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Choosing Love (Romans 8)

with Ron Deal | April 3, 2024
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There is a surprise benefit of stepfamily living; imitating God's choice to love.

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    Ron L. Deal is one of the most widely read and viewed experts on blended families in the country. He is Director of FamilyLife Blended® for FamilyLife®, founder of Smart Stepfamilies™, and the author and Consulting Editor of the Smart Stepfamily Series of books including the bestselling Building Love Together in Blended Families: The 5 Love Languages® and Becoming Stepfamily Smart (with Dr. Gary Chapman), The Smart Stepfamily: 7 Steps to a Healthy Family, and Preparing to Blend. Ron is a licensed marriage and family therapist, popular conference speaker, and host of the FamilyLife Blended podcast. He and his wife, Nan, have three sons and live in Little Rock, Arkansas. Learn more at

There is a surprise benefit of stepfamily living; imitating God’s choice to love.

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Choosing Love (Romans 8)

With Ron Deal
April 03, 2024
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Ron: There is a surprise benefit of stepfamily living; imitating God’s choice to love.

Announcer: For FamilyLife Blended®, here’s Ron Deal.

Ron: When you were born into a family love was automatic, but in blended families people have to choose love. I mean think about it. Stepparents choose to love children not their own. Stepsiblings call each other brother and sister. And stepchildren get to be adopted, so to speak, by the stepparent’s love. I think I’ve heard of this before.

In Romans chapter 8 the Bible explains that God, our Heavenly Father, has adopted us into His family. He didn’t have to, but He did. Sounds to me like blended families get to be a living picture of God’s choosing love. If you ask me, that’s pretty cool.  For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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