“It is required in stewards that a man be found faithful.” (1 Cor. 4:2)

William Ernest Henley 1849 –1903 died diseased tuberculosis wrote Invictus Out of the night that covers me Black as the Pit from pole to pole I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody but unbowed Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade And yet the menace of the years Finds and shall find me unafraid It matters not how strait the gate How charged with punishments the scroll I am the master of my fate I am the captain of my soul Henley avout atheist grit pain adversity courage resilience man defiant rebellion against God refuses God chance will not bow no life after death Christ straight is the gate that leadeth unto life I AM Moses Mt Sinai central lie autonomous masters of our fates existence unbelief spirit of the age Christians on guard fall into functional atheism live in such a way that indicates God does not exist stewardship Sunday steward responsible to manage the property that belongs to someone else belongs to God parable of the talents 75 pounds of gold talent metaphor all that God has entrusted to us time treasure talents skills abilities our lives are not our own we belong to God we have a heavenly Master to whom we have to give an account money in our lives trying to make money all our lives