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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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The more a Christian is tempted
      God had but one Son without corruption—but He had none without temptation! By temptations the Lord will make His people more and more conformable to the image of His Son. Christ was much tempted—He was often in the school of temptation; and t ... read more

The more Christ has suffered for us
      The more Christ has suffered for us—the dearer Christ should be unto us. The greater and the bitterer Christ's sufferings have been for us—the greater and the sweeter should our love be to Him. O my friends! there is no love but a superlative lov ... read more

The more vile Christ made Himself for us
      "Let the thoughts of a crucified Christ," says one, "be never out of your mind, let them be food and drink unto you, let them be your sweetness and consolation, your honey and your desire, your reading and your meditation." Ah! remember thi ... read more

The mortifying of your darling sins
      Most professing Christians have not the right art of mortifying sin. All their attempts are to hide a lust, not to quench it. A great motive to provoke you to the mortifying of your darling sins, is solemnly to consider, that the conquest and e ... read more

The most glittering services
      The most glittering services of unregenerate people are but dead works, because they proceed not from a principle of spiritual life, and they lead to death, Romans 6:23, and leave a sentence of death upon the soul, until it is washed off by the ... read more

The most golden Christians
      Under all fiery trials, God will make good that golden promise, "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God." Romans 8:28. Mark, the apostle does not say, we suppose, or we hope, or we conjecture—but we know! We kn ... read more

The most powerful charm of Satan
      Honors, riches, and pleasures are the three deities, which all people adore, and to whom they continually sacrifice their best thoughts and energies. These, for their unparalleled vanity, may well be called "the vanity of vanities!" Honors, r ... read more

The occasions and allurements of sin
      He who ventures upon the occasion of sin and then prays, "Lord, lead me not into temptation," is like him who thrusts his finger into the fire, and then prays that it may not be burnt. He who will not fly from the occasions and allurements of ... read more

The old man
      In every regenerate man, there are two men—an old man and a new man; or if you please, flesh and spirit. Romans 7. The old man, the fleshly part, will incline the soul, and bias the soul, as well to sins against the gospel, as to sins against the law, ... read more

The only ground of God's love
      The Lord Jesus Christ is a gift of free grace. Christ is the greatest, the sweetest, the choicest, the chief gift which God ever gave; and yet this gift is given by a hand of love. The only ground of God's love is His love. The ground of God's love is o ... read more

The only happy man in the world!
      "Happy are the people whose God is the Lord." Ps. 144:15 All the happiness and blessedness of the people of God consists in this—that God is their God, and that He is their portion, and that they are His inheritance! Oh, the heaped up happine ... read more

The outward dress and garb of religion
      "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness." Matthew 23:23 Take heed of spe ... read more

The plague of unsatisfiedness
      "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of covetousness; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." Luke 12:15 Covetousness is . . . a very great and grievous sin; a mother-sin; a breeding sin; a si ... read more

The pouring forth of all His wrath
      "I will sing of Your love and justice." Psalm 101:1 Mercy is God's Alpha—justice is His Omega. When God's mercy is despised—then His justice takes the throne! God is like a prince, who first hangs out the white flag of mercy; if this win ... read more

The presence of a compassionate God!
      "His compassions never fail!" Lamentations 3:22 Each believer has the presence of . . . a God of mercy, a God of tenderness, a God of compassion. Mercy is as essential to God—as light is to the sun, or as heat is to the fire. He deligh ... read more

The presence of a loving God!
      "Since you were precious in My sight, and I have loved you." Isaiah 43:4 God loves His people with a first love! 1 John 4:19 "We love Him because He first loved us." By nature we were without God, and afar off from God; we were strangers to ... read more

The promises of God
      The promises of God are as so many rich mines, they are as so many choice flowers of paradise, they are the food, life, and strength of the soul. They are as a staff to support the soul, and they are as jewelry to adorn the soul, and nourishment to enrich ... read more

The prosperity of the wicked
      Oh you who have God for your portion, do not envy, do not fret and vex, at the prosperity of the wicked; for even though they have more than their heart can wish, even though they live in pleasure and wallow in all carnal and sensual delights—yet ... read more

The prosperity of the wicked
       "For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. From their callous hearts comes iniquity; the evil conceits of their minds know no limits. They say, 'How can God know? Does the Most High have knowledge?' This is what the ... read more

The pure in heart
      "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God." Matthew 5:8 Dear hearts! As we truly say, that gold is pure gold, though much dross may hang about it; and as we truly say, that such and such an air is pure air, though at times there are many ... read more

The red sea of Christ's blood
      "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace." Ephesians 1:7 O Lord! when I look upon my manifold weaknesses and imperfections—I am many times not only grieved, but also ... read more

The regal gate
      "Pray without ceasing." 1 Thessalonians 5:17 A man may always pray habitually; he may have his heart in a praying disposition in all estates and conditions, in prosperity and adversity, in health and sickness, in strength and weakness, in weal ... read more

The richest man in the world
      "Having nothing—and yet possessing all things." 2 Corinthians 6:10 This is a riddle the world cannot understand. A holy man cannot be a poor man. A holy man is always the richest man. The riches of a Christian have no bottom. All a saint's ba ... read more

The right way of mortifying of sin
      Those spots which a Christian finds in his own heart can only, by a hand of faith, be washed out in the blood of the Lamb. Suppose that the power and prevalency of sin hinders the soul's sweet communion with God—so that the soul cannot sport i ... read more

The righteousness of sanctification
      "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." Galatians 5:22-23 The righteousness of sanctification, or imparted righteousness, lies in the Spirit's infusing into the so ... read more

The saints' hell—and the sinners' heaven
      "And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life." Matthew 25:46 This present life is the saints' hell—and the sinners' heaven. The next life will be the saints' heaven —and the sinners' ... read more

The scholar's knowledge
      What is the scholar's knowledge of the strength, riches, glories, and sweetness of far countries, obtained by maps and books—compared to their knowledge, who daily see and enjoy those things? Truly, that knowledge which is only notional, specula ... read more

The Scriptures are sufficient
      "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17 The Scriptures are sufficient . . . to i ... read more

The secret kisses
      When a Christian is in a wilderness, which is a very solitary place, then God delights to speak friendly and comfortably to him: Hosea 2:14, "Behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak friendly or comfortably to her," ... read more

The secret of being content
      A man needs very little of this world's goods to carry him through his pilgrimage, until he comes to his home—until he comes to heaven. A little will satisfy the demands of nature; though nothing will satisfy a man's lusts! "I have learne ... read more

The secret of being content
      "I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in ... read more

The sharpest dealings of God with you
      "Why should any living man complain when punished for his sins?" Lamentations 3:39 To move you to silence under your sorest and your sharpest trials, consider, that you have deserved greater and heavier afflictions than those you are under. ... read more

The shop, the farm, and the oxen
      Take heed of engaging yourselves in a crowd of worldly businesses. Many have so much to do on earth that they have no time to look up to heaven. As much earth puts out the fire, so much worldly business puts out the fire of heavenly affections. Lo ... read more

The sovereignty of God
      The sovereignty of God is that golden scepter in His hand which He will make all bow to, either . . . by His word or by His works, by His mercies or by His judgments. This scepter must be kissed and submitted to, or else fire and sword, deso ... read more

The sparkling diamond in the ring of glory
      "And they were calling to one another: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty! The whole earth is full of His glory." Isaiah 6:3 The more holy any are, the more deeply are they affected and captivated with the holiness of God. The holy seraph ... read more

The sparkling diamond in the ring of glory
      "His mouth is most sweet, and He is altogether lovely. This is my Beloved, and this is my Friend." Song 5:16 That is, His mouth is sweetnesses, and He is altogether desirablenesses, or He is wholly desirable. Alas! says the spouse, I lack word ... read more

The sparkling diamond in the ring of glory!
      Christ can never rest satisfied until His gracious communion with His people here, issues in their perfect and glorious communion with Him in heaven. "Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, and to see My glory." John ... read more

The sweet nature of grace
      Dwell much upon the sweet nature of grace. Grace begets the greatest joy and sweetness in the hearts of men, that possibly can be. Grace is a panoply against all troubles—and a paradise of all pleasures. Grace is compared to the sweetest things; ... read more

The sweetener
      ("Hypocrites Detected, Anatomized, Impeached, Arraigned and Condemned" 1650) Communion with God is . . . the life of all your graces; the sweetener of all providences and mercies; the strengthener of your hearts and hands; the soul of ... read more

The sweetest and the most comforting word
      The knowledge of a man's property in God is the comfort of comforts. Property makes every comfort, a pleasurable comfort, a delightful comfort. When a man walks . . . in a fair meadow, and can write mine upon it, into a pleasant garden, and can w ... read more

The sweetest joys are from the sourest tears
      Sin is a turning the back upon God—and the face towards hell. Repentance is a turning the back upon sin—and a setting the face towards God! True repentance is a sorrowing for sin because it is offensive to God. Peter was sorry for his sin; Judas ... read more

The sword of His pure, infinite, and incensed wrath
      To see God thrust the sword of His pure, infinite, and incensed wrath through the very heart of His dearest Son, notwithstanding all His supplications, prayers, tears, and strong cries—is the highest manifestation of the Lord's hatred and indigna ... read more

The synagogue of incarnate devils!
      O sirs, this is and this must be for a lamentation, that there are so many ale-houses, and gaming-houses, and whore-houses, which are usually stuffed with vain people, yes, with the very worst of the worst of men. Certainly these houses are the ve ... read more

The trifles which God gives
      The emperor Augustus, in his great feasts, gave trifles to some—but gold to his favorites. Just so—honors, riches and worldly pleasures are the trifles which God gives to the worst of men. God gives His gold—His special love and grace—only t ... read more

The trifling portions of this world
      God gives the trifling portions of this world to the vilest and worst of men; but His gold—His Christ, Himself—He gives only to His saints. Briers, which are for hogs, grow upon every hedge; but roses, which are for men, they only grow in plea ... read more

The true Christian hates all sin
      ("The Glorious Day of the Saints Appearance") "I hate every wrong path." Psalm 119:104 The original word signifies to hate with a deadly and irreconcilable hatred; to hate so as that nothing will satisfy but the destruction of the thing hate ... read more

The true convert
      The true convert prizes Christ above all. Ordinances are sweet—but Christ is more sweet. Saints are precious—but Christ is far more precious. Heaven is glorious—but Christ is infinitely more glorious. The first thing that I would ask, if I mig ... read more

The true salamander's skin!
      "The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all our sins." 1 John 1:7 O you who truly fear the Lord, and who are united to Christ by faith, know for your everlasting comfort and support—that Christ has secured you . . . from infernal fir ... read more

The ungodly flatter themselves
      The ungodly flatter themselves that God is made up all of mercy, and believe that they shall go to heaven—until they awake with everlasting flames about their ears—as you may see in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. God suddenly casts sinne ... read more

The unsearchable riches of Christ!
      There is everything in Christ to encourage the greatest sinners to believe on Him, to rest and lean upon Him for all happiness and blessedness. Christ is . . . the greatest good, the choicest good, the chief good, the most suitable good, ... read more

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