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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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Iraqi Christians Take Up Arms to Fight ISIS

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Carrie Dedrick | Editor, ChristianHeadlines.com | Wednesday, February 04, 2015

 

Christians in Iraq are reportedly training to combat the ISIS militants that pushed them out of their land last summer. According to the Wall Street Journal, about 2,000 young Christian men have joined the militia, and are using a former U.S. military base as a training camp.

 

The Christian army faces a variety of shortcomings, such as few weapons and a lack of funds. The militia hopes to get funding from the U.S. government, as the U.S. National Defense Authorization Act designated $1.6 billion to the training and equipment of fighters against ISIS.

 

According to the legislation, the money is for "local forces that are committed to protecting highly vulnerable ethnic and religious minority communities in the Nineveh Plain and elsewhere."

 

A 19-year-old militia member named Fadi told the Wall Street Journal, "I'm excited to retake our villages, but the only way to do this and protect our people is by taking up weapons and fighting.”

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