Regarding Micah's "saved by grace" question... it has struck me that the great men of faith were called, drafted by God. Neither Moses nor Paul (and many others) were jumping up and down shouting "pick me". They were conscripted for service and equipped, trained for service. All of this is done by God. Indeed who could boast of any self effort? I believe God reveals Himself to people for service, to salt the world. My prayer is that God would transform me so I act only upon His command, to act as an ambassador that speaks only the words of Him I represent. I pray for this, but the outcome is His. He is the author and finisher of my faith. There is nothing for me to boast of. My faith is in Him, and as His child I rest.