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If He Loves You, Love Waits

Natalie Villanueva

B.A.S.I.C (Brothers and Sisters in Christ) held their Love Seminar 2011 in the Pioneer Room in Hillwood on Friday, February 25th Love Seminar 2011 was about relationships and marriage based on Christian principles.  It taught ways young people can approach temptation in college and the real world.  The goal of B.A.S.I.C is to model God’s love as shown through his words.

Not many students think about the idea of saving sex for marriage, resisting temptations, and knowing the limitations with your partner. A married couple, Bob and Carol, guest speakers of the Love Seminar program said, “It was just a way of knowing.”  Bob explained when they were dating they would instantly know their limitations if hugging and kissing went too far.  Carol and Bob met through a Christian fellowship program.  So far, they have been married for 19 years and have three girls of ages seven, 10, and 12. The program went over the importance of recognizing flags within dating, and marriage. “It is important to pick up these red flags early and be aware of them,” said Carol. “Don’t waste your time with someone who you’re emotionally involved and can’t get away from.”

Another guest speaker, Pastor Chris Pandolfi, mentioned, “If he loves you, love waits!”  He says that it is important to build a friendship before having a relationship and to get to know the person well before getting emotionally involved with them.  His sermon was about placing God first besides anything else.  Living by God’s words and wanting to live by how God wants us to live.  He told the group that after he had been saved and knew more about God’s word through the Bible, he changed and met the right one for him.  Pastor Pandolfi said, “Being with a believer is more likely to treat other the right way.” Kimberly Weaver, graduate student and president of B.A.S.I.C, says, “We promote fellowship and raise awareness in general, [although] we might sometimes receive controversy.”

The mission of the B.A.S.I.C is to educate students about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and provide a spiritual and supportive environment for all students. They hold different events every year such as Battle Cry, Campus Day of Prayer, and Thirty Hour Famine. B.A.S.I.C meets every Monday at 5:30pm in the chapel.  The program is non-denominational, so it welcomes everyone to join and spread God’s word.

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