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, March 19, 2015


Congrats Lukas! Lukas won the Helmet for the sixth time this year! With four weeks left to go Lukas has a 2 Helmet lead in the race for Winston! Jonathan and Lukas were there at the end, Lukas outlasting Jonathan for the win.

This week we played S*A*M. I think it could also be called T*R*O*N. I am not about to change the name of any of the games that we play, but all of the glow sticks and glow in the dark Murderballs that we use for S*A*M remind me a lot of Tron. S*A*M is visually awesome. It is always better than how I remembered it. For the first time this year I was on Ben's team. Apparently we are a deadly combo. Ben's team beat Jason's team 3 times in a row!  I guess I will have to split us up next time.

In Bible study this week our topic was "Friends".

Proverbs 13:20   Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.

If we spend time most of our time with people who are making good choices then we will also make good choices. If we spend most of our time with those that are making bad decisions then we will have trouble.

Proverbs 1:7   The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Who is wise? Those that fear the Lord!

Psalm 119:63-64   I am a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow your precepts. The earth is filled with your love, Lord; teach me your decrees.

We need to be a friend of all those that fear God. This does not mean that we should not be a friend of those that have not yet accepted God's forgiveness. After all, Jesus was called a friend of sinners.

Galatians 6:10   Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

This passage sums up how we should treat others and how we should spend our time. We need to do good (or spend our time with) to all people, especially those that belong to the family of God.

John 15:13   Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

We have been left on this earth to tell people about what our best friend did for us! Jesus showed the greatest outpouring of love possible when he died for our sins!

Battalion will resume after spring break. April 8th at the high school field for Football and Pop N Dogs! (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Drop off and pick up will both be at the high school field.


Friday, March 13, 2015


Congrats Ben! This is Ben's third Helmet of the Btln Season! At the end it was Tyson and Ben battling it out for the Helmet. Ben outgained Tyson on the last round to take the win and the Helmet! So many tough battles during Bulldog.

This week we played Handball for probably the last time this year. (It is sad to be nearing the end of another Btln year.) Ben's team was up by one goal for almost the entire game. Every time my team would score, Ben's team would also score. At the end Ben's team pulled away, beating us 19-14. My team did score the "last goal", but after losing for most of the game, it was of little consolation.

In Bible study this week we talked about having an sense of urgency for the lost. It is so easy to be distracted by the things around us. Work, school and media are just a few of the things that can distract us. We need to be focused on those around us that still have not accepted God's free gift of salvation. God has left us on earth to be his ambassadors.

2 Corinthians 5:20   We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.

Paul had that sense of urgency for the lost that we all should have. Notice his choice of words, "We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God."

Ephesians 5:15-16   Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

Colossians 4:5-6   Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

We need to take advantage of every opportunity that God gives us to share our faith with the lost.
1 Peter 3:15   But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.

We need to have a sense of urgency, but we also have to remember to be gracious in the way we talk the lost. We don't need to convince anyone, God is the one that will show the lost their need for a Savior!

2 Corinthians 6:2b   I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.

S*A*M next week at Btln!


Monday, March 09, 2015


Birthday time again on the blog! Some of my favourite people having birthdays this month!  So stoked to have all of these memories saved in picture form! There has been so many good times over the years!

Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!

Romans 15:5-6   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.

David Barney - March 4
Tyler Francis - March 8
Phoenix Thomson - March 11
Dane Voiken - March 11
Josh Ridsdale - March 14
Evan Podovinikoff - March 28

Sunday, March 08, 2015


We are nearing the 25th week of the 2014/15 Btln Season and have completed 4 of 5 Btln Majors! It is time again for a Winston Standings update! There are still six more weeks left in the 2014/15 Btln Season. So much left to decide. Can Lukas hang on to his slim lead? Can Nate, Jakob, Jonathan or Noah catch Lukas? Can't wait to find out! Good luck to all!

LUKAS BOSCHMANN - 5 Helmets and 1 Major
NATE KLASSEN - 4 Helmets and 1 Major
JAKOB BOSCHMANN - 3 Helmets and 1 Major
BEN NICOLSON - 2 Helmets
TYLER COUPLAND - 1 Helmet and 1 Major


Friday, March 06, 2015


Congrats Keegan! Keegan has his first ever Btln Helmet! Keegan is a beast to take down! I predict many more Helmets in his future! Jonathan, Nate, Ben and Noah were all there at the end with Keegan. It was a tough finish, nearly all the big bodies were there at the end.

Congrats also goes out to Stephan! Stephan is the 25th Member of Btln 3739 to complete the Memory Work! Stephan is the first Member to finish the Memory Work this year and book his trip to Creation 2015!

This week we played Murderball for probably the second last time this year! The games were close, but that doesn't make losing feel any better. My team lost the first three games, before winning the forth to break the shutout.

In Bible study our topic was submission to authorities.

Romans 13:1-5   Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

There were several things that we learned in our study.

1) God has established all authorities.

2) If we rebel against the authorities that God has out into place then we are also rebelling against God.
3) If we want to be free from fear of those in authority we need to do what is right.

4) Authorities are God's servants to do us good.

5) Parents, teachers, police, employers and pastors are just some of the authorities that God has placed over us.

6) There is one exception to the rule. When the authorities contradict the Word of God.

Acts 4:19   But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges!

Acts 5:29   Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings!

On the whole however, submitting to authorities is good for us. Most of the rules that have been put into place are there to protect us.

James 4:7   Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

If we can learn to submit to God then submitting to the other authorities in our lives will be become more natural.


Monday, March 02, 2015


Congrats to Jakob! Jakob is the 2015 Btln Ping Pong Champion! Lukas and Jakob treated us to an epic Ping Pong Final! Lukas won the first two games and was up 11-10 in the third game, but Jakob was able to battle back to take the third game 13-11! The fourth and fifth games were both close, Jakob barely beating his brother. Both Jakob and Lukas played like Champions. Jakob now has back to back to back Ping Pong titles! That's right, three in a row! Look out Calvin Peters!

Earlier in the night we had seven guys reciting Memory Work! Seven guys reciting scripture is a new Brigade Night record! I am so proud of everyone of these guys that had the courage to get up on the stage and recite scripture! With the passage Stephan recited he completed the Memory work! Stephen has surpassed 200 points! Congrats Stephen! Stephen will receive his Btln Medallion on Wednesday Night!

Jonathan recited - Philippians 3:7-14
Lukas recited - Psalm 140:1-13
Ben recited  - Philippians 3:7-14
Noah recited - 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Jakob recited - Romans 8:28-39
Luke recited - 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Stephan recited - 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Thanks to everyone that came out!


Friday, February 27, 2015


Congrats again to the Boschmann family! Lukas and Jakob will meet in the Ping Pong final for the second year in a row! The Boschmann name will be engraved on the Ping Pong trophy for the third year in a row. Will it be Jakob for the third year in a row or will Lukas add the Ping Pong trophy to his mantle beside the Olympic trophy?
This year we had 25 guys competing in the 20th Battalion Ping Pong Tourney. The numbers were down a little from last year, but that didn't change the quality of the tourney. Overall I think that the quality of play improved this year over the last few years.
Ping Pong night is a very laid back night at Battalion, so in the last few years we have added pizza to the evening. The guys consumed 5 extra large Battalion pizzas from Rumours! It is the best smelling pizza anywhere!
On Sunday night we will be having Battalion Night at the Gospel Chapel. This is when Lukas and Jakob will be playing the Ping Pong final. Battalion Night will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1.
Can't wait for the Ping Pong final! Good luck to both Lukas and Jakob!
Thanks to Ben, Jason, Devin and Nathan for all of their help!

Monday, February 23, 2015


This week at Btln we will be having our 20th Annual Ping Pong Tourney! I can't believe that it has already been 20 years! Time flies when you are having fun! Can Jakob win for the third year in a row or will someone be able to beat him? 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

Make sure that you are early! Wednesday, Feb.25 at 6:45 p.m.


Friday, February 20, 2015


Congrats Dylan! This was Dylan's first Helmet ever! Not many guys win a Helmet in grade nine. Dylan has been close to winning in the past, but this week he would not be denied! Dylan's persistence paid off this week!

This week we played Mike 23! As you can tell from the picture, Mike 23 is Btln chaos at it's best! (This picture is one of the best that I have seen all year!) There are 23 balls being thrown and kicked, making the gym a dangerous place to be! (Just ask Ben) In Mike 23 the scores rise and fall. The team that is in the lead early gets picked on in the next round, keeping the scores close.

Jason's team - 9
Nate's team - 8
Ben's team - 6
Nathan's team - 6

In Bible Study we looked at prayer. The Bible has so much to say about prayer, this is just the tip of the iceberg! Here are a few of the things that we talked about this week.

1) We are to pray sincerely.

Hebrews 10:22a   Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings.

2) We are to pray with understanding

1 Corinthians 14:15a   So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding.

3) We are to pray with confidence.

Hebrews 4:16   Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

4) We are to pray with faith. Believing that God will answer our prayers.

Hebrews 10:22a   Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings.

5) We are to pray for every need. Big or small.

Philippians 4:6   Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

6) We are to pray with thanksgiving.

Philippians 4:6   Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

7) We are to pray without ceasing.

1 Thessalonians 5:17   Pray without ceasing.

Next week is the 20th Battalion Ping Pong Tourney! Make sure that you are early!


Friday, February 13, 2015


Congrats Noah! This is Noah's third Helmet of the Btln Season! The final two in Bulldog were Jonathan and Noah. Caleb Hiebert did the unthinkable and got in Jonathan's way, helping to take him down! Noah taking his first Helmet of the Second Half!

At the beginning of the night we had an impromptu full court basketball game. When we started there were about eight guys playing, but by the end, there had to be about 20! There were so many guys playing that Jason added a second ball! Mike scored the winning basket for Jason's team!

Later in the evening we played Murderball. My team never really ever got our mojo going. The first game was close, but the next two were ugly! Ben's team winning the series 3-0! We probably needed to make a trade. I wish we played more Murderball.

This week Ben led us through a study on true love. The worlds version of love is very different than God's. Ben told us that the true love that comes from God has been hijacked by satan and sin. Because of the sin in our lives, humans will always warp the beautiful things that God has created.

John 13:34-35   “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.”

If we are supposed to love one another as Jesus loved us, then what does that look like?

John 15:13   Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7   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.

1 John 4:8   Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

The world would be a very different place if we would learn to love like God wanted us to!

Check out these other passages that Ben used. Romans 5:1-5, Galatians 6:1-10, Ephesians 4:2, 1 Peter 4:8, 1 John 3:16-18, Matthew 22:37-39)

Thanks to Ben for doing the Bible study!

Next week we are playing Mike 23!


Monday, February 09, 2015



In the month of February most people are thinking about love. The world has a warped view of love. In the book of John we find out that dying for our friends would be the greatest way to show our love. Jesus took love a step further when he died for us while we were his enemies!

John 15:13   Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

Romans 5:8   But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:10   For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!

We are so fortunate to have so many amazing men in Btln 3739! I love to highlight these men each month!

Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!

DESHAWN DENNIS - February 11
GEORGE KOZUB - February 13
TIM FEENSTRA - February 14
BEN JEPSEN - February 14
JUSTIN BEKKER - February 17
RILEY LEIGHTON - February 20

Saturday, February 07, 2015


Congrats Luke! This is Luke's fifth Helmet of the 2014/15 Btln Season! It was Jonathan and Luke at the end, like it has been so many times this year! Luke pulled off the win, taking his fifth Helmet!

This week we played Handball. I haven't played goal or defense in Handball yet this year because Tyson, Stephen, Ben and Noah have been playing these positions all year. Tyson wasn't around this week so I had to step in. I forgot how much abuse the goalie takes in Handball! My team had the early 5-2 lead but Ben's team battled back to take a 9-6 lead! The momentum swung back in my team's favour, we tied the game 13-13. My team managed to complete the comeback winning 15-13! It has been a while since my team has won, the abuse was worth it!

In Bible study we looked at a couple of stories about Peter. (Matthew 14:22-33, John 21:4-8)

Matthew 14:25-33   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 worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Peter actually climbs out of the boat in a storm and walks to Jesus on the water! Peter was doing good until he took his eyes off of Jesus. Once Peter noticed the wind and the waves he began to sink. The same could be said for anyone one of us. When we take our eyes off of Jesus and start to worry about the storms of life we will also sink! Jesus picked Peter up and helped him into the boat when he began to doubt. Jesus will do the same for us, even when we begin to doubt!

Peter did get out of the boat for Jesus. He faltered after he climbed out, but he did climb out. The other eleven disciples did not leave there seats.  How many of us would have climbed out of the boat? Peter loved Jesus, that was why he was willing to do some crazy things for Jesus. Will we be willing to do crazy things (by the world's standards) for Jesus? Will we get out of the boat for Jesus?

1 John 4:19   We love him, because he first loved us.


Thursday, January 29, 2015


Congrats to Nate Klassen! Nate is the Winterslam 10 Champion! (I can't believe it has been ten years!) With this win Nate pulled into a first place tie with Lukas in the race for Winston!

There were 31 guys at Winterslam 10! We had 23 Lightweights and 8 Heavyweights. There were six bouts in the first round of the Lightweight Division. In the second round we put all six winners from the first round in for one final winner takes all bout! The last two left in the ring in the Lightweight Division were Mike and Jakob! Jakob knocked Mike down, winning the Lightweight division for the second year in a row! Congrats Jakob!

First Round Winners
Jakob Boschmann
Mike Walkus
Dylan Warwaruk
James Podmoroff
Caleb Tomlin
Logan Cunningham

Final Two
Jakob Boschmann
Mike Walkus

Lightweight Champion
Jakob Boschmann

Jakob joined the Heavyweights in the second round bringing the Heavyweight total to 9 guys. There was two bouts, one with four competitors and one with five. Both bouts in the Heavyweight Division were very tough, each man fighting for the right to be in Heavyweight Final. Nate and Ben were the winners in the first round, setting up a final battle between two worthy competitors. Ben and Nate both battled hard, but on this night Nate would not be denied his first Btln Major! Congrats to both Nate and Ben! Both competed very hard!

First Round Winners
Nate Klassen
Ben Nicolson

Heavyweight Champion
Nate Klassen

Thanks to Ben, Jason, Devin, Drew and Nathan for all their help!


Sunday, January 25, 2015


This week at Btln the guys will be competing in the Tenth Battalion Winterslam! Ten years, I can't believe it! It is the tenth Winterslam and the 68th Btln 3739 Major! This Wednesday will be a pivotal point in the race for Winston! Good luck to all!

Winterslam 10 - Wednesday, Jan. 28th at 6:45 p.m.


JOHN VAN - 2014

Friday, January 23, 2015


Congrats Jakob! This was Jakob's second Helmet of the Btln Season! It looks like Jake is going to be a force to be reckoned with for the next few years!

It was Mike Night this week at Btln! It is so much fun to watch the guys play Mike! The atmosphere in the gym is awesome! The guys were pounding on the walls and cheering on their teammates! I love the big bouncy balls that we added last time we played Mike, they add a whole new dimension to the game! Devin's team had the lead most of the game, but that doesn't mean that the scores weren't close or that the game wasn't in doubt.

Devin's team - 29
Drew's team - 27
Jason's team - 26
Ben's team - 20

In Bible study we looked at three parables that Jesus told from the book of Luke. (Luke 15:1-24)

Luke 15:1-2   Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

Jesus was being criticized for spending time with sinners. Jesus tells the three parables to teach us the value of every person in God's eyes. We are all sinners in need of God's forgiveness! The Pharisees did not realize why the Messiah (Jesus) was coming to earth.

1 Timothy 1:15   Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.

Luke 15:4-6   “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’

In the first of three parables Jesus compares sinners to lost sheep. Jesus lets us know that he is not content if there is even one sheep missing! I love how Jesus talks about the owner of the sheep carrying the sheep home. What an amazing picture Jesus paints of God's love for the lost!

The third parable is the parable of the lost son. A father has a son that takes his inheritance and squanders it on wild living. This lost son is forced to steal food from pigs to keep from starving.

Luke 15:17-24   “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
“The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

Again Jesus shows God's love for the lost in this parable! I love how the father runs to his son while he was still a long way off!

Luke 15:7   I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Luke 15:10   In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

There is a party in heaven whenever ONE sinner repents!

It is Winterslam (boxing) next week at Btln!


Friday, January 16, 2015



Congrats Jonathan! Jonathan won Bulldog and now has three Helmets, putting him into a second place tie with Nate and only one win behind Lukas! The race for Winston is so close! The finish is going to be awesome!

The games we play at Battalion are so different when the number of guys change. This week we played Murderball and with the smaller numbers there was a lot more running involved. There is more opportunity to battle back when your team is behind. It was probably the best Murderball we have played all year! My team lost the first three games. We were up early in the second game and probably should have won, but Ben's team battled back to beat us. My team won the fourth game, avoiding the shutout but losing the series 3-1.

In Bible study we looked at the Creation story (Genesis 1:20-28)

Genesis 1:1   In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

In Genesis, when we read about the Creation of the universe, God singles out the earth because he has a special plan for the earth. (The heavens and the earth.)

Genesis 1:14-18   And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.

The sun, moon and stars were created to provide light and to mark seasons, days and years for the earth.

Genesis 1:25-27   God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 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.

God made the animals according to their kinds, but man was made in God's image! Man was the only thing made in God's image! We are by far the most important thing that God created! Even when Adam sinned, God provided a way through Jesus' death and resurrection to fix the broken relationship between God and man! One day we will be able to live with God!

Revelation 21:3-4   And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

It is Mike Night next week!


Monday, January 12, 2015



We are nearly two weeks into January already! Amazing how fast time flies! Some of these men are Btln Legends and the others are future Legends! They are all friends and members of Battalion 3739!

Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!

Colossians 4:5-6   Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

JASON HAYASHI - January 10
MATT DONOVAN - January 18
OWEN SPISAK - January 23
GEOFF MARTENS - January 31


Friday, January 09, 2015


First Helmet of the Second Half goes to Nate! Congrats Nate! Nate now has three Helmets for the year, only one behind Lucas! It is going to be a good finish!

This week we played Handball. My team fell behind 7-0 and was never able to battle back. We added Jason to my team but it wasn't enough to recover from the early deficit. The final score was 21 - 14 for Ben's team! (Still a lot of fun though.)

In Bible study we found out that the word of God is.....

Isaiah 40:8   The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.

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

(1) The word of God is eternal.

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

(2) The word of God is flawless

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.

(3) The word of God is useful for teaching.

1 Peter 1:23   For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

(4) The word of God can save us.

Psalm 119:9-11   How can a young person 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.

(5) The word of God can keep us from sin.

Psalm 119:97-98   Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies.

(6) The word of God can give us wisdom.

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.

(7) The word of God is living and active.

We are so blessed to be able to study the word of God! We should take advantage of this!


Monday, January 05, 2015


So many good things left in the Btln year! In the Second Half we have Winterslam(Boxing), Btln Ping Pong, The Btln Masters(Night Golf), The May Long Campout, Spring Football(Canadian and European) and Last Night. There will also be appearances by Mike and S*A*M! So many events and only fifteen weeks left in the 2014/15 Btln Season!


Sunday, December 28, 2014


It was the Ninth Btln Alumni Night and the fifth time that we have given a Sergeant Jersey at Alumni Night. Justin Bekker was the 14th Sergeant to receive his Sergeant Jersey in our "One forward and one back" Sergeant Jersey program! So proud that Justin was and still is a part of Btln 3739! Justin served as Sergeant for a year and a half. (September 2000 - January 2002)

Justin was also one of two men that we inducted into the Btln Ring of Honour! Every second year we will be adding to the Ring of Honour. This year we added Justin Bekker and Ryley Heppner. Two years ago Dan Trithardt had his name inducted into the Ring of Honor but was not able to attend Alumni Night. This year Ryley was unable to attend Alumni Night. So this year we gave Dan and Justin their Ring of Honor mugs! I just love the Sergeant Jerseys and the Ring of Honor! So many good men in Btln 3739, so many good examples! These men are proof that the Truth that we are teaching at Btln truly makes a difference when put into practice!

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.

We played 8 games of Murderball! I just love Murderball at Alumni! (So many head shots!) My team dominated early, it was 3-1. After 6 games Jeremy's team battled back to tie the series 3-3. My team would not be denied the win, taking the next two games and winning the best of nine series 5-3!

According to Btln Alumni tradition, the current Sergeant is in the middle for Bulldog. This has to be a little intimidating! Jonathan definitely rose to the challenge! It wasn't long before we only had Parker and Drew left. On the last round Drew gained more yards than Parker, taking the win and the Yorkie! Congrats Drew!

So many highlights this year. One of my favourites was listening to all the men say the Btln watchword together at the end of the night! It was spine tingling! I wish I could revisit that moment in time! So amazing!

After the gym we moved the party to Bruce and Katie's. I am so thankful to Bruce and Katie for inviting us into their house each and every year!

I am also thankful that so many guys made time for Btln Alumni Night. Christmas is a busy time of year and the roads can be dangerous. Thanks to all the came out to Alumni Night 2014!


Creation Festival