelette I want to sin. That is just the plain and natural truth. Everything in my fallen self desires that which is contrary to the spirit of God. It is so frustrating! Unfortunately the church often doesn’t help. I know churches want to and mean to, but honestly, they don’t. Why? Well because … Read More »


by Ricky Chelette Idolatry.  Most of us would say that we are not idol worshipers. Most of you reading this article would say you love the Lord deeply. You attend church weekly; you are kind, hospitable, and even generous.  When you read the word idol you often think of a Buddha or some other kind … Read More »

God’s Artists: Real Men?

by Ricky Chelette, Executive Director Real men: rough and tumble males who are interested in full contact sports with wounds that are still visible when they are forty.  But where do we get such a narrow view of what it means to be a man? Can artistic men be real men?  Ask a boy in … Read More »

Finding A Good Counselor

Finding a counselor can be difficult, especially if you are looking for one who supports your Christian/Biblical worldview. Ask some very specific questions and do your homework.