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!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BATTALION 3739 MEMORY WORK LEGENDS


1999-00  DEVAN ENGLAND, CALVIN PETERS (MONSTER TRUCKS, SPOKANE)
(LEADERS, LANCE MARTENS,
JEREMY MARTENS)
2000-01  DEVAN ENGLAND, JUSTIN BEKKER, OWEN SPISAK, BRAD PAULS                        (WAKEBOARDING, ABBOTSFORD) (LEADERS, LANCE MARTENS,
JEREMY MARTENS)
2001-02  DEVAN ENGLAND,
JOE KRAFTCHICK, BRAD PAULS
(B.C. LIONS, CALGARY)
(LEADERS, LANCE MARTENS,    
DAN TRITHARDT)
2002-03  DEVAN ENGLAND, OWEN SPISAK, JOE KRAFTCHICK, BEN JEPSEN,
TYLER FRANCIS
(B.C. LIONS, CALGARY)  
(LEADERS, LANCE MARTENS)
2003-04  BEN JEPSEN                                  (CREATION, THE GORGE)
(LEADERS, LANCE MARTENS,
JOE KRAFTCHICK, OWEN SPISAK)
2004-05  BEN JEPSEN, JASON HAYASHI,         CHARLIE LANGIS, *DEVIN CHURSINOFF     (CREATION, THE GORGE)
(LEADERS, LANCE MARTENS,
JEREMY MARTENS)
2005-06  BEN JEPSEN, JASON HAYASHI,      CHARLIE LANGIS, DEVIN CHURSINOFF   (CREATION, THE GORGE)
(LEADERS, LANCE MARTENS)
2006-07  JASON HAYASHI, CHARLIE LANGIS, DEVIN CHURSINOFF
(CREATION, THE GORGE)
(LEADERS, LANCE MARTENS,
JEREMY MARTENS, BEN JEPSEN)
2007-08  *DEVIN CHURSINOFF,             *NATHAN BALL, DREW BROWN,             DAVID PODOVINIKOFF
(CREATION, THE GORGE)
(LEADERS, LANCE MARTENS, BEN JEPSEN, CHARLIE LANGIS)
2008-09  DREW BROWN,
DAVID PODOVINIKOFF, SAMMY JEPSEN, ZACH GOBBETT, MAXWELL NICHOLSON
(CREATION, THE GORGE)
(LEADERS, LANCE MARTENS,
DAN TRITHARDT, RYLEY HEPPNER,
BEN JEPSEN)
2009-10  SAMMY JEPSEN, ZACH GOBBETT, GERRALD NICHOLSON,
MAXWELL NICHOLSON
(CREATION, ENUMCLAW)
(LEADERS, LANCE MARTENS,
DAN TRITHARDT, RYLEY HEPPNER,
BEN JEPSEN, DREW BROWN,
DAVID PODOVINIKOFF)
2010-11 *ZACH GOBBETT,
GERRALD NICHOLSON,
MAXWELL NICHOLSON, JONATHAN FOJT (CREATION, ENUMCLAW)
(LEADERS, LANCE MARTENS, BEN JEPSEN,
DREW BROWN)
2011-12 *ZACH GOBBETT,
NATHAN KLASSEN, GERRALD NICHOLSON,
MAXWELL NICHOLSON, JONATHAN FOJT, BEN NICOLSON
(CREATION, ENUMCLAW)
(LEADERS, LANCE MARTENS,
RYLEY HEPPNER, BEN JEPSEN,
JASON HAYASHI, DREW BROWN)
2012-13  GERRALD NICHOLSON,
MAXWELL NICHOLSON, JONATHAN FOJT, BEN NICOLSON, NOAH MAKORTOFF,
LUKE MARTENS, BRODIE JUUL-HANSEN, EMMIT JUUL-HANSEN
(CREATION, ENUMCLAW)
(LEADERS, LANCE MARTENS, BEN JEPSEN,
JASON HAYASHI, *JAKE HACHEY)
2013-14   MAXWELL NICHOLSON, JONATHAN FOJT, BEN NICOLSON,
NOAH MAKORTOFF, LUKE MARTENS
(CREATION, TRI-CITIES)
(LEADERS, LANCE MARTENS,
 NATHAN KLASSEN, GERRALD NICHOLSON)
 
* Completed the Memory Work, but could not make the trip.


15 years of Battalion Memory Work Trips! I fixed this post for GeRRald!
So many Btln Legends and so many memories!

THE CAPTAIN

Monday, June 02, 2014

BTLN BIRTHDAYS - JUNE


Birthday time on the blog! So many good pictures in this collage! Another year has passed for these men. I can't believe how fast time flies by! I feel so blessed when I look at these pictures!

Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!

Ephesians 1:18-19a  I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.

Joe Kraftchick - June 5
Parker Steadman - June 16
GeRRald Nicholson - June 20
Nathan Klassen - June 21
Stephen Kalnin - June 21
Jacob Speta - June 26
Jordon Walsh - June 27

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

2014 BTLN MEMORY WORK LEGENDS

 
Max has set a Btln record that will never be broken! Max has completed the Memory work for a record breaking sixth time! Congrats Max! We here at the blog salute you! Max has set the standard very high for those that will follow him!
 
Jonathan has tied Legends Devan England, Ben Jepsen, Devin Chursinoff, Zach Gobbett and GeRRald Nicholson with four! Very good company to be associated with!
 
Ben now has three to his name and Noah and Luke both have completed the Memory Work twice!
 
So proud of all the guys! The Memory Work has now been completed more than sixty times! So exciting! So stoked!
 
 
2014 BTLN MEMORY WORK LEGENDS 

MAXWELL NICHOLSON
JONATHAN FOJT
BEN NICOLSON
NOAH MAKORTOFF
LUKE MARTENS

 


BTLN LEGENDS
# OF TIMES
COMPLETED MEMORY WORK
MAXWELL NICHOLSON
6
DEVAN ENGLAND
4
BEN JEPSEN
4
DEVIN CHURSINOFF
4
ZACH GOBBETT
4
GERRALD NICHOLSON
4
JONATHAN FOJT
4
JASON HAYASHI
3
CHARLIE LANGIS
3
BEN NICOLSON
3
JOE KRAFTCHICK
2
OWEN SPISAK
2
BRAD PAULS
2
DREW BROWN
2
DAVID PODOVINIKOFF
2
SAM JEPSEN
2
NOAH MAKORTOFF
2
LUKE MARTENS
2
JUSTIN BEKKER
1
CALVIN PETERS
1
TYLER FRANCIS
1
NATHAN BALL
1
JAKE HACHEY
1
NATHAN KLASSEN 2012
1

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

BTLN UPDATE - MAYLONG 2014

 


 
Thirty-five men and boys met at Treadmill for the 34th Annual Btln 3739 May Long Campout! Bruce and I were talking, and after looking through my records, I am fairly certain that this was our 34th year! The first year was at Jewel Lake, and the second year was at Christina Lake, but was at a different beach. (I think it was Axel Johnson.) We spent one year at the Texas Point campground, and also spent a year at Ole Johnson campground. But we always ended up coming home to Treadmill! This year I was wondering out loud whether we should move the May Long Campout to a different site. I am not sure that the campout would work anywhere else. After all, Treadmill is home to Btln 3739 for one weekend in May! 
 
The May Long Campout is the traditional deadline to have all of the Memory Work done for the Btln year. This year four guys were close, but had not finished. Maxwell, Jonathan, Ben and Noah all finished the Memory work at the Campout! Luke finished earlier in the year bringing our total this year to five guys completing the Memory Work!  So proud! Great work guys!
 
Playing Cribbage has always been a part of May Long history. Nine years ago we decided to finally find out who really was the best Cribbage players on the beach, so we organized a Cribbage Tourney! This year Jakob and Bruce were the best!  26 men competed for the right to have there names engraved on the trophy! Dad and I ended up on the same team for the second time in nine years. Last time we were on the same team we won the tourney. This time around we were back in the final, but could not beat Jake and Bruce! Congrats to Jake and Bruce! Worthy Champions!
 
The 3rd annual May Long Regatta was held in Treadmill creek in the pouring rain! Not sure what the final verdict was, pretty sure that Noah and Ben's entry was the winner again! It is always fun to watch the guys running with their Regatta Stick in hand trying to keep their boat moving!
 
Friday the weather was way better than expected! We didn't have any rain on Friday but on Saturday it poured! It was some of the heaviest rain I have ever seen at Treadmill! Some of the guys tents and sleeping bags were soaked! I am so thankful that Saturday night the rain stopped! Sunday morning was the nicest weather we saw all weekend, giving us the perfect chance to slowly pack up so we could head home! As bad as the weather was on Saturday, it was still a great weekend!  
 
Props goes out to Tyler who kayaked out to Treadmill! (In 45 minutes!) Who needs a motor anyways?
 
Cribbage Tourney Champions
2006 - Cam Thompson, Taylor Wollenberg-Barron
2007 - David Podovinikoff, Abe Martens
2008 - Lance Martens, Abe Martens
2009 - Derek Brown, Jim Ridsdale
2010 - Zane Lawson, Aaron Friesen
2011 - David Podovinikoff, Eli Podovinikoff
2012 - Devin Chursinoff, Eli Podovinikoff
2013 - Aaron Friesen, Lance Martens
2014 - Jakob Boschmann, Bruce Jepsen
 
Can't wait until next year! May 15-17!
 
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Sunday, May 11, 2014

MAY LONG MEMORIES

 
 
 
So many good memories! Enjoy!
 
 
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Monday, May 05, 2014

BTLN BIRTHDAYS - MAY


May is here! Battalion is over for the year, but we still have the May long Campout! It is less than two weeks until we are sitting on Treadmill! There are so many guys having birthdays in May!  I am feeling very blessed to know these guys and to be able to call them friends!

1 Corinthians 1:4-6  I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you.

Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!


James Podmoroff - May 1
Tyler Hanson - May 7
Derek Taylor - May 7
Brad Pauls - May 9
Jakob Boschmann - May 9
Ben Nicholson - May 14
Dalton Shore - May 19
Keegan Kenyon - May 19
Joel Feenstra - May 21
Tyson Tiller - May 21
Rik Brown - May 23
Gabe Glas - May 24
John Van - May 28
Cody Harp - May 29
Sam Schiesser - May 31

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Friday, May 02, 2014

BTLN GROUP PICS 2013/14

 
The group photo has become a staple at Btln this year! Here is a collage of all of the group pics!
 
 
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Thursday, May 01, 2014

MAXWELL NICHOLSON - 2014 BTLN WINSTON CHAMPION



 
Congratulations Max! 2014 Btln Winston Champion! Max won most of his Helmets in the first third of the Btln Season and then hung on for the win! It seems like you need to win early to be able to win Winston.
 
Here is the list of Btln Winston Champions!
 
BTLN WINSTON CHAMPIONS
 
2008 - DREW BROWN
2009 - DREW BROWN
2010 - SAM SCHIESSER
2011 - CHRIS HENDERSON
2012 - ZACH GOBBETT
2013 - GERRALD NICHOLSON
2014 - MAXWELL NICHOLSON
 
As the year went on, the race tightened up. Maxwell didn't clinch Winston until Last Night!

 
FINAL WINSTON STANDINGS
 
MAXWELL NICHOLSON - 5 Helmets and 1 Major
JOHN VAN - 4 Helmets and 2 Majors
DAVID BARNEY - 3 Helmets
LUKE BOSCHMANN - 3 Helmets
JOSH RIDSDALE - 2 Helmets
LANDON WARWARUK - 2 Helmets
JONATHAN FOJT - 2 Helmets
NATE KLASSEN - 2 Helmets
NOAH MAKORTOFF - 2 Helmets
BEN NICOLSON - 2 Helmets
RIK BROWN - 1 Helmet and 1 Major
JAKOB BOSCHMANN - 1 Helmet and 1 Major
TYSON TILLER - 1 Helmet
STEPHEN KALNIN - 1 Helmet
JAMES PODMOROFF - 1 Helmet


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LAST NIGHT 2014



 
Wow what a night! We had 60 guys at our Last Night of Btln! It was amazing! I am sure that this was a record for Last Night at Btln! We started the Last Night with Murderball! My team won the first two games fairly easily, but then lost the next two games. The last game was the closest of the five, it went back and forth at first, but in the end my team prevailed! We won 3-2! I have bragging rights all summer!
 
After Murderball we ate the 9 foot party sub! It doesn't take long for 60 guys to devour a 9 foot sub! Next we had a cake that Max made! It was awesome! The cake was in the shape of a Bible with 2 Timothy 2:1-3 written on it! (Also had a sword and torch behind the Bible!)
 
The Grad ceremony was next. All eight grads received their Bibles and dog tags and then they all received a piece of paper with the Btln Hebrew saying on it! After reading the English translation the grads ate the paper!
 
We had the traditional group photo and then it was time for Bulldog! Rik was in the middle to start after winning the Btln Masters. Maxwell quickly sacrificed himself so that he could take out John Van and clinch Winston! Congrats Maxwell, 2014 Winston Champion! Nate won Bulldog and his second Helmet of the year! Congrats Nate!
 
Once we were done with Bulldog we prayed and then the night at the gym was over!
 
The grade 11's and 12's and Alumni went to the Station for the traditional After party. The grads received their Btln Medallions at the After party. After more food and visiting Last Night and the Btln year were both over!
 
 
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Monday, April 28, 2014

LAST NIGHT PICS!


Here are the Last Night pics from the last nine years! I wish we had more pics from the past, but so happy that we have these! What a heritage we have! So proud of so many of these guys!

THE CAPTAIN

 

One of the traditions of Last Night is the grads finding out what the "Saying" is on the back of our shirts.(It is also written in our room.) The "Saying" or "Motto" was picked by the Alumni and is not told to anyone other than the grads. The grads are allowed to tell one person, that person is their wife when they get married. The grads read the "Saying" and then eat the paper that it is written on. Come watch the grads eat the paper!

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

LAST NIGHT GRADS

 
The question is, has it really been ten years? It is amazing how fast time flies by! So many good memories, and many more to come! Can't wait for Wednesday Night!
 
 
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Thursday, April 24, 2014

BTLN UPDATE - THE NINTH BATTALION MASTERS


 
Congrats Rik! Rik is now a five time Btln Masters Champion! Rik broke Calvin Peters record of four consecutive Btln Majors in a single event. Calvin won four Btln Ping Pong Tourneys in a row and now Rik has won five Btln Masters Golf Tourneys in a row!
 
Forty guys piled into seven vehicles and headed out to Cascade Par three for the Ninth Btln Masters! I can't believe that next year is year ten already! Time flies when you are having fun! Considering the weather that we have had the last week in G.F. (and past Btln Masters) the weather was amazing! There was some light rain at the end but it could have been so much worse!
 
THE 9TH BTLN MASTERS
Top Three Final Scores
Rik - 34
Landon - 37
Mitch - 37

Ben had the best score of the leaders scoring a 36! Nice work Bent!

Special thanks to the leaders that helped make it happen!
Ryley
Ben
Jason
Sam
Cam

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Monday, April 21, 2014

THE 9TH BTLN MASTERS


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?

BTLN MASTERS CHAMPIONS
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!)
 
 
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Friday, April 18, 2014

BTLN UPDATE - "POP N DOGS PART THREE


 
 
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!
 
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Friday, April 11, 2014

BTLN UPDATE


 
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.

THE CAPTAIN

Friday, April 04, 2014

BTLN BIRTHDAYS - APRIL

 
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.
 
KALEB HORKOFF - April 4
JUSTIN THOMPSON - April 7
LANDON WARWARUK - April 11
SKYLER MYER - April 12
RILEY BECKER - April 12
CHRIS HENDERSON - April 13
ALEX ST. ONGE - April 13
RYELEE BROOKS - April 19
DAN DIMOCK - April 29
 
 
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Thursday, April 03, 2014

BTLN UPDATE - "POP N DOGS" & BTLN FOOTBALL






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.


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