It has been three years since Thomas J Patrick authored his first book entitled “To Be Sure Not”. In it the author used humor along with sober reflection to look beyond some of the true realities he experienced. The conclusion is that our perspective should be the same as God’s. It is said that time heals all wounds. Time also gives us understanding of lessons we were meant to spiritually mature from and sometimes even laugh about.
Thomas still resides in his lifelong hometown of Creswell in eastern North Carolina. As the world grows in leaps and bounds, this small farm community seems to be nearing the edge of extinction, a place that is over looked and forgotten. The author sees the church experiencing the same issues today. Today’s following is so decadent and laminated that its strong doctrinal skeletal frame is being reduced to that of an octopus. The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy in great detail concerning the condition of believers in the last days. The apostle John wrote the prophetic unction in Revelations that describes the condition of the last church age. And let us not forget the disturbing words of our Lord and Savior, “Will I find faith when I return?” This book addresses subjects that should be dear to every believer. They should not be distorted images on the other side of smoke and mirrors. Was faith meant to be a show horse or an ox that plows long, deep and steady?
On October 9, 1980 Thomas J Patrick started a brand new life. In a split second he went from being the typical American Christian Church frequenter to being intimately inducted into the kingdom of God by the Blood of Jesus Christ. Filled with the Spirit and called by God to preach, he soon left to attend a faith school in New York. His experience at Long Island Bible Institute was priceless and provided sound and stable footing. At fifty-nine years old, he has been preaching for thirty-nine years and has authored two books.