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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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Living by faith
      "We live by faith, not by sight." 2 Corinthians 5:7 Living by faith brings the soul to sit down satisfied in the naked enjoyments of God. Living by faith dries up the springs of . . . pride, self-love, impatience, murmuring, unbeli ... read more

Loathsome thoughts
      "You will remember your conduct and all the actions by which you have defiled yourselves, and you will loathe yourselves for all the evil you have done." Ezekiel 20:43 True repentance includes a loathing and abhorring of sin, and of ourselves f ... read more

Look to your walking
      "The Lord will give grace and glory, and no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly." Psalm 84:11 If ever you would be spiritually rich, look to your walking. It is not the knowing soul, nor the talking soul—but the close-walk ... read more

Look upon death
      Look upon death as that which is best. "Better is the day of death, than the day of one's birth." Ecclesiastes 7:1 "I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far." Philippians 1:23 The Greek is very significant—"far, far ... read more

Lord, You know
       The true child of God is able to say, "Lord, You know, that though I have had many and great failings—yet there are no beloved sins, no bosom sins, no darling sins, which are chargeable upon me! Lord, You know . . . 1. That there is no known s ... read more

Make a football of Pharaoh's crown!
       "By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter and chose to suffer with the people of God rather than to enjoy the short-lived pleasure of sin. For he considered reproach for the sake of the Messiah t ... read more

Man is not born with heavenly light in his heart
      "For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ." 2 Corinthians 4:6 God gives spiritual light, which is a mercy of ... read more

Many are the afflictions of the righteous
      The choicest saints are "born to troubles as the sparks fly upwards", Job 5:7. "Many are the afflictions of the righteous." Psalm 34:19. God, who is infinite in wisdom and matchless in goodness, has ordered troubles, yes, many troubles to come ... read more

Many divine miracles
      "Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new!" 2 Corinthians 5:17 In every saved person, there are many divine miracles; there is . . . a dead man—restored to life, ... read more

Matchless and incomparable riches of free grace
      God will have all blessings and happiness to flow from His free grace: (1.) that the worst of sinners may have strong grounds for hope and comfort; (2.) for the praise of His own glory; (3.) that vain man may not boast; (4.) that our mercies a ... read more

Meditate, practice, pray
      You must meditate and dwell upon what you read; otherwise your pains and mine will be lost. The more any man is in the contemplation of truth, the more deep and firm impression is made upon his heart by truth. Heavenly meditation brings out the sw ... read more

Merrily on in the way to hell
      "Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life." Matthew 25:46 Certainly there is a hell, a place of torment provided and prepared for all wicked and ungodly people. Ah, how many are there that rejoice to do e ... read more

Misery here—and hell hereafter
      ("Hypocrites Detected, Anatomized, Impeached, Arraigned and Condemned" 1650) "Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry." Col. 3:5. You m ... read more

Mixed or unmixed?
      "God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all." 1 John 1:5 Light expels darkness, it never mixes nor mingles with it. God is a pure and an unmixed light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him. Light is the most unmixed substance ... read more

More comforts, sweetness, and pleasantness
      A holy life affords the greatest ground of rejoicing. There is no pleasure nor felicity compared to that which flows from the ways of sanctity. The sweetest roses, the strongest comforts, and the greatest pleasantness—is to be found in the ways ... read more

More suitable to swine!
      There is no earthly portion which can suit an immortal soul; he is a fool upon record who said, "Soul, you have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry," Luke 12:18-20. If the man had the soul of a sw ... read more

More ugly and horrid than the devil himself!
      What bosom sin is there so sweet or profitable that is worth a-burning in hell for, or worth a-shutting out of heaven for? Surely none! This a gracious soul seriously weighs, and accordingly he sets himself against the toad in his bosom—against hi ... read more

Most of hell in their souls
      That those who have . . . most of hell in their mouths, and most of hell in their hearts, and most of hell in their lives—should have most of hell in their souls at last, is but justice. ... read more

Mourning for sin and holy joy
      "As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing." 2 Corinthians 6:10 Godly sorrow is the parent of holy joy; a godly man's mourning time is his most joyful time. Tears are the breeders of spiritual joy. A holy man's heart is usually fullest of joy—when ... read more

Murder all his hearers at once!
      "The leaders of the people have led them down the path of destruction." Isaiah 9:16 Take heed of settling yourselves under an unholy minister —of one whose life gives the lie to his doctrine. An unholy preacher is the greatest destroyer of the s ... read more

Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod - Part 1
      "Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod" or, "The Silent Soul with Sovereign Antidotes" by Thomas Brooks, 1659, London. "I was silent; I would not open my mouth, for You are the one who has done this!" Psalm 39:9 (A Christian with an Ol ... read more

Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod -Part 2
      "Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod" or, "The Silent Soul with Sovereign Antidotes" by Thomas Brooks, 1659, London. "I was silent; I would not open my mouth, for You are the one who has done this!" Psalm 39:9 IV. WHY must Christi ... read more

Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod -Part 3
      "Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod" or, "The Silent Soul with Sovereign Antidotes" by Thomas Brooks, 1659, London. "I was silent; I would not open my mouth, for You are the one who has done this!" Psalm 39:9 I shall now address mys ... read more

Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod -Part 4
      "Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod" or, "The Silent Soul with Sovereign Antidotes" by Thomas Brooks, 1659, London. "I was silent; I would not open my mouth, for You are the one who has done this!" Psalm 39:9 Objection 8. Oh! But ... read more

My Friend
      Christ is a universal Friend. He is an omnipotent Friend, an almighty Friend. He is an omniscient Friend. He is an omnipresent Friend. He is an unfailing Friend. He is an independent Friend. He is an unchangeable Friend. He is a watc ... read more

My times
      "My times are in Your hands," says David, Psalm 31:15. Not only the times of his sorrows—but also the times of his comforts; not only the times of his miseries—but also the times of his mercies; not only the times of his dangers—but also the tim ... read more

Names which the Holy Spirit has given them
      Always look upon wicked men, under those names and notions which the Scripture describes them, such as: lions for their fierceness, bears for their cruelty, dragons for their hideousness, dogs for their filthiness, wolves for their sub ... read more

Neither Christ nor heaven can be hyperbolized!
      What are all . . . the silks of Persia, the spices of Egypt, the gold of Ophir, and the treasures of both Indies— compared to the glory of heaven? "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for ... read more

Neither the devil nor his imps
      "The LORD foils the plans of the nations; He thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people He chose fo ... read more

Never will I leave you
      "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." Hebrews 13:5 These Hebrew Christians had been plundered of all they had (Hebrews 10: ... read more

Nibbling at Satan's golden baits!
      ". . . the deceitfulness of sin." Hebrews 3:13 Sin is of a very deceitful and bewitching nature. It will kiss the soul, and look enticing to the soul, and yet betray the soul forever. It will with Delilah smile upon us—that it may betray us int ... read more

No cause to murmur or complain
      One lesson that you are to learn under the afflictive rod of God, is to humbly to kiss the rod, and patiently and quietly to lie under the rod, until the Lord shall either give you a gracious, or a glorious, deliverance from it. What is the rod— ... read more

No dirty dogs shall ever trample upon that golden pavement
      Throughout the Scriptures, unholy people are branded, to their everlasting contempt—with the worst appellations. They are the most dangerous, and the most harmful beings in the world, and therefore are emblemized . . . by lions—for they are cruel ... read more

No hand but a divine hand
      "God makes my heart soft." Job 23:16 Sorrow for sin is one part of true repentance. A sincere mourning is a deep mourning; it springs from serious and deep apprehensions of the great anger and deep displeasure of God, and of the woeful nature ... read more

No mind has imagined
      Surely there is no believer but who finds that sometimes sin interrupts his joy, and sometimes Satan disturbs his joy, and sometimes afflictions eclipse his joy. Sometimes the cares of the world, and sometimes the snares of the world, and sometime ... read more

No one can snatch them out of My hand
      "My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please." Isaiah 46:10 "The plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations." Psalm 33:11 "Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the ... read more

No sin, no sinner, no devil!
      "An undefiled inheritance." 1 Peter 1:4 There are few earthly inheritances—but some defilement or other sticks close to them. Many times they are gotten by fraud, oppression, violence, injustice, etc. And as they are often wickedly gotten—so th ... read more

Not all the powers of hell
      The covenant of grace is founded . . . upon God's free love, upon God's everlasting love, upon God's special and peculiar love, upon God's unchangeable love— so that God can as soon cease to be, as He can cease to love those whom He has ... read more

Not one unholy one among them all!
      "Without holiness no one will see the Lord." Hebrews 12:14 O, do not deceive your own souls! Holiness is of absolute necessity; without it you shall never see the Lord! There are many thousand thousands now in heaven—but not one unholy one am ... read more

Nothing will grow where gold grows
      "Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they pleaded with Him to leave their region." Matthew 8:34 Many prefer the world before Christ; yes, the worst of the world before the best of Christ! The Gergesenes preferr ... read more

O friends! remember this once for all
      "Cleanse me from my hidden faults." Psalm 19:12 "I hate vain thoughts." Psalm 119:113 A gracious soul conflicts most with heart-sins, and is most affected with spiritual sins, and laments and mourns most over secret sins—invisible sins—sins ... read more

Oh dash these brats of Babylon in pieces!
      "Cleanse me from secret faults." Psalm 19:12 The Christian's greatest and hottest conflicts, are against those inward pollutions, and secret sins, which are only obvious to the eye of God and their own souls. The hypocrite combats with tho ... read more

Oh how sweet is!
      "Better the little that the righteous have, than the wealth of many wicked." Psalm 37:16 The righteous man's mite, is better than the wicked man's millions. The righteous man has his little, from the special love and favor of God. Lazarus ... read more

Oh remember
      Oh remember that at such a time you went into your prayer closets with hard hearts, and dry eyes; but before you came out of your closets, ah, how sweetly, how graciously, how powerfully were you melted, and humbled before the Lord! Oh remember how t ... read more

Oh stand and wonder!
      "How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!" 1 John 3:1 O sirs! what matter of admiration is this—that the great and glorious God, who has many millions of glorious angels attending Him—that H ... read more

Oh stand and wonder!
      "Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us—that we should be called the sons of God." 1 John 3:1 It is an infinite condescension in God, to honor us with the title of sons, and therefore we should never think of it, nor ever s ... read more

One continued web of wickedness
      "No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God." 1 John 3:9 That is, they do not allow themselves in the practice of any iniquity. Gracious souls do ... read more

One dead fly
      No hypocrite is totally divorced from the love and liking of every known sin. There is still some secret lust, which as a sweet morsel he rolls under his tongue, and will not spit it out. Every hypocrite lives under the dominion and reign of one b ... read more

One infinite perfection
      "Every man at his best state is altogether vanity." Psalm 39:5 Man at his best state is such a great piece of vanity, that he stands in need of a thousand thousand things; he needs . . . the air to breathe in, the earth to bear him, ... read more

One puddle, if we wallow in it
      One sin stripped the fallen angels of all their glory. One sin stripped our first parents of all their dignity and excellency. One fly in the box of precious ointment spoils the whole box. One thief may rob a man of all his treasure. One ... read more

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