Hello Wave Collective,

I trust this newsletter finds you well and blessed, doing what God has called you to do.

I recently spoke a message from ‘The Domino Effect’ series which was well received at Wave and I thought I would give you a small synopsis on that.

Our starting text is Hebrews.10:25 (NLT) “and let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”

There is a strength that comes when we do something together – it causes a domino effect. For example, sport teams can only win when they work together without each individual fighting to be in the lime light.

In fact, the Domino Effect has turned economies upside down:

In 1906 we had the great Earthquake that hit San Francisco, still considered the deadliest earthquake in American history, over 3,000 perished and 80% of the city was destroyed. Most of the city was insured but this started a Domino Effect. So much money went into the city of San Francisco that it created a cash shortage, hence farmers found it difficult to get loans. This not only effected one city but effected the whole nation which contributed to the 1907 depression resulting in what was known as ‘The Great Panic of 1907’

Long story short, one of the wealthiest men in the world, J.P. Morgan stepped in and saved the day by pledging large sums of his own wealth to stabilize the market.

Another example of a Domino Effect is found in the reason behind the first world war World War.  It was sparked by the death of one man ‘Franz Ferdinand’ an Austrian, Hungarian Emperor. The Domino Effect saw the loss of over 16 million people through that one event.

When you understand the power of the Domino Effect it is clear why the Bible speaks against ‘Gossip’ – when a person repeats stories of other people.

Paul speaks about it in 2 Cor.12:20. (NIV) “For I am afraid that when I come, I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be. I fear that there may be discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder”

So here are some thoughts on the impact Gossip can cause through the Domino Effect and why we need to help our communities understand it’s damage…

1.    Gossip is damaging to church life, and causes leaders to fear:

If leaders cannot trust their people, it can cause fear and hampers them from being the best leader they can be.

2.    Gossip is Betrayal:

Prov.11:13. (NIV) “a gossip betrays a confidence but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.” If there is one thing that I drive home to my team is that we will keep confidences – even to the grave if necessary.

3.    Gossip ends friendships:

Prov.16:28. (NIV) “a perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.”

4.    Gossip thrives on unhealthy conversations:

Prov. 10:19. (NIV) “Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.”

We should learn not to talk about things that will damage, for example, Social media.

5.    Gossip repeats matters:

Prov.17:9. (NIV) “Whoever would foster love, covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates friends.”

6.    Gossipers are habitually idle:

1 Tim 5:13-14 NIVUK “Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also busybodies who talk nonsense, saying things they ought not to. So I counsel younger widows to marry, have children, top manage their homes and to give the enemy no opportunity for slander.”

How to stop the effect of gossip…

1.    We are to avoid gossipers:

Prov.20:19. (NIV) “a gossip betrays a confidence so avoid anyone who talks too much.”

Be aware of those that love gossip and don’t allow them to get their information from you!

2.    Gossip ends when you remove the gossiper:

Prov.22:10. (NIV) “Drive out the mocker and out goes the strife, quarrels will cease.”

Sometimes you have to confront and remove a gossiper before it gets out of control.

3.    Gossip is only ended when you stop feeding it:

Prov.26.20. (NIV) “without wood, a fire goes out, without gossip, a quarrel dies down,”

Its pretty simple – if you keep confidences and keep things quiet until its time to reveal them you will be amazed at how little gossip will happen around you.

Now take a look at the positive effects of gossip by reading about Jesus & the woman at the well in John 4.

I hope these few thoughts will bless and inspire you.

We love you guys!! 

Steve Kelly
President, Wave Collective