Bringing the Text to Life
At a Glance
Many health insurance providers are now supplying patients with opportunities for some personal "health coaching." Isaiah offers the same kind of spiritual health advice to the people of God.
For material based on this same text, see "Drop-in Discipleship," March 14, 2004, at HomileticsOnline.com.
It's no secret that we are becoming a nation full of unhealthy people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and prevention, more than a third (35.7%) of Americans are obese. Carrying an unhealthy weight leads to all kinds of related conditions like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer -- in other words, most of the leading causes of death. In 2008, the medical costs related to obesity in the United States were estimated at $147 billion, or $1,492 more per obese person than a person of normal weight.
And yet, despite the constant warnings in the media and the pleading of doctors, obesity rates continue to rise. In 2000, no state had an ...