Sunday, November 18, 2018


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
Zach Donovan - 2015/16 - 3 points
Jacob Speta - 2016/17 - 2 points
Luke Martens - 2017/18 - 2 points

What name will we be adding to this list? Can't wait to find out! Good luck to all!

Saturday, November 17, 2018


Congrats Riley! This was Riley's first Helmet of the 2018/19 Btln Season! Another close finish in Bulldog! It looks like we are going to have another close race for Winston!

This week we played Murderball. It is not often that my team is dominant, but this week my team won the first two games before losing the third. Still winning the series 2-1! We should play Murderball more often!

We often mix the message of salvation into the Bible Study, this week we took a direct look at it. The Roman's Road was our focus. I didn't want anyone to leave Battalion not knowing how to be saved from their sin!

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.

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

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

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.

It is so simple, we have all sinned, and the wages of sin is death, but while we were still sinners Christ died for us! All we have to do is believe that Jesus died and was resurrected for our sins!

Acts 16:29-31   The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”


Sunday, November 11, 2018


Congrats Danny! This was Danny's first Btln Helmet ever! So many firsts this year at Btln! It is so good to see someone win for the first time!

This week at Btln we played Handball for only the second time this year! Because we still don't have lines on the gym floor, we decided to try something different this time around. The Basketball key is usually reserved for the goalie and his defenseman. This time we made two long lines across the gym instead of the key. This meant that most of the play was on the outside, and passing was more important. Not sure that I liked it better than the old way, it was just nice to put a different spin on an old game. We played last goal wins and my team managed to get the winner! (Can't remember who had the winning shot.)

In Bible Study our topic was "God is still in control".

Job 1:6-12   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.”
Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”
“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
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.”
Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.

2 Corinthians 12:7-10   Because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

In both of these stories God allowed Job and Paul to be tormented. It is hard to understand why God would allow us to be tormented until we read the end of the second passage. Paul tells us that God told him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” When we allow God carry us through the tough times in life, then we allow God to show his power in our lives!

Philippians 4:6-7   Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.



October has been over for nearly two weeks and I am finally getting the October birthday post done! (I just can't keep up anymore!) So many good friends and so many good memories!

Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!

DREW BROWN - October 6
ROBBIE WARK - October 6
KENNY JOHNSON - October 14
KAYLON SIEBEN - October 15
CAM VOIKEN - October 17
GERRY NICKEL - October 31


Saturday, October 27, 2018


Congrats Neighbour! Isaac Holitzki is the 2018 Royal Rumble Champion! Nineteen guys competed in the fourteenth Royal Rumble!

We always start the Royal Rumble with the Lightweights. The final two in the Lightweight Division were Zach and Danny. We finished the Lightweight Division with the "Ropes Down". It never takes long before we have a winner with "Ropes Down". Danny pushed Zach out of the ring to take the win and earn a spot in the Heavyweight Division!

Congrats to both Danny and Zach!

In the Heavyweight Division we didn't have the numbers that we have had in the pass, but that doesn't mean that it wasn't a battle. Getting from three guys down to two can take a really long time. This year was not any different! Isaac, Riley and Josh battled it out for a long time, before Josh was removed, setting up an all grade twelve final! I love the "Final Two-Ropes Down" tradition that we started a few years ago. Everyone is watching and cheering for the Final Two! There isn't any place to hide when the ropes are down, making for an exciting finish! In the end, Isaac was able to push Riley out of the ring for the win! My highlight is always when everyone rushes the new Champion!

Congrats to both Riley and Isaac, it was an amazing finish!

2018 Royal Rumble Champion - Isaac Holitzki

2018 Lightweight Division Champion - Danny Macmaster

Special Thanks to Ryley, Ben, Jason, Coady and George for all of their help! The Royal Rumble is not possible without your help!


Monday, October 22, 2018


Royal Rumble 14 (Wrestling) is this Wednesday! Will one of the grade twelves win the Belt? Or is there someone that can surprise us? I can't wait to find out! Remember, the final two will be Ropes Down! Have fun and good luck to all!

There are two weight classes. The Lightweight division, grades 7-9 and The Heavyweight division, grades 10-12.
Make sure that you are early, and bring a friend! (6:45 p.m. Wednesday Night)

2005-06 BEN JEPSEN
2008-09 DREW BROWN


Saturday, October 20, 2018


Congrats Josh! This is Josh's second Helmet of the Btln Year! It was an epic battle this week between Josh and Deshawn! There were five rounds with the final two, before Josh outgained Deshawn on the final round to take the win!

This week we played Murderball for only the second time this year. Before we got going, I thought that my team looked like the stronger of the two, but I was definitely wrong. Ben's team won the night, winning the series 3-1!

In our Bible Study this week, we took a look at Samson.

Judges 13:1-5   Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, so the Lord delivered them into the hands of the Philistines for forty years.
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 picked Samson to deliver his people from the hands of the Philistines, even before he was born! This got me thinking about the amazing things that God has picked for us to accomplish for him, even before we were born! We will not be given super strength like Samson, but God has equipped us to complete the tasks that he has put before us!

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.

Ephesians 4:11-13   So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Hebrews 13:20-21   Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.


Saturday, October 13, 2018


Congrats to Isaac Holitzki, the 31st Sergeant of Btln 3739! Isaac officially became Sergeant this Wednesday night at Btln! Bruce Jepsen (1984), Lance Martens (1990), Jason Hayashi (2007), Sam Jepsen (2010), Zach Gobbett (2012), Gerrald Nicholson (2013) and Luke Martens (2018) were there to present Isaac his Jersey! Isaac is the 19th Sergeant to receive his jersey.

Congrats also to Dolan on his first Helmet of the Btln Season! Keegan was in the middle for Bulldog, making difficult for anyone to make it across the gym! It was so good to have Keegan, Kaylon amd Bryce at Btln again!

This week we played Mike for the first time this year. Often times the scores are close when we play Mike, this time it wasn't even close. Nathan's Team were ahead early and never gave up the lead, winning big!

Mike Final Scores
Nathan's Team - 94
GeRRald's Team - 79
Mike's Team - 71
Jason's Team - 67

In Bible Study this week our topic was Thanksgiving.

1 Corinthians 15:57   But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 2:14   But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.

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.

Colossians 3:15   Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

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.

God has done so much for us, we have so much to be thankful for! We have victory through Jesus Christ!


Saturday, October 06, 2018


Congrats Caleb! This was Caleb's first Helmet ever! I never get tired of watching guys win the Helmet for the first time! Bryce was there at the end with Caleb, but Caleb would not be denied his first Helmet!

This week we played Mike 23! In Mike 23 the lead changes from round to round. The team that has the lead gets picked on the next round. I didn't share the scores for the last two rounds so that the teams would not know who to pick on. Isaac's Team coming up big in the last round to take the win!

Mike 23 Final Scores
Isaac's Team  12
GeRRald's Team  10
Luke's Team  5
Jason's Team  -4

In Bible Study our topic this week was Freedom.

Where can we find Freedom?

John 8:34-36   Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

2 Corinthians 3:17   Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Only Jesus can set us free!

What have we been set free from?

Romans 6:17-18   But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

Romans 6:22   But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.

Hebrews 2:14-15   Since the children have flesh and blood, he too 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.

We have been set free from sin and everything that is a result of our sin, like guilt and shame. We have also been set free from the fear of death. Freedom from sin means that we have inherited eternal life!


Monday, October 01, 2018


Congrats Neighbour! This is Isaac's first Helmet of the Btln Season! We now have a four way tie for first in the race for Winston!

This week we played Stickball for the first time this year. I think that we will be playing Stickball more this year. I love the strategy involved with Stickball. The more that we play Stickball, the better the games will be. This week Isaac's Team tied Dane's team so we broke the tie with a round of rock/paper/scissors. Isaac winning two out of three!

Stickball Final Scores
Isaac's Team - 7
Dane's Team - 7
Ben's Team - 5
Ryley's Team - 4

In Bible study this week our topic was Contentment.

1 Timothy 6:6-8   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.

It is hard to imagine being content with just food and clothing. In reality that is all that we need.

Philippians 4:12-13   I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

In this passage Paul tells us that he knows the secret of being content in any and every situation. The secret is to allow Jesus to have control of our lives in any and every situation. Only Jesus can give us true and lasting contentment.

Read: Acts 16:16-34 (Paul and Silas are content after being falsely accused, flogged and thrown into prison!)


Sunday, September 30, 2018


It is the last day of September and past time for the birthday post! What an amazing group of men! I am so blessed to know these men and to be able to call them friends!

Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!

Nathan Klassen - September 1
Zach Gobbett - September 3
Jonathan Fojt - September 9
Lance Martens - September 13
Ryley Heppner - September 16
Sam Jepsen - September 17
Noah Makortoff - September 17
Charlie Langis - September 20
Sam Podmoroff - September 23
Bruce Jepsen - September 24
Cam Tyssen - September 25
Cam Thompson - September 25
David Podovinikoff - September 26

Saturday, September 22, 2018


Congrats Caleb! Caleb is the Btln Belly Flop Champion! Caleb is the first Champion to win the Btln Belly Flop Competition three years in a row! Isaac, Josh, Alexei and Charlie joined Caleb in the Belly Flop Final with awesome flops in the first round. Isaac and Josh both had good flops in the second round, but Caleb would not be denied, winning for the third year in a row!
There was Menno on the BBQ and ice cream cake from DQ, chips and pop in the basement after we were done swimming.

Btln 3739 Belly Flop Champions
Jordon Walsh - 2005
Jordon Walsh - 2006
Drew Brown - 2007
Andrew Eyre - 2008
Sam Schiesser - 2009
Ben Nicolson - 2010
Zach Gobbett - 2011
Dartagnan Butcher - 2012
Maxwell Nicholson - 2013
Jonathan Fojt - 2014
Nathan Mckenny - 2015
Caleb Hiebert - 2016
Caleb Hiebert - 2017
Caleb Hiebert - 2018


Friday, September 14, 2018


Congrats Josh! Josh was second last week and this week he has the Helmet! Back to back final two finishes for Josh!

Our game of the week was Handball. Playing Handball without the lines on the gym floor is a challenge. This week we tried playing with a triangle key to make it easier and quicker to set up for the game. We played without a defenseman in the key because the triangle key was smaller. When the game was tied at 11 we went to next goal wins, and my team got the winner taking the game 12-11!

In Bible Study we looked at God's Availability.

In the Story that we looked at, Elijah was making fun of the baal and the prophets of baal. Elijah basically told the prophets of baal that baal was unavailable. This should have been obvious, since baal was nothing more than a statue. (1 Kings 18:16-39)
However, the God of the Bible is always available to us! We can pray to God anytime. We can also read and study the Bible whenever we want to and God will always be ready to give us incite into what we are reading.

Psalm 121:1-4
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

Isaiah 40:28
Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.

We have a God that doesn't sleep or get tired, he is always available!

Psalm 139:7-10
Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.

Psalm 34:17
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
    he delivers them from all their troubles.

We have a God that always hears us and is everywhere!


Monday, September 10, 2018


Congrats Deshawn! Deshawn has the first Helmet of the 2018/19 Btln season! Josh was there at the end with Deshawn, but was not able to gain as much yardage as Deshawn on the last round.

I'm not sure if we have ever played anything other than Murderball on First Night and this year was not any different! After five rounds the score was tied at two games a piece. My team won the final game winning the series 3-2! I love winning, and winning on First Night is even better.

In Bible Study we started the year with a study on Hope. I want Battalion to be a place where we can all come to find Hope!

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 through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead! But what is our hope?

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.

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.

1 Thessalonians 5:8   But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.

So the Hope that we have is Salvation from sin, Eternal Life and Christ living in us!

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.

This hope is an anchor for our soul, firm and secure!