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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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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 crowned—which were made of herbs, leaves, and flowers. 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 people—we 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

Fading glory!
      "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 flowers—wither 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 lips—when 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 Indies—which 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 well—if 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 sins—to humble you and abase you before God. 2. God's free and rich and sovereign grace—to 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 pearl—for a pin; things of greatest worth and value—for a feather, a ribbon, a toy, a trifle. The foolish Indians prefer every toy and trifle—above 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 enemies—but none for their friend; how will you escape hanging in hell, who make provision for everything, yes, for all your lusts—but 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 sense—sets 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 trials—God 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 assurance
      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 here—and 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 Scripture—is false and mythical. They will not believe that there is a hell—until they come to feel themselves in hell—until 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 enjoyments—than part with their sins! Yes, they will rather part with God, Christ, and all the glory of heaven—than 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 hearts—and 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 Son—not His servant; His begotten Son—not His adopted Son; His only Son—and 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 time—that they undervalued the best things—but 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." Isaiah 1:25 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

God's eye
      "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 place—but 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 and assistance. 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

God's love-letter
      The Scripture is God's love-letter to men. Here the lamb may wade—and 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

Golden fools
       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

Grace, grace!
      "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 love—but 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 them—yet 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 it—rather 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 misled—Bad 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

Halifax nuts
      A man may be visibly holy—who 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 shells—with 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

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