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Taming The Tongue

CRS Basketball League


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Curriculum Sharing

  • Building Friendships

    Since the start of this competition, we have never won a match but through this competition we were able to make new friends from other places and have made stronger friendships within our team. It doesn't matter if we win or lose as we all still had fun. I also hope that through this competition pre-believers will come to know God through the sharings.

  • The One Who Will Be There For Me

    In the first curriculum of this Crossroad league, we have learnt that everybody would have faced one of the darkest time in their lives, be it failing your studies, or breaking up with your girlfriend. This is a story of my darkest time in my life. It was when my grandpa passed away last November.

  • Passing on the Blessings

    Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times. “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants.

  • God Wants To Heal You

    Throughout my time as an athlete, I've seen people getting injuries during the course of their game, mostly ankle sprain in the game of basketball. Personally, I'm very thankful that not even once did I sprain my ankle or suffer any physical injuries to the extent that I had to stop playing. For those who are familiar with the bible will know that there are many instances of miracle healing in the past compared to the present where we rarely see miracle healing.

  • Planning to Win

    In preparations for a basketball match, coaches and players would have a plan to compete with opponents based on their strengths and weakness. Teams plan out a game plan to achieve a certain goal which in our case, we practices set pieces, we train on our ball handling, shooting, chemistry and etc. However, in a game, unforeseen circumstances can still happen which causes the plan not to go smoothly.

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Game Sharing

  • Win or Lose, We Praise God

    Since we started playing against other teams, we have never won one game. We only came close but still lost. But we still had fun.

  • Don't Stop Shooting

    Being the coach of team ASC is a daunting task. Undoubtedly, it is an absolute privilege and honor to coach a team filled with talent and passion. However, having the pressure of coaching this group of individuals to come together as a team is a challenging task.

  • Encouragement From Team

    As this was only my second competitive game with Kairos, I still had the nerves going into the game. However, as the warm-ups went on, I felt more at ease as I knew I had the support from my other teammates who were all also longing to get our first victory! Throughout the course of the game, it was a great experience and bonding time with this team as I only recently joined.

  • A Game of Nerves

    The game against ASC was a tough one. It was not as we expected. It was a tight game.

  • Many Players, One Team

    1 Corinthians 12:12-26 The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body-whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free-and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

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Taming The Tongue

James 3:7-9

People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God.

1 Peter 2:18-20
You who are slaves must accept the authority of your masters with all respect. Do what they tell you—not only if they are kind and reasonable, but even if they are cruel. For God is pleased with you when you do what you know is right and patiently endure unfair treatment. Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you.

It was the first day of CRS Basketball League and all of us, including myself, were excited to play our very first game of the league. Warm-up and team prayers whizzed off in the blink of an eye and soon I found myself on the court ready for tip off. Though all pumped up and ready to go, our opponent got the first possession and scored a quick basket. It was our time to attack. We swung the ball as we practiced during training, and after receiving a cross court pass, I found myself open for a shot. “It’s your time to impress’, I told myself. The defender was closing in on me and I did a shot fake before driving towards his right for a slash to the basket. “All is well.” I thought, and as I passed my defender, I heard the whistle go off. Travel call.

I felt bewildered for I was seldom called for travelling on that move during pick-up games. “Did the referee make the wrong call?” was the first thought in my mind. Subsequently in another play, I was called for travelling again with the exact same move. “It cannot be, he must be biased or just an inexperienced referee making the wrong calls”. I approached the referee after the end of quarter, discussed with him his calls and I was humbled when I realised I often violate the rules by lifting my pivot foot before I bounce the ball.

Throughout the rest of the games, I observed the referees, the calls they make, and also inevitably the reactions from the players being called for the violations. Looks and grunts of disbelief, anger and displeasure were among the mix of reactions.

I believe all umpires seek to do their best and be impartial. Of course, we may disagree with a referees call and yes the last time I looked, umpires are humans just like us who makes mistakes even at the NBA Finals. Often in the heat of the game, we do not know what comes out of our mouth, what our facial expressions or reactions bring forth to spectators/referees/teammates. However, as followers of Christ we are told to tame our tongue and be conscious of our reactions, and treat the umpires with respect as we must any person with authority.

I am not encouraging us to be a saint on court, but as a follower to Christ, lets constantly remind ourselves to take control of our thoughts, words and actions even in the heat of the game, and not belittle players, coaches or any umpires. Christ will never do so, so neither should we.

Sharing by: Ng Wei Xuan from All Saints' Church

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Past Standings


1st - All Saints Church (ASC)

2nd - CrossRunners

3rd - Average Joe

4th - Kairos

5th - YG Eagles

6th - A.C.E.

7th - IOTA

See full 2014 results & photos here


1st - All Saints Church (ASC)

2nd - CrossRunners

3rd - Kairos

4th - Ang Mo Kio Methodist Church (A.C.E.)

See full 2013 results & photos here


1st - Bethesda Church Bukit Arang (BCBA)

2nd - Bethesda Serangoon Church (BSC)

3rd - Extreme Youth Zone (XYZ)

4th - Bethesda Hall Ang Mo Kio (BHAMK)

5th - Bethesda Hall Depot Walk (BHDW)

2014 Photos