Friday, February 21, 2020


Congrats Danny! This is Danny's second Helmet of the Btln Season! All of a sudden Danny has two Helmets in the last four weeks! Bryce has been close the last two weeks, also trying for his second Helmet of the Btln Season! Keep up the good work Bryce!

This week we played "Dog and Bone" for the first time in years at Btln! Dog and Bone has become a regular game at Stockade and now has transitioned back to Btln. Dog and Bone is a lights on version of Mike. Instead of four teams like Mike, Dog and Bone is a two team game. I was actually planning to make Dog and Bone part of the new Btln Trifecta, but it was going so well that we kept on playing. The game ended in a tie, with a Rock-Paper-Scissors tie breaker!

Dog and Bone Final Scores
Luke's Team - 10
Coady's Team - 9

It was so good to have Alumni at Btln! John Van and Dylan Warwaruk both made an appearance!

In the Bible Study this week our topic was "Repentance".

Psalm 38:4   My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear.

Psalm 38:18   I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin.

Proverbs 28:13   Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

Psalm 32:1-5   Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit. When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.

The guilt of our sin will trouble and burden us. The only way to deal with our sin is to confess our sin to God and repent. God knows the mistakes we have made anyway. If we ask, we will always be forgiven!

2 Corinthians 7:10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

1 John 1:8-9   If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

We will never regret confessing our sins to God! If we hold onto our sin, it will eat away at us and make us miserable.

2 Peter 3:9   The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

God wants everyone to come to repentance! God is patiently waiting for us to confess our sin and accept his forgiveness!


Saturday, February 15, 2020


Congrats Alexei! Alexei has his first Btln Helmet! Alexei has been close in the past, now he has his first! The look of disbelief on his face was memorable. Bryce and Mathijs were there at the end with Alexei, making it a hat trick of grade nines at the end.

This week there was a request for Handball, and if the guys make a request we usually follow through. Handball is a Btln classic. It is always a good game, but sometimes it works better than others. This week it was awesome! The game was very close and competitive. Ben's team winning 10-8!

The Grand Forks food bank gave Btln Goldfish crackers. I wasn't sure of the response of the guys to the crackers was going to be. Ben went full Hype Man handing out the crackers, it was hilarious! So good! It was one of those unscripted moments that you could never duplicate!

This week our Bible study was about "Joy".

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18   Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Romans 12:12   Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

James 1:2-3   Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

When we look at these passages, it looks like we should always be trying to be joyful. These passages do not tell us that it will be easy.

Romans 8:18   I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

I think the key to joy is, looking past the bad things that we have to endure on this earth. We need to focus on the glory that will be revealed in us in eternity! We need to rejoice in the Lord, and in what he has done for us, not in our circumstances good or bad.

Hebrews 12:1-3 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

When it comes to joy, Jesus set the example for us! Jesus joyfully endured the cross because he knew what he was going to accomplish through his death! Jesus saved us and will bring us to glory through his death and resurrection! Knowing this should bring us joy!


Sunday, February 09, 2020


Congrats Josh! This is Josh's seventh Helmet! Josh is only one Helmet away from tying the record for most Helmets in one Btln Year! Zach Gobbett's eight Helmets in the 2011/12 Btln Season is the current Btln record.

This week our game of the week was Mike 23! Mike 23 is quite different from the other games that we play at Btln. We play six or seven mini games. The scores rise and fall every round. The lead changes almost every round. The team with the lead one round gets picked on the next.

Mike 23 Final Scores
Coady's Team - 23
Jason's Team - 21
Ben's Team - 18
Luke's Team - 17

The Bible Study topic this week was "Victory in Christ".

1 Corinthians 15:54-56   When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

On our own we were beaten, but through Jesus we have victory over death! This does not mean that we will not die, it means that we have inherited eternal life through Jesus' death and will spend eternity in heaven with Jesus!

1 Timothy 1:18-19   Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight, holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith.

1 Timothy 6:11-12   But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Even though Jesus has secured the victory, that does not mean that life is not going to be a battle! Twice Paul tells Timothy that he needs to fight the good fight! Fortunately we are not fighting alone! Jesus is on our side!

Ephesians 6:10-17   Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

God has equipped us for the battle! He has given us Truth, Righteousness, the Gospel of Peace, Faith, Salvation and the Word of God!


Sunday, February 02, 2020


Congrats Danny! This is Danny's first Helmet of the year and his second Helmet ever in Btln! At the end it was Josh and Danny battling it out for Bulldog supremacy. There were several rounds with just Danny and Josh, before Danny finally won! It is never easy to win the Helmet!

This week we played Stickball for the first time in the second half of the Btln year. This time around we had the closest finish we have ever had in Stickball. When the game is close then the mistakes that are made are more critical. The guys understand the rules, now we need to learn the strategy involved. This time when ended in a three way tie, setting up a Rock-Paper-Scissors overtime! Josh winning with Paper over Rock on both competitors!

Stickball Final Scores
Josh's Team - 10 -
Luke's Team - 10
Jason's Team - 10
Coady's Team - 8

Our topic for the Bible Study this week was "Life is Precious".

Genesis 1:26-27   Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

All life was created by God and humans were created in God's image! Three times in this one passage we are told that we were made in God's image!

Genesis 2:4-7   This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens. Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

God formed Adam's body from the dust of the earth and then breathed into him the breathe of life! We were not an accident, we were formed by the God of the universe!

Psalm 139:13-16   For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Psalm 39:4-5   “Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure.

Life is precious because we were created by God! Life is also precious because it is so short. We do not know how many days will have on this earth. Even if we are blessed with a long life, it is still short and fleeting, like a breath! We need to make the most of life by living for God who gave us life and wants to give us eternal life!


Sunday, January 26, 2020


Congrats to Sonny! This was Sonny's first Btln Helmet ever! We have had so many first time Helmet winners in the last two Btln Season's! Sonny has been close to winning several times this year and now has his first Helmet!

This week we played Murderball for the first time since the Three B's. We played four games, ending up in a 2-2 tie. Time was running short so we went to a "One on One" overtime game! Each team selected one player to play in the overtime. Josh was selected for Ben's team and Sonny was selected for Jason's team. The overtime took longer than expected, but in the end it was Josh hitting Sonny for the win! Ben's team winning 3-2! (We might have to work on the details of the overtime.)

In the Bible study our topic was God's Faithfulness.

1 John 1:9   If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24   May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

1 Corinthians 1:8-9   He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Hebrews 10:23   Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

Our salvation is completely dependent on God's faithfulness! God is going to forgive and purify us. He will also sanctify and keep us and is the one that brings us hope!

Romans 3:3-4   What if some were unfaithful? Will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness? Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written: “So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.”

2 Timothy 2:13   If we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.

Isn't it comforting to know that God's faithfulness does not hinge on our faithfulness? God is the faithful friend that we all need! He is the friend that will stick closer than a brother!

Proverbs 18:24   One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.


Sunday, January 19, 2020


Congrats to Josh! This is Josh's sixth Helmet of the Btln Season! Sonny was there at the end with Josh, and was running hard, but was unable to last as long as Josh. Josh is on pace to crush the Helmet total for a single Btln Season! Zach Gobbet's eight Helmets in the 2011/12 Btln Season is the current Btln record.

In the past we used to play gym football, but lately the numbers have been to high to play football, until now. It was so good to bring back a Btln Classic! Jason started the scoring with a beautiful pass to Isaac in the end zone. Jason's team had the early 7-0 lead. My team could not sustain a drive and it looked like we would lose 7-0. Suddenly Chris intercepted the ball and ran it back for a touchdown! The game ended in a 7-7 tie, a fitting way to end a close game.

This week our Bible study topic was, "Why do bad things happen to good people?"

Romans 8:20-23   For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.

The reason why bad things happen to anyone in this world is because we live in a broken world. Ever since Adam sinned, the whole earth has been subject to decay. This passage also teaches us that even those that have trusted in God will also experience pain.

Romans 8:18    I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18   Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

The good news is, that the suffering that we endure here on this earth, will not be worth comparing to the glory that is waiting for us in heaven! It will be worth it all! (Paul is the one writing this, and he knew suffering. Read 2 Corinthians 11:24-30)


Monday, January 13, 2020


Congrats to Jacob(Greenwood)! It was Jacob's sixteenth birthday on Wednesday Night and it was also his first Btln Helmet ever! What a way to celebrate his birthday! Jonathan was there at the end with Jacob, but was unable to avoid the crowd and last as long as Jacob.

This week we played the Btln Trifecta. We started with Handball first to seven. Luke's team beating Isaac's team 7-5. Next we played Fire-Fever-Flood. The final four were Isaac and Jonathan for Isaac's team and Luke and Josh for Luke's Team. Jonathan went down first and then it was Isaac next leaving Luke and Josh, giving Luke's team the 2-0 win in the Btln Trifecta!

In the Bible study our topic was "Serving Others".

Romans 12:3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.

Romans 12:10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves.

1 Corinthians 10:24 No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.

Galatians 5:13-14 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbour as yourself.”

Philippians 2:3-4 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Philippians 2:21 For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.

Our culture will tell you to look out for yourself first, but God's word teaches the opposite! We are supposed to honour others above ourselves, seek the good of others and value others above ourselves. The final passage summarizes all the other passages perfectly. The world will always look out for their own interests first. We who are saved by Jesus put others first, because Jesus put our needs before his own when he died on the cross for our sins!


Wednesday, December 04, 2019


Congrats Josh! This was Josh's fifth Helmet of the Btln season! Aran was in the final two with Josh. Both Josh and Aran lasted three rounds together! On the fourth round Josh finally outlasted Aran, taking the Helmet and the win!

Three years ago we made the switch to Jones Soda with custom Btln labels! Once again, the Btln Jones was a big hit! Some of the guys took the Bottles home to put on display.

This year there were 45 guys at the Three B's! The guys devoured 10 large Battalion Baconator pizzas, 4 cases of Jones rootBeer, over 100 Bonuts and two huge pots of Beans!

At the Three B's we are always short on time, but we always make time for Murderball! This year my team won the first three games! Jeremy's team avoided the skunk by winning the last game, but lost 3-1!

Thanks to my mom for making the Bonuts!

Thanks to Jeremy for making the Bean pot!

Special thanks to Ben, Jason and Coady who have helped out so much in the First Half of the Btln year! We could not have Btln without you!

The Second Half of the Btln year begins on Wednesday, January 8, 2020!


Sunday, December 01, 2019


Congrats Anthony! This was Anthony's fourth Helmet of the Btln year! John, Alexei and Jacob were all vying for their first Helmet at the end, but could not beat Anthony this week! Anthony has now tied Josh for first in the race for Winston!

This week we played Stickball for the second time this half. We still had a bunch of guys that have never played Stickball (or Baseball?), so there was a bit of a learning curve. It is still so much fun to watch the guys playing Stickball! It was probably the closest finish that we have ever had!

Stickball Final Scores
Luke's Team - 12
Ben's Team - 11
Coady's Team - 11
John's Team - 8

This week in our Bible Study we looked at Caleb and Joshua, and focused in on how they trusted in God and not on their own abilities. (Numbers chapters 13 and 14)

Caleb and Joshua were among twelve men chosen from among all the men of Israel to spy on the land of Canaan.

Numbers 13:27-28   They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large.

Numbers 13:31-32   “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” 32 And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size.

The other ten men that were sent to spy on Canaan were afraid, and did not trust God for help to conquer the land of Canaan.

Numbers 13:30   Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”

Numbers 14:5-9   Then Moses and Aaron fell facedown in front of the whole Israelite assembly gathered there. Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes and said to the entire Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.”

Caleb and Joshua knew that with God's help that they could not lose! After watching all of the miracles that God had done to lead the Israelite nation out of Egypt, they knew that he would do the same as they entered the Promised Land!

Psalm 56:3-4   When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?


Friday, November 22, 2019


Congratulations to Joshua Martens! Josh is the 2019 Battalion Olympic Champion! In the five events Josh finished with three firsts, one second and a fifth place finish for a total of 30 points! After finishing second last year, Josh was able to win it all in 2019! Josh's 8 point margin of victory is a new Btln Olympic record! The previous record was 5 points. (Derek Taylor, 1999/00 - 5 point margin of victory) (Devin Chursinoff, 2007/08 - 5 point margin of victory) Danny finished second this year and Jonathan finished in third!

This year we had 28 competitors in the 25th Battalion Olympics! Anthony and Colton were both first time event winners. Anthony winning Basketball and Colton winning Football Toss! Josh won the other three events, winning Box Hockey for the second year in a row and winning Arm and Bench Wrestling for the first time!

25th BATTALION OLYMPICS (Final Scores for the top three)

(#1) Joshua Martens - 30 - OLYMPIC CHAMPION
(#2) Danny Macmaster - 22
(#3) Jonathan Martens - 21

Joshua Martens

Anthony Scow

Joshua Martens

Joshua Martens

Colton McNevin

Congratulations to all the winners!


Saturday, November 16, 2019


Congrats to Joshua Martens, the 32nd Sergeant of Btln 3739! Josh officially became Sergeant this Wednesday night at Btln! Ben Jepsen (2006), Jason Hayashi (2007), Luke Martens (2018) and Isaac Holitzki (2019) were there to present Josh his Jersey! Josh is the 20th Sergeant to receive his jersey.

Congrats also to Anthony on his third Helmet of the Btln Season! Josh was there at the end with Anthony, battling it out for Bulldog supremacy! This week it was Anthony's turn to take the Helmet! 

Last year on Sergeant Night we played Mike. Without planning it, and by random chance this year we played Mike again on Sergeant Night. There were quite a few guys that had never played Mike, making it more exciting this time around! The scores were close for the first half of the game, but at the end it was Ben's team pulling away and winning big! Ben's team were + 22 on the last round!

Mike Final Scores
Ben's Team - 70
George's Team - 56
Jason's Team - 53
Coady's Team - 44

This week we looked at Moses in our Bible study.

God saved Moses from dying when he was a baby (Exodus 1) because he had a special plan for Moses' life. 

Exodus 3:7-11   The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

God wanted Moses to lead the Israelite people out of Egypt and to free them from slavery. Moses' didn't think that he was capable of doing what God had asked him.

Exodus 4:1-17   Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?”

Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?”

“A staff,” he replied.

The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.”

Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. Then the Lord said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand. “This,” said the Lord, “is so that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has appeared to you.”

Then the Lord said, “Put your hand inside your cloak.” So Moses put his hand into his cloak, and when he took it out, the skin was leprous—it had become as white as snow.

“Now put it back into your cloak,” he said. So Moses put his hand back into his cloak, and when he took it out, it was restored, like the rest of his flesh.

Then the Lord said, “If they do not believe you or pay attention to the first sign, they may believe the second. But if they do not believe these two signs or listen to you, take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground. The water you take from the river will become blood on the ground.”

Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”

The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”

Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you. You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him. But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it.”

Moses was filled with doubt in himself. Moses was also doubting God. God offered to help Moses speak, gave him signs to show the people and even sent Aaron (Moses' brother) to help. In the end, Moses did go to Egypt and helped free his people from slavery. Moses needed to realize that God was going to be with him along the way to help him! God also helps us in our daily lives. God has things that he wants us to accomplish and he will help us as well! We just need to trust God and believe that he will help us do great things for him!

Saturday, November 09, 2019


Congrats Jaxon! This is Jaxon's first Btln career Helmet! The final round was between Jaxon and Aiden. Jaxon gained about five more yards on the last round to take the win and the Helmet! First time Helmet winners are the best! Congrats Jaxon!

This week we played Handball for only the second time this year. Most times when we play Handball, we use two Murderballs. This week we had so many guys that we added a third ball! Two balls is hard for the goalies, but when we add a third, it is total chaos for the goalies! In the overtime Ben's team dominated, winning 3-1!

This week our Bible study focused on the life of Joseph. Ben took the lead this week, guiding us through the story of Joseph.

Genesis 37:17-28   Joseph went after his brothers and found them near Dothan. But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him.

“Here comes that dreamer!” they said to each other. “Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.”

When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. “Let’s not take his life,” he said. “Don’t shed any blood. Throw him into this cistern here in the wilderness, but don’t lay a hand on him.” Reuben said this to rescue him from them and take him back to his father.

So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe—the ornate robe he was wearing— and they took him and threw him into the cistern. The cistern was empty; there was no water in it.

As they sat down to eat their meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead. Their camels were loaded with spices, balm and myrrh, and they were on their way to take them down to Egypt.

Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? Come, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.” His brothers agreed.

So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.

Joseph's brother plotted to kill him, but changed their minds, and decided to sell him into slavery instead! After being sold into slavery, Joseph was falsely accused of attempted rape and was thrown into prison. (Genesis 39:1-23) It looked as if God had forgotten about Joseph. Through an amazing set of circumstances, (that only God can set up) Joseph (with God's help) interpreted a dream for Pharaoh. Pharaoh then put Joseph in charge of all of Egypt!

Joseph's brothers went to Egypt to buy food because there was a famine in the land. Through another amazing set of circumstances, they had to ask Joseph for permission to buy food. At first they didn't recognize Joseph, until he revealed himself to them!

Genesis 45:1-7   Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all his attendants, and he cried out, “Have everyone leave my presence!” So there was no one with Joseph when he made himself known to his brothers. And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard him, and Pharaoh’s household heard about it.

Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still living?” But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence.

Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

It would have been easy for Joseph to get his revenge on his brothers, but instead he showed them compassion! Somehow, Joseph knew that God allowed the bad things in his life to save the lives of his entire family! This is the kind of compassion that we all need! This is the kind of compassion that God shows to us! Like Ben said, "Joseph never complained when things were going wrong in his life."  We can't always see the big picture like God does, but we know that he is still in control!


Monday, November 04, 2019


Congrats Josh! This is Josh's third Helmet of the Btln Season! Josh has moved into sole possession of first place in the race for Winston! Aaron was there at the end with Josh, finishing second for the first time! Aaron will eventually win if he puts in the huge effort like he did this week!

This week we played G*I*T*D Basketball! It is visually pleasing and a lot of fun to play! The game was evenly matched, but Reese took over in the overtime, scoring two of three baskets for his team! Team Green winning in the overtime 3-1!

This week our Bible study was about Jonah.

Jonah 1:1-5   The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.

Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship.

God asks Jonah to go to Nineveh, and instead Jonah disobeys and tries to run from God.

Jonah 1:11-12   The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, “What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?”
“Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.”

Jonah 1:16-17   Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm. At this the men greatly feared the Lord, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows to him.
Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

God saves Jonah with a big fish, and gives him a second chance to do the right thing!

Jonah 3:3-5   Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it. Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.

Jonah 3:10   When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.

Jonah 4:1-2   But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.

Jonah should have been rejoicing that God was gracious and compassionate! God had given him a second chance, why wouldn't he do the same for the people of Nineveh?

Psalm 130:3-4   If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

Ephesians 4:32   Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

We should be thankful that God is gracious and compassionate with us! We should also be kind and compassionate to others because of what Christ has done for us!


Saturday, October 26, 2019


Congrats Aiden! Aiden Burch is the 2019 Royal Rumble Champion! Twenty-nine guys competed in the fifteenth Royal Rumble! We had ten more guys then we had last year!

We always start the Royal Rumble with the Lightweights Division. This year, we didn't have the Lightweight and Heavyweight divisions. We started with the grade sevens, then eights, nines, tens and elevens. We changed it up because there were not enough Heavyweights this year. It actually worked really well, so we might go this way in the future.

The final four were Aiden, Bryce, Brennan and John. It didn't take long before John was out and we were down to three. Aiden and Brennan were working together, but Brennan slipped and fell out of the ring. Now we were down to the final two! For the first time ever, we had a grade eight and nine in the final two!

Aiden and Bryce battled it out for a long time, in the "Final Two-Ropes Down" tradition that we started a few years ago. I was sure that it would be over quickly, but it actually lasted quite a long time! There isn't any place to hide when the ropes are down, making for an exciting finish! In the end, Aiden was able to force Bryce's hand out of the ring for the win! Aiden is in grade eight and is the youngest Royal Rumble Champion we have ever had!

Congrats to both Bryce and Aiden, it was an amazing finish!

2019 Royal Rumble Champion - Aiden Burch

Special Thanks to Ben, Jason, Coady and Luke for all of their help! The Royal Rumble is not possible without your help!


Saturday, October 19, 2019


Congrats Anthony! This is Anthony's second Helmet of the Btln year! In the end it was Anthony and Josh battling it out for the Helmet. Anthony and Josh have a good rivalry building!

This week we played Murderball Defender. Ben's team dominated the night, winning all three games. It wasn't until the final game that my team was able to make it close, but in the end Ben's team was just too much for us!

This week our Bible Study was about Thanksgiving.

For the most part we are thankful people, but it is always good to have a reminder to be thankful.

Psalm 95

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.

Psalm 136:1-3

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever.

1 Corinthians 15:57
Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 3:15
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Jesus died for our sins so that we could spend eternity with him in Heaven! We have so much to be thankful for!


Sunday, October 13, 2019


Congrats Bryce! This was Bryce's first Helmet ever! Bryce has been so close in the past, but now he has his first Helmet! I am always so happy for all the first time Helmet winners! Way to go Bryce!

This week we played the New Btln Trifecta! We started with Btln Sumo Wrestling! We used the exercise balls from Mike 23 and the head gear from Btln Boxing. Both teams each had a team of two working together each round in the octagon. At first it looked like Josh's team would win big in Sumo, but Alexei's team would end up taking the win and the 1-0 lead in the Trifecta!

Btln Sumo Final Scores
Alexei's Team - 6
Josh's Team - 4

The second game of the Trifecta was Fire-Fever-Flood. The game was very fast paced. Everyone was exhausted at the end of the game! The final two were Luke for Alexei's team and Jonathan for Josh's team. Luke taking the win, giving Alexei's team the 2-0 victory in the Trifecta!

In the Bible study we did a character study on Peter.

Matthew 14:22-33   Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

“Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshipped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

I have always loved Peter because he isn't cautious. Peter was one of those guys that you would always know what he was thinking, because he would tell you! Peter often gets a bad wrap because of his compulsive nature, but he was the one that actually got of the boat during the storm! Peter's passion for following Jesus and his trust in Jesus is something that we can all emulate! Peter's mistake in the passage is not getting out of the boat and trusting Jesus, it was taking his eyes off of Jesus. It isn't any different for us! We need to continually keep our eyes on Jesus, and always trust him!

Hebrews 12:1-2   Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.


Thursday, October 03, 2019


Congrats Josh! This is Josh's second Helmet of the Btln Year! Bryce was second this week and has been close in the past. My prediction is that we will have a first time Helmet winner next week at Btln!

This week we played Mike 23. Mike 23 is Btln Chaos at it's very best! There are 23 balls flying all over the gym in 6 mini games. I don't know if we have ever had a closer game end in a bigger blow out than we did this week! The scores were close up until the very last round!

MIKE 23 Final Scores
Coady's Team 9
Jason's Team 6
Riley's Team 3
Isaac's Team -3

In the Bible Study we looked at the story of Abraham when he was tested by God.

Genesis 12:1-3

The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

“I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”

God promised Abraham that he would make his descendants into a great nation. God also promised that all peoples on the earth would be blessed through Abraham and his descendants.

Genesis 22:1-3

Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about.

God promised Abraham that through Isaac his son, that he would make a great nation. Then God asks Abraham to sacrifice Isaac! What happens next is amazing. Abraham doesn't question God, he just packs his bags and prepares for the sacrifice! If only we would trust God like Abraham!

Genesis 22:7-8

Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.

“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

All along Abraham believed that God would supply the sacrifice that was needed.

Genesis 22:11-13

But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

“Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.

God provided the sacrifice that was needed for Abraham and Isaac and he has done the same for us! 
When we were dead in our sins, Jesus took our place on the cross and paid for our sin! It was through Jesus (Who was Abraham's descendant.) that all the peoples of the earth would be blessed!


Monday, September 30, 2019


Congrats Anthony! This was Anthony's First Helmet ever! Not the first for Anthony's family though! Austin and Mike have both won multiple Helmets, now it is Anthony's turn! Alexei was there at the end with Anthony and almost had his first Helmet. Better luck next time Alexei!

Handball was the game of the week. With so many new guys it took a while for the guys to figure out the rules and the strategy of the game. The game was actually very even right up until the end when Aiden scored the winning goal for my team by swatting the ball out of the air!

In the Bible Study we looked at the story of David and Goliath.

1 Samuel 17:32-37

David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”

Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”

But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.”

1 Samuel 17:45-47

David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

The thing that stands out about David is his confidence in God and not in his own abilities. If only we would put our trust in God like David! If only we would be confident because of what the one and only true God has done for us!


Saturday, September 21, 2019


Congrats Josh! This is Josh's First Helmet of the Btln year! Greenwood was there at the end with Josh, but was not able to win his first Helmet. I have a feeling that a Helmet is in Greenwood's future. 

The game of the week was Stickball. It seems like everytime we play Stickball there are a bunch of guys that haven't ever played. This time around the grade sevens had to learn. Even with a bunch of rookies the game was so much fun, Stickball is becoming one of my Btln favourites. It was one of the closer games that we have ever played.

Stickball Final Scores

Ben's Team - 10
Isaac's Team - 9
Jason's Team -8
Coady's Team - 8

In the Bible Study we looked at Noah and the Flood.

Genesis 6:5-9   The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” But Noah found favour in the eyes of the Lord.

This is the account of Noah and his family.

Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.

It is amazing how the righteousness of Noah stood out next to the wickedness of the world! If we choose to live like Noah then we will also stand out next to the world and will find favour with God.

Genesis 6:3   Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.”

1 Peter 3:20   God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved.

This story is often portrayed as one about God's wrath. It is a story of God's wrath, but it is also a story of God's grace! God gave the human race 120 to turn from their sin and to choose to follow him. 

Ezekiel 18:23   Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign Lord. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?

2 Peter 3:9   The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

1 Timothy 2:3-6   This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.

Isn't it comforting to know that God does not find pleasure in the death of the wicked? Even more amazing is that he wants all men to be saved!


Monday, September 16, 2019


Congrats Colton! Colton is the 2019 Btln Belly Flop Champion! Josh, Mathijs and Jonathan joined Colton in the Belly Flop Final with awesome flops in the first round. Josh had a good flop in the second round, but Colton would not be denied, winning his first Belly Flop Competition and his first Helmet ever!

There was Menno on the BBQ and ice cream cake from DQ, chips and pop in the basement after we were done swimming.

Btln 3739 Belly Flop Champions
Jordon Walsh - 2005
Jordon Walsh - 2006
Drew Brown - 2007
Andrew Eyre - 2008
Sam Schiesser - 2009
Ben Nicolson - 2010
Zach Gobbett - 2011
Dartagnan Butcher - 2012
Maxwell Nicholson - 2013
Jonathan Fojt - 2014
Nathan Mckenny - 2015
Caleb Hiebert - 2016
Caleb Hiebert - 2017
Caleb Hiebert - 2018
Colton McNevin - 2019