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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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Earthly crowns are like tennis-balls
1 Peter 5:4 "You will receive the crown of glory that
will never fade away,"as the garlands faded, with
which the conquerors at games, races, and combats
were crownedwhich were made of herbs, leaves,
A crown imports perpetuity ... read more
"I am God Almighty" Genesis 35:11
In Hebrew, it is "I am El-Shaddai."
El-Shaddai signifies omnipotence
and sufficiency. God is . . .
an all-sufficient good,
a self-sufficient good,
an independent good,
an absolute good,
an origi ... read more
One of the first works of the Spirit is to make a man to
look upon all his sins as enemies; yes, as his greatest
enemies, and to deal with his sins as enemies, and to
hate and loathe them as enemies, and to fear them
as enemies, and to arm against t ... read more
Enthralled with the doll or the rattle
"O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek You; my
soul thirsts for You, my body longs for You, in a dry
and weary land where there is no water. I have seen
You in the sanctuary and beheld Your power and Your
glory. Because Your love is better than ... read more
It is the justice of envy to torment the envious.
Therefore, shun it as you would poison in your food,
or a serpent in the way. A man were better off having
a serpent tumbling up and down in his bowels, than
to have envy gnawing in his soul.
Env ... read more
Eternal safety, security and felicity
As long as Jesus Christ has all power to defend
His people, and all wisdom and knowledge to
guide and govern His people, and all dominion
to curb the enemies of His peoplewe may
soundly conclude of their eternal safety,
security and felicity.
... read more
Every twig has a voice!
"The voice of the Lord calls out to the city (and it is
wise to fear Your name,) "Pay attention to the
rod and the One who ordained it." Micah 6:9
Christians should hear the rod, and kiss the rod, and
sit mute and silent under God's rod.
C ... read more
Everything on this side hell is mercy
Oh! labor every day to be more humble and more
low and little in your own eyes. 'Who am I,' says
the humble soul'but that God should cross me in
this mercy, and take away that mercy, and pass a
sentence of death upon every mercy? I am not
wor ... read more
"An inheritance which does not fade away." 1 Peter 1:4
This is a metaphor taken from flowers. The beauty
of flowers, and the sweetness of flowerswither in
a moment, and are quickly gone. And then they are
good for nothing but to be cast upon t ... read more
Failings and infirmities
God will never cast off His people for their failings and infirmities.
First, It is the glory of a man to pass by infirmities, Proverbs 19:11. Oh how much more, then, must it be the glory of God to pass by the infirmities of His people!
Secondly, Sa ... read more
Fair professors who are foul sinners
There are many fair professors who are foul sinners
who have much of God on their lipswhen they have
nothing but sin and hell in their hearts and lives. These
men's lives shame their profession. Such professors . . .
live in a course of sin,
... read more
Faith realizes eternal realities
Faith should set and fix upon that glory, blessedness, and life, which God has laid up for those who love Him. The things of eternity are the greatest things, they are the most excellent things. They are most excellent in their natures, in their causes, i ... read more
Far greater worth
One grain of grace is of far greater worth, than all the
gold of Ophir and all the silver of the Indieswhich are
but the guts and garbage of the earth. The gleanings,
the smallest gatherings of the riches of Christ, are far
better, more excellent ... read more
Father knows best!
"Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they
thought best; but God disciplines us for our good,
that we may share in His holiness." Hebrews 12:10.
What God, our Father wills, is best.
When He wills sickness, sickness is better than ... read more
Feast the slave, and starve the wife?
Make it more and more your chief work to make plentiful
provisions for the eternal welfare of your souls. Your souls
are more worth than ten thousand worlds. All is wellif
your soul is well. If that is safe, all is safe. If that is lost,
all is l ... read more
Fetch out the dirt and spots
"I will turn my hand against you; I will thoroughly
purge away your dross and remove all your
impurities." Isaiah 1:25
By severe providences and by fiery trials, God designs
the growth of His people in grace. Usually the graces of
the saints ... read more
First place in your thoughts
Friends, these things must have first place in your thoughts:
1. Your sinsto humble you and abase you before God.
2. God's free and rich and sovereign graceto soften and
melt you down into submission to His holy will.
3. The Lord Jesus ... read more
Flee from the occasions of sin!
Whatever has the least appearance of evil, shun it, as you
would do a serpent in your way, or poison in your food.
To venture upon the occasion of sin, and then to pray,
'Lead us not into temptation,' is as to thrust your finger
into the fire, ... read more
Fool away their souls
Christ made a very fair offer to the young man in the
Gospel, "Go and sell all that you have, and give to the poor,
and you shall have treasure in heaven," Matthew 19:21.
Here Christ offers . . .
heavenly treasures for earthly treasures,
unm ... read more
For the toys and trifles of this world
Natural fools make the most stupid and injurious exchanges.
They will exchange a pearlfor a pin; things of greatest worth
and valuefor a feather, a ribbon, a toy, a trifle. The foolish
Indians prefer every toy and trifleabove their mines of gold. ... read more
For toys and trifles
If they deserve a hanging, who feast their slaves,
and starve their wives; who make provision for their
enemiesbut none for their friend; how will you
escape hanging in hell, who make provision for
everything, yes, for all your lustsbut make no ... read more
Four things which God cannot do
"You are of purer eyes than to behold evil,
and cannot look on iniquity." Hab. 1:13
There are four things which God cannot do:
(1.) He cannot lie.
(2.) He cannot die.
(3.) He cannot deny Himself.
(4.) He cannot look with a favorable eye ... read more
From belly to cards or dice
"Those who wear expensive clothes and indulge
in luxury are in palaces." Luke 7:25
"There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and
fine linen and lived in luxury every day." Luke 16:19
"The rich man also died and was buried. In hell,
... read more
From burning to burning!
The Spirit of God, in Scripture, by metaphors of all sorts
of things which are dreadful unto sensesets forth the
condition of the damned, and the torments which He has
reserved for them in the life to come. Hell's punishments
do infinitely excee ... read more
Fuel to your lusts, and quenchers of your graces
By severe providences and fiery trialsGod designs
the preventing of sin. Prudent physicians sometimes
give harsh medicines to prevent diseases; and so
does the Physician of souls. Sharp trials preserve
the saints from spiritual putrefying, and fr ... read more
Fully, completely and perfectly
"I will be their God, and they will be My people.
For I will forgive their wickedness and will
remember their sins no more." Heb. 8:10, 12
God will pardon the sins of His people fully,
completely and perfectly. Neither the . . .
many kinds ... read more
Genuine holiness will yield you a heaven hereafter; but
genuine assurance will yield you a heaven here. He
who has holiness and knows it, shall have two heavens
a heaven of joy, comfort, peace, contentment, and
assurance hereand a heaven of happi ... read more
Get out of My sight!
Many now-a-days say there is no hell. Multitudes think that all that is spoken of hell in Scriptureis false and mythical. They will not believe that there is a helluntil they come to feel themselves in helluntil they find everlasting flames about their ... read more
Glued to their lusts
Sinners' hearts are so glued to their lusts, that they
will rather part with their nearest, dearest, and choicest
enjoymentsthan part with their sins! Yes, they will rather
part with God, Christ, and all the glory of heaventhan
they will part w ... read more
God eyes them
Though our private desires are ever so confused, though our
private requests are ever so broken, and though our private
groanings are ever so hidden from men, yet God eyes them,
records them, and puts them upon the file of heaven, and will
one day cro ... read more
God has an iron memory
"This is the covenant that I will make with them after
those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws on their
hearts, and I will write them on their minds, I will
never again remember their sins and their
lawless acts." Hebrews 10:16-17
The ... read more
God judges His people
God judges His people by their sincerity and the general
bent and frame of their heartsand not by what they are
under some pangs of passion, or in an hour of temptation.
His eye is more upon His people's inward disposition, than
it is upon the ... read more
God so loved the world
"God so loved the world, that He gave
His only-begotten Son." John 3:16.
Oh! what kind of love is this, for God to give . . .
His Sonnot His servant;
His begotten Sonnot His adopted Son;
His only Sonand not one son of many.
We see he ... read more
God takes away the creature
("A Believer's Last Day, His Best Day")
Diogenes noted the folly of the men of his timethat
they undervalued the best thingsbut overvalued the
worst things. Ah, that this were not the sin and shame
of professors in these days!
God sometim ... read more
God would not rub so hard
"I will turn My hand against you and will burn away
your dross completely; I will remove all your impurities."
Afflictions cleanse and purge away the dross, the filth,
and the scum of the Christian.
All the harm the fire did ... read more
God's bag and bottle
"My transgression is sealed up in a bag,
and You sew up my iniquity." Job 14:17
"You keep track of all my sorrows. You have
collected all my tears in your bottle. You have
recorded each one in Your book." Psalm 56:8
God counted all those w ... read more
"Lord! all my desire is before You; and my groaning
is not hidden from You." Psalm 38:9
We cannot get into any blind hole, or dark corner, or
secret placebut the Lord has an eye there, the Lord
will keep us company there. There is not the dar ... read more
God's gracious presence and assistance
"Lo, I am with you always," Matthew 28:20
This is a promise of God's gracious presence
Lo, I am with you, to own you!
Lo, I am with you, to counsel and direct you!
Lo, I am with you, to cheer and comfort you!
Lo, I a ... read more
The Scripture is God's love-letter to men. Here the
lamb may wadeand here the elephant may swim!
The blessed Scriptures are of infinite worth
and value! Here you may find . . .
a remedy for every disease,
balm for every wound,
a plaster ... read more
God's preacher in the heart
"I strive always to keep my conscience clear before
God and man." Acts 24:16
Conscience is God's preacher in the heart. Conscience
is a thousand witnesses for or against a man. Those who
dally and tamper with this sin or that sin, develop a gui ... read more
God's preacher in the heart
"They show that the requirements of the law are
written on their hearts, their consciences also
bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing,
now even defending them." Romans 2:14-15
Conscience is God's preacher in the heart.
In the gr ... read more
God's spy in the heart
Conscience is God's spy in the heart.
'Conscience,' says Philo, 'is the little tribunal of the soul.
Conscience is a thousand witnesses, for or against a man.
Conscience is a court of record, and whatever it sees it
writes down; and conscien ... read more
And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things
laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and
be merry!" But God said to him, "You fool! This very
night your life will be demanded from you. Then who
will get what you have pre ... read more
"That no flesh should glory in His presence." 1 Corinthians 1:29
God does not look for any goodness or merit in the creature to draw
His lovebut He will justify, pardon, and save for His name's sake. All
the motives which move God to show mercy ... read more
Great is your reward in heaven!
"Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with Me,
and I will give to everyone according to what he
has done." Revelation 22:12
Though God does not reward men simply for their
works, namely, for the merit of themyet He rewards
according to the ... read more
Greek and Hebrew
A holy minister aims at the glory of God in all that he does.
He labors to hide and conceal all his human excellencies,
which may in any way tend to obscure, eclipse, or darken
the glory of God.
"My message and my preaching were not with wise
... read more
Growth in grace
Commonly the Christian's spiritual growth in grace,
is carried on by such divine methods, and in such
ways as might seem to deaden grace, and weaken
itrather than any ways to augment and increase it.
We know that winter is as necessary to bring ... read more
Guilt or grief is all you shall gain
"Do not be misledBad company corrupts good character."
1 Corinthians 15:33
As he who walks in the sun will be tanned, and he who
touches pitch will be defiled; so he who associates himself
with the wicked will be tainted and polluted.
... read more
A man may be visibly holywho is not inwardly holy.
A man may have an outward dress of holiness upon him
who has not the spirit and vitality of holiness in him.
They say of Halifax nuts, that they are all shellswith
no kernels. Just so, there a ... read more
As for worldly riches, the godly have always despised them,
and preferred a contemplative life above them! The prophet
calls them "thick clay," which will sooner break the back, than
lighten the heart. Worldly riches cannot better the soul, they
... read more