Staying S.O.B.E.R.

Another awesome weekend at Cornerstone.   I am thankful to be part of a church that doesn’t mind shaking things up! We did things a little differently this week.  Usually our Saturday night and Sunday morning services have the same message.  This week was just a little different.  On Saturday night, I preached from the book of Nehemiah about overcoming a fear of commitment.   And then we had a special guest speaker this morning.  If I can track down the CD from last night, I will place both messages on our podcast.

A few months ago, I issued a challenge to our church to start looking for ways to engage our community.  As a result, a group of committed people at Cornerstone started meeting and seeking God’s will.   Through a series of divine encounters, we found out about an individual in our area that has an incredible addiction recovery ministry. Mike Edwards has a ministry called S.O.B.E.R., and he has made an impact on hundreds of people in our area.  He shared a powerful message of God’s grace and redemption with us this morning.


On a typical week, he has multiple meetings with over 500 people attending a 12-step addiction recovery program. He is also creating a halfway house for people who need somewhere to stay while overcoming their addictions. Mike Edwards overcame some serious addiction problems in his past and has an incredible testimony of how God can transform your life.  He felt God leading him to renovate a small apartment complex into a place where people can be encouraged, find work, and get back on their feet.

He is passionate about sharing Christ and his ministry has made an incredible difference in our community.   We are looking forward to partnering with him in the future as we develop a strong addiction recovery ministry at Cornerstone. He has already helped counsel several people from our church who are struggling with addictions.  We have 3 workdays scheduled to help him work on the complex, and I invite you to join us.  You can find out more about Mike and the work he is doing on his website.


I am a former design engineer who now pastors Cornerstone Community Church in Galax, Virginia. I'm passionate about following Jesus and I love technology. I've been married to Jennifer for 28 years, and we have three adult children.

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  1. May 17, 2009

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