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!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

BTLN PREVIEW - WINTERSLAM 10


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.


WINTERSLAM CHAMPIONS

BEN JEPSEN - 2006
DEVIN CHURSINOFF - 2007
STEVEN FEENSTRA - 2008
STEVEN FEENSTRA - 2009
SAM SCHIESSER - 2010
KALEB HORKOFF - 2011
NATHAN KLASSEN - 2012
AUSTIN SCOW - 2013
JOHN VAN - 2014
 
 
THE CAPTAIN

Friday, January 23, 2015

BTLN UPDATE - MIKE NIGHT



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.

MIKE NIGHT FINAL SCORES
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!


THE CAPTAIN

Friday, January 16, 2015

BTLN UPDATE

 
 


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!


THE CAPTAIN

Monday, January 12, 2015

BTLN BIRTHDAYS - JANUARY

 

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.

JEREMY FEDDERSON - January 2
COURTNEY FRIESEN - January 4
BRYCE PETERSON - January 9
JASON HAYASHI - January 10
MAXWELL NICHOLSON - January 10
TRISTAN HARVEY - January 15
MATT DONOVAN - January 18
OWEN SPISAK - January 23
GEOFF MARTENS - January 31


THE CAPTAIN

Friday, January 09, 2015

BTLN UPDATE



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!



THE CAPTAIN

Monday, January 05, 2015

BTLN PREVIEW - THE SECOND HALF


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!


THE CAPTAIN

Sunday, December 28, 2014

9TH ANNUAL BTLN ALUMNI





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!


THE CAPTAIN

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

BTLN ALUMNI 2014



Just another look back at past Btln 3739 Alumni Nights! 2014 is year nine! Can't wait!


THE CAPTAIN

Friday, December 19, 2014

BATTALION ALUMNI NIGHT 2014


That's right, it's almost time for the Ninth Battalion 3739 Alumni Night! Not sure who will all be there, but I can't wait to find out! So many good men in this collage, so glad to be able to call all of these men my friends!

 Anyone in grade 11 or 12 and all Btln Alumni are invited!


Dec. 27th at the G.C. at 7:00 p.m.


THE CAPTAIN

Monday, December 15, 2014

BTLN BIRTHDAYS - DECEMBER


What an awesome time of year! In December we celebrate Jesus' birth. We remember the peace, hope and joy that Jesus' birth brought to all of his creation! We hope and pray that all of those having birthdays this month will experience God's peace, hope and joy again this year!

Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!

John 1:1-5   In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

John 1:14   The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.


MIKE TRAINER - December 4
KEVIN HAYASHI - December 9
DEVIN CHURSINOFF - December 10
DYLAN ZORN - December 19
LUKE BOSCHMANN - December 19
CALVIN PETERS - December 21
STEPHEN LAWRENCE - December 23
REESE HOGARTH - December 25
JEREMY MARTENS - December 28
ZANE LAWSON - December 31


THE CAPTAIN

Thursday, December 11, 2014

WINSTON STANDINGS UPDATE



Can't believe that the First Half of the 2014/15 Btln Season is over! After fifteen weeks Luke has opened up a small lead in the race for Winston. Will Luke be able to build on his lead in the Second Half? Will someone be able to catch him? Who will break the log jam for second place? There will also be fifteen weeks in the Second Half. That means fifteen Helmets yet to be won! That's a lot of Bulldog! Can't wait to see how this will end! Good luck to all!


WINSTON STANDINGS

LUKAS BOSCHMANN - 4 Helmets and 1 Major
JONATHAN FOJT - 2 Helmets
NATE KLASSEN - 2 Helmets
NOAH MAKORTOFF - 2 Helmet
BEN NICOLSON - 2 Helmet
TYLER COUPLAND - 1 Helmet and 1 Major
HARLEY KOVACS - 1 Helmet
JAKOB BOSCHMANN - 1 Helmet


THE CAPTAIN

BTLN UPDATE - THE THREE B'S




Congrats Jake! This was Jakes first Helmet of the 2014/15 Btln Season!

What a crazy night! We had close to fifty guys in the gym! It felt a lot like the way Last Night of Battalion feels. We ate eight extra large Battalion Baconator pizzas from Rumours and we drank 5 cases of Barq's rootBeer!

After the pizza and rootBeer we moved upstairs to play some MurderBall! MurderBall is crazy when you have 50 guys playing, there are Balls flying everywhere! The first game was awesome! Both teams Battled hard and the game lasted for a long time Because Both teams did not want to lose the first game. Finally, Ben and Jeremy's team took the first game. The second and third games were not nearly as close. Jeremy and Ben's team Beating my team three games in a row!

Next we went into the fireside room were we watched a slideshow of pictures from Creation 2014! I was hoping that the slideshow would inspire some new guys to complete the Memory Work. Nearly 20 guys took a Memory Work list, so I am hoping (and praying) that we will see a Bunch of new faces at Creation 2015!

After the slideshow we went Back to the Btln room were we consumed over 100 Bonuts! It was amazing how fast they disappeared!

We ended the night with Bulldog and just like MurderBall, Bulldog is crazy with 50 guys! At the end, there were only grade nines left to fight it out for the Helmet! Jake outlasted his fellow grade nines, taking the win and the Helmet!

THE CAPTAIN

Monday, December 08, 2014

BTLN UPDATE



Congrats Harley! This was Harley's first ever Helmet! Jake was there at the end with Harley, but Harley would not be denied his first Helmet! It was a well deserved win. Congratulations Harley!

This week we played Handball. This was only the second time this year that we have played Handball! (Besides the times we have played it as a part of the Btln Trifecta.) We had so many guys that we needed to add a third ball! It is almost impossible for the guys playing goal and defense to keep track of three balls, but they all did an amazing job! Even with three balls it wasn't easy to score! Tyson and Nathan's team battled back from 20-18 to make the score 20-20 but at the end fell one goal short. The final score was 21- 20 for Ben and Noah's team!

In Bible study this week we looked at the Christmas story. (Luke 2:1-20)

Luke 2:10   But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.

What was the good news that the angels were telling the shepherds about? What was the "good news that would cause great joy for all people"?

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

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.

Since we all have sinned and constantly fall short of the glory of God, the only thing that could be considered good news would be, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners!

Romans 10:12b-13   The same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”


THE CAPTAIN

Thursday, November 27, 2014

BTLN UPDATE - THE 20TH BTLN OLYMPICS




Congratulations to Luke, the 2014 Btln Olympic Champion! What an awesome night! 35 guys competed in the 20th Battalion Olympics! 35 competitors is a new Btln Olympic record! The old record was 32 competitors in 2012. With so many guys competing, time is of essence! For the older guys there is so much work to be done to climb from top to bottom on all five pyramids! Since adding Bench Wrestling in 2011 the scores have been closer from top to bottom and there has been a grade seven finishing in the top three, three out of the past four years!

20th Battalion Olympics Final Standings

Luke B. - 28 (#1)
Jonathan - 25 (#2)
Logan - 25 (#3)
Isaac - 24
Dolan - 23
Harley - 22
Nate - 22
Matt - 20
Ben - 20
Dylan - 20
Sam - 20
Luke M. - 19
Riley L. - 19
Zach - 19
Mike - 18
Kaylon - 17
Dion - 17
Talon - 17
Jakob - 17
Noah - 16
James - 16
Riley B. - 16
Colton - 16
Gabe - 15
Bryce - 15
Dane - 15
Tyson - 14
Deshawn - 12
Caleb H. - 12
Phoenix - 11
Stephen - 10
Alex - 9
Kriss - 9
Caleb T. - 8
Miles - 7

ARM WRESTLING CHAMPION
Jonathan Fojt

BASKETBALL CHAMPION
Kaylon Sieben

BENCH WRESTLING CHAMPION
Jonathan Fojt

BOX HOCKEY CHAMPION
Harley Kovacs

FOOTBALL TOSS CHAMPION
Luke Boschmann


Congratulations to all the winners!

THE CAPTAIN

Saturday, November 22, 2014

BTLN 3739 OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS


BTLN 3739 OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS and margin of victory
Courtney Friesen - 1995/96 - 1 point
Courtney Friesen - 1996/97 - 3 points
Aaron Friesen - 1997/98 - 1 point
Aaron Friesen - 1998/99 - 1 point
Derek Taylor - 1999/00 - 5 points
Justin Bekker - 2000/01 - 4 points
Justin Bekker - 2001/02 - 0 points
Justin Thompson - 2002/03 - 4 points
Dan Neufeld - 2003/04 - 0 points
Ben Jepsen - 2004/05 - 2 points
Ben Jepsen - 2005/06 - 2 points
Cam Thompson - 2006/07 - 0 points
Devin Chursinoff - 2007/08 - 5 points
David Podovinikoff - 2008/09 - 1 point
Zach Gobbett - 2009/10 - 1 point
Dalton Shore - 2010/11 - 4 points
Zach Gobbett - 2011/12 - 3 points
Gerrald Nicholson - 2012/13 - 1 point
John Van - 2013/14 - 2 points
 
So many close finishes in the past. Who will add their name to this list?
 
I can't believe that it has been twenty years!
 
THE CAPTAIN

Friday, November 21, 2014

BTLN UPDATE



Congrats Noah! This is Noah's second Helmet of the Btln Season! At the end it was Nate and Noah. On the last round Nate was stopped just short of the wall giving Noah the win! I don't think that the race for Winston has ever been this close between six guys!

At the beginning of the night we had the Btln Olympic equipment set up! This week was the Olympic warm-up! Next week is the 20th Battalion Olympics! That's right, 20th Battalion Olympics! So stoked for next week!

Next week is the Btln Olympics and this week was S*A*M! S*A*M is as much fun to watch as it is to play! The 16 glow in the dark Murderballs and nearly 80 glow sticks make S*A*M trippy to play! My team won the first two games of S*A*M. It looked like we would not lose a game, but Ben's team battled back to win the third game. After three we were out of time, my team winning 2-1!

At Christmas time we focus on Jesus' birth and at Easter we focus on his death and resurrection.
This week we looked at Jesus existence before his birth and after his ascension to heaven.

Colossians 1:15-17   The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Hebrews 1:3   The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.

Hebrews 1:8-10   But about the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.” He also says, “In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.

John 1:1-3   In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

In these passages we find out that Jesus as God is, the Creator and Sustainer of all things!

What has Jesus been doing since his ascension to heaven?

Romans 8:34   Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to lifeis at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

Hebrews 7:25   Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

Hebrews 9:24   For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence.

Jesus is at the right hand of God and he is interceding for us! This is a full time job!

This next passage gives us a glimpse of heaven!

Revelation 5:11-14   Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.


It is the 20th Battalion Olympics next week! Bring a friend and don't be late!


THE CAPTAIN

Saturday, November 15, 2014

BTLN BIRTHDAYS - NOVEMBER


 
 

Birthday time again! Four legends and three young men having birthdays this month! Some classic Btln moments captured in this collage! It is always a lot of fun making these collages, it is so good to look back and remember these moments! Can't wait to see what the future will hold for these men!

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12   We constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!
 
MATT BARG - November 9
DAN TRITHARDT - November 9
LUKE MARTENS - November 10
NATE KLASSEN - November 17
KRISS DERHOUSOFF - November 18
DEVAN ENGLAND - November 19
NATHAN BALL - November 20
 
(When the Captain forgets your birthday, you get your own collage. Sorry Nate!)

 
THE CAPTAIN

Thursday, November 13, 2014

BTLN UPDATE



Congrats Ben! This is Ben's second Helmet of the Btln Season! At the end it was Ben and Noah, seems like these guys do everything as a team! It was just the two of them for about three rounds, and then finally Noah went down, giving Ben the win!

For the first time this year we played Stickball! I love the games that have four corners and four teams, like Mike, Mike 23 and Stickball! The game was closer this time around than in the past, giving us a closer finish and more suspense.

STICKBALL FINAL SCORES
Jonathan's team - 11
Ben & Noah's team - 10
Jason's team - 8
Ben's team - 7

In Bible study this week our topic was, "Why do bad things happen to good people".

This is not an easy topic or one that everyone is going to agree on, but at Btln we are not afraid to try and tackle these tough questions!

Matthew 19:17   And he (Jesus) said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God:

Isaiah 64:6   All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.

Romans 3:10-11   As it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God.

These passages teach us that without God none of us are good!

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

Our sin has earned us death! What a dreadful position we would be in if it wasn't for God's free gift of eternal life!  Jesus took the death that we earned! (At the cross.) Amazing!
(Read Matthew 27:27-31 to see what Jesus did for us!)

Romans 8:22-24   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.

Even if we have accepted Christ's free gift of salvation we will still have to endure troubles. The difference for us as believers is, that we have God to help us through these troubles!

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

The key is, to look to our future in heaven with Christ!


THE CAPTAIN

Sunday, November 09, 2014

BTLN UPDATE



Congrats Luke! This is the third Helmet of the season for Luke! At the end of Bulldog we were down to Nate and Luke. Both Nate and Luke were taken down on the last round, but it was to close to call a winner! We reset and went one more round. (Who wouldn't one more round of Bulldog?) In the final round, Nate was tackled halfway across the gym, while Luke was able to make it through the maze of guys to the end of the gym!

This week we played Murderball! This used to be a common thing at Battalion, but lately we have been playing other games. (A kinder and gentler Btln?) In the first game my team dominated. Ben's team would not go down easily, they battled hard, but could not beat us in the first game. In the second game the tides turned! Ben's team beat us easily, setting up a third game. In the third, Ben's team continued what they started in the second game. Ben's team won the third game, taking the series 2-1!

In Bible study we looked at Jesus' death and resurrection.
(Matthew 27:32-54 and 1 Corinthians 15:1-8)

Ben talked about the importance of Remembrance Day and how we should be thankful for the freedom and peace that we have, because of the sacrifices made by Canadian soldiers. Ben reminded us that we need to be even more thankful for the sacrifice that Jesus made, to give us peace with God and freedom from our sin!

Romans 6:18a   You have been set free from sin.

Romans 8:1-2   Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

Romans 5:1-2   Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.

Colossians 1:19-20   For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him(Jesus), and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.


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Monday, November 03, 2014

WINSTON UPDATE



After nine weeks and one Battalion Major it is time for a Winston Standings update! At this point of the Btln Season we have a three way tie for first place! I am not sure if the standings could be closer after nine weeks! As expected the grade elevens and twelves are dominating the Winston Standings. There are only six more weeks left in the first half of the 2014/15 Btln Season! Who will have the lead at the end of the first half?

WINSTON STANDINGS

LUKE BOSCHMANN - 2 Helmets
JONATHAN FOJT - 2 Helmets
NATE KLASSEN - 2 Helmets
TYLER COUPLAND - 1 Helmet and 1 Major
NOAH MAKORTOFF - 1 Helmet
BEN NICOLSON - 1 Helmet


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