“I count myself one of the number of those who write as they learn and learn as they write.”-Augustine
My name is perhaps obviously Devon Bailey. I have a Religion degree from Florida State University and have spent the better part of a decade in ministry towards Middle School and High School students. I currently live in Austin,TX as the Director of Youth Ministries at the First United Methodist Church.
What started as simply testimonies has turned into the sharing of good news. Much of what you’ll find on this site is my journey. If you dig far back enough, you’ll find views I no longer hold. I leave them up for a few reasons, 1. To reflect on my own spiritual journey. 2. To remind myself that I can make mistakes. 3. To give me hope for the journey of others. and lastly 4. To humble me towards patience with others. I didn’t come to my conclusions overnight. This website captures the years of my spiritual life through doubts, certainties, and a whole lot of trial and error. Don’t take anything I say without truly analyzing it and taking it to God. Though I do share my beliefs and have many read things before I post them, I could be wrong. I’m okay with that. You may not get truth here, but you’ll get honesty. I do wish at the very least that you see a certain side to things, one that I believe to be the truth. Listen to your head and heart, for that is where God speaks clearest. Observe the information at hand and ask what God is revealing through it.
If you have any questions or would like me to elaborate on anything feel free (in fact I encourage it!) to leave a comment below the post and I will get back to it as soon as I see it.
1 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”