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Gossip Divides (Proverbs 16)

with Ron Deal | May 29, 2020
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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

An axe can split a block of wood and a whisper can divide a relationship.

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Gossip Divides (Proverbs 16)

With Ron Deal
May 29, 2020
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Ron: An axe can split a block of wood and a whisper can divide a relationship.

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

Ron: What? An axe uses force to splinter; a whisper doesn’t have any force. Oh, yes it does. Proverbs 16 tells us that a gossip causes close friends to distrust each other just by whispering to one about the other. Gossip has the power to bully a girl at school or break up business partners and in blended families, insiders who gossip about the outsiders can easily keep a family divided forever.

Listen, don’t talk about people. Talk to them. Bring together, don’t split apart. For FamilyLife Blended, I’m Ron Deal.

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