09-30-2018 Sermon - Healing And Forgiveness

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Lutherans believe in praying for the sick and in asking for healing for the sick individual. We also value the Scriptural examples and admonitions to lay hands on the sick while praying, and for anointing with oil the sick person we are praying for. Surprisingly, we also use the occasion to hear a confession of sins and to give the absolution, that is, the declaration of forgiveness in Christ's name. In working with our Second Lesson, from the Letter of James, we will look at the connection between sin and illnesses. There is a connection! But it is not a connection whereby we might conclude that a sick person is in any sense a worse offender than all the rest...