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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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Beautiful abominations
      Let a man's profession be ever so glorious, let him be ever so abundant in the performance of duties, let his desires after this and that holy thing be ever so strong —yet if his ends and aims are wrong, all his pretensions and performances are but b ... read more

Because you ate the loaves
      "Unto you therefore who believe, He is precious." 1 Peter 2:7 Christ is only precious to those who believe. As Christ is the Father's chief jewel, so He is your choicest jewel, is He not? Yes! The true Christian prizes Christ . . . ... read more

Below the ox and the donkey
      "The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master’s feeding-trough, but Israel does not know; My people do not understand." Isaiah 1:3 Ignorance is the source of all sin, the very well-spring from which all wickedness does issue. Ignorance . ... read more

Better than a golden head
      "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God." Matthew 5:8 A pure heart is better than a golden head. A heart full of holy affections is infinitely beyond a head full of curious notions. There is no jewel like that of holiness. ... read more

Big-bellied mercies
      "He has given unto us exceeding great and precious promises." 2 Peter 1:4 The promises are a precious book; every leaf drops myrrh and mercy. The promises are golden vessels, which are laden with the choicest jewels which heaven can afford, o ... read more

Birds' nests
      Saving faith will make a man set his feet, where other men sets their hearts. Faith looks with an eye of scorn and disdain upon the things of this world. "What," says faith, "are earthly treasures, compared to the treasures of heaven? What are ... read more

Blessed are the poor in spirit
      "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit;" that is—the broken and humble in heart, who has no high thoughts or conceits of himself—but is lowly in his own eyes, like a ... read more

Blessed are those who mourn
      "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." Matthew 5:4 "Blessed are those who mourn;" that is—such as who mourn for sin with an exceeding great mourning. "Blessed are those who mourn;" that is—those who mourn for sin wit ... read more

Books may preach
      Books may preach . . . when the author cannot, when the author may not, when the author dares not, yes, and which is more, when the author is not. ... read more

Broke her heart all in pieces
      The more a man apprehends of the love of God, and of the love of Christ—the more that person will grieve and mourn that he has offended, provoked, and grieved such a Father, and such a Son. The more clear and certain evidences a man has of the love an ... read more

But a flea-bite!
      Christian! Your present afflictions are not great—if compared with the afflictions and torments of many of the damned, who when they were in this world, never sinned at so high a rate as you have done! There are many now in hell, who never sinned ... read more

But as flea-bitings
      "Topheth has long been prepared; it has been made ready for the king. Its fire pit has been made deep and wide, with an abundance of fire and wood; the breath of the Lord, like a stream of burning sulfur, sets it ablaze." Isaiah 30:33 Alas! the brick ... read more

But the truth is
      Many there are, who are accounted . . . deep scholars, great linguists, profound philosophers, good grammarians, excellent mathematicians, sharp logicians, cunning politicians, fine rhetoricians, sweet musicians, etc. But the ... read more

But woe and alas!
      Suppose, say some, that a man were to endure the torments of hell as many years, and no more, as there are . . . sands on the sea-shore, drops of water in the sea, stars in heaven, leaves on the trees, blades of grass on the ground; ... read more

Can a worm ward off the blow of the Almighty?
      It is fruitless and futile to strive, to contest or contend with God. No man has ever got anything, by muttering or murmuring under the hand of God—except it has been more frowns, blows, and wounds. Those who will not lie quiet and still, when mer ... read more

Christ, by His death
      "He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree." 1 Peter 2:24 Certainly the whole punishment of body and soul which was due unto us—Christ our Redeemer suffered. Our blessed Savior bore all the sins of the elect. He suffered the whole punishmen ... read more

Christ's Love for us
      Let us stand still, and admire and wonder at the love of Jesus Christ to poor sinners; that Christ should rather die for us, than for the angels. They were creatures of a more noble extract, and in all probability might have brought greater revenues of gl ... read more

Christ's love-letter
      The whole of Scripture is but one entire love-letter, dispatched from the Lord Christ to His beloved spouse. Caecilia, a Roman maiden of noble parentage, always carried the New Testament with her, that she might still be a-reading in Christ's lo ... read more

Common grace
      Common grace never works a man thus to fear sin—but renewing grace does. Common convictions carry the soul out to look more on the evil which follows sin, rather than on the evil which is in sin. And hence it comes to pass, that souls under common convict ... read more

Conflicts against sin
      "I hate every false way." Psalm 119:104. The Hebrew signifies to hate with a deadly and irreconcilable hatred. A Christian conflicts against sin universally—the least as well as the greatest; the most profitable and the most pleasing sin, as w ... read more

Conformity to Christ in heart and life
      A more full conformity to Christ in heart and life, will make your lives a very heaven. As all good orators endeavor to be like Demosthenes—so all good Christians should endeavor to be like Jesus Christ; for therein lies their glory and perfection ... read more

Contentedly ignorant
      "For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:9 Take heed of curiosity, and of spending too much of your precious time in searching into those dark, concealed, myste ... read more

Contentedly ignorant
      Curiosity is one of the most dangerous engines, which the devil uses to undo souls with. When Satan observes that men do in good earnest set themselves to the obtaining of knowledge, then he strives to turn them to vain inquiries and curious specula ... read more

Contentment in every condition
      "I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living i ... read more

Could every damned sinner weep a whole ocean!
      "They will be tormented day and night forever and ever!" Revelation 20:10 Our earthly fires may be quenched and extinguished. The hottest flames, the greatest conflagrations have been quenched and extinguished by water. Fires on our heart ... read more

Crocodile sinners
      The unbeliever never leaves his sin till sin first leaves him. Did not death put a stop to his sin—he would never cease from sin. This may be illustrated by a similitude thus— a company of gamesters resolve to play all night; their candle, acciden ... read more

Cut off one head
      We may say of sin as some say of cats, that they have many lives. Just so—kill sin once and it will live again, kill it again and it will live again, etc. Sin oftentimes is like that monster Hydra—cut off one head and many will rise up in its plac ... read more

Dance and dine with the devil
       "Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices." 2 Corinthians 2:11 Sin is but a bitter sweet. That seeming sweet which is in sin will quickly vanish; and lasting shame, sorrow, horror, and terror will come ... read more

Death brings the soul to a state of eternal rest
      ("A Believer's Last Day, His Best Day") Revelation 14:13, "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord." Why? "They will rest from their labor." A believer's last day is his best day! Death brings the soul to a state of eternal rest. Death ... read more

Death is a change of company
      ("A Believer's Last Day, His Best Day") A believer's last day is his best day! Death is a change of company. In this world, the godliest man must live with the wicked, and converse with the wicked, etc.; and this is a part of their misery; it ... read more

Death is a change of enjoyments
      ("A Believer's Last Day, His Best Day") A believer's last day is his best day! Death is a change of enjoyments. Death is a change of our more dark and obscure enjoyment of God—for a more clear and sweet enjoyment of God. The best believer in ... read more

Death puts an end to all changes
      ("A Believer's Last Day, His Best Day") A believer's last day is his best day! Death puts an end to all changes. What is the whole life of a man—but a life of changes? Here on earth, you often change . . . your joy for sorrow, your he ... read more

Despair
      Continual imprisonment in hell, arises from man's not being able to pay the price. The wicked go to hell as their prison, because they can never pay their debts. The damned must bear the wrath of God to all eternity, because they can never satisf ... read more

Devils in their homes!
      A true Christian will endeavor to obey God in relative duties. He will not only hear, and pray, and read, and meditate, and fast, and mourn—but he will labor to be godly in domestic relationships. Remember this forever—everyone is that in realit ... read more

Devour me, devour me!
      Assurance will sweeten the thoughts of death— and all the aches, pains, weaknesses, sicknesses, and diseases—which are the forerunners of death; yes, it will make a man look and long for death. Nazianzen said to the king of terrors, "Devour me, ... read more

Different measures and degrees of holiness
      All saints are not alike holy. Some are more holy, and others are less holy; in some saints the springs of holiness runs low, in others the springs of holiness rise very high. Holiness thrives not alike in all saints. God never distributes holines ... read more

Dirt handsomely fashioned
      "The Lord God formed the man out of the dust from the ground." Genesis 2:7 Our bodies are but dirt handsomely fashioned. We derive our pedigree from the dust, and are akin to clay. Such as have most pampered their bodies—have been the greate ... read more

Dirt, handsomely fashioned
      "All your life you will sweat to produce food, until your dying day. Then you will return to the ground from which you came. For you were made from dust, and to the dust you will return." Genesis 3:19. Our bodies are but dirt, handsomely fashio ... read more

Diseases, aches, sicknesses, pains
      Diseases, aches, sicknesses, pains—they are all the daughters of sin, and he who is not sensible of them as the births and products of sin, does but add to his sin, and provokes the Lord to add to his sufferings. Is. 26:9-11 No man shall ever be ... read more

Distasteful temptations
      No man is the less loved by God, because he is tempted. Those whom God loves best—are usually tempted most. Witness David, Job, Joshua, Peter, Paul, yes, Christ Himself— who, as He was beloved above all others, so He was tempted above all others! H ... read more

Divine knowledge
      "The discerning heart seeks knowledge." Proverbs 15:14 Saving knowledge is always attended with holy endeavors, and with heavenly desires, thirstings, and pantings after a further knowledge of God, after clearer visions of God. The Hebrew word ... read more

Divine leaven
      The principle of regeneration, and seed of grace, which God lays into the soul of every penitent person at first conversion —is a universal principle, a principle which spreads itself over all the faculties of the soul. In regeneration there is infus ... read more

Divinely covetous
      He who is truly holy will be still a-reaching and stretching himself out after higher degrees of holiness. Yes, a man who is truly holy can never be holy enough; he sets no bounds nor limits to his holiness; the perfection of holiness is the mark ... read more

Do not be overawed
      "This is what the wicked are like—always carefree, they increase in wealth. When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me—until I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny. Surely You place them on slipper ... read more

Do not fear death
      ("A Believer's Last Day, His Best Day") Death is not such as some would paint it. Never mourn immoderately at the death of any believer. Death is not the death of the man—but the death of his sin. Death is to them the greatest gain. Remem ... read more

Do not judge a minister . . .
      "Consider carefully what you hear." Mark 4:24 It is sad to see how many preachers in our days, make it their business to enrich men's heads with high, empty, airy notions; instead of enriching their souls with saving truths. Fix yourself u ... read more

Dolls and rattles
      The thoughts and hearts of weak Christians are more taken up with the good things they have from Christ— than with Christ Himself. Oh, their graces, their comforts, their enlargements, their meltings, and their warmings, are the things which most a ... read more

Dress modestly
      "I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God." 1 Tim. 2:9-10 One says, "If women adorn ... read more

Drones and ciphers
      Does the bee gather honey for itself? Does the sheep yield wool for itself? "Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus." Philippians 2 ... read more

Dust and ashes
      Gen. 18:27, "And Abraham answered and said, Behold, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, who am but dust and ashes." Here you have the father of the faithful, the greatest believer in the world, accounting himself dust and ashes. Solemnl ... read more

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