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!

Monday, April 21, 2014


It is time again for the final Btln Major of the year! So excited for the Btln Masters! Can't believe that it has been nine years already! Who will walk away with the Green Jacket?  Can John
win the jacket and steal Winston away from Max? Or is there someone else that will surprise?

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
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!)

Friday, April 18, 2014


Congrats Stephen! First Helmet ever for Stephen! We have had first timers two weeks in a row! Last week it was Tyson and this week it was Stephen!
About 25 of us braved the rain (drizzling) and the cold to eat Menno and play soccer! The slippery field lead to all kinds of slipping and sliding around! It was awesome! These are the kind of nights that the guys will remember for years to come! The game ended in a tie so we went to penalty kicks to decide the game! My team scored one out of five tries, but Ryley's team scored two out of five for the win!
In Bible study we looked at some of the things that we have received in, by and through Christ's death and Resurrection!

Romans 3:24  all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

Romans 5:11  we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

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

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 12:5  so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

1 Corinthians 1:4  I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.
1 Corinthians 6:11  And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22  Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us,  set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
2 Corinthians 2:14  But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.
2 Corinthians 5:17  Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
Galatians 3:26  So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith,
Galatians 4:7  Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
Ephesians 1:3-5  Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
Ephesians 2:6-7  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,  in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 3:12  In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence
Philippians 4:13  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:19  And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Colossians 2:10  and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

This is only a small sample of the blessings that we receive in, by and through Christ! Read Romans through to the end of Philemon to find more for yourselves! You will be blessed just reading about these blessings!

Friday, April 11, 2014


Congrats to Tyson! First Helmet ever for Tyson! Luke B. was there at the end with Tyson, but it was Tyson walking (running) the tightrope that pulled off the big win! So awesome to see how excited Tyson was to win for the first time!
This week we played Soccer! It was chaotic! We used half of the field with about 20 guys to a team! David was switching back and forth from one team to the other! My team was getting kicked around. I think the score had to be around 7-2! It was close early but that didn't last long.
Quote of the week comes from Nathan M. (You need to know that Nathan is from England.) "That was the worst Soccer game I have ever played! But it was so much fun!"
We polished off another 80 Menno dogs and 21 Liters of Gatorade! 
This week Ryley lead the Bible study. We looked at the Resurrection.  
Ryley told us that it cannot be denied that Jesus lived, died on a cross and was buried in a tomb. We must decide for ourselves what happened to Jesus after he was buried.

Matthew 27:62-66  The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”
“Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.

Did Jesus' disciples steal Jesus' body while Roman soldiers were guarding the tomb? This would have been impossible considering the soldiers own lives were in danger if the body went missing!

Matthew 28:1-7  After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

1 Corinthians 15:3-8  For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

500 people all saw Jesus at the same time! How many witnesses does it take to prove an event happened? Like Ryley said, If Jesus wasn't resurrected then how come so many of these witnesses were willing to die terrible deaths for Jesus name?

The only logical explanation for the empty tomb is that Jesus was resurrected and is alive! He is risen!

Take the time to read 1 Corinthians 15:1-58.


Friday, April 04, 2014


Birthday time on the blog! Five guys having birthdays in three days! Lot's of good pictures and just as many good memories!
Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!
James 4:8a  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
SKYLER MYER - April 12
ALEX ST. ONGE - April 13
DAN DIMOCK - April 29

Thursday, April 03, 2014


Congrats David! Third Helmet of the year for David! Nate and David were both stopped on the last round, but David had about a foot more forward progress! It was very close! I just love Bulldog on the grass! It's the way it is supposed to be played!

It was soooo good to be outside playing football! (It was a long winter!) My team jumped out to an early 14-0 lead. I think it was Skyler and Mike scoring touchdowns. Jason and Devin's team scored next. Pretty sure David and Noah both scored, making the score 14-14. With Luke B. at the helm of my team, we scored the final major of the game, winning 21-14!

I almost forgot to mention that we consumed 72 Menno dogs and 21 liters of Gatorade!

I was talking to Jeremy this week and he asked why I don't bring lights to Btln Football. Never thought about I guess. Anyways, having lights for the Bible study and for Bulldog was amazing! It is more to bring to the field, but it was worth it!

This week in Bible study we looked at some of the events that took place at the Lord's Supper.

Matthew 26:31-35  Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: “‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.” “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same.

You have to admire Peter's enthusiasm, but instead of being confident in his own abilities he should have asked Jesus for help to conquer his fear.

John 21:15-17  When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.

After the resurrection, Jesus takes the time to reassure Peter. Jesus lets Peter know that even though he (Peter) had denied him (Jesus) that he (Jesus) wanted Peter to continue to take care of the Church! In fact, Peter is given the role of leader of the early church! God didn't give up on Peter and he won't give up on us! Even though we will make mistakes! We need to learn to trust and depend on God more each day!

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


Monday, March 31, 2014


That's right, it is time again for Btln Football! Can't believe that it is that time of year again! Rumor has it that Cody Harp will be in attendance! Btln, Football and Menno, doesn't get better than that!

We are meeting at the high school field at 6:30 p.m.


Friday, March 28, 2014



Congrats Noah! Second Helmet of the Btln Season for Noah! It seems like the Dynamic Duo are always doing everything together! Ben won the Helmet last week, so Noah had to win it this week. Is it Ben's turn next week? Anyways, big win for Noah this week!

We played Handball and somehow the teams ended up being a little lopsided. Jason's team was really dominating early. We reset and played first to two goals. Harley scored first for my team, giving us the early 1-0 lead. Jason's team tied it up and then Jason scored the game winner on a spin/backward bounce shot! It was impressive! The Dynamic Duo were unable to keep the ball out of the net. I guess they were saving it for Bulldog. ;)

In Bible study we looked at the Transfiguration. (Matt. 17:1-9, Mark 9:2-10, Luke 9:28-36)

Matthew 17:1-9  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!”
When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.
As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

Why did God the Father want to honor Jesus in this way? I think that God wanted to encourage the disciples. Seeing Jesus with two of the greatest prophets in Israel's history would have been amazing for Peter, James and John. Hearing God the Father speak out of the cloud like he did at Mount Sinai would have made these men think back to Israel's past. Jesus power and majesty were both mostly hidden while he was on earth. Now these men were seeing Jesus as he really is! This moment had a lasting impression for Peter.

2 Peter 1:16-18  For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.

We can be encouraged like Peter, James and John! We will also get to see Jesus in his Majestic Glory when we get to heaven! We can also be thankful that he humbled himself! Dying for our sins on the cross!

Philippians 2:5-11  In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to deatheven death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  


Monday, March 24, 2014


With six weeks left in the 2013/2014 Btln Season it was time for a Winston Update! It looks like it is going to be either Max or John that will win Winston this year! We will not likely end in a tie like we did last year. Luke is still mathematically in the race for Winston, but he would have to win three out of the final six Helmets to win it all. (That would be amazing!)
MAXWELL NICHOLSON - 5 Helmets and 1 Major
JOHN VAN - 4 Helmets and 2 Majors
DAVID BARNEY - 2 Helmets
BEN NICOLSON - 2 Helmets
JAKOB BOSCHMANN - 1 Helmet and 1 Major

Friday, March 14, 2014


Congrats Ben! Second Helmet of the season for Ben! It was Noah and Ben at the end. (They didn't like my Sedin comparison, so how about Maddux and Glavine or maybe Ruth and Gehrig or Mantle and Maris?) The Dynamic Duo will more than likely finish first and second many more times in the future!
This week we played Murderball and my team was taking it to Devin's team! They didn't win a game until we gave them both Max and Jonathan! The final score was 3-3 when we ran out of time. So good to play Murderball again! Four weeks is too long between games!
How about those pics of the guys studying God's Word? So exciting to have all these guys reading and studying God's Word! This week in Bible study we looked at Daniel.
Most Christians are striving to be more consistent in their daily walk. Daniel is a great example of consistent godly living. When Daniel was young (around 15 years old) he was taken away from his family and brought to a godless foreign country. Daniel could have justified a godless lifestyle but instead he chose to continue to follow God!
Daniel 1:1-20  In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God. These he carried off to the temple of his god in Babylonia and put in the treasure house of his god.
Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians.
The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table. They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king’s service.
Among those who were chosen were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. The chief official gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego.
But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel, but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.”
Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.
At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.
To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.
At the end of the time set by the king to bring them into his service, the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar. The king talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king’s service. In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.

Daniel was willing to live according God's Word, even if it meant going against the kings wishes! Sixty five years later when Daniel was eighty he still chose to follow God rather than men! This time he was thrown into the lions den!

Daniel 6:10  Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.

Daniel was thrown into the lions den for praying to God! This was also the reason why Daniel was able to live such a consistent godly life! If only we would pray and dwell on God's Word three times a day like Daniel! God's Word would begin to permeate our lives and we would become consistent like Daniel!


Friday, March 07, 2014


Congrats Jonathan! Second Helmet of the season for Jon! It was Luke and Jon at the end but Jon would not be denied!
This week we played Stickball! I love Stickball, not sure why. Probably because it is always unpredictable. There are always funny moments when we play Stickball. Alex and Dion are always good for one of these funny moments. I never actually gave the final scores, so here they are.
Stickball Final Scores
Jason's team - 10
Devin's team - 6
Ben's team - 6
Ryley's team - 5
This week in Bible study we had Zach leading us through the story Naaman.
2 Kings 5:1-14  Now Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded, because through him the Lord had given victory to Aram. He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy.
Now bands of raiders from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, “If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.”
Naaman went to his master and told him what the girl from Israel had said. “By all means, go,” the king of Aram replied. “I will send a letter to the king of Israel.” So Naaman left, taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold and ten sets of clothing. The letter that he took to the king of Israel read: “With this letter I am sending my servant Naaman to you so that you may cure him of his leprosy.”
As soon as the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his robes and said, “Am I God? Can I kill and bring back to life? Why does this fellow send someone to me to be cured of his leprosy? See how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me!”
When Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his robes, he sent him this message: “Why have you torn your robes? Have the man come to me and he will know that there is a prophet in Israel.” So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha’s house. Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.”
But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?” So he turned and went off in a rage.
Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.

Zach pointed out that Naaman was a proud man just like the rest of us. Naaman did not deserve to be healed from his leprosy, but when he humbled himself and accepted God's terms he was healed! In the same way, we do not deserve to be saved from our sin, but God does save us if we will humble ourselves and accept his forgiveness! Notice how Namaan was completely cleansed! His skin was like the skin of a small child! When God cleanses us from our sin we are completely cleansed!


Wednesday, March 05, 2014


It is March already and I am four days late with this post! Two grads this month, can't believe that we are nearing the end! It feel like Josh has been around for forever (In a good way!) and David has become a good friend! We have two more months to make good memories and hopefully more in the years to come!
Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!
Psalms 1:1-3  Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.
David Barney - March 4
Tyler Francis - March 8
Phoenix Thomson - March 11
Josh Ridsdale - March 14
Evan Podovinikoff - March 28

Tuesday, March 04, 2014



Congrats to Jake, the 2014 Btln Ping Pong Champion! Luke B. was a worthy opponent, winning the first game! Jake battled back winning the next three games and the best of five series 3-1! The games were all close and could have went either way, but in the end it was Jake raising the trophy for the second straight year! Can Jake tie or beat Calvin Peters record of four wins in a row? Can't wait to find out!
Earlier in the night Max, Jonathan and Luke M. all recited scripture on the stage! So proud of these guys! It's never easy to get up on the stage and recite Scripture.
Max recited - Ephesians 1:3-14
Jonathan recited - 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Luke recited - 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Thanks to the guys that came out!

Thursday, February 27, 2014


Congrats James! This was James first Helmet ever! I am predicting many more in the future for James! At the end it was Gabe and James, with James outlasting Gabe for the win!
This week we tried for the first time "Glow in the dark Trifecta"! I am always looking to switch things up, so this week we tried the G.I.T.D. Trifecta! I am never sure how these things will turn out, but this time I think we have a winner! The G.I.T.D. Trifecta is visually awesome! (It is a lot like S*A*M) With glow sticks on the net and marking the key we started with Handball. Ben's team destroyed my team beating us 7-3! Next we played glow in the dark Basketball! My team returned the favor, beating Ben's team 5 baskets to 2! The final leg of the Trifecta was Fire, Fever, Flood! The team with the last man standing would win! In the end it came down to Jason (For my team.) and Jake! (For Ben's team.) Jason took the win giving my team the win in the inaugural edition of the G.I.T.D. Trifecta! So stoked, can't wait to try this again!
In Bible study we continued our strange stories from the Bible series with the story of Samson.
Judges 13:2-5  A certain man of Zorah, named Manoah, from the clan of the Danites, had a wife who was childless, unable to give birth. The angel of the Lord appeared to her and said, “You are barren and childless, but you are going to become pregnant and give birth to a son. Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink and that you do not eat anything unclean. You will become pregnant and have a son whose head is never to be touched by a razor because the boy is to be a Nazirite, dedicated to God from the womb. He will take the lead in delivering Israel from the hands of the Philistines.”
God had a special plan for Samson's life. God also has amazing things planned for our lives! God will not give us superhuman strength but he has better things planned for us!
Judges 14:5-6  Samson went down to Timnah together with his father and mother. As they approached the vineyards of Timnah, suddenly a young lion came roaring toward him. The Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him so that he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat. But he told neither his father nor his mother what he had done.
Judges 15:3-5  Samson said to them, “This time I have a right to get even with the Philistines; I will really harm them.” So he went out and caught three hundred foxes and tied them tail to tail in pairs. He then fastened a torch to every pair of tails, lit the torches and let the foxes loose in the standing grain of the Philistines. He burned up the shocks and standing grain, together with the vineyards and olive groves.
Judges 15:14-17  As he approached Lehi, the Philistines came toward him shouting. The Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him. The ropes on his arms became like charred flax, and the bindings dropped from his hands. Finding a fresh jawbone of a donkey, he grabbed it and struck down a thousand men. Then Samson said, “With a donkey’s jawbone I have made donkeys of them. With a donkey’s jawbone I have killed a thousand men.” When he finished speaking, he threw away the jawbone; and the place was called Ramath Lehi.
Samson was able to tear apart a lion, catch 300 foxes and kill a thousand men with the jawbone of a donkey, but was unable to pick a godly woman!
Judges 16:15-21  Then she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when you won’t confide in me? This is the third time you have made a fool of me and haven’t told me the secret of your great strength.With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was sick to death of it.
So he told her everything. “No razor has ever been used on my head,” he said, “because I have been a Nazirite dedicated to God from my mother’s womb. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man.”
When Delilah saw that he had told her everything, she sent word to the rulers of the Philistines, “Come back once more; he has told me everything.” So the rulers of the Philistines returned with the silver in their hands. After putting him to sleep on her lap, she called for someone to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him. And his strength left him.
Then she called, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!”
He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him.
Then the Philistines seized him, gouged out his eyes and took him down to Gaza. Binding him with bronze shackles, they set him to grinding grain in the prison.

Judges 16:26-30  Samson said to the servant who held his hand, “Put me where I can feel the pillars that support the temple, so that I may lean against them.” Now the temple was crowded with men and women; all the rulers of the Philistines were there, and on the roof were about three thousand men and women watching Samson perform. Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” Then Samson reached toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other, Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived.
What a tragic end for Samson! God continued to use Samson even though he didn't make the best choices. If Samson had more closely followed God's plan for his life how much more could he have accomplished? The same is true for us! The more closely we follow God's plan for our lives the more God will be able to do through us!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Here is the video we will play Sunday night for Btln Night! One years worth of Btln highlights!

Friday, February 21, 2014


The Blog has surpassed 80,000 Visitors! Congrats to Dylan, the winner of the 16GB iPod Nano! Three guys saw 80,000 and had proof. Landon Warwaruk, Tyson Tiller and of course Dylan Warwaruk. (Wednesday was a night for brothers! The Boschmann brothers will meet in the Ping Pong Final, Dylan and Landon had their names in the draw for the iPod and Landon won Bulldog!) Anyways, thanks to everyone who visits the blog! Can't wait until 90,000!

Battalion Headquarters History
September 20 2006 - Blog is started by Ben.
April 18 2008 - Blog hits 10,000 visitors.
February 3 2009 - Blog hits 20,000 visitors.
November 3 2009 - Blog hits 30,000 visitors.
May 20 2010 - Blog hits 40,000 visitors.
February 10 2011 - Blog hits 50,000 visitors.
December 8 2011 - Blog hits 60,000 visitors.
October 23 2012 - Blog hits 70,000 visitors.
February 18 2014 - Blog hits 80,000 visitors.


Thursday, February 20, 2014


Congrats to the Boschmann family! Never before have we ever had brothers playing each other in the Ping Pong Finals! Jake has a chance to repeat and Luke is looking for his first Ping Pong Championship! So excited for the final! Question is, who are mom and dad going to cheer for? Congrats to both Luke and Jake!
This year 31 guys competed in the tourney! (Only one empty spot on the chart!) In a one game knockout tourney you never know who will win or what will happen.(Just look at last years results.) I guess that is what I like best about the Ping Pong Tourney. Although this year there weren't any big surprises.
Including Jake (2013) we had four former Ping Pong Champions in attendance at the tourney! Ryley Heppner (2001), Parker Steadman (2006, 2009, 2010) and Zane Lawson (2011) all showed up to watch! So stoked to have the Alumni show their support for Btln!
After Ping Pong we decided that we should play Bulldog! Usually after Ping Pong we don't play Bulldog, but this year there is a week between the Tourney and the finals so it seemed like the right thing to do! Besides, when is it ever not the right thing to do? With leaders, there had to be 40 guys playing Bulldog! It was intense, even more than usual! Landon outlasted everyone taking the win! This was Landon's second Helmet of the season! Congrats Landon!
Thanks to all the leaders that helped run the Tourney! Couldn't do it without you!
Can't wait for the Ping Pong finals! Sunday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m.!

Monday, February 17, 2014


It is the 19th Annual Ping Pong Tourney this week at Btln! Who will have their name engraved on the trophy? Will Jake defend his title, or is their someone who can 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


Saturday, February 15, 2014


Congrats Ben! This is Ben's second Helmet ever. (And first Bulldog win!) Ben's first Helmet was on his first night at Btln! (I'm sure that is a Btln record!) Ben won the Belly Flop on his first night! What a way to start your Btln career!
This week we welcomed back Ryley (for the rest of the Btln year!), GeRRald (For one night.) and Austin (Not sure how long Austin will be around.) What a difference to have these guys back at Btln! We are so happy to have these guys back, even if it's only for one night!
GeRRald wanted to play Murderball, so we played Murderball! After two games we were tied 1-1. My team had Ben's team down early in the third game, but we were unable to finish them off. They battled back, taking the third game, and finished us off in the fourth, beating us 3-1!
In Bible study we had Ben leading us through another strange story from the Bible. The best part about these stories, is that they are real! Real people and the one true God!
Not long after God had rescued the Israelites from slavery in Egypt they began to grumble against God.
Numbers 11:4-6  The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, “If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!
It is sad how fast the Israelites forgot all the good things God has done for them! (Are we any different?) God had saved them from Egypt, was going to take them to their own land and in the mean time was miraculously providing food that had all the vitamins and nutrients that they needed!
Numbers 11:13-15  Where can I get meat for all these people? They keep wailing to me, ‘Give us meat to eat!’ I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me. If this is how you are going to treat me, please go ahead and kill me—if I have found favor in your eyes—and do not let me face my own ruin.”
Even Moses begins to forget how God had provided for the Israelites. Moses is trying to do things on his own instead of leaning on God!
Numbers 11:18-20  “Tell the people: ‘Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow, when you will eat meat. The Lord heard you when you wailed, “If only we had meat to eat! We were better off in Egypt!” Now the Lord will give you meat, and you will eat it. You will not eat it for just one day, or two days, or five, ten or twenty days, but for a whole month—until it comes out of your nostrils and you loathe it—because you have rejected the Lord, who is among you, and have wailed before him, saying, “Why did we ever leave Egypt?”’”
God gave the Israelites the meat they desired, and in larger portions than they could have ever imagined! We need to remember that God knows best! (Careful what you pray for!)
We also need to remember all the good things God has done for us in the past, and believe that he can do more than we can ask or imagine in our future!
Ephesians 3:20-21  Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Ping Pong Tourney next week at Btln!

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