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, November 26, 2015




Congratulations to Zach, the 2015 Btln Olympic Champion! Zach is the youngest Olympic Champion we have ever had! Zach is in grade 9! (The previous record was held by Zach Gobbett! He was in grade 10.) For the second year in a row we set a new attendance record for the Btln Olympics! There were 37 competitors plus our Sergeant Ben Nicolson! (It was so good to have Ben back at Btln!) We couldn't get all the names on the triangles or on the posters! This was the first time that the top three scores did not include a first place finish in any of the events. So many firsts this year!

21st Battalion Olympics Final Standings

Zach - 32 (#1)
Jakob B. - 29 (#2)
Keegan - 27 (#3)
Nathan - 27
Noah - 27
Luke - 25
Jake M. - 25
Mike - 25
Tyson S. - 24
Sam A. - 24
Dylan - 23
Nate - 22
Dane - 22
Derek - 22
Kaylon - 22
Landon - 22
Colton - 22
Harley - 21
Mitch - 21
Christian - 21
Jacob S. - 20
Isaac - 20
Dolan - 20
Stephan - 20
Anthony - 20
Caleb T. - 20
Sam P. - 19
Josh - 19
Matt - 18
Phoenix - 18
Deshawn - 17
Riley - 17
Skyler - 17
Talon - 17
Tyson T. - 16
Caleb H. - 14
James - 10

Nate Klassen

Matt Donovan

Dylan Warwaruk

Luke Martens

Deshawn Dennis

Congratulations to all the winners!



Sunday, November 22, 2015


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
Lukas Boschmann - 2014/15 - 3 points
Twenty years and counting! What name will be adding to this list? Can't wait to find out!

Friday, November 20, 2015


Congrats Nathan! This is Nathan's second Helmet, and his first ever win in British Bulldog! Nathan's first Helmet was when he won the belly flop competition at the pool party in September! It seems so appropriate that our English friend would win British Bulldog!

This week we played Stickball for the first time this year. We have had a hard time trying to teach everyone the rules and strategy of Stickball. I feel like this was the best game of Stickball that we have ever played. I love the four corner/four team games that we play at Btln. I think that Stickball can be as good as Mike and Mike 23. We probably need to play Stickball a little more often.

Stickball Final Scores
Dan's team - 14
Ben's team - 12
Nathan's team - 10
Devin's team - 7

In Bible Study, Ben had us looking at some of the prophecies fulfilled by Jesus.

Isaiah 53

But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
    and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
This was written 700 years before Jesus was born! Only God could plan that far ahead and be perfectly accurate!

 John 19

32 The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. 33 But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.

Luke 23

When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him perform a sign of some sort. He plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer.

There are so many prophesies that Jesus fulfilled (Like where he would be born, what family he would be born into and how he would die.) that he had to be God.

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. 

Jesus came to earth in the form of a man so that he could die for our sins! This was all a part of God's perfect plan! Nothing that happened to Jesus took God by surprise! God also has a plan for our lives! Nothing that happens to us will take God by surprise! We just need to trust that God is in control!

It is the 21st Battalion Olympics next week! Don't be late!


Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Time for the first Winston Update of the year! The race for Winston could not be any closer than it is right now! We are ten weeks into the 2015/16 Btln Season and we have nine different winners! The race for Winston is wide open! Everyone is still in the running and we are nearing the end of the First Half of the 2015/16 Btln Season!


NOAH MAKORTOFF - 2 Helmets and 1 Major
MITCH BRON - 1 Helmet


Friday, November 13, 2015


Congrats Stephan! Dylan and Stephan were the final two in British Bulldog this week! Both guys battled hard but were both taken down on the last round. Stephan made it five yards further across the gym to take the win and the Helmet!

This week we played Murderball and had two very evenly matched teams! My team took the first two games fairly easily and it looked like we were going to do it again in the third game. We had Ben's team on the ropes before they came storming back for the win to make the series 2-1! With the momentum gained from the comeback win, Ben's team won the next two games pulling ahead 3-2! My team won the final game giving us a tie, which seemed fitting for Remembrance Day.

In Bible study we finished our series on Faith, Hope and Love. In the first two weeks we looked at Faith and Hope, this week we turned our attention to Love.

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

This passage in 1 Corinthians does a very thorough job of explaining what love is and what love is not. The worlds definition of love is the opposite to what is described in this passage.

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

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

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

Romans 5:7-8   Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 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!

In the book of John, Jesus tells us that the greatest way to show Love would be to die for one's friends. When Jesus died for us he took it one step further! He died for us when we were still his enemies so that we could be his friends!


Saturday, November 07, 2015


Congrats Mitch! This was Mitch's first ever Helmet! It is always exciting to see one of the guys win the Helmet for the first time! Like Dan said, It won't be Mitch's last Helmet!

This time around, Mike 23 was the game of the week! Mike 23 always makes for great pictures! With the balls flying around and the funny looks on everyone's faces the pictures are priceless! I love how the rules change and the scores rise and fall with each mini game that we play. Mike 23 is Btln chaos at its best!

Mike 23 Final Scores
Nathan's team - 8
Ben and Noah's team - 6
Nate's team - 4
Lukas' team - 3

In Bible study we looked at Hope in our mini series Faith, Hope and Love.

1 Corinthians 13:13   And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Romans 8:24b-25   But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

I have heard it said that the hope of the Bible is a confident expectation. The hope of every Christian should come from the promises found in the Bible.

Titus 3:4-7   But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

Titus 2:11-13   For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of the great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,

Colossians 1:26-27   The mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Our hope is eternal life with our savior Jesus Christ!

Is our hope secure? Is our hope trustworthy?

Hebrews 6:17-19   Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.

Hebrews 11:1   Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

God who promised us eternal life cannot tell a lie! Our hope is sure, certain, firm and secure!

1 Peter 1:3-4   Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you.

We have a living hope because we have a living savior!


Thursday, October 29, 2015


Congrats Noah! Noah is the 2015 Royal Rumble Champion! Twenty-seven guys competed in the eleventh Royal Rumble! There were fifteen Lightweights (grades 7-9) and twelve Heavyweights (grade 10-12)!

The Lightweight Division seemed to move along quickly, there were not any stalemates. In the past we have had to add the Heavyweights at the end to keep things moving. This year we kept adding guys and they kept going over the ropes. The final three in the Lightweight Division were Caleb Hiebert, Sam Anderson and Jacob Speta! Jacob outlasted Caleb and Sam to take the Lightweight Crown! Congrats Jacob!

The Heavyweight Division was different this year. There were two teams that were battling each other that created a log jam. Keegan, Dane and Phoenix were against Noah, Ben and Mitch. Once Phoenix and then Dane were both gone things started to move again.  The final three were Mitch Bron,  Ben Nicolson and Noah Makortoff! Mitch was double teamed by Ben and Noah and fought hard but was unable to survive the onslaught! With Mitch gone, there were now only Ben and Noah left to battle it out for the belt!  I don't think I have ever seen two guys that were so evenly matched! It was an epic battle! It seemed like it would never end!  Finally, we decided to hold the ropes down so that they would not have to throw each other over the ropes. (We will be doing "Ropes Down" for the final two every year!) This strategy had an unexpected upside, everyone could actually see what was happening! Everyone was watching and excited about watching the finish! Both guys were close to winning, but in the end it was Noah wearing the Belt! Congrats to both Ben and Noah! A finish I will never forget!

2015 Royal Rumble Champion - Noah Makortoff

2015 Lightweight Division Champion - Jacob Speta

Special Thanks to Ben, Dan, Devin and Lukas for all of their help! The Royal Rumble is not possible without your help!


Monday, October 26, 2015


Royal Rumble 11 is this Wednesday! Who will take the Belt? Will it be one of the grade twelves? Ben, Noah, Nate, Nathan, Mitch or Harley? Or will someone else surprise us and take the Belt home?
Remember, there are two weight classes. The Lightweight division, grades 7-9 and The Heavyweight division, grades 10-12.
Make sure that you are early! (6:45 p.m. Wednesday Night)

2005-06 BEN JEPSEN
2008-09 DREW BROWN


Friday, October 23, 2015


October is nearly over and I am finally getting the birthday post done! Time is flying by! Before we know it, the First Half of Btln will be over! Some of these guys have been around for a long time, so many good pictures and memories!

Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!

2 Thessalonians 2:13-14   But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

DREW BROWN - October 6
KENNY JOHNSON - October 14
GERRY NICKEL - October 31


Thursday, October 22, 2015


Congrats Noah! This was Noah's first Helmet of the Btln Season! Tyson was there at the end looking for his second Helmet of the year, but Noah out gained him on the last round to take the win! GO Blue Jays!

This week we played the Btln Trifecta for the first time this year! Actually, we played the Btln Quadfecta! I know, Quadfecta doesn't sound as good as Trifecta. I guess we will just call it The Quad. The Trifecta usually includes three of the following, Murderball, Handball, Extreme Bulldog and Fire-Fever-Flood. This week we played all four! Dan's team was able to win Murderball, Handball and Extreme Bulldog. My team was only able to take Fire-Fever-Flood. My team had speed and Dan's team had size. Size over speed this week!

In Bible study this week our topic was Faith. The next three Bible studies will be Faith, Hope and Love.

Hebrews 11:6   And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Faith is required to please God, because faith is simply believing that God exists and trusting in him for your salvation. 

Hebrews 11:1   Now faith is confidence in what we hope for (being in heaven with Jesus) and assurance about what we do not see. (God, heaven)

2 Corinthians 5:7   For we live by faith, not by sight.

We cannot see God or heaven. We must believe that they exist! We have to trust that God's promises in the Bible are true!

Hebrews 12:2b   Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.

Jesus is the one that will give us the faith that we need!

Romans 10:17   Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

God will grow our faith as we study his word!

Ephesians 6:16   In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

Finally, we can use faith to defend ourselves from the evil one! 

Next week is Royal Rumble 11! Make sure that you are early! October 28th at 6:45 p.m.


Friday, October 16, 2015


Congrats Nate! Nate has been so close to winning so many times this year, that it was just a matter of time before he would win the Helmet! Nate is extremely tough to take down in Bulldog! It takes more than one guy to take him down! He apparently sacrificed his new Btln shirt for the win!

Mike Night is always exciting, it is one of most anticipated nights of the year at Btln!  At the beginning Ben and Noah's team had this dance/stare down thing going on. It was awesome! (Think Maori warrior haka dance that the New Zealand rugby team does before each game that they play.) Lukas' team and Ben and Noah's team were battling it out all night. Nathan's team and Nate's teams were fighting for the bronze. Early on Lukas' team had a five point lead that would slowly disappear. In the end the scores tightened up, making for a close finish!

Mike Night final scores
Ben and Noah's team - 37
Lukas' team - 35
Nate's team - 32
Nathan's (the beard) team - 31

In Bible study our topic was "Contentment and Thankfulness".

1 Timothy 6:6   But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.

Can you imagine being content with just food and clothing? If that is all that we should need to be content, then we here in Canada have a lot to be thankful for! I think that true contentment leads to thankfulness.

Ephesians 5:19b-20   Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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

God has done so much for us! We have so many things that we can be thankful for! If contentment leads to thankfulness then I think that thankfulness will naturally lead to generosity!

2 Corinthians 9:7   Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Lastly, our generosity will lead to thankfulness!

2 Corinthians 9:11   You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

If we are generous then those that we help will be thankful to God! God will use our generosity to help other people be thankful!

Thanks to Ben for the Mike Night pics! Love the grainy pics! (They have an artsy feel to them!)


Sunday, October 11, 2015




Congrats to Tyson on his first Helmet of the Season! Bulldog in the infield has to be one of my favourites all year long! It is a Btln classic! I love not being able to touch the base path or the pitchers mound in the middle of the infield, it changes the game!
It was so awesome to have our Blue Jay inspired Btln shirts revealed at Btln Baseball! Thanks to Ben, Devin, Jason and Laird for all of their hard work! I think the shirts look awesome! We have been working on this design since mid July, so it was amazing when the Jays went on a role to make these shirts even a little more special! Go Jays! We picked this design because both Ben and Noah love baseball and are big Blue Jay fans!
Btln Baseball is always two innings and once through the order. My team was up big after the first inning, scoring early and often! The score was 11-5 after the first! In the second inning Dan's team shut down my team, only allowing four runs. The score was 15-5 after the top half of the second inning. Ten runs should have been a healthy lead, but Dan's team battled back with eleven runs in the bottom half of the second inning to win 16-15! It was an amazing comeback!
Thanks to Ben for pitching to both teams! I'm sure Ben had an icepack on after the game!
Next week we are back at the church. It is Mike Night!

Friday, October 02, 2015


Congrats Dylan! Dylan has been close to winning the Helmet so many times lately. It was fitting that he was the one to win this week! Nate was there at the end, but this week was Dylan's time to shine!
We played Murderball for the second time this year. (I could play every week!) The first game was one of the longest we have played in a long time!  (Dan's team beat us in an epic battle!) In the second game we had our revenge! The score was 1-1. In the third we had Dan's team on the ropes before they battled back from one man left! They could not complete the come back though, losing that third game as well as the fourth. My team winning 3-1!
In Bible study we looked at 1 John 5:13.
1 John 5:13   I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
The question was and is, can we know that we have eternal life?
Hebrews 2:14-15   Jesus shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the deviland free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

There are so many people going through life not knowing what their eternal destiny is! This must be awful to go through life not knowing were you will go when you die!

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

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

Eternal life is for everyone that believes that Jesus lived, died and rose gain for their sins! It is so simple! God knew that he had to do it all for us! All we have to do is believe! Then we don't have to fear death!

1 Corinthians 15:55   “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”

Next week we are James Donaldson Park playing baseball "Under the Lights"! There will be hot dogs and hot chocolate!


Friday, September 25, 2015



Congrats to Ben Nicolson, the 28th Sergeant of Btln 3739! Ben officially became Sergeant this Wednesday night at Btln! Ben Jepsen, Jason Hayashi and Devin Chursinoff were there to present Ben his Jersey! (Three awesome examples for Ben to follow!)

Congrats also to Jakob! Jake won the Helmet for the first time this year! It was Ben, Noah and Jake at the end, with Jake outlasting Ben and Noah. I think we are going to be hearing a lot from these guys this year!

We played Handball for the first time this year. Ben's team jumped out to a 9-2 lead, but my team battled back to take a 15-14 lead! In the end though, Ben's team was too strong, beating us 23-19!

This week in Bible study we looked at the story of Job. (Job 1:6-22) Our title was "God is in charge!"

It important for us to notice that Satan still answers to God. Even though Satan hates God he must still answer to him, God is still in control!

Job 1:6-7   One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”

After God brags about Job, he allows Satan to test Job. God puts limitations on what Satan can do to Job.

Job 1:12   The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”

Satan is allowed to take everything from Job other than his wife and his own life! Job's response is amazing!

Job 1:20-22   At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.

Job worships God!

Why would God allow this to happen to Job? It is not easy for us to understand. We know that God is watching out for us, and I wouldn't have it any other way!

1 Corinthians 10:13   No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

God will help us endure the storms of life!

Hebrews 13:5b-6   God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

The Sergeants of Btln 3739
1979-80 Garry Pepin
1980-81 Garry Pepin
1981-82 Brian Eschbach
1982-83 Brian Eschbach
1983-84 Bruce Jepsen
1984-85 Alan Martens
1985-86 Alan Martens
1986-87 Gerry Nickel
1987-88 Gerry Nickel
1988-89 Geoff Martens
1989-90 Lance Martens
1990-91 Leighton Friesen
1991-92 Leighton Friesen
1992-93 Harry Tournemille
1995-96 Courtenay Friesen
1996-97 Courtenay Friesen
1997-98 Jeremy Feddersen
1998-99 Aaron Friesen
1999-00 Derek Taylor
2000-01 Justin Bekker
2001-02 Justin Bekker, Ryley Heppner
2002-03 Joe Kraftchick
2003-04 Justin Thompson
2004-05 Calvin Peters
2005-06 Ben Jepsen
2006-07 Jason Hayashi
2007-08 Devin Chursinoff
2008-09 Drew Brown
2009-10 Sam Jepsen
2010-11 Zach Gobbett
2011-12 Zach Gobbett
2012-13 Gerrald Nicholson
2013-14 Max Nicholson
2014-15 Jonathan Fojt
2015-16 Ben Nicolson


Friday, September 18, 2015


Congrats to Nathan, the 2015 Btln Belly Flop Champion! It was Nathan's first ever Helmet! There were five guys in the semi-final, Nathan, Ben, Tyson, Jacob S. and I can't remember the fifth. Nathan and Ben earned their way into the final, belly flopping for the third time in one night! Ben missed on his last attempt and Nathan nailed his third, taking win!
Earlier in the night the guys were wrestling on the tubes, it was awesome! There were tubes flipping, elbows and knees flying, it was crazy!  The noise level was high all night. The pool was 90 degrees Fahrenheit!
There was Menno on the BBQ and ice cream cake from DQ, chips and pop in the basement after we were done swimming.

Two weeks in the books already! Next week we are back at the gym!


Monday, September 14, 2015


Pool Party this week at Btln! There will be snacks (Ice cream cake from DQ, hot dogs, chips, and pop.) water football and of course the Belly Flop Competition!

Wednesday night 7:00-8:30
Show up early (6:30) if you want more time in the pool!

The party is at Abe's pool. 6715 18th street


Friday, September 11, 2015


First Helmet of the new Btln season goes to Ben! Congrats Ben! At the end it was Ben, Noah and Nate (the usual cast of characters) battling it out for Bulldog supremacy! With Lukas and Jonathan out of the way, these three should be considered the favourites for Winston!

First Night wouldn't be right if we didn't play Murderball. I am hoping that we will be able to play Murderball more this year. It seems that in the last couple of years we haven't played Murderball enough.
The teams were close this week, but my team just seemed to have the edge. My team was up 2-0 when Noah showed up and tipped the scale in Ben's favour. It was 2-1 when my team battled back to take the night 3-1!

In Bible study we looked at Saul's conversion. (Acts 9:1-30)

It is hard to believe how bad Saul was before God got ahold of him!

Acts 26:9-11   “I too was convinced that I ought to do all that was possible to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth. And that is just what I did in Jerusalem. On the authority of the chief priests I put many of the Lord’s people in prison, and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. Many a time I went from one synagogue to another to have them punished, and I tried to force them to blaspheme. I was so obsessed with persecuting them that I even hunted them down in foreign cities.

It is awesome to see Jesus interrupt Saul's plans and turn his (Saul's) life around!

Acts 9:3-6   As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

Saul's (and our own) conversion should bring to mind this next passage.

Romans 5:8-10   But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! or 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!

God saved Saul even though he was his enemy!

1 Timothy 1:15-16   Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.

Saul's conversion was supposed to be an example for us! If Jesus was willing to save the chief of sinners he will also save us!

Acts 9:20-25   At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?” Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah.
After many days had gone by, there was a conspiracy among the Jews to kill him, but Saul learned of their plan. Day and night they kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him.  But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall.

Only God could take a murderer and turn him into a difference maker! Saul went from being hunter to the hunted! Saul was now preaching about Jesus in the same synagogues that he had been trying to capture Christians!
God will do the same for us! We just need to follow God's Word and share it with others! God will make us difference makers!

Pool Party next week! Sept.16th (6:30-8:30 pm) at Abe's pool! (6715 18th street)


Monday, September 07, 2015




Creation Festival