In this creatively produced music video, hip hop artist, Shai Linne from Lampmode Recordings, reminds us that the world is restlessly evil and Christians feel the pangs of its destruction while we cry out for God to be glorified in both our suffering and His justice.

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God has given us each other to help win the fight against sin. By interlocking arms to intentionally hold each other up in accountability, we have the odds in our favor. It is a way of fortifying ourselves to withstand the temptations of the world. Let this wallpaper remind you to fortify your friends to mortify your sins.

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After a dandelion blooms to maturity, its petals and stamens drop off to allow the parachute ball to form. Then, the gusts of wind lift the seeds and carry them off to other parts of the world where they germinate disturbed soil.

It wasn’t exactly the kind of metaphor I expected to hear in a church with a strong emphasis on manhood, but it’s definitely fitting. It explains the how to what Paul calls God’s “eternal purpose” of reaching the world with the gospel (Eph. 3:11).

It’s the perfect metaphor.

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Jonathan Edwards, one of the greatest theologians in American history, is famous for his 70 Resolutions he read each day and committed to keep. Read his resolutions and then use this wallpaper as a reminder to be equally resolved.

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I heard, “You shouldn’t kill a good thing—even if it feels bad.”

Christian accountability is a good thing, and it feels bad at times. It’s the kind of bad that’s good. And you shouldn’t kill it—but it happens. Accountability relationships don’t always turn out as they were intended. I know this first hand.

Below are six reasons why good accountability dies. Each is a failed attempt at what you should do to cultivate solid Christian accountability. It’s what happens when your sin wins. It kills a good thing. (Before we start, this is dripping with sarcasm. Be warned.)

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Ernest Hemingway said, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” ‘Nuff said.

Last week, Aaron Armstrong (at BloggingTheologically.com) published a series of tips on improving your writing—something I am always working on. Even the best writers bleed at the typewriter. It takes practice and practice takes work.

Here is a summary of Aaron’s tips to writing more better (in my words)…

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Today is Jonathan Edwards’ birthday. He would have been 311 years young.

He was a preacher of God’s gospel, a loving husband, a witty philosopher, a forceful intellectual, and a strong theologian grown from Puritan soil. We remember him for his sermon, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, and the 70 Resolutions that shaped his life. He was largely involved in the greatest revival of American history and instrumental in the spread of Reformed Theology.

To celebrate his birthday, here is a wallpaper rollup. They were published this past year, featuring quotes from Edwards’ resolutions. Each post has two quotes to chose. (For the upcoming Wednesday Wallpaper, we will feature Jonathan Edwards himself.)

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Nothing is more important to the Christian than his Bible. Without it, he cannot be like Christ. With it, he can be more like Christ each day.

The Bible is God’s self-disclosure. He speaks through it and nothing else. This makes the Bible the most valuable possession of the Christ follower. And the Christian who follows God most affectionately can usually be noticed by the wear on his Bible. Let this wallpaper remind you to desperately study the Word of God.

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Mark Twain famously said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” This is especially true when it comes to Christian accountability.

Our journey through Christian accountability has brought us from reasons to ways. We began by looking at the benefits of holding one another to Christ-likeness. Then, we offered practical points of accountability for men and women. After that, we highlighted sensible ways to meet for accountability and steps to be an awesome accountability partner.

The next thing to do is to make it happen. But how?

First, ask one of your church leaders. There might already be a plan in place for such a thing. Or, they might have been praying for you to ask and already have someone in mind.

However, if the leadership is unable to help, this could be a good opportunity for you to serve your church. As discussed in our series, Christian accountability is a useful discipline that facilitates spiritual growth. You may be the person God uses to cultivate the process in your local congregation.

Here are five steps to form an accountability relationship.