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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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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 sins—but 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 run—though we resolve and say it shall not. It was the blood of the sacrifice, and the oil, which cleansed ... read more

Optimum maximum
      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

Optimum maximum
      ("Hypocrites Detected, Anatomized, Impeached, Arraigned and Condemned" 1650) God is optimum maximum—the 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 blessedness—which is reserved for the saints in heaven—that had I all the tongues of men on earth, and all the excellencies of the angels in heaven—yet 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 many—in 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

Painted holiness
      "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 life—to 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

Pardoning mercy
      "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
      Paulinus Nolanus, when his city was taken from him, prayed thus, "Lord! let me not be troubled at the loss of my gold, silver, honor—for 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 rages—but 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 God—but 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 pray—but 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

Precious promises
      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 . . . holiness—without 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 evidence—that 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 sin—and 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!" Revelation 20:15 "Rejoice that your names are written in heaven!" Luke 10:20 It is matter of the greatest joy in the world, for ... read more

Remember—you 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 life—and 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 war—but righteousness; it is not policy in government—but righteousness; it is not wittiness of invention—but righteousness; it is not civ ... read more

Satan promises the best
      Satan promises the best—but pays with the worst! He promises honor—and pays with disgrace! He promises pleasure—and pays with pain! He promises profit—and pays with loss! He promises life—and pays with death! But God pays as he promises ... read more

Satan's apes
      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 God—but 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 duties—but to hinder the exercise of grace. All other exercises without the exercise of grace will do a Christian no good. The more grace is exercised—the more corruptions will ... read more

Saving faith
      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
      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 bodies—so 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

Secret prayer
      "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." Proverbs 23:13-14 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 repented—by 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 dishonored—but by their sufferings God is glorified. Oh, that the Christian reader would seriously consider of these things: There is nothing that the great God hates—but 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

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