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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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One sigh and groan
Some may think that they lack the ability to pour
out their souls before the Lord in secret. I answer,
You cannot pray; but can you not sigh? can you not
groan? There may be the Spirit of adoption in sighs
and groans, as well as in vocal prayer. T ... read more
One sin allowed, wallowed and tumbled in
To turn from some sinsbut not from all, is gross hypocrisy.
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 ... read more
One sin never goes alone
Little sins make way for greater sins.
Cain's anger is seconded with murder.
Ahab's covetousness is attended with bloody cruelty.
Jeroboam's rebellion is attended with idolatry.
Judas' thievery is attended with treason.
One sin com ... read more
One unmortified lust!
It is not your strongest resolutions or purposes, without
the grace of the Spirit, which can overmaster a lust. A
soul-sore will continue to runthough we resolve and
say it shall not. It was the blood of the sacrifice, and
the oil, which cleansed ... read more
Christians serve a wonderful Master.
They serve Him who is . . .
all ear to hear them,
all hand to uphold them,
all power to protect them,
all wisdom to direct them,
all goodness to relieve them,
all mercy to pardon them.
They ser ... read more
("Hypocrites Detected, Anatomized, Impeached,
Arraigned and Condemned" 1650)
God is optimum maximumthe best, and the greatest.
God is . . .
all ear to hear,
all hand to punish,
all power to protect,
all wisdom to direct,
all goo ... read more
Oramuzes' happiness egg
"Whoever loves money never has money enough;
whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his
income." Ecclesiastes 5:10
He who is not contented with a little, will never
be satisfied with much. Money of itself, cannot
satisfy any desire of ... read more
Other men's sins
By other men's sins, a holy man is put in mind of the
badness of his own heart. Bernard makes mention of an
old man, who, when he saw any man sin, lamented and
wept for him; and being asked why he grieved so, for
other men's sins, answered, "He ... read more
Our present sufferings
Such is the splendor, the brightness, the glory,
the happiness, and blessednesswhich is reserved
for the saints in heaventhat had I all the tongues of
men on earth, and all the excellencies of the angels in
heavenyet I would not be able to conce ... read more
Our safety and security
"Though he stumbles, he will not fall, for the Lord
upholds him with His hand." Psalm 37:24
The Hebrew particle notes a continued act of God. God
has still His everlasting arms under His people, so that
they shall never totally nor finally fall ... read more
Out of pious duties!
Ah, how lively, how warm, how enlarged, how holy, how
humble, how heavenly, how spiritual, how serious, how
zealous, how pious, how gracious are manyin pious
duties; but ah! how dead, how cold, how straitened, how
unholy, how proud, how worldly ... read more
Painted and gilded over
"Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we
are not ignorant of his devices." 2 Corinthians 2:11
Satan knows that if he would present sin in its own nature
and dress, the soul would rather fly from it than yield to it;
and therefore he p ... read more
"Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for
you devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make
long prayers; therefore you shall receive the greater
damnation." Matthew 23:14
Who had a greater name for holiness, and who made a
grea ... read more
Pambus wept when he saw a harlot
What labor and pains worldlings take to obtain the vain
things of this lifeto obtain the poor things of this world,
which are but shadows and dreams, and mere nothings!
Oh! how should this stir and provoke Christians to be up
and doing, to labo ... read more
"Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose
sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord
does not count against him." Psalm 32:1-2
A pardoned soul must be a very blessed soul.
Ah, souls! of all mercies, pardoning mercy i ... read more
Paulinus Nolanus, when his city was taken from
him, prayed thus, "Lord! let me not be troubled at
the loss of my gold, silver, honorfor You are all,
and much more than all these unto me!"
Christian! In the absence of all your sweetest
enjoy ... read more
Peccatum est Deicidium
"The deceitfulness of sin." Hebrews 3:13
Sin . . .
has its original from a deceitful subtle serpent,
is the ground of all the deceit in the world,
is the great deceiver of souls.
Sin . . .
debases the soul of man,
defiles and po ... read more
Perpetual fuel to the flames of hell!
Our earthly fire destroys and consumes whatever is cast
into it. It turns all combustibles into ashes. But the fire of
hell is not of that nature. The fire of hell consumes nothing
which is cast into it. It ragesbut it does not consume or
destroy ... read more
Pleasure, delight, contentment and satisfaction in God
There are no people under heaven, who take any real
pleasure, delight, contentment and satisfaction
in Godbut those who are genuinely holy.
"How is your Beloved better than others, most beautiful
of women? How is your Beloved better than others ... read more
Pray without ceasing
"Persistent in prayer." Romans 12:12
The Greek is a metaphor taken from hunting dogs, which
never give up the chase until they have got their prey.
A Christian must not only praybut hold on in prayer,
until he has got the heavenly prize.
" ... read more
Preach forth the virtues of Christ
"For you are a chosen people. You are a kingdom of priests,
God's holy nation, His very own possession. This is so you can
show others the goodness (or virtues) of God, for He called you
out of the darkness into His wonderful light." 1 Peter 2:9 ... read more
There are many precious promises of God's . . .
defending His church,
hearing the cries of His people,
arising for their relief and support.
These precious promises are grounded upon all the
glorious attributes of God, namely, His power, lov ... read more
Pursue after holiness
"Pursue . . . holinesswithout it no one will see
the Lord." Hebrews 12:14
O sirs, shall the ambitious person pursue after his honors,
and the voluptuous person after his pleasures, and the
worldling pursue after his gain, and the wanton pursue ... read more
Rather be Satan's bond-slaves
Most shall continue obstinate and impenitent in their ungodly
courses and practices, as men resolved rather to go to hell
than to heaven, and to be forever unhappy rather than they
will be holy, Isaiah 43:10, 12, and 44:8. Woe, woe to them
forever ... read more
Rattles and baubles
Weak Christians are usually much concerned and taken
up with the poor base things of this world. They are
much in carking and caring for them, and in pursuing
and hunting greedily after them. All which does clearly
evidencethat their graces are v ... read more
"For you know that it was not with perishable
things such as silver or gold that you were
redeemed from the empty way of life handed
down to you from your forefathers." 1 Pet. 1:18
Christ redeems us from all sinand from all the
consequences ... read more
Rejoice that your names are written in heaven!
"And anyone whose name was not found recorded
in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire!"
"Rejoice that your names are written in heaven!"
It is matter of the greatest joy in the world, for ... read more
Rememberyou are but mortal!
"You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
the span of my years is as nothing before You.
Each man's life is but a breath!" Psalm 39:5.
Ah! Can you seriously consider of the brevity of man's
lifeand trifle away your time, the offers of gra ... read more
Rich Felix had no leisure to hear poor Paul
"Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom
to show restraint. Cast but a glance at riches, and they
are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off
to the sky like an eagle." Proverbs 23:4-5
The only thing certain about rich ... read more
Rich in spiritual experiences
The mature Christian is rich in spiritual experiences.
Oh! the experiences that he has . . .
of the ways of God,
of the workings of God,
of the word of God,
of the love of God!
Oh! the divine stories that old Christians can tell . . . ... read more
Riches, prosperity, and worldly glory
"It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a
needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom
of God!" Matthew 19:24
"Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of
the misery that is coming upon you. Your wealth has
rotted ... read more
Righteousness exalts a nation
"Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a
disgrace to any people." Proverbs 14:34
It is not valor in warbut righteousness;
it is not policy in governmentbut righteousness;
it is not wittiness of inventionbut righteousness;
it is not civ ... read more
Satan promises the best
Satan promises the bestbut pays with the worst!
He promises honorand pays with disgrace!
He promises pleasureand pays with pain!
He promises profitand pays with loss!
He promises lifeand pays with death!
But God pays as he promises ... read more
Pride sets itself against the honor, being, and
sovereignty of God. Other sins strike at the word
of God, the people of God, and the creatures of
Godbut pride strikes directly at the very being
of God. He bears a special hatred against pride.
... read more
Satan's grand design
Satan's grand design is not to keep men from going
the round of holy dutiesbut to hinder the exercise
of grace. All other exercises without the exercise of
grace will do a Christian no good. The more grace is
exercisedthe more corruptions will ... read more
Saving faith puts the soul upon grieving for sin, upon combating with sin, upon weeping over sin, upon trembling at the occasions of sin, upon resisting temptations that lead to sin, upon fighting it out to the death with sin, Zech. 12:10. Saving faith pu ... read more
Saving repentance includes contrition or grief of heart
for sins committed. Now this is sometimes called
godly sorrow, 2 Cor. 7:10;
a contrite spirit, Isaiah 66:2;
a broken and contrite heart, Psalm 51:17;
the afflicting of our souls, Le ... read more
Secret meals make fat bodies
Secret duties are the most soul-enriching duties. Look! as
secret meals make fat bodiesso secret duties make
fat souls. And as secret trades brings in great earthly riches,
so secret prayers makes many rich in spiritual blessings and
in heavenly ... read more
"Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful
and thankful." Colossians 4:2
A Christian can as well . . .
hear without ears, and
live without food, and
fight without hands, and
walk without feet
as he is able to live without secret pr ... read more
Sell their souls to Satan
"What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole
world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give
in exchange for his soul?" Matthew 16:26
We laugh at little children to see them part with rich
jewels for silly trifles; and yet daily ... read more
She hugs her young ones to death
"Withhold not correction from the child, for if you beat
him with the rod, he shall not die. You shall beat him
with the rod, and shall deliver his soul from hell."
God uses the rod to prevent further folly, mischief, and ... read more
Sheep or swine?
It is possible for Christians to fall into the same sins of
which they have formerly repentedby the secret, subtle,
and strong workings of sin in their hearts. And no wonder,
for though their repentance is ever so sincere and sound
yet their grac ... read more
Should God chain up Satan
"For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery,
sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander." Mt. 15:19
Man has an evil root within him. Were there no devil to
tempt him, nor any wicked men to entice him, yet that
cursed sin ... read more
Shouldn't shepherds feed their sheep?
"Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds, the leaders of Israel. Give them this message from the Sovereign Lord: Destruction is certain for you shepherds who feed yourselves instead of your flocks. Shouldn't shepherds feed their sheep? You drink the ... read more
Shouldn't shepherds feed their sheep?
"Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds, the leaders
of Israel. Give them this message from the Sovereign Lord:
Destruction is certain for you shepherds who feed yourselves
instead of your flocks. Shouldn't shepherds feed their
sheep? You dr ... read more
Sin and they would never part
Carnal men, in times of sickness and distress, or in times
of horror and terror of conscience, or when death, the king
of terrors, knocks at their doors, or when they see hell
gaping to devour them, and God as a solemn judge standing
ready to pa ... read more
Sin in a saint
It is one thing for a man to sin, it is another thing for a man to allow himself in sin. It is one thing for a godly man to step into a sin, and it is another thing to keep the road of sin. A real saint can neither allow of sin, nor wallow in sin, nor be ... read more
Sin shall not have dominion over you
"Sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under grace." Romans 6:14
What does the dominion of sin import, and wherein does it consist?
Sin is in dominion, when it has the universal and sovereign command of the s ... read more
Sinning is worse than suffering
Sinning is worse than suffering; for by men's sins
God is dishonoredbut by their sufferings God is glorified.
Oh, that the Christian reader would seriously consider
of these things:
There is nothing that the great God hatesbut sin.
There is ... read more
Sitting at the table with King Jesus
"While the King was at His table, my perfume
spread its fragrance." Song of Songs 1:12
That is, let Jesus Christ be but present with us, and
then our graces, which are compared to perfume, will
send forth its fragrance. Sitting at the table w ... read more