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Thomas Brooks (1608 - 1680)

Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker Thomas Brooks in text and pdf format. Much of what is known about Thomas Brooks has been ascertained from his writings. Born, likely to well-to-do parents, in 1608, Brooks entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1625, where he was preceded by such men as Thomas Hooker, John Cotton, and Thomas Shepard. He was licensed as a preacher of the Gospel by 1640. Before that date, he appears to have spent a number of years at sea, probably as a chaplain with the fleet.

After the conclusion of the First English Civil War, Thomas Brooks became minister at Thomas Apostle's, London, and was sufficiently renowned to be chosen as preacher before the House of Commons on December 26, 1648. His sermon was afterwards published under the title, 'God's Delight in the Progress of the Upright', the text being Psalm 44:18: 'Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from Thy way'. Three or four years afterwards, he transferred to St. Margaret's, Fish-street Hill, London. In 1662, he fell victim to the notorious Act of Uniformity, but he appears to have remained in his parish and to have preached as opportunity arose. Treatises continued to flow from his pen.[3]

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A sinner never looks so sweetly
      "She stood behind Him at His feet, weeping, and began to wash His feet with her tears. She wiped His feet with the hair of her head, kissing them and anointing them with the fragrant oil." Luke 7:38 A sinner never looks so sweetly, as when he w ... read more

A smooth silken way to hell
      In duty, Mary had learned the holy art of living above duty; in the business of acceptance with God, and justification before God, and reconciliation to God, and salvation by God; she knew no duty but Jesus. She was as happy in denying religious se ... read more

A soul given up to sin
      It is the greatest judgment in the world to be left to sin. O unhappy man—when God leaves you to yourself, and does not resist you in your sins! Woe, woe to him at whose sins God winks at. When God lets the way to hell be a smooth and pleasant way ... read more

A strong tower
      "The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe." Proverbs 18:10 God is . . . so strong a tower that no cannon can pierce it, so high a tower that no ladder can scale it, so deep a tower that no subverter ca ... read more

A sweet interpretation
      ("The Glorious Day of the Saints Appearance") Love will enable the soul to persevere in the ways of godliness against all discouragements, by putting a blessed interpretation, and a heavenly construction upon all the afflictions, sorrows, and d ... read more

A tender heart, a soft hand, an iron memory
      Look upon your dying day as your reaping day. Now you shall reap the fruit of . . . all the prayers that ever you have made, and of all the tears that ever you have shed, and of all the sighs and groans that ever you have fetched, and of all ... read more

A tender heart, a soft hand, an iron memory
      ("Words of counsel to a dear dying friend") Look upon your dying day as your reaping day. Now you shall reap the fruit of . . . all the prayers that you have ever made, and of all the tears that you have ever shed, and of all the sighs and ... read more

A thread-bare soul
      Take hold of all opportunities to enrich your souls with spiritual riches. Men will easily, readily, greedily, and unweariedly grasp all opportunities wherein they may get earthly riches; and why should not you be as diligent in taking hold of all ... read more

A threefold repetition of this worm
      Certainly, hell-fire is neither tolerable nor terminable. The extremity and eternity of hellish torments is set forth by the worm which never dies. Christ makes a threefold repetition of this worm in Mark 9:44, 46, and 48— "Their worm does not d ... read more

A transforming knowledge
      "And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory." 2 Corinthians 3:18 Saving knowledge is a transforming knowledge, which metamorphoses the soul. Divine light be ... read more

A tumor and swelling in the mind
      "The Lord Almighty has done it to destroy your pride and show his contempt for all human greatness." Isaiah 23:9 Pride is the original and root of most of those notorious vices that are to be found among men. Of all sins, pride is most danger ... read more

A very little worm
      A well-grounded assurance is always attended with humility. David, under assurance, cries out, "I am a worm and no man!" The Hebrew word which is here rendered worm, signifies a very little worm, which a man can hardly see or perceive. Psalm 22: ... read more

A whore's forehead
      "You have a whore's forehead, you refuse to be ashamed!" Jeremiah 3:3 "Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct? No, they have no shame at all! They do not even know how to blush!" Jeremiah 6:15 They had sinned away shame, instead of ... read more

A wolf that eats up all
      Sin is a devouring, a consuming element. Sin is a fire which devours and consumes all; it turned Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes; it has destroyed the Chaldean, Persian, and Grecian kingdoms, and will at last destroy the Roman kingdom also. Sin ... read more

A wolf turned into a man!
      The myth tells of Lycaon being turned into a wolf; but when a worldling is made holy, there is a wolf turned into a man! Yes, a devil is turned into a saint! Therefore the Holy Spirit, speaking of Zaccheus, who had long been bewitched by the wor ... read more

A work of absolute necessity
      Private prayer is a work of absolute necessity, for the bringing of the heart into a holy frame, for the keeping of the heart in a holy frame, for the discovery of sin, for the preventing of sin, for the embittering of sin, for the ... read more

A world-conquering grace, a world-overcoming grace
      "For whoever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory which overcomes the world, even our faith." John 5:4 True faith is a world-conquering grace, it is a world-overcoming grace. Faith overcomes the frowning world, the fawning worl ... read more

A worm, a gnat, a fly, a hair, a seed of a raison, a skin of a grape
      "Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth." Proverbs 27:1 Who can sum up the many possible deaths which are still lurking in his own body; or the innumerable hosts of external dangers which beleaguer him on ev ... read more

      All the afflictions which attend the people of God, are such as shall turn to their profit and glorious advantage. Afflictions discover that filthiness and vileness in sin, which the soul has never yet seen. Afflictions contribute to the mortifying ... read more

Ah! were Christians more humble
      Labor to be clothed with humility. Humility makes a man . . . peaceable among brethren, fruitful in well-doing, cheerful in suffering, and constant in holy walking. Humility fits for the highest services we owe to Christ, and yet will not ... read more

Ah, sirs!
      Ah, sirs! It may be that there are but a few weeks, nay, a few days, nay, perhaps but a few hours— between your souls and eternity, between your souls and everlasting burnings, between your souls and a devouring fire, between your souls a ... read more

All belly-gods shall at last be found in the belly of hell!
      "Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach." Philippians 3:18-19 Intemperance robs men of everlasting happiness and blessedness. It shuts them out from all the glory of heaven, and tumbles them down to the lowest hell, as you m ... read more

All honey would harm us
      "Weeping may endure for a night—but joy comes in the morning." Psalm 30:5 Their mourning shall last but until morning. God will turn . . . their winter's night into a summer's day, their sighing into singing, their grief into gladne ... read more

All shadow and vanity
      "Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity." Ecclessiastes 1:2 In all the ages of the world, this testimony of Solomon holds good. The things of this world are not only vain; but vanity in the abstract. They are ex ... read more

All tears of godly sorrow drop from the eye of faith
      "They shall look upon Him whom they have pierced—and shall mourn." Zechariah 12:10 All godly sorrow is the fruit and effect of evangelical faith. Godly sorrow flows from faith—as the stream from the fountain, the branch from the root, and the eff ... read more

All the afflictions, troubles and evils
      As the apothecary makes one poison to drive out another poison—so can God make the poison of afflictions, to drive out the poison of sin. All the afflictions, troubles and evils which befall the people of God, work together for their good; for G ... read more

All the afflictions, troubles, and trials
      "Heed the rod and the One who appointed it." Micah 6:9 It is God who appoints the rod, and ordains it to do what service He pleases. It is God who has an active hand, in all the afflictions which come upon His people. "Heed the rod," that ... read more

All the hell that you shall ever have!
      Consider Christian, that all your . . . trials and troubles, calamities and miseries, crosses and losses, which you meet with in this world—is all the hell that you shall ever have! Here and now you have your hell. Hereafter you shall hav ... read more

All the links of the golden chain of salvation
      All the links of the golden chain of salvation are made up of free grace! The people of God are . . . freely loved, Deut. 7:6-8; freely chosen, John 15:16-19, Eph. 1:4; freely accepted, Eph. 1:6; freely adopted, Eph. 1:5, Gal. 4:5-6; ... read more

All the sins of the saints
      "We know that all things work together for good, to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28 All the afflictions, and all the temptations, and all the desertions, and all the oppressions, and all t ... read more

All the whole volume of perfections
      "Whom do I have in heaven but You? And I desire nothing on earth but You. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart, my portion forever." Psalm 73:25-26 The true Christian seeks God as his choicest and chief good. G ... read more

All to save you from wrath to come!
      Christians, spend your days in admiring the transcendent love of Christ—in undergoing hellish punishments in your stead! Oh pray, pray hard that you "may be able to comprehend what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height of that love of ... read more

All worldly grandeur
      Riches and honors and titles, and all worldly grandeur—won't go with us beyond the grave. Death, as a porter, stands at the gate, and strips men of all their worldly wealth and glory! ... read more

All your former troubles and afflictions
      "In the day of adversity, consider." Eccles. 7:14 If you would be quiet and silent under your present troubles and trials, then dwell much upon the benefit, the profit, the advantage that has redounded to your souls by all your former troubles a ... read more

An angel on the outside—and a devil within
      "Hypocrites! You are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish; but inside you are filthy— full of greed and self-indulgence!" Matthew 23:25 A hypocrite's outside never corresponds with his inside. A hypocrite's outside is one t ... read more

An atheist at home
      He who puts on a religious demeanor abroad to gain himself a great name among men, and at the same time lives like an atheist at home, shall at the last be unmasked by God, and presented before all the world for a most detestable hypocrite. ... read more

An earthly-minded man
      Then He told them a parable: A rich man’s land was very productive. He thought to himself, 'What should I do, since I don't have anywhere to store my crops? I will do this,' he said. 'I'll tear down my barns and build bigger ones and store all ... read more

An epitome of all vanity
      "Truly, every man at his best state is altogether vanity." Psalm 39:5 By Adam's fall, man has become a pile of dust, a puff of wind; a dream; a shadow; a puff of smoke; a poor silly flea, a worm, a debased soul, a curious nothing. Yes, man ... read more

An ever-present help in trouble
      "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are Mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not ... read more

An everlasting portion
      "The Lord is my portion, says my soul; therefore I will hope in Him." Lamentations 3:24 A Christian may be stripped of anything but his God; he may be stripped of his estate, his friends, his relations, his liberty, his life—but he can never be ... read more

An ignorant, profane, and soul-flattering clergy
      A preacher's life should be a commentary upon his doctrine; his practice should be the counterpart of his sermons. Heavenly doctrines should always be adorned with a heavenly life. An ignorant, profane, and soul-flattering clergy, are the grea ... read more

An inlet to three dreadful things
      ("A Heavenly Cordial" 1665) Death is dreadful to the unbelieving sinner, for it puts an everlasting end to all his temporal . . . mercies, comforts, contentments, and enjoyments. Death will put an everlasting end to all his pleasure ... read more

An ocean of sweetness—without one drop of bitterness
      "The Lord is my portion, says my soul; therefore I will hope in Him." Lamentations 3:24 God is a pure and unmixed portion. God is an unmixed good—He has nothing in Him but goodness. He is an ocean of sweetness—without one drop of bitterness ... read more

An outlet and an inlet
      "Death has been swallowed up in victory!" 1 Corinthians 15:54 DEATH is an outlet and an inlet to a holy man. Death is an eternal outlet . . . to all sins, to all sorrows, to all shame, to all sufferings, to all afflictions, ... read more

And will you murmur?
      Is not Christ your treasure? Is not heaven your inheritance— and will you murmur? Have you not much in hand, and more in hope? Have you not much in possession, but much more reserved in heaven— and will you murmur? Has not God given you. . . ... read more

Apt to hang and rest upon creature props
      ("A Believer's Last Day, His Best Day") God sometimes strips His people of their dearest mercies, that He may win them to a more complete and full dependence upon His blessed self. Man is a creature apt to hang and rest upon creature props. " ... read more

As long as a Christian continues sinning
      Godly sorrow is a lasting sorrow, it is a durable sorrow. As long as a Christian continues sinning, he cannot but continue mourning. Repentance is a grace, and must have its daily operation as well as other graces. Certainly a true penitent can ... read more

Ask what you will, O Christian
      "Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin." Psalm 51:2 If the Lord should say to a gracious Christian, "Ask what you will, O Christian—and it shall be granted to you." The answer would be: "Lord, rid me of my sins! Lord, take ... read more

Away with it!
      A humble person overlooks his own righteousness, and lives upon the righteousness of the Lord Jesus. The apostle Paul overlooks his own righteousness, and lives wholly upon the righteousness of Christ: "I desire to be found in him," says he, ... read more

Be strong and courageous
      God is glorious in power, and wonderful in counsel, and infinite in mercy, and admirable in goodness, and rich in grace, and unsearchable in understanding. "I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous." Joshua 1:5-6 ... read more

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