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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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So blind, so deaf, so dumb, so lame, so dead
The holy Christian is the greatest miracle.
He can tell you that he was so blindbut now God
has given him eyes to see sin to be the greatest evil;
and Christ to be the choicest good.
He can tell you that once he was so deafthat though
God c ... read more
So exceeding angry with himself
"Then you will defile your idols overlaid with silver and
your images covered with gold; you will throw them
away like a menstrual cloth and say to themAway
with you!" Isaiah 30:22
The true penitent is not so exceeding angry with himself
for ... read more
So foul a hag
There are very many who lie in wait to deceive, corrupt, and
poison your minds with God-dishonoring, Christ-denying,
conscience-wasting, and soul-damning opinions, principles,
I have read of one who boasted and gloried in this, ... read more
Soberly, righteously, and godly
("Touchstone of Sincerity")
"Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly
lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and
godly, in this present world." Titus 2:12
These words contain the sum of a Christian's duty.
To live soberly t ... read more
Soldiers, strangers, travelers, pilgrims
"Keep your lives free from the love of money and
be content with what you have, because God has
saidNever will I leave you; never will I forsake
you." Hebrews 13:5
The believing Hebrews had been plundered of all they
had in this world, Heb. ... read more
God cures David of adultery, by killing his endeared child.
There is some Delilahsome darling, some beloved sin
or otherthat a Christian's calling, condition, constitution,
or temptationsleads him to play with, and to hug in his own
bosom. As ... read more
Soul-killing plots, devices, stratagems & machinations!
"Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we
are not ignorant of his devices." 2 Corinthians 2:11
your own hearts,
and Satan's devices,
are the four prime things that should be first and most
studied and sear ... read more
Saving faith is soul-softening, it is soul-mollifying.
Peter believes soundlyand weeps bitterly. Mary
Magdalene believes muchand weeps much.
Faith sets . . .
a wounded Christ,
a bruised Christ,
a despised Christ,
a pierced Christ,
... read more
"And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies
himself just as He is pure." 1 John 3:3
True hope is soul-purifying. It runs out into holiness.
He who has the purest and strongest hopes of being
saved, is most studious and laborious to be sanc ... read more
The riches of Christ are soul-satisfying riches. Oh
those riches of grace and goodness that are in Christ
how do they satisfy the souls of sinners!
A pardon does not more satisfy a condemned man,
nor bread the hungry man,
nor drink the ... read more
"He who covers his sins shall not prosper; but whoever
confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy." Prov. 28:13
True penitential confession is joined with reformation. That
confession of sin which carries forgiveness of sin with it, is
atte ... read more
Spit out the sweet morsels of sin
"When He comes, He will convict the world about sin."
A man never comes . . .
to see his sins, nor
to be sick of his sins, nor
to loathe his sins, nor
to arraign his sins, nor
to condemn his sins, nor
to judge himse ... read more
O sirs, all our pious works and services must be wrought . . .
in God, and
according to God
or else they will be but splendida peccatasplendid sins! ... read more
Stone him to death!
"If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or
the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices
you, saying, 'Let us go and worship other gods (gods that
neither you nor your fathers have known, gods of the
peoples around you, ... read more
Stop confronting us with the Holy One of Israel!
"Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty!" Isaiah 6:3
Certainly there is nothing which renders God so formidable
and dreadful to unholy peopleas His holiness does. "Leave
this way, get off this pathand stop confronting us with
the Holy One o ... read more
Strangers and pilgrims
"To God's elect, strangers in the world," 1 Peter 1:1
This world is a wilderness, and believers, as pilgrims
and strangers, must pass through it to their heavenly
Canaan. "For here we do not have an enduring city, but
we are looking for the c ... read more
Such a friend
"There is a friend who sticks closer than
a brother." Proverbs 18:24
Such a friend is Christ. He is so a friend
to every one of His peopleas if He were
a friend to none besides. Christ is . . .
an omnipotent friend;
an omniscient friend; ... read more
Such a smoke in the soul
A man may have true grace and yet lack assurance,
and this may arise from that smoke and clouds, those
fears and doubts which corruption raises in the soul.
Just so, that the soul cannot see those excellent graces
which otherwise might be discerne ... read more
Such a wretch you would have been!
"I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have
drawn you with loving-kindness." Jeremiah 31:3
There are but few upon whom God bestows His saving love.
Tell me, are not the gifts which Christ has given yourare
gifts? What would you have be ... read more
Such gnats as these
"Oh cleanse me from secret faults." Psalm 19:12
An unsound heart may mourn for great sinswhich make
great wounds in his conscience and credit, and which leave
a great blot upon his name, or that waste or rot his body,
or destroy his estate, or ... read more
Such guilty, filthy, and polluted souls!
"Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom
of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor
idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual
offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor
slander ... read more
"Blessed is the man You chasten, O Lord, the
man You teach from Your law." Psalm 94:12
All the chastening in the world, without divine teaching,
will never make a man blessed. That man who finds
correction attended with instruction, and lashing w ... read more
"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven!" Matthew 5:11-12.
Suffering times are times wherein the Lord is pleased ... read more
Sweet honey out of the bitterest herbs
"And we know that in all things God works for the
good of those who love Him, who have been called
according to His purpose." Romans 8:28
Consider that all your afflictions, troubles, and trials
shall work for your good. Why then should you fr ... read more
"I will give You all these thingsif You will fall down and
worship me." Matthew 4:9
Satan presents the world in such a dress, and in such a garb,
as to ensnare the soul, and to win the affection of the soul.
He represents the world to them in ... read more
Sweeten all your bitters
"We know that God causes everything to work together
for the good of those who love God and are called
according to His purpose." Romans 8:28.
When a man's heart is once sanctified, then all things
are sanctified to him. O sirs! this is so gr ... read more
Sweetened with three ingredients
"The cup which My Father has given Meshall I not
drink it?" John 18:11
Never did bridegroom go with more cheerfulness to be
married to his bridethan our Lord Jesus went to His
cross! Though the cup which the Father put into Christ's
hand w ... read more
Take heed of the witch
"For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now
I tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the
cross of Christ; whose end is destruction, whose God is
their belly, and whose glory is their shamewho mind
earthly things." Philip ... read more
Tears have a voice
"The Lord has heard the voice of my weeping."
Tears have a voice. God has an eye as well upon
a man's tearsas upon his prayers. Penitent tears
are divine ambassadors, which never return from
the throne of grace without answers ... read more
Tears have a voice
"The Lord has heard the voice of my weeping. "Psalm 6:8
Sometimes a penitent man's eyes will in some way tell what
his tongue can in no way utter. Many times the penitent is
better at weeping, than he is at speaking. Tears have a
voice, and a ... read more
Tears have tongues
"The Lord has heard the voice of my weeping."
Tears are not mutes. Tears have a voice. Tears
have tongues. Tears can speak. There is no
prayer compared to those which secret tears
make in the ears of God. Tears make the most
f ... read more
That dead man or dead woman
("A Believer's Last Day, His Best Day")
"When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but
even in death the righteous have a refuge!" Prov. 14:32
We should lament over that dead man or dead woman . . .
whom hell harbors,
whom the ... read more
That golden devil
"Covetousness, which is idolatry." Colossians 3:5
Judas' life was as fair and as free from spots and blots as
the lives of any of the apostles; no scandalous sin was to
be found upon him. But that golden devil 'covetousness'
was his sinand ... read more
That immortal bird!
As the mercy of God is infinite towards the elect
so the justice of God is infinite towards the reprobate
in hell. The reprobate shall have . . .
punishment without pity,
misery without mercy,
sorrow without support,
crying without compass ... read more
That rich and royal robe
"I desire to be found in Christ, not having a righteousness
of my own that comes from the law, but that which is
through faith in Christthe righteousness that comes
from God and is by faith." Phil. 3:9
Paul would not be found in a legal righte ... read more
That white devil!
While the disciples were healing diseases and casting
out demons, the proud white devil was a-stirring in
their own souls; as is evident by that gentle rebuke
which our Savior gives them in Luke 10:20, "Don't
rejoice that the spirits submit to y ... read more
That wise and skillful physician
God's wisdom so tempers and orders all afflictions,
crosses, and lossesas to make them work kindly
and sweetly for our good. God is that wise and
skillful physician, who can turn . . .
poison into cordials,
diseases into remedies,
crosses ... read more
The baits which these men bite at
There are three things in a holy heart, which strongly
incline it to persevere when all outward encouragements fail.
The first is a forcible principledivine love.
The second is a mighty aidthe Spirit of God.
The third is a high aimthe glory ... read more
The beauty and glory of a Christian
Holiness will render you most beautiful and amiable. As
holiness is the beauty of God, and the beauty of angels
so it is the beauty and glory of a Christian also.
Holiness casts such a beauty upon man, as makes him
very amiable and desirable.
... read more
The bent of the needle
"No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning. No one
who continues to sin has either seen Him or known
Him." 1 John 3:6
A trade, a course of sinis inconsistent with a state
of grace. The best saints have sadly miscarried as to
particular action ... read more
The best armor against evil lusts
"Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not
sin against You." Psalm 119:11
David hides the word in his heart as a treasurethat
he might not lose it; and as a rulethat he might not
transgress against it. The law of God kept close in the ... read more
The best means to mortify sin
"Therefore, put to death whatever in you is worldly:
sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and
greed, which is idolatry." Colossians 3:5
While a darling sin lives and keeps the throne in the heart,
grace and holiness will be kept exce ... read more
The best of saints are sinners
A child of God may slip into a sinas a sheep may slip
into the mire. But he does not, and cannot wallow in
sinas the swine wallows in the mire.
The best of saints are sinners, though the worst
and weakest of saints do not indulge sin or cherish ... read more
The best way to be holy
"Turn to the Lord with weeping and with mourning."
The best way to be holy is to accuse, indict, arraign,
and condemn yourself for your unholiness. Greatly
lament and mourn over your own unholiness, over
your own wickedness. The ... read more
The best way to be preserved from falling into hell
"Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into
the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and
his angels!" Matthew 25:41
The sinner's delight here is momentary;
that which torments hereafter is perpetual.
The best way to be preserved from falling ... read more
The bond of iniquity
"I perceive that you are in the gall of bitterness,
and in the bond of iniquity." Acts 8:23
If you would arm and fence yourselves against
sin, then look upon sin as the soul's bonds.
Iniquity is a chain, a bond. Now, bonds and
chains gall t ... read more
The book of life
"And another book was opened, which is
the book of life." Revelation 20:12
The names of the elect are written in the book of life.
They do not obtain salvation by chance, but were
elected of God to eternal life and happiness before
the found ... read more
The bridge which leads to the paradise of God
If God is a believer's portion, then never let a believer
be afraid to die, or unwilling to die. Let those be afraid
to diewho have only this world for their portion here,
and hell for their portion hereafter. But let not a saint be
afraid of de ... read more
"For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies
to himself alone. If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we
die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we
belong to the Lord." Romans 14:7-8.
A genuine Christian ordinarily h ... read more
"My Beloved is white and ruddy, the chief
among ten thousand." Song of Songs 5:10
Christ is the chief good.
All good is in the chief good.
Christ is all things to Christians. He is . . .
bread to feed them,
a fountain to refresh them ... read more