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!

Friday, February 12, 2016


Congrats to Mitch! This was Mitch's second Helmet of the Season! Phoenix and Stephen were there at the end with Mitch. All three guys were fighting for their second Helmet of the season, but in the end it was Mitch winning the Helmet and the Yorkie!

This week we played Mike 23 for the second time this year. We added 4 new exercise balls, bringing our total number of exercise balls up to 10. There were also 13 Murderballs making it 23 balls. (Hence Mike 23) In one round the scores go up and in the next the scores go down. After six rounds each team's score can range between 20 and negative 20. In the last two rounds, Ben's team pulled away, winning big!

MIKE 23 Final Scores
Dan's team - 1
Noah's team - 2
Lukas' team - 3
Ben's team - 8

In Bible study Ben talked about prayer and godliness.

1 Timothy 2:1-2   I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

1 Timothy 2:8   Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.

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.

Everyone is supposed to pray and we are supposed to pray for all people! The thought of praying for all people is overwhelming! This is one reason why we need to pray continually!

1 Timothy 4:7-8   Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

1 Timothy 6:11   But you, man of God, pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.

In order for our prayers to be effective we need to live Godly lives. The question is, what does Godliness look like?

Galatians 5:22-26   But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

If we would pattern our lives after this last passage we would be living godly lives! Not only will we pray more, but we will also know what to pray for!


Tuesday, February 09, 2016


What better way for the "Meet the Nation" feature to make a comeback on the blog than with GeRRald Nicholson! GeRRald was the 25th Sergeant of Battalion 3739. GeRRald completed the Memory Work four times and was the Btln 3739 Winston Champion in 2013! GeRRald is currently going to school in the Netherlands. GeRRald spells his name with two R's.

(1) Who is your favourite band?
(2) What is your favourite song?
(A) Devil's Been Talkin'
(3) What is your favourite style of music?
(A) Alternative Rock
(4) Do you shave with an electric razor or a blade?
(A) Blade
(5) What would you rather grow? A beard or a moustache?
(A) Beard
(6) What would you rather drive? A big truck or a fast car?
(A) A fast car
(7) Ford, Chevy or Dodge?
(A) Chevy
(8) How many times have you crashed a vehicle?
(A) Once
(9) What would you rather wear? A ball cap or a toque?
(A) A ball cap.
(10) What is your hat size?
(A) 7 5/8
(11) What your favourite G.F. summer activity? Bridge jumping or tubing down the river?
(A) Bridge jumping
(12) What was your favourite class in school?
(A) History
(13) What would you rather watch live? Your favourite band or your favourite sports team?
(A) My favourite band.
(14) What is your favourite sport?
(A) Baseball
(15) What do you like better? Skiing or snowboarding?
(A) Skiing
(16) If you could be a superhero for a day who would you want to be?
(A) Thor
(17) What is your kryptonite?
(A) Grasshoppers
(18) What is your dream job?
(A) Canadian Diplomat
(19) Do you have any nicknames?
(A) Gero, G-rald, Golden
(20) If you could be anyone for a week who would you want to be?
(A) Julius Caesar
(21) What is your favourite quote?
(A) "I would rather be first in a village than second in Rome" (Julius Caesar)
(22) If I had a million dollars....
(A) I'd give it to Max and it would multiply.
(23) Something that you don't know about me is....
(A) I have five half brothers.
(24) I have always wanted to....
(A) Go to Rome.
(25) I will never....
(A) Use the term Lancetages
(26) I really dislike....
(A) Many of Lance's pictures of me.

(27) What is your M.M.M. from Battalion?
(A) Winning Winston on Last Night of Battalion.
(28) What is your favourite Battalion event?
(A) The Olympics
(29) What is your favourite Battalion shirt?
(30) What do you miss most about Battalion?
(A) Camaraderie, Friends
(31) What do you like better? The Creation trips or the Maylong Campouts?
(A) The Creation trips.
(32) How do you spend most of your time at the Maylong?
(A) Playing games
(33) One big block of cheese or the outhouse?
(A) The outhouse
(34) How many times did you complete the Memory Work?
(A) 4
(35) How many Btln Majors have you won?
(A) 1 - The 2012 Battalion Olympics
(36) Do you wear your Btln Medallion around your neck or hang it from your rear-view mirror?
(A) I wear my Btln Medallion around my neck.
(37) What is your favourite Battalion tradition?
(A) The Memory Work Trips. (Creation)
(38) How long have you been a part of the Btln 3739 Nation?
(A) 8 years

(39) What is your favourite restaurant?
(A) Bard and Banker
(40) Menu item?
(A) Salmon
(41) How do you like your steak?
(A) Medium Rare - Rare
(42) What is your favourite vegetable? Beans or potatoes?
(A) Potatoes
(43) What do you like better? Burgers or pizza?
(A) Burgers
(44) What size pizza could you eat in one sitting? Individual, small, medium or large?
(A) Medium
(45) What is your favourite flavour of chips?
(A) All Dressed
(46) What do you like better? Coke or Pepsi?
(A) No

(47) Was there ever a time in high school that you would have climbed into a cage with a hungry bear rather than call the girl that you liked?
(A) Yes
(48) When do you plan to be married? Five, ten or fifteen years?
(A) 10 years
(49) What would you rather do on a first date? Dinner and a movie or 4x4ing up moto?
(A) Dinner and a movie.
(50) What do you like better? Blondes, Brunettes or Redheads?
(A) Brunettes
(51) What do you like better? Short or long hair?
(A) Long hair

(52) What is your favourite book of the Bible?
(A) Ecclesiastes
(53) What is your favourite Bible passage?
(A) Ecclesiastes 1:2   “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.”
(54) Who is your favourite Bible character?
(A) Solomon
(55) Where do you work?
(A) Student
(56) What are your plans for the future?
(A) Museum professional and more schooling.

Thanks to GeRRald for taking the time to answer all of these questions!


Saturday, February 06, 2016


Congrats to Dylan! Dylan Warwaruk is the Winterslam 11 Champion! Dylan is the first grade ten ever to win the Belt! This was also back to back Helmets for Dylan!

There were 34 guys at Winterslam 11! We had 19 Lightweights and 15 Heavyweights. There were four bouts in the first round of the Lightweight Division. In the second round we put the four winners from the first round back in the ring to find our winner! The last two left in the ring in the Lightweight Division were Riley Leighton and Caleb Tomlin. Both guys battled hard, but in the end Riley outlasted Caleb to become the Lightweight Champion!

First Round Winners
Sam Anderson
Zach Donovan
Riley Leighton
Caleb Tomlin

Final Two
Riley Leighton
Caleb Tomlin

Lightweight Champion
Riley Leighton

In the Heavyweight Division we also had four bouts in the first round. Like in World Cup Soccer, almost every year there is a group of death. A bout that is full of favourites to win the Belt. This year the group of death included Noah, Mitch, Nathan and Keegan! Three grade twelves and a monster grade ten! In the final bout we ended up with three grade tens and one grade twelve. The final two were Jakob and Dylan, ensuring that a grade ten would be Champion for the first time ever! When we got down to the final two, we went ropes down so that all the guys could watch! It was an epic battle between Jakob and Dylan! Both Jakob and Dylan were in the final of the Lightweight Division last year, with Jakob taking the win. This year it was Dylan's turn to win, only this time it was as the Winterslam Champion! Congrats to both Dylan and Jakob! Both can be very proud!

First Round Winners
Jakob Boschmann
Noah Makortoff
Phoenix Thomson
Dylan Warwaruk

Final Two
Jakob Boschmann
Dylan Warwaruk

Heavyweight Champion
Dylan Warwaruk

Thanks to Ben, Lukas, Devin, and Dan for all your help! It would be impossible without you!


Monday, February 01, 2016


It is Winterslam 11 (boxing) this week at Battalion! We have only had one repeat Champion in the last ten years. Can Nate win Winterslam two years in a row? Will a grade twelve win? Or will we have a surprise like we did at the Btln Olympics? Can't wait to find out! Good luck to all!

Remember, there are two divisions. (Grades 7-9 Lightweight Division) (Grades 10-12, Heavyweight Division) Make sure that you are early! Bring a friend!

Winterslam 11 - Wednesday, Feb. 3rd at 6:45 p.m.


JOHN VAN - 2014

Sunday, January 31, 2016



Birthday time again on the blog! I am so late on this birthday post! Where has January gone? Anyways, plenty of Btln Legends having birthdays in the month of January!

Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!

Philippians 4:1a   Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord.

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



Congrats Dylan! This was Dylan's second Helmet of the Btln Season! Dylan has been finishing in the top five almost every week! Dylan is becoming a force to be reckoned with!

For our game of the week we played the Btln Trifecta! With three mini quick change games there isn't anytime to get settled into a game! We started with Handball. Devin was determined to soften up the defense and goalie, but Riley and I were not going to put up with that! Early on the game was back and forth, before my team pulled ahead to take the win! Final score was 10-8 for my team! Next we played Murderball. Devin's team took over the momentum, beating us 2-1! The final game of the Trifecta was Fire, Fever, Flood. It came down to Devin for his team and Lukas for my team! Devin started going the wrong way, giving Lukas the edge and the win! My team winning the Trifecta 2-1!

In Bible study we tried to answer the question, "If God is for us, should we fear him"?

Psalm 27:1   The Lord is my light and my salvationwhom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 56:3-4   When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?

Romans 8:28-32   And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

It is clear from these passages that God is for us and that he is the one that we can trust! It is also clear that with God on our side that there is no need to fear others!

Proverbs 9:10   The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Proverbs 10:27   The fear of the Lord adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short.

Proverbs 14:27   The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.

Proverbs 16:6   Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the Lord evil is avoided.

Proverbs 19:23   The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.

2 Corinthians 5:11a   Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others.

Obviously it is important to fear God! "The fear of the Lord" gives us wisdom, long life, it helps us avoid evil, brings contentment and compels us to share the Gospel! As Christians we fear God because of who he is (The Creator and Sustainer of everything!) and because of what he has done for us! (Jesus died for our sins!) We do not fear God because of what he is going to do to us!


Monday, January 25, 2016



It has been eleven weeks since the last "Winston Update", so we were long overdue! Since the last update, Noah has won the Helmet twice and has opened up a two Helmet lead over Nate and Nathan! Noah also holds the first tie breaker with his win at the Royal Rumble. Will Noah add to his lead? Can Nate or Nathan catch Noah? Or will someone else have an amazing second half of the Btln Season? Can't wait to find out! Good luck to all!


NOAH MAKORTOFF - 4 Helmets and 1 Major
NATE KLASSEN - 2 Helmets
ZACH DONOVAN - 1 Helmet and 1 Major
MITCH BRON - 1 Helmet


Friday, January 22, 2016


Congrats Phoenix! This was the first time that Phoenix has ever won the Helmet! It is always fun when one of the guys wins the Helmet for the first time! Luke was there at the end with Phoenix, but was unable to break through on the last round.

We hadn't played Murderball at Btln since the Three B's, so we were long overdue! My team easily won the first game, so we gave Dan's team GeRRald. Before the second game my team looked like we were going to be in trouble, but we managed to pull out the win! In the third game Dan's team battled back to take the win! In the fourth and final game, my team finished the night with a win, giving us a 3-1 series win!

In Bible study this week our title was "Where I Belong".

Ephesians 1:3   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.
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.
Colossians 3:1-3   Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

The first two passages tell us that we are already blessed and seated in the heavenly realms! The third passage tells us that we should be setting our hearts on things above. If we are blessed and seated in heavenly places then we should think and act as if we are already in heaven.

Philippians 3:20-21   But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

Philippians 2:5-8   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 death—even death on a cross!

Not only are we blessed and seated in heaven, we are also citizens of heaven! Jesus had to leave heaven, become a man and die on the cross so that I could become a citizen of heaven! Amazing!

2 Corinthians 5:20-21   We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
If Jesus made us citizens of heaven, then why has he left us on earth? We have been left on earth to be Christ's ambassadors! Jesus has left us on earth to share the gospel with others that have not already heard or accepted it!


Sunday, January 17, 2016






Congrats Nate! This was Nate's second Helmet of the Btln Season! Nate has been close to winning a few times this year, this time he would not be denied!

Mike Night is always a special night, and this week was no exception! We didn't have as many guys as we have had for Mike Night in the past, but that meant that there were more chances to help your team win. Instead of having your number called four times in a night, it was probably seven or eight times! We also used more balls this time than we have ever used! The last round had 62 balls! This meant that if your team had an amazing last round that you could have a huge come from behind win. GeRRald's team picked up 18 balls to pass Lukas' team in the final round, but Nathan's team added 23 balls to their 35 for a total of 58!

Mike Night Final Scores
Nathan's team  35 + 23 = 58
GeRRald's team  25 + 18 = 43
Lukas' team  30 + 9 = 39
Nate's team  25 + 12 = 37

In Bible study this week Ben talked about new years goals and resolutions.

Often we have plans and goals for the new year, things that we would like to accomplish. Ben talked about how we will reach some of our goals and others we will not. He told us that this is because we usually do not know what is best for us. God on the other hand, does! It is comforting to know that God has plans for us and that he loves us very much!

Ephesians 3:14-21   For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
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.

This passage talks about the glorious riches that God has for us! We also read about God's great love that cannot be comprehended. Lastly, we learn that God wants do more for us than we can ask or imagine!

If God loves us this much, and understands us better than we can, obviously we should give him control of our lives!


Sunday, January 10, 2016


Congrats Noah! Noah won Bulldog this week, bringing his Helmet total up to Four! Nathan was there at the end with Noah, just barely missing out on his third Helmet!

As you can tell from the above picture, we have GeRRald back at Btln for the month of January! I am so glad to have GeRRald around! For those of you that are thinking of doing the Memory Work, GeRRald will be at Creation 2016! This alone makes doing the Memory Work worth the effort!

Our game this week was Handball. Most times when we play Handball we use two balls, but this week we added a third ball. This is hard on the goalies and the defensemen. At first my team struggled so we moved Lukas onto my team. Shortly after adding Lukas, my team was dominating! Lukas was definitely the difference! He was scoring and intercepting the ball almost at will! At the end, the game was tied 24-24. I can't remember who scored for my team to win, but I'm going to guess that it was Lukas. Final score 25 for Lukas, 24 for the other team!

In Bible study our topic this week was forgiveness.

Habakkuk 1:12-13a   Lord, are you not from everlasting? My God, my Holy One, you will never die. You, Lord, have appointed them to execute judgment; you, my Rock, have ordained them to punish. Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing.

Psalms 130:3-4   If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

The question we were trying to answer was, if God cannot tolerate sin or look on evil, how can he forgive us?

Ephesians 1:7-8a   In him (Jesus) we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.

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.

We have forgiveness because Jesus shed his blood for our sins! What a huge price that Jesus paid for us! There is none bigger!

Colossians 3:12-13   Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Ephesians 4:32   Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Once we have accepted God's forgiveness, we should learn to forgive others. There is no better way to show our appreciation for what Jesus has done for us, than to forgive others!

It is Mike Night next week at Btln!


Monday, December 28, 2015


I can't believe that we have already had 10 Battalion Alumni Nights! Each year is a little different from the rest. This year it was Derek Taylor's turn to receive his Sergeant Jersey! Derek was the 13th Sergeant of Battalion 3739. Derek was the Sergeant in the 1999/00 Btln Season. Derek was the 16th Sergeant to receive his Jersey in our  "One forward and one back" Sergeant Jersey program! Congrats Derek!

Derek was also added to the Btln Ring of Honour! Last year we added Ryley but he was unable to attend so we gave both Derek and Ryley their Ring of Honour mugs. We are so proud of both of these men! Congrats to both Derek and Ryley!

Murderball is always fun, but at Alumni it is played at a whole different level. It seems that the team that gets up early rarely loses, so those first moments of every game are so important. Each new game it seemed like the momentum was changing. In the end Jeremy's team beat my team 5 games to 4!

Noah started in the middle for Bulldog because, it has been tradition lately that a grade twelve starts in the middle. There are always big collisions when men this big play British Bulldog together, but no one seems to mind. When we were nearing the end it was Zach, Austin, Nathan (1999) and Kenny battling it out for Btln Alumni supremacy! Kenny's speed was the deciding factor, nobody could put a hit on him! Congrats Kenny!

We finished the night playing Ping Pong and Poker and visiting in the Youth room. This was the first time that we have not gone over to Bruce and Katie's. I want to thank them both again for hosting us in the past!

Thanks to all the came out to Alumni Night 2015!


Thursday, December 17, 2015


I can't believe that this year we will be having our 10th Btln Alumni Night! Some of the guys that are Alumni, were not even in Btln the first year that we had Alumni Night! So many good men and so many good memories! I can't wait to see who will be at the 10th Annual Btln Alumni Night!

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

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


Tuesday, December 15, 2015


I can't believe that it is December again! It is so good to celebrate Jesus' birth! It is also good to celebrate the birthdays of these men! I hope and pray that you will experience the hope and joy of Jesus' birth this Christmas season and throughout the rest of the year!
Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!
Luke 2:8-12   And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
MIKE TRAINER - December 4
KEVIN HAYASHI - December 9
DYLAN ZORN - December 19
CALVIN PETERS - December 21
JEREMY MARTENS - December 28
ZANE LAWSON - December 31


Friday, December 11, 2015


Congrats James! This was James first Helmet of the Btln Season! In the last round of Bulldog there were three grade tens left. Keegan, Dylan and James all delivered a Big hit Before they were taken down on the last round! James outgained Keegan and Dylan to take the win and the Helmet!

The Three B's was an amazing night! We had 50 guys in the Battalion room! We ate 8 Battalion Baconator pizzas and devoured the Bean pot that Ted made for us! We also drank 60 cans of Barq's rootBeer! The atmosphere in the Btln room at the BBB's is second to none. It is quickly Becoming one of my favourite nights of the year!

After the food we played MurderBall. MurderBall is always fun, But when you have that many guys in one room throwing Balls at each other it is a whole different level of fun! My team won the first two games, making it look easy in the process. Ben was not about to go home winless. He rallied his team and won the third game! Time was running out on us so we ended after only three games, my team winning 2-1!

Next we watched a Creation video meant to inspire the Boys to memorize the Bible. There were pictures from the last three years at Creation. It is crazy to see how the guys have changed over the last three years!

The BBB's would not be complete without Bonuts! I think that there were about 120 Bonuts when we started. Needless to say, there was not one left at the end of the night!

We ended the night with a present for each guy that came out to the BBB's! After all, we are celebrating Jesus' Birth, which was the greatest gift ever given! I decided to give everyone a retro Btln shirt from my old stock! It was so much fun to watch the guys pick a shirt! One of my highlights of the night for sure!


Thursday, December 03, 2015


Congrats to Noah! Noah now has three Helmets and the lead in the race for Winston! Jakob was there at the end with Noah, pushing hard for his second Helmet of the season, but came up a little short this week.

This week we played Gym Football! Gym Football is a Btln classic that we haven't played for years!  With the limited space in the gym there are always plenty of turnovers. Nearly every possession ended with an interception or a touchdown. Tyson scored first for my team, giving us the early 7-0 lead. Jakob scored for Dan's team tying up the game at 7-7! Noah took over the game at the end scoring twice for my team to give us the 21-7 win!
After Gym Football we played one round of Fire, Fever, Flood. Tyson was our winner! It is always fun to watch the guys hustle when we play Fire, Fever, Flood.

In Bible study we looked at how the shepherds, Magi and the people of Jerusalem responded to Jesus' birth.

Luke 2:15-18   When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

The shepherds response is what you would expect from people that had been waiting for the Messiah for two thousand years! The shepherds hurried to meet the Messiah, and then spread the good news that the Messiah had arrived! The last thing that we read about the shepherds is that they are praising God! Where is the mad rush of people to meet the Messiah after hearing the shepherds testimony?

Matthew 2:1-11   After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
    who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”
After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

The Magi traveled great distances to see the long awaited Messiah. The people of Jerusalem that were living only five miles away and must have heard the shepherds report are disturbed when the Magi come asking about the Messiah. You would think that there would be a huge crowd of people going along with the Magi to see the Messiah, but they go to Bethlehem alone. The question is, how will we respond to the Messiah? Will we ignore Jesus like the people of Jerusalem? Or will we praise and worship Jesus like the shepherds and Magi?

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Monday, November 30, 2015


It is the last day of November and I am finally getting this birthday post done! There are eight guys having birthdays this month. Some of guys having birthdays are young and some are older, some of them are Btln Legends and some are future Btln Legends!

Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17   May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.

MITCH BRON - November 6
MATT BARG - November 9
DAN TRITHARDT - November 9
LUKE MARTENS - November 10
NATE KLASSEN - November 17
DEVAN ENGLAND - November 19
NATHAN BALL - November 20
QUINTON MCIVER - November 30


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!


Creation Festival