There are no divinity degrees on the walls of our author, Bruce Boyer. God works through the common, ordinary man to be his hands on earth. I am as common and ordinary as they come. My background comes from a 34-year old YMCA professional career and 7 summers as a “Y “ camp counselor. Founded in 1844 as a Bible study organization, the YMCA retains a Christian mission to this day. The third letter in its acronym stands for Christian. YMCA’s that live up to their mission have devotions at the beginnng of meetings, cabin devotions at camp, sports programs that begin with a pre-game prayer and character development lessons. The Y’s Christian emphasis in the summer camp cabin was the begining of my devotional story telling. In my adult life, I have been fortunate to be involved in several national YMCA Christian empasis programs - Christian Leadership Conferences and the Rags & Leather programs. These programs encourage Christian principles to be included in all aspects of our lives. The final 10 years of my professional career I served as president & CEO of the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce. One of my personal goals was to foster a wholesome, Christian community. It was a prefect setting to test the concept of seeing faith lessons in everyday life and not just in a church or Christian organization setting. We all have the opportunity to express our Christian faith in the greater secular community. Being an active member in the leadership at my church, Fountain of Life Lutheran Church, is a foundation of more formal learning about the scriptures. Participation in Bible study is an important step to grow your faith. The moment of truth of my faith was in 2002. My son had been exploring the remote Amazon rainforest of Brazil when he and a friend became lost for six days. God put into place all the elements for, literally, a last minute rescue. Dave and his companion had lost hope for their survival. That is precisely when God took over. God orchestrated a miracle rescue, and He did it for a purpose. Their rescue changed many lives, including my own. Always a person of my own personal faith, in thanks to God, I promised Him I would be more intentional in sharing my faith. In the years since I have written hundreds of real-life stories, accompanied with a faith lesson to show God’s hand in each situation. During the past seven years I have emailed these stories weekly to hundreds of friends, family and business associates as my own personal ministry. This book includes some of those stories. I also host a website, www.ChristianFaithStories.com, to make additional stories available. The best qualificaions any of us have to make a difference for others is a belief that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. I want Him to be part of every aspect of my life. My hope is you will see God at work daily in your life and you will be inspired to share your faith with others. God will give you the tools and strength as you carry out the Great Commission. Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:16-20 NIV).
“Bruce Boyer is a sweet spirited man of God and this truth soaks through all of his devotional writings. His approach of taking the everyday event and seeing the way, the love, or the mission of God in the world today, will build up sensitivity in you to see God in your own life everyday as well! If you are an everyday man or woman of God looking for Him in your life you will love this devotional journey.”
Pastor Keith Speaks, Senior Pastor
Hales Corners Lutheran Church
Hales Corner, Wisconsin.
“Bruce Boyer’s writings remind us that God is always working in our lives, through every situation and circumstance. These short, easy to read devotionals help you reflect on our God and Savior Jesus Christ through a powerful message and include questions to reflect on, scripture, and a prayer. This time of reflection on God’s greatness will prepare you to enjoy the blessings God has already planned for you that day.”
Oscar Manuel Aguirre, Executive Director
Pan de Vida Foundation
“Bruce impacted many lives in his strong career living out the true Christian Mission of the YMCA every day. Touchpoints of Faith is a wonderful capstone for his work and meaningfully extends his calling to serve others. For each of us, our daily walk and work as leaders and citizens of the world will be encouraged and guided by the rich inspiration found in these chapters of thoughtful devotions created by Godly women and men.”
Andy C. Calhoun
YMCA Director, 1972-present.
“Within the YMCA organization there are always opportunities to share tried and true, faith-based lessons. We are constantly seeking tools and resources that reflect the good news of God’s grace. Bruce Boyer’s devotional book allows staff and participants the chance to share the Christian Mission through stories and experiences found throughout its pages.”
Rosemary Suess, Executive Director
Jerry Long Family YMCA
Through the use of everyday experiences Bruce shares how God is available to us and meets each of us where we are. The stories inspire as a personal devotion or in a group/business setting.” Terra Lynn Dearth, (National) Director YMCA Christian Leadership Conferences and Rag/Leathers Program “Bruce has a gift of taking an everyday situation and finding God’s fingerprints. It’s a down to earth approach to making our spiritual walk come to life.
I relate to his writing and am inspired to open my eyes to try to find real lessons in my own life.” Bob Kahle, Executive Director Fairview Lakes YMCA Camps “Bruce Boyer’s writings inspire Christians who desire to discover the peace and joy in everyday moments. I highly recommend this book as a devotional. Reading it is an opportunity to help take a break from the demands of everyday life and consider the Glory of God as shown through acts of kindness and grace in our community.” Mayor Dawn H. Morgan The first two chapters of this book provide Bruce’s perspective of his son being lost in the Amazon rainforest, and how their rescue changed many lives. This true story has been nationally featured on two different Discovery Channel dramatizations; I Shouldn’t Be Alive (Into the Heart of Darkness episode) and Secrets of Survival (Lost in the Amazon.)