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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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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 glory—nor do us any good. There is little difference —as to the comfor ... read more

Unholy ministers
      "Watch your life and doctrine closely." 1 Timothy 4:16 Heavenly doctrines should always be adorned with a heavenly life. Ministers must preach Christ as well in their life—as 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
      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 eyes—and yet is not washed from their filthiness." Proverbs 30:12 They were very bad—and 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 us—that 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 strengthens me. 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 Gentlemen—Do you think that it is good to be going to hell—that it is good to be dwelling with everlasting burnings—that 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." Psalm 17:14 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 darkness—but 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 God—is 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 them—which could move God to bestow ... read more

Whatever weather pleases God—pleases 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 poison—runs 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 this—That 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 wrath—than 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 men—that 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." Revelation 3:19 "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 life—whom 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 God—it 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 Head, my Husband, my Lord, my Redeemer, my Justifier, ... read more

Who can show us any good?
      "Many are asking—Who can show us any good?" Psalm 4:6 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

Whores' foreheads
      "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' foreheads—which 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 does—yet 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 hell—to 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 all—how 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 crown—and 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
      "Without holiness no one will see the Lord." Heb. 12:14 To 'see' implies both vision and fruition. Without holiness, no man—be 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 gourd—a 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 says—He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel—Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are Mine!" Isaiah 43:1 "You are Mine—for I have made you. You are Mine—for I ... read more

You are not sick—but 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 disposal.' 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." Psalm 119:75 "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 . . . more light, ... 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

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