I’m glad to feature Kathy Howard and her new Bible study book Lavish Grace: Poured Out, Poured Through, and Overflowing in a book giveaway. Check below for details of entering. 

Lavish Grace is a group and individual Bible study with nine weeks of lessons. I guarantee by the time you or your women’s group finishes this study, you will experience God’s grace for you and be empowered to pour grace on others.

Here’s a guest post by Kathy. Enjoy and then put your name into the drawing.

Please Pass the Grace
by Kathy Howard

Have you ever squirted hand cream into your hand from a tube, only to have far more plop out than you could ever work into your skin? If you’re like me, after you’ve rubbed some into your hands – and elbows – you look for a friend or two with whom to share the abundance. Hand cream for everyone!

God’s grace is like that hand cream. He gives His children more than we could possibly use ourselves. Here’s how the apostle Paul describes the abundance of God’s grace in his letter to the Christians in Ephesus:

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. Ephesians 1:7-8a, NIV

My favorite word Paul used to describe the nature of God’s grace is found right here in the eighth verse of the first chapter of Ephesians. “Lavished.” God is not stingy with His grace! He lavishes it on His children.

According to Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old & New Testament Words, the Greek word translated as “lavish” in the NIV and “abounded” in the KJV means “to abound, be in abundance, overflow.” God doesn’t give us just enough grace to get by. He doesn’t even give us a “generous” amount. He gives us grace in such abundance we cannot hold it all. It overflows our ability to contain it. It abundantly floods our lives and spills out all around.

Praise God for this abundance of grace! More than we need. More than we can use for ourselves. Yet often we hoard His grace, refusing to share it. How could we, who’ve received such glorious, undeserved grace, dare withhold it from others?

God longs for us to be channels of His unbounded grace, not just stagnant pools. Tweet that!

 He lavishes us with His grace so we can generously share it in word and deed with those around us. Let us reflect on the grace God freely pours out on us so we can in turn be people of grace. Lavish, abundant, unbounded grace flowing from the heart of God, through us, to others. Please pass the grace!

Thank you, Kathy, for sharing with us. I love your book.

Here’s more about Lavish Grace:

Each week of study includes four sections:
  1. Learning It – Paul experienced God’s grace in abundance! Each week in this section, you will see the effect of God’s grace applied to the “chief” of sinners. Passages from Acts and Paul’s letters will be used to highlight instances from Paul’s life when God’s grace was flowing.
  2. Teaching It – Paul eloquently and profusely wrote and taught about what he himself had experienced – God’s unbounded grace. In this section, you will explore what Paul taught about the aspects of God’s grace through his epistles.
  3. Living It – No study of Scripture is complete without applying God’s truth to our lives. This section helps us see how God wants to align our lives to what we’ve learned.
  4. Grace Applied – This real-life story highlights an aspect of God’s grace experienced in the life of a contemporary woman. Follow-up questions will help them you apply the same biblical truths to you own life.

You can find out more about Kathy Howard, her speaking and writing, and find free resources at www.KathyHoward.org.

Here’s how to put your name into the drawing to receive a free copy of Lavish Grace. Write a comment on my blog or email me: KathyCollardMiller AT gmail DOT com.
I will draw the winner on Thursday night, Sept. 15th.