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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.
Your spots and blots
"The Lord our righteousness." Jeremiah 23:6
"They are without fault before the throne of God." Rev. 14:5
Weak hearts are apt to sit down troubled and discouraged,
when they look upon that body of sin which is in them, and
those imperfections ... read more
Your unworthiness and unfitness
The apostle Paul tells you of some monstrous miscreants who were unrighteous, fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, extortioners; and yet these monsters of mankind, through the infinite goodness and free ... read more
Zeuxis died laughing at the picture of an old woman
As the life of man is very short, so it is very uncertain.
Now healthynow sick! Alive this hourand dead the next!
Death does not always give warning beforehand; sometimes
he gives the mortal blow suddenly; he comes behind with his
dart, and stri ... read more
'God' stamped and printed upon the soul
Christians! Your happiness on earth is your holiness; and in
heaven your highest happiness will be your perfect holiness.
Holiness differs nothing from happinessbut in name. Holiness
is happiness in the bud, and happiness is holiness at the full. ... read more