1. A stage is for performance; an altar is for worship.

2. A stage is for competition; an altar is for completion.

3. A stage is for personal applause; an altar is for God’s glory.

4. A stage is for wooing the frantic crowd; an altar is for serenading the King of kings.

5. A stage is for dishing popular sentiment; an altar is for delivering heaven’s edicts.

6. A stage is for selfish ambition; an altar is for selfless sacrifice.

7. A stage is owned and manned by man; an altar is owned and supervised by a particular deity to whom it is erected and dedicated. Our Church altar is owned and manned by Jesus so that the gates of hell will not overcome.

8. A stage is where everything must be perfect; an altar is where the imperfect are perfected.

9. A stage is where man ascends; an altar is where God descends.

10. A stage pushes professionalism; an altar stresses spirituality.

11. A stage is all about how to project the right image; an altar is concerned about how to mold character.

12. A stage is for fireworks display of human excellence, skill, and ingenuity; an altar is for the release of the divine purging fire of His holy presence.

13. A stage is where stars gloat over the camera’s glare; an altar is where sons lie prostrate, struck by heaven’s glory.

14. A stage is where a brilliant blaze of firecrackers illuminate the performer; an altar is where a bolt of heaven’s fire disfigures the worshipper.

15. A stage is where living beings are showcased; an altar is where dead beings are offered.

16. A stage is where artists pull out all the tricks of the trade to dazzle the crowd; an altar is where servants stay true to their call so as to let the congregants draw closer to Jesus.

17. A stage is where superstars hog the limelight; an altar is where everything pales into insignificance in light of the stunning Bright Morning Star.

I pray our churches would have ALTARS and not STAGES!!