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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 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 glad—but 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 world—and 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 trials—God 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 countries—that they may cease from sin, receive instruction, and reform and return to Him. 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 pot—then 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 construction—upon 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 conversion—yet 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 God—If 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 farther—as ... 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 unbelievers—but of those who had faith in the soul—but 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." John 6:37 "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 race—and 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 loss—yet 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." Zechariah 2:8 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 heads—but 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 pleasures." 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

Totes oculus
      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 houses—then she composes herself more harmoniously and elegantly. Truly, this is the f ... read more

Troubled for sin
      A hypocrite may be troubled for sin—as 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
      True repentance includes a sensibleness of sin's sinfulness—how 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
      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 elect—past, 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

Two heavens
      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

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