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Suffering, Sickness, Sin and Healing (12 of 14)
Series: Real World Faith for Real World People
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praises. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.
Introduction: A few years ago a close friend called needing to see me who was in obvious pain. The emotional suffering was clearly communicated in his voice. He had just attended the funeral service of his brother's infant child. During the course of the service the minister in charge told the family that the child had died not as a result of the disease of the body, or the will of God, but as a direct result of the lack of faith and disbelief on the part of the extended family, especially my close friend. Believing this message my friend's brother separated himself from his family, including parents, brothers, and sisters.
One of the most controversial issues in all of the Christian faith is the issue of healing and healers. Desperate people form every walk of life go to great expense to seek out one who claims to have the gift of healing. Testimonies of healings abound. Special ''anointed'' cloths are even sold that are said to have healing powers.
According to the Princeton Religion Research Center, 82% of adults mostly agree or completely agree with the statement, ''Even today, miracles are performed by the power of God''.
While this may not be a subject that is burning inside you today, you can be assured that there will come a day when you, your loved one, some friend or associate, som ...
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