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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.
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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
The very place in which the wicked shall lodge
"The wicked shall be turned into hell." Psalm 9:17
That is, "The wicked shall certainly be turned into the
nethermost hell!" Yes, they shall forcibly be turned into
the lowest and darkest place in hell. God will, as it were,
with both hands t ... read more
The very soul of prayer
"My son, give Me your heart." Proverbs 23:26
In all your closet-duties God looks first and most to
your hearts. It is not a piece, it is not a corner of the
heart, which will satisfy the Maker of the heart. The
very soul of prayer lies in the p ... read more
The voice of mercy
God's mercies make a humble soul gladbut not proud.
A humble soul is lowest when his mercies are highest;
he is least when he is greatest; he is lowest when he
is highest; he is most poor when he is most rich.
Nothing melts like mercy,
nothi ... read more
The world and I am well agreed
Assurance will keep the heart from an inordinate
running out after the world, and the glory thereof.
Moses, having an assurance of the recompense of
reward, and of God's love and favor, could not be
drawn by all the honors, pleasures, and treasur ... read more
The world and Paul were well agreed
"May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord
Jesus Christ, through which the world has been
crucified to me, and I to the world." Gal. 6:14
Paul scorned, despised, and rejected the worldand
the world scorned, despised, and rejected him. ... read more
The worst & most infectious plague in the world
"Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we
are not ignorant of his devices." 2 Corinthians 2:11
Keep at the greatest distance from sin, and from
playing with the golden bait which Satan holds
forth to catch you!
It is our wisest a ... read more
The worst and greatest tyrant in the world
"At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived
and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures.
We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one
another." Titus 3:3.
Sin is the worst and greatest tyrant in the world.
Other ... read more
The worth and preciousness of time
There is nothing which puts a more serious frame
into a man's heart, than to know the worth and
preciousness of time.
"Time," says Bernard, "would be a good commodity
in hell, and the selling of it most gainful; where, for
one day, a man w ... read more
Their dregs and dross
"Therefore this is what the Lord Almighty says
See, I will refine and test them, for what else can
I do because of the sin of My people?" Jeremiah 9:7
By severe providences and fiery trialsGod designs
the mortifying and purging away of His ... read more
Then the mud appears
God inflicts great and severe judgments upon men,
and upon cities and countriesthat they may cease
from sin, receive instruction, and reform and return
God's corrections should be our instructions,
His lashes should be our lessons,
... read more
Then the scum appears!
Few Christians see themselves and understand
themselves rightfully. By trials, God reveals
much of a man's sinful self to his pious self.
When the fire is put under the potthen the
scum appears; so when God tries a poor soul,
Oh! how does . ... read more
Then you will kiss it!
"Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline." Revelation 3:19
Christian! Always look on the rod of affliction, in conjunction
with the hand which holds it. Thus Jesus did, "Shall I not
drink the cup that My Father has given Me to drink?"
Thou ... read more
These Gergesites had rather lose Christ, than lose their porkers
"When they saw Him, they pleaded with Him to leave
their region." Matthew 8:34
A man bewitched with the world will prefer the most base
and contemptible things, before the Lord Jesus Christ. He will,
with the Gergesenes, prefer his swine before a ... read more
These harsh dispensations of God
"And we know that God causes everything to work together
for the good of those who love God and are called according
to His purpose for them." Romans 8:28
The godly are able to put a sweet, a loving, and a favorable
constructionupon the most s ... read more
They are not quite slain
Though pride and envy have received their death's
wound at the soul's first conversionyet they are
not quite slain in a believer. The best of men are
but men at the best, and there are still those bitter
roots of pride, vain-glory, self-love, e ... read more
They chained and nailed their god Apollo to a post
"Moses said unto GodIf Your presence does not go
with us, do not send us up from here!" Exodus 33:15
Nothing would satisfy Moses, below the presence of God,
because he knew that it would be better that they should
never move a foot fartheras ... read more
They heard, and were never the better
"The word did not profit those who heard it, because
it was not mixed with faith." Hebrews 4:2
He does not speak here of unbelieversbut of those
who had faith in the soulbut not in the exercise; and
therefore the word did not profit them. Th ... read more
They pierce not, they cut not, they fly not
"The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man
avails much." James 5:16
Cold prayers call for a denial.
Be fervent, be warm, be importunate with God in all your
closet duties and performances. Certainly, all those usual
phrases of crying, ... read more
They play and fool away their precious time
Think on the brevity, shortness, and preciousness of time.
Time is so precious a thing, that mountains of gold and
rocks of pearl, cannot redeem one lost moment!
Ah, what a precious commodity would time be in hell,
where for one day to repent, y ... read more
They poured out a prayer
The greatest antidote against all the troubles of
this life, is fervent prayer.
"Lord, in trouble have they visited You; they
poured out a prayer when Your chastening
was upon them." Isaiah 26:16
"They poured out a prayer." Before, they wo ... read more
They run on another's legs
("The Glorious Day of the Saints Appearance")
"I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean;
I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all
your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new
spirit in you; I will remo ... read more
They shall never perish!
"All that the Father gives Me, will come to Me."
"And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that
I shall lose none of all that He has given Me,
but raise them up at the last day." John 6:39
The first fountain and cause of sal ... read more
They trample that matchless jewel
The soul is that spiritual and immortal substance, which
is capable of union with God, and of communion with God,
and of an eternal fruition of God. There are none but bear
about with them, precious and immortal souls, which are
more worth than ten ... read more
They will not believe it until they feel it!
"Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?" Luke 3:7
"Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath." 1 Th. 1:10
1. The coming wrath is the greatest wrath. It is the greatest
evil which can befall a soul. "Who knows the power of Your wrath ... read more
This great doctor was so great a dunce
("Touchstone of Sincerity")
Nicodemus was a man of great note, name, and fame
among the pharisees, and he fasted, and prayed, and
gave alms, and paid tithes, etc., and yet was a total
stranger to the new birth. Regeneration was a paradox
to hi ... read more
This is not your resting-place
This life is full of trials, full of troubles, and full of changes.
Sin within, and Satan and the world without, will keep a
Christian from rest, until he comes to rest in the bosom of
Christ. The life of a Christian is a raceand what rest have
t ... read more
This is the very knife that cut the throat of your child!
Suppose a man should come to his dinner table, and there
should be a knife laid down, and it should be told him, "This
is the very knife that cut the throat of your child!" If
the man would use this knife as a common knife, would not
everyone sa ... read more
This perfect pattern
"He who says he abides in Him, ought himself also
to walk even as He walked." 1 John 2:6
Oh that this blessed Scripture might always lie warm
upon our hearts. A Christian's whole life should be
nothing but a visible representation of Christ. ... read more
Those spots which a Christian finds in his own heart
"Purifying their hearts by faith." Acts 15:9
True faith purifies the heart from sin. Faith has two hands, one to lay hold on Christ, and another to sweep the heart, which is Christ's house. Faith knows that Christ is of a dove-like nature; He loves ... read more
Those treasures are mine!
("God's Delight in the Progress of the Upright")
Faith enables us to walk in the ways of God, against
all the discouragements which may befall us. Faith
looks on God, and says with the psalmist, "This God
is my God forever and ever! He shall ... read more
Those who hunt after it are dogs
The Arabic proverb says, "That the world is a carcass,
and those who hunt after it are dogs." Ah, how
many professors are there, who hunt more after earth
than heaven; who hunt more after terrestrial than
celestial things; who hunt more after no ... read more
Those who hunt after it are dogs!
Though of all losses, the loss of the soul is the greatest, the
saddest, the sorest, the heaviest, and the most intolerable,
inconceivable, and irrecoverable lossyet a man bewitched
with the world will run the hazard of losing his eternal soul,
o ... read more
Those who strike at God's eyes
"Whoever touches you, touches the apple of His eye."
The apple (or pupil) of the eye is the tenderest piece
of the tenderest part. The eye is kept most diligently,
and strongly guarded by nature. A man can better bear
a thum ... read more
There is nothing that puts a more serious frame into
a man's spirit than to know the worth of his time.
Eternity, eternity depends upon your improvement
of that time! The damned in hell may weep their
eyes out of their headsbut they can never we ... read more
To fill heaven with hells
"Man, who is vile and corrupt, who drinks up evil
like water!" Job 15:16
A wicked man is a sin-lover; he is a sin-maker,
he lives in sin upon choice.
All profane people . . .
give up themselves to wickedness,
wallow in all ungodliness, ... read more
To sin and not to blush!
Only those things which are sinful, are shameful.
"Then, when I make atonement for you for all you have
done, you will remember and be ashamed and never
again open your mouth because of your humiliation,
declares the Sovereign Lord." Ezekiel ... read more
To the moles and to the bats!
"In that day, a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his
idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to
worship, to the moles and to the bats!" Isaiah 2:20
In the day when God shall exalt Himself in the souls of
His people, and befo ... read more
To think of hell
"To think of hell," says one, "preserves a man from falling
into it!" Says another, "He who does but hear of hell is,
without any further labor or study, taken off from sinful
Surely men's hearts are grown stupid, for how do mo ... read more
Too big for troubles and afflictions
("The Glorious Day of the Saints Appearance")
One way by which faith enables the soul to persevere against
all discouragements, is by raising the soul to converse with
soul-greatening objects, such as God and Christ, and those
treasures, pleasu ... read more
They say of the nightingale, that when she is solitary in
the woods, she is careless of her melody; but when she
perceives that she has any auditors, or is near housesthen
she composes herself more harmoniously and elegantly.
Truly, this is the f ... read more
Troubled for sin
A hypocrite may be troubled for sinas it . . .
blots his name, and
wounds his conscience, and
brings a scourge, and
destroys his soul, and
shuts him out of heaven, and
throws him to hell.
But he is never troubled for sin, he never mou ... read more
True hatred of sin
("Touchstone of Sincerity")
To hate sin is not merely to refrain from sin, for
so Balaam did. To hate sin is not merely to confess
sin, for so Pharaoh and Judas did. To hate sin is not
merely to be afraid to sin, for this may be where
there i ... read more
True repentance includes a sensibleness of sin's sinfulnesshow opposite and contrary sin is to the blessed God.
God is light, sin is darkness;
God is life, sin is death;
God is heaven, sin is hell;
God is beauty, sin is deformity.
Also true re ... read more
True repentance works a change in the whole man; in all the qualities of the INWARD man, and in all the actions of the OUTWARD man. The understanding is turned from darkness to light; the will from a sinful servility to a holy liberty; the affections from ... read more
Turned into beasts, birds, stones, trees, or air
"Our God is a consuming fire." Hebrews 12:29
Chaff and stubble cannot stand before that God, who is
a consuming fire. Oh, how will the ungodly tremble and
quake when the whole frame of heaven and earth shall
break in pieces, and be set in a flam ... read more
Two great things which Jesus Christ undertook
Our Lord Jesus Christ, by once suffering, suffered for all
the sins of the electpast, present, and to come. The
infinite wrath of God the Father fell on Him, for all the
sins of the chosen ones. The wrath of God was infinite
wrath, and the suffer ... read more
Communion with God is that which will make you stand
fast, and triumph over all enemies, difficulties, dangers,
and deaths. Communion with God will make a man as
courageous and bold as a lion, yes, as a young lion
which is fearless of any creature ... read more
Two infamous strumpets
"You have set our iniquities before You, our secret
sins in the light of Your presence." Psalms 90:8
"Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot
see him? Do not I fill heaven and earth?" Jer. 23:24
"The eyes of the Lord are e ... read more
Uncovered and laid bare
Ah! how many Christians are there who would blush
and be ashamed to walk in the streets, should but
their infirmities, enormities, and wickednesses be
written on their foreheads, or known to others!
There are many sins which they have fallen int ... read more