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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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Unfreeze the frozen graces
God loves to see the graces of His children in continual
exercise. All the glory which God has from us in this life,
is from the actings of our graces. Sleepy graces bring
God no glorynor do us any good. There is little difference
as to the comfor ... read more
"Watch your life and doctrine closely." 1 Timothy 4:16
Heavenly doctrines should always be adorned with a
Ministers must preach Christ as well in their lifeas in
their doctrine. They must not be hot in the pulpit, and
cold an ... read more
Vexing, defiling, dividing, ruining
"For the love of money is at the root of all kinds of evil.
And some people, craving money, have wandered from
the faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows."
1 Timothy 6:10
Earthly riches have cast down many, they have slain
many. I ... read more
Vincentius, by his patience and constancy in suffering,
angered his tormentors. Therefore they stripped him stark
naked, whipped his body all over to a bloody gore, sprinkled
salt and vinegar over all his wounds, set his feet on burning
coals, then ... read more
Wallowed in sin like swine in the mire
The worst men are commonly best conceited of themselves.
"There is a generation which is pure in their own eyesand
yet is not washed from their filthiness." Proverbs 30:12
They were very badand yet they had a great opinion of their
own goo ... read more
We have actually outsinned thousands
Sit down and wonder at the matchless love of God.
Oh! what is in usthat should cause the Lord to give such
gifts to us as He has given? We were all equal in sin and
misery; nay, doubtless, we have actually outsinned
thousands, to whom these prec ... read more
We have but added fuel to those burning coals!
"And they will go away into eternal punishment, but
the righteous will go into eternal life." Matthew 25:46
Oh! what trouble of mind,
what horror of conscience,
what distraction and vexation,
what terror and torment,
what weeping and waili ... read more
We may puff and blow our hearts out
"I can do all things, through Christ who strengthens me."
I can be high or low, poor or rich, honorable or base,
something or nothing, etc., only through Christ who
Canticles 4:16, "Blow upon my garden, that the spices
thereo ... read more
Well, Ladies and Gentlemen
"Without holiness no one will see the Lord." Hebrews 12:14
Well, Ladies and GentlemenDo you think that it is good to
be going to hellthat it is good to be dwelling with everlasting
burningsthat it is good to be forever separated from the
glo ... read more
What a pitiful perishing portion is that!
"Men of the world, whose portion is in this life."
Certainly, men . . .
whose hearts are worldly,
whose minds are worldly,
whose spirits are worldly,
whose desires are worldly,
whose hopes are worldly,
whose main ... read more
What can be more just?
Remember this, that as Noah was drunk with his own wine,
and as Goliath was beheaded by his own sword, and as the
rose is destroyed by the canker that it breeds in itself, and
as Agrippina was killed by Nero, to whom she gave breath;
so if ever yo ... read more
What He has done for my soul
"Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell
you what He has done for my soul." Psalm 66:16
I will acquaint you with the soul blessings, with the
soul favors, which God has crowned me with.
I was darknessbut He has made me light.
... read more
What is in the well, will be in the bucket
"But I say unto you, That every idle word that
men shall speak, they shall give account thereof
in the day of judgment." Matthew 12:36
There are many idle talkers. An idle word is a profuse
or needless word, used rashly or unadvisedly, lacking ... read more
What more can any Christian desire?
There is enough in a suffering Christ to fill us and satisfy
us to the full. He has the greatest worth and wealth in Him.
Look, as the worth and value of many pieces of silver is to be
found in one piece of gold; just so, all the petty excellencies ... read more
What should move God to love us?
The free favor and love of God, the good will and pleasure
of Godis the true ground and cause of God's bestowing of
Himself as a portion upon His people. There was no cause,
nor loveliness, nor desirableness in themwhich could
move God to bestow ... read more
Whatever weather pleases Godpleases me!
I have read of a gentleman, who, meeting with a shepherd
in a misty morning, asked him what weather it would be?
'It will be,' said the shepherd, 'that weather which pleases
me.' And being courteously requested to express his meaning,
replied, ... read more
When Adam fell
Adam's first estate was a state of perfect knowledge,
wisdom and understanding. It was a perfect state of
holiness, righteousness and happiness. There was
nothing within him, but what was desirable and delectable;
there was nothing without him, b ... read more
When all human help fails!
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be
content with what you have, because God has said,
"Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." So
we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper;
I will not be afraid. What can man do to me ... read more
When Brutus went to stab Julius Caesar
"For I know my transgressions, and my
sin is always before me." Psalm 51:3
Sin most afflicts a gracious soul.
The deer feeling within her the working of the serpent's
poisonruns through the thorns and thickets, and runs
over the green an ... read more
When God takes away your carnals
One support to bear up the hearts of the people of God
under the recent fiery dispensation, is thisThat the Lord
will certainly, one way or another, make up all their losses
to them. Sometimes God makes up His people's outward
losses by giving t ... read more
When He shows no anger!
"The Lord disciplines the one He loves, and
punishes every son whom He receives." Heb. 12:6
There cannot be a greater evidence of God's
hatred and wraththan His refusing to correct
men for their sinful courses and vanities!
Where God refu ... read more
When he was but a young serpent
Satan is full of envy and enmity, and that makes him very studious to suit his snares and plots to the tempers, constitutions, desires, and callings of menthat so he may make them as miserable as himself.
Satan is a spirit of mighty abilities; and his ... read more
When Munster lay sick
"Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline."
"The Lord disciplines the one He loves, and
punishes every son whom He receives." Heb. 12:6
All the afflictions which come upon the saints,
are the fruits of divine love.
Whe ... read more
When Satan has sucked out all the marrow
God usually begins with such early in lifewhom He has
had thoughts of love and mercy towards, from everlasting.
If, in the spring and morning of your days, you do not bring
forth fruit to Godit is a hundred to one that you never shall
bring forth ... read more
When we give the devil the kernel
"My son, give Me your heart." Proverbs 23:26
"You have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you." Romans 6:17
Christian obedience is cordial and hearty. The believer knows that no obedience but hearty obedience, is a ... read more
Where will all these men be within a hundred years?
Xerxes, when he viewed his almost innumerable army
of men, fell a-weeping, saying, "Where will all these
men be within a hundred years?" He wept to think
that all that mighty army would be in their graves
within a hundred years.
Ah, what cau ... read more
Whining and whimpering?
"My Beloved is mine, and I am His!" Song 2:16
"I know," says the spouse, "that Jesus Christ
is mine! I can with the greatest confidence
and boldness affirm it. He is . . .
my Justifier, ... read more
Who can show us any good?
"Many are askingWho can show us any good?"
The Lord Jesus Christ is . . .
the greatest good,
a universal good,
a matchless good,
an incomparable good,
an infinite good,
an eternal good,
the most suitable go ... read more
Who sees us? Who will know?
Atheism reigns in the hearts and lives of sinners.
The covetous make their gold their god.
The drunkard and glutton make their bellies their god.
The ambitious make honors their god.
The voluptuous make pleasures their god.
The religion ... read more
Whom God loves once
"I have loved you with an everlasting love!" Jer. 31:3
O sirs! the covenant of grace is founded upon God's
everlasting love, upon God's unchangeable love, upon
God's free love. John 13:1, "Having loved His own who
were in the world, He loved t ... read more
"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
Most sinners in these days have brows of brass, and
whores' foreheadswhich cannot blush. They are
so far from b ... read more
Why is my pain unending?
"Why is my pain unending and my wound
grievous and incurable?" Jeremiah 15:18
Though God has always reason for what He doesyet
He is not bound to show us the reasons of His doings.
It is an evil and a dangerous thing to cavil at, or to
ques ... read more
Why should any living man complain
"Why should any living man complain when
punished for his sins?" Lamentations 3:39
Oh what a foolish, senseless, brutish, blockish thing it
is, for a man, a mortal man, a sinful man, a man on this
side hellto complain or murmur against a holy ... read more
Will He deny you a crust?
"He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for
us allhow will He not also, along with Him, graciously
give us all things?" Romans 8:32.
O Christian! all the attributes of God are so engaged
for you, that you cannot lack; and all the ... read more
Will you not trust Him for a crumb?
Believers should trust and lean upon God for lesser gifts.
Has God given you a crownand will you not trust Him for
a crumb? Has He given you a house which has "foundations,
whose builder and maker is God?" Has He given you "a kingdom
which ca ... read more
Without a rag on his back, or a penny in his purse!
"The Lord is my portion, says my soul; therefore
I will hope in Him." Lamentations 3:24
Lazarus having God for his portion, when he died he went
to heaven without a rag on his back, or a penny in his
purse! Whereas Dives, who did not have God ... read more
"Without holiness no one will see the Lord." Heb. 12:14
To 'see' implies both vision and fruition. Without holiness, no
manbe he high or low, noble or ignoble, rich or poor, etc.,
shall ever come to a blessed acquaintance with God here, or
t ... read more
Worse than sodomy!
"If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words,
shake the dust off your feet when you leave that house
or town. I assure you: It will be more tolerable on the
day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah
than for that town." Matth ... read more
Worshipers of the golden calf!
There is a great deal of worldliness, and earthly-mindedness,
and covetousness among the professing Christians of our day.
They are worshipers of the golden calf! O sirs! the world is
all shadow and vanity. The world is like Jonah's gourda man
m ... read more
Would he not stab it with a thousand wounds?
Sin never appears so odious, as when we behold it in the
red glass of Christ's sufferings. Can we look upon sin as
the occasion of all Christ's sufferings; can we look upon
sin as that which made Christ a curse, and which made
Him forsaken of Hi ... read more
Yellow and white guts and garbage
"You cannot serve both God and Money." Luke 16:13
Riches are the great god of the world, and are rather a
hindrance, than a help to heaven and happiness. Gold
and silver, which are but the yellow and white guts
and garbage of the earth, is fitly ... read more
You are Mine!
"But now, this is what the Lord saysHe who created
you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O IsraelFear not,
for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by
name; you are Mine!" Isaiah 43:1
"You are Minefor I have made you.
You are Minefor I ... read more
You are not sickbut dead!
"As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived am ... read more
You are the one who has done this!
"I was silent; I would not open my mouth, for You
are the one who has done this!" Psalm 39:9
In the words you may observe three things:
1. The person speaking, and that is, David. David
a king, David a saint, David 'a man after God's own
... read more
You have a greater interest in me, than I have in myself
The godly man gives himself up to God. The secret
language of the soul is this'Lord, here am I; do with
me what You please, I give up myself to be at Your
There was a good woman, who, when she was sick, being
asked whether she wer ... read more
You have afflicted me
"I know, O Lord, that Your laws are righteous,
and in faithfulness You have afflicted me."
"Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now
I obey Your word." Psalm 119:67
God's corrections are our instructions,
His lash ... read more
You have been long a-gathering rust
Oh! but my afflictions are greater than other
men's afflictions are! Oh! there is no affliction
like my affliction! How can I not murmur?
It may be your sins are greater than other men's
sins. If you have sinned against . . .
... read more
You should follow in His steps
"He who says he abides in Him, ought himself also
to walk even as He walked." 1 John 2:6
Christians are to set all Christ's moral actions before them
as a pattern for their imitation. In Christ's life, a Christian
may behold the picture or l ... read more
You take the goods
"As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants
for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?" Psalm 42:1-2
The rattle without the breast, will not satisfy the child,
the house without t ... read more
Your only hell
All your crosses and losses shall be so tempered by a
hand of heaven, as that they shall become wholesome
medicines. They shall be steps to your future glory. All
your present trials are your only hell; your heaven is
to come. And therefore be con ... read more