Welcome to The Grand Forks, B.C. 3739 Battalion Headquarters! here you will find info on upcoming events, learn more about guys who are in The Nation, and most importantly learn more about God! The Headquarters is ran by none other than our Captain Lance Martens! Enjoy!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

BTLN UPDATE - LAST NIGHT OF 2017




 


For the twelfth year in a row we had an amazing "Last Night" to finish the Btln year! 50 guys showed up for the "Last Night" of 2017! We started the night with the Btln favourite, Murderball! Last year my team dominated "Last Night", winning 3-1! This year Ben's team dominated my team, winning 4-1!

After Murderball it was time to eat the nine foot party sub from Subway! It is amazing how fast all that food can disappear! In a little more than ten minutes the entire sub was gone! We also had cookies that I forgot to bring out until the night was over. I'm thinking Bonuts for "Last Night of 2018"!

Next we had the Btln Grad ceremony. Some years we have had as many as seven grads. This year Tyson Tiller was our only grad. Tyson did an amazing job leading Btln this year as our Sergeant! Tyson received his Bible and dog tag. It is always a privilege to give the grads their Bibles! We also gave Tyson the piece of paper with the English translation of the Hebrew Btln motto! Keeping with Btln tradition, Tyson ate the piece of paper after reading the motto.

We took the group picture and then it was time for Bulldog! There isn't anything quit like Bulldog on "Last Night". So many guys and so much extra energy! James was our final Helmet winner of the 2016/17 Btln Season! Congrats James!

This year Jakob Boschmann is the Winston Champion! Jakob is following in his brother's footsteps! (Lukas Boschmann, 2015) Congrats Jakob! You are a worthy Champion!

After closing the year with the Brigade Watchword the grade 11's and 12's went to the Station for the After Party! The After Party has always been a lot of fun, but this year the guys took it to a whole new level! It was so good to see all the guys having such an amazing time!

At the very end of the After Party Dylan Warwaruk finished the Memory Work! It is so much fun to watch the guys pick out their Medallion. I am so pumped that we will have Dylan with us at Creation this year! Congrats Dylan! Welcome to the world of gentlemen!

Thanks to all of the Alumni that came out to "Last Night"!

Special thanks to the leaders that helped out all year long!

Ryley Heppner
Ben Jepsen
Jason Hayashi
Devin Chursinoff
Cameron Walt


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Saturday, April 22, 2017

THE LAST NIGHT AFTER PARTY


The Last Night After Party started in 2006 because Ben Jepsen didn't want the night to end. So Ben, Joe, Jason, Charlie and I all drove to Boston Pizza in Kelowna! I think we got home at around 3 in the morning! Now we go to the Station, which is obviously way easier.

All grade 11's, 12's and Alumni are invited to the "After Party" which is "After" "Last Night of Btln.



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BTLN GRADS FROM THE PAST


Look at all the Btln grads from the last twelve years! It is so good to look back at these pictures! So many good men and so many good memories!

"Last Night" is this Wednesday, April 26th at 7:00 p.m. at the church gym.



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THE NINE FOOT PARTY SUB


The Nine Foot Party Sub will be making it's twelfth straight appearance at "Last Night of Btln"!

"Last Night" is this Wednesday, April 26th at 7:00 p.m. at the church gym.



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LAST NIGHT PICTURES FROM THE PAST!




It is year thirteen for the big Btln "Last Night" party! I feel so blessed to have been a part of this!

"Last Night" is this Wednesday, April 26th at 7:00 p.m. at the church gym.

Remember, Battalion is like Heaven, there is always room for one more! So bring a friend!



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Thursday, April 20, 2017

BTLN UPDATE - THE 12TH BTLN MASTERS




Congrats to Dylan Warwaruk! Dylan is the 12th Btln Masters Champion! Dylan was a distant third last year, and this year he is the Champion! I don't think that we have ever had such a close finish at the Btln Masters! There were only four strokes separating first from fourth! Next year we will have three Champions vying for the Green Jacket!

Twenty-eight guys packed into four vehicles and headed out to Cascade Par Three for the 12th Btln Masters! For the first time ever we played seven holes instead of nine so that we could be back to the church a little sooner. I think playing seven will keep the scores closer. We will definitely be doing that again next year.


THE 12TH BTLN MASTERS
Top five final scores
1) Dylan Warwaruk - 32
2) Isaac Holitzki - 33
3) Sam Anderson - 34
4) Riley Leighton - 35
5) Deshawn Dennis - 37


Special thanks to all the leaders that helped make this happen!
Ryley
Ben
Devin
Cam

Thanks also to Gene and Vicki of Cascade Par three for hosting the 12th Btln Masters!



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Sunday, April 16, 2017

BTLN PREVIEW - THE 12TH BTLN MASTERS



This week we will be having our Twelfth Btln Masters at Cascade Par 3! It will be the first time in twelve years that we will have two Btln Masters Champions competing for the Green Jacket! Will Isaac win for the second year in a row? Can Deshawn defeat Isaac and take back the jacket? Is there someone else that can win? I can't wait to find out!


BTLN MASTERS CHAMPIONS
Jordon Walsh - 2005/06
Jordon Walsh - 2006/07
Parker Steadman - 2007/08
Drew Brown - 2008/09
Rik Brown - 2009/10
Rik Brown - 2010/11
Rik Brown - 2011/12
Rik Brown - 2012/13
Rik Brown - 2013/14
Deshawn Dennis - 2014/15
Isaac Holitzki - 2015/16
 
 
We are meeting at the church at 6:45 p.m. and will be leaving for Cascade Par 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Don't be late! Bring your clubs (If you have clubs.) and ten dollars. If money is a problem come out anyway! (We will cover the cost!)
 
 
 
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Friday, April 14, 2017

BTLN UPDATE - "POP N DOGS"




For the second week in a row we had a first time winner of the Helmet! Congrats Riley! It never gets old watching one of the guys win the Helmet for the first time! This was nearly four years in the making! Riley has been so close so many times that it has to feel great to win the Helmet!

As far back as I can remember, we have never had to cancel spring football at Btln, but this week our twenty year streak came to an end! We moved "Pop n Dogs" to the church. As it turns out, as long as we have Mennonite sausage it doesn't matter where we are! We had one of the best nights of year! Like Bear Rinehart from NEED TO BREATHE once said, "The nights that don't go as you planned are the ones that you will always remember".

We played Extreme Btln Basketball instead of football. What is extreme basketball? 25 guys and 2 basketballs! It was like a two team version of "American". Ben's team was down 16-6 early, but battled back to tie the game at 42-42! We decided that we would play to 50. Ben's team was not about to be denied the win after battling back from the early deficit, winning 50-46!


In our last Bible study of the year our topic was "Eternal Life".

John 6:66-69   From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
“You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.
Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”


I love Peter's response to Jesus' question, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life!" In other words, "What else is there?" "We have found the only thing that matters!"

Fortunately for us, we also have access to the words of eternal life!


John 3:16   For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

1 John 5:11-13   And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

Romans 6:23   For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.


If we believe in Jesus then we will receive God's gift of eternal life! What do we need to believe about Jesus to inherit eternal life?


Romans 10:9-10   If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.


All we need to do is, believe that Jesus was raised from the dead and declare him as Lord in order to be saved! Jesus endured so much to make it easy for us! Jesus did the work, and all we need to do is believe so that we can have eternal life!



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Saturday, April 08, 2017

BTLN "POP N DOGS" AND SPRING FOOTBALL UPDATE





Congrats Logan! This was Logan's first Helmet ever! I checked the Btln Arkives to confirm. I was sure that Logan had won before, but this was actually his first Helmet ever! I am sorry that I didn't know this sooner. Congrats on your first Helmet Logan!

Spring Btln Football is one of the oldest Btln 3739 traditions. When spring comes around, the guys are tired of being inside and are happy to got to the field and play football.
My team had first possession and after a couple passes to Ryley we were in scoring position. Isaac (Neighbour) caught the first touchdown pass to give my team the 7-0 lead.
Ben's team promptly marched the ball down the field and Jakob caught the game tying touchdown, making the score 7-7.
Ben caught the 14-7 go ahead touchdown and I believe it was Keegan that intercepted me at the end of the game and ran the ball back for a touchdown to give Ben's team the 21-7 win!


This week Ben did the Bible study and the topic that he chose was "What a friend we have in Jesus".

Romans 5:6-8   You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans tells us that Jesus was willing to die for us while we were powerless, ungodly and sinners! We were not family, friends or even acquaintances to Jesus, but he was still willing to die for us!

Matthew 27:31-35    After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him. As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. They came to a place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

Matthew 27:38-44   Two rebels were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!” In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

Matthew 27:45-53   From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”
Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”
And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.


Romans 3:23-24   For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.


The Jews all needed saving, and instead of running to Christ for help they mocked, insulted and crucified him. Are we are not any different though? We all need saving as well! Will we run to Jesus for the help that only he can give? Jesus is the friend that was willing to die for us! We will not find another friend like him!



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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

BTLN "POP N DOGS" AND SPRING FOOTBALL PREVIEW



 
 
It is "Pop N Dogs" and Football at Btln this week!
Battalion is back! Spring break is over and it is time to play some football! (Touch Football) There will be Gatorade and Mennonite sausage, so bring your appetite and a friend! We will be meeting at the high school field at 6:30 p.m. so that we can take advantage of a little more daylight.
(We will still be finishing at 8:30 p.m. at the field.)

Wednesday, April 5th at the High School field!


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Monday, March 20, 2017

BTLN BIRTHDAYS - MARCH

 


We are over half way through the month and I am late again! It is March and that means that we are nearing the end of the Btln year! We only have four weeks of Btln left! Once again we have a bunch of fantastic guys having birthdays this month. There are so many good men and so many good memories!

Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!


Psalm 34:8   Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.


David Barney - March 4
John Becker - March 5
Tyler Francis - March 8
Phoenix Thomson - March 11
Dane Voiken - March 11
Josh Ridsdale - March 14
Evan Podovinikoff - March 28
Lucas Hacke - March 28
 
 
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Friday, March 17, 2017

BTLN UPDATE - 22ND ANNUAL BTLN PING PONG TOURNEY






Congrats Jakob! Jakob now has five straight Btln Ping Pong titles! Jakob is the first five time Champion in any of the five Btln Majors! It is not like Jakob has not had excellent competition. Jakob has been up against Austin, Lukas twice, Isaac and this year it was Reese that joined Jakob in the Final. Reese had a 2-1 game lead in the Final before Jakob won the last two games to win the series 3-2! The Semifinal matches were just as good as the Final. It was nerve wracking to watch, I can't imagine how stressful it must have been to actually be playing! Jakob defeated Tyson 2-1 and Reese beat Isaac 2-1! The best part is, three out of the final four will be back next year!

Btln Ping Pong Final Four
Jakob Boschmann
Reese Hogarth
Isaac Holitzki
Tyson Tiller

We had 30 guys and 36 Ping Pong matches in the 22nd Btln Ping Pong Tourney! 30 guys at Ping Pong wasn't a record, but it was close! There were so many good moments, it is hard to remember them all. Caleb Hiebert facing off against Caleb Tomilin is something that I will never forget. The guys chanting "Lets go Caleb" was amazing! It was the second year that we have had the Final on the Wednesday and I would never go back! It is so good to have all the guys watching and cheering!

The guys devoured six Meat Monster pizzas in about ten minutes, they must have been hungry!


Thanks to all the guys that came out and competed in the 22nd Btln Ping Pong Tourney!

Thanks to Ben Jepsen and Jason Hayashi for refereeing the two tables!


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Saturday, March 11, 2017

BTLN PREVIEW - THE 22ND BTLN PING PONG TOURNEY



Last year Jakob tied Calvin Peters for the most Btln Ping Pong titles won with four! In last year's final, Jakob and Isaac were both very good. They pushed each other to the limit, which gave us some very entertaining Ping Pong! Can Jakob win his fifth Ping Pong Tourney in a row and set a new record? Will Isaac win this time out? Is there someone else that will surprise us? I can't wait to find out!


Btln 3739 Ping Pong Champions

1995/96 - Courtney Friesen
1996/97 - Courtney Friesen
1997/98 - Aaron Friesen
1998/99 - Nathan Klassen
1999/00 - Justin Bekker
2000/01 - Ryley Heppner
2001/02 - Calvin Peters
2002/03 - Calvin Peters
2003/04 - Calvin Peters
2004/05 - Calvin Peters
2005/06 - Parker Steadman
2006/07 - Nathan Ball
2007/08 - Nathan Ball
2008/09 - Parker Steadman
2009/10 - Parker Steadman
2010/11 - Zane Lawson
2011/12 - Zach Gobbett
2012/13 - Jakob Boschmann
2013/14 - Jakob Boschmann
2014/15 - Jakob Boschmann
2015/16 - Jakob Boschmann


Make sure that you are early! Wednesday, March 15 at 6:45 p.m.


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Friday, March 10, 2017

BTLN UPDATE - DOUBLE POINT NIGHT




Congrats Neighbour! This was Isaac's first Bulldog win ever! All of the biggest guys went down early, giving some of the other guys a chance to win Bulldog. It never gets old watching one of the guys win Bulldog for the first time!

This was the second year that we have had Double Point Night on a Wednesday, and I am not sure what took us so long to make the change. I have not checked, but I am pretty sure that eight guys quoting Scripture has got to be a new record! Double Point Night is quickly becoming one of my favourite nights of the year! I am so proud of everyone that said a passage! Good work guys!

Tyson Tiller - 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Jakob Boschmann - 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Luke Martens - Romans 8:28-39
Alex St. Onge - Ephesians 4:3-6
Dylan Warwaruk - 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Dolan Weltz - Romans 8:28-39
Josh Martens - 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Cam Walt - 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

This week we played Murderball for only the second time since Christmas! I know what you are thinking, what is going on at Btln? We have been trying to change things a little, but we were long overdue for Murderball! Some of the older guys were trying to fix the teams, so my team ended up a little undermanned. (My team had the guys that were fixing the teams.) This meant that we would have to work harder to win. We were close a couple of times, but were never able to win, losing to Ben's team 3-0!


In Bible study our topic was "God's Word", it seemed appropriate for Double Point Night.


Psalm 119:89   Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.

God's word is eternal

2 Timothy 3:16-17   All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

God's word is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.

Hebrews 4:12   For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

God's word is living and active.

Psalm 12:6   And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times.

God's word is flawless.

Psalm 119:130   The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.

God's word gives light and understanding.

Psalm 119:9-11   How can a young man stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

God's word can keep us from sinning.

These are some of the reasons why it is so important to study and memorize God's word!



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Friday, March 03, 2017

BTLN UPDATE - THE MILL





Congrats Luke! This was Luke's third Helmet of the Btln Season! Luke is now tied with Tyson and Jakob for first in the Winston Standings! It looks like this race is going to go right down to the wire!

This week we tried a new game that was a Btln 3739 tradition from the past! We brought back "The Mill"! We made two teams that took turns running through "The Mill" created by the opposing team. After two rounds the score was tied at 16, so we needed overtime to find a winner. Each team picked their three strongest runners to run through "The Mill". The first team was three for three, this meant that the second team needed to be perfect to send us to a second overtime. The first runner for the second team was knocked down giving the first team the win in our first ever "Mill Night"!


In Bible study our topic was "Who do you say I am?"

Matthew 16:13-17   When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.

The people of Israel were not sure who Jesus was, but those closest to Jesus knew exactly who he was! Peter testified that Jesus was the Messiah, the son of the living God that the nation Israel had been waiting for! It was God the Father that revealed this truth to Peter.

Exodus 3:13-15   Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”
God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”
God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’
“This is my name forever,
    the name you shall call me
    from generation to generation.

John 14:6-11   Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.

Jesus used the name that God the Father had used for himself in the Old Testament, letting his disciples know that he was in fact the same God. Philip wanted to see God the Father and did not understand what Jesus was trying to tell him. Jesus told Philip that anyone who had seen him (Jesus) had seen the Father!

Matthew 17:1-5   After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.
Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”



God the Father's testimony about Jesus will have the final word here, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”



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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

BTLN BIRTHDAYS - FEBRUARY




It is the last day of February and I am finally getting this Birthday post done! So many good men, so many good pictures and so many good memories!


1 John 4:9-11   This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.


Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!

HARRY TOURNEMILLE - February 2
DYLAN WARWARUK - February 2
ANDREW NEUFELD - February 6
DESHAWN DENNIS - February 11
GEORGE KOZUB - February 13
TIM FEENSTRA - February 14
BEN JEPSEN - February 14
JUSTIN BEKKER - February 17
RILEY LEIGHTON - February 20
 
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Friday, February 24, 2017

WINSTON STANDINGS UPDATE




It has been a long time since the last Winston Standings Update. There have been eleven Helmets and two Majors since the last update. I don't know if we have ever had such a close race! So many guys still have a legitimate chance to win this year! There are seven more Helmets and two Majors left in the 2016/17 Btln Season. It looks like we are going to an amazing finish to the Btln year! Congrats to all the Helmet winners and good luck to all!


WINSTON STANDINGS
TYSON TILLER - 3 Helmets
JAKOB BOSCHMANN - 3 Helmets
PHOENIX THOMSON - 2 Helmets and 1 Major
DYLAN WARWARUK - 2 Helmets and 1 Major
KEEGAN KENYON - 2 Helmets
LUKE MARTENS - 2 Helmets
DESHAWN DENNIS - 2 Helmets
JACOB SPETA - 1 Helmet and 1 Major
KAYLON SIEBEN - 1 Helmet
ALEX ST ONGE - 1 Helmet
DANE VOIKEN - 1 Helmet
CALEB HIEBERT - 1 Helmet


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BTLN UPDATE - MIKE NIGHT




Congrats Sergeant! At one point earlier in the night it looked like Tyson was going to be down and out, but he somehow managed to keep his knees off the floor and was able to make it to the wall! Three or four rounds later Tyson had earned his third Helmet of the Btln Season!

This week was Mike Night at Btln! Mike Night is always one of my favourite nights of the year. We use a lot more balls than we ever did before, giving us higher scores. In the past scores were between 20-40, now we had one team over 100! Jason's team had a big lead for most of the night and it looked like no one else had a chance to catch them. With all the balls in the last three rounds Devin's team overcame a nearly 20 point deficit to win by two points!

MIKE NIGHT FINAL SCORES
Devin's Team - 101
Jason's Team - 99
Cam's Team - 86
Ryley's Team - 82


In Bible study our topic was God's Eternal Encouragement.

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17   May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.

Romans 15:4-6   For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

In these first two passages Paul tells us that we can get eternal encouragement from the Scriptures and from God himself! Think about that, we can have God's eternal encouragement, that is amazing!


Romans 1:11-12   I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.

Hebrews 10:24-25   And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

God also uses other believers to encourage us. This is why it is so important for us to spend time together studying God's Word!


Acts 4:36-37   Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.

Barnabas is a great example of a believer displaying God's eternal encouragement! Check out his story in the book of Acts!



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Sunday, February 19, 2017

BTLN UPDATE




Congrats Deshawn! This was Deshawn's second Helmet of the Btln Season! Deshawn sacrificed a shirt for the win, but it was worth it! Dane and Luke were there at the end looking for another Helmet, but this time it was Deshawn with the win!

This week we played Stickball for only the second time this year. It seems like every time that we play Stickball the game gets better. I guess the guys have learned the rules and are now figuring out the strategy. This was probably the closest result we have ever had playing Stickball. I will have to figure out how we will do extra innings in case of a tie. Ben and Alex have been on the same team every time we have played Stickball and they have never won until this week! Congrats to Ben and Alex's team!

Stickball Final Scores
Ben's team - 7
Cam's team - 6
Jason's team - 5
Ryley's team - 5


In Bible study our topic was Spiritual Warfare.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5   For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Ephesians 6:10-13   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.

We are at war with everything that is against the knowledge of God. It is clear that our enemy is not the people of this world. Our enemy is the devil and the spiritual forces of evil. These passages explain that our weapons and armor are not of this world.

Ephesians 6:14-17   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 provided everything that we need to "Fight the good fight". He has given us truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith and the word of God.

Romans 8:31b   If God is for us, who can be against us?



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Friday, February 10, 2017

BTLN UPDATE




Congrats Jakob! This was Jakob's third Helmet of the Btln year! With his third Helmet, Jakob has the lead in the race for Winston! All the usual suspects were there at the end with Jakob, but this time Jake would not be denied!

This week at Btln we tried combining two of favourites games to mix things up a little bit. We combined Murderball and Handball, I think that we will call it Murder-Handball. The object of the game is to be the first team to score ten goals. Most of the Murderball rules apply, except that team members that have been caught can throw balls back to their team members that are still playing. In the first game that we played, my team dominated. The second game had the same result as the first, my team taking a two game lead. Ben's team figured out the strategy and fought back to win the third game. My team winning the night 2-1! I think that Murder-Handball worked well, we will definitely be playing this again in the future!


In Bible study our topic was Love.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8   Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

This passage tells us that love is patient and kind. This is a very different love than the love that the world is trying to sell us. Love that protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres is the kind of love that we all need! The question is, where can we get this love?

1 John 4:7-11   Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

In this passage we learn that (1) Love comes from God, (2) God is Love, (3) God showed his Love by sending his only Son to die for us and (4) that we should Love each other because God Loved us!

Ephesians 3:17-19   I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

God's sacrificial love that sent his only son to save us from our sin is so great that it is beyond understanding!

Romans 8:38-39   For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

This last passage lets us know, that we cannot ever be separated from this great love of God!



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