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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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The choicest saints
      Such is the universal corruption of human nature, that the souls of the best, of the purest, and of the holiest men in the world—do from day to day, yes, from moment to moment, contract some filth and uncleanness. The choicest saints can never acquit them ... read more

The choicest, sweetest, wisest, strongest Christian
      Remember that it is not hasty reading—but serious meditation on holy and heavenly truths, which makes them prove sweet and profitable to the soul. It is not the mere touching of the flower by the bee which gathers honey—but her abiding for a time o ... read more

The cockatrice must be crushed
      "Lust having conceived, brings forth sin." James 1:15 First, sin has its conception—which is its delight; and then sin has its birth—which is its action; and then sin has its growth—which is its custom; and then sin has its end—which is its damn ... read more

The common inn of all mankind
      "None of us has the power to prevent the day of our death." Ecclesiastes 8:8 Death is the common inn of all mankind. Death knows no difference between robes and rags, between prince and peasant. "All flesh is grass." The flesh of princes ... read more

The constant cry of the rod
      One lesson that you are to learn by the rod of affliction, is to get more weaned and more mortified affections to all worldly comforts, contentments, and enjoyments. A man never comes to experience so much of . . . the emptiness, the nothingn ... read more

The covenant of grace
      "I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear Me, so that they will never turn away from Me." Jeremiah 32:40 The covenant of grace is that agreement which God has mad ... read more

The covenant of grace
      "He has made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure. Will He not bring to fruition my salvation and grant me my every desire?" 2 Samuel 23:5 All mankind would have been eternally lost—had God not, of His own free ... read more

The cowardice of the minister
      "Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God." Acts 20:26-27 The cowardice of the minister is cruelty; if he fears the faces of men, he is a murd ... read more

The devil's best customers!
      "God will surely judge people who are immoral." Heb. 13:4 If men will not judge them, God Himself will, and give them a portion of misery answerable to their transgression. Sometimes He judges them in this life—by pouring forth of His wrath upo ... read more

The devil's brat!
      "That sin might become utterly sinful." Romans 7:13 Paul, to set forth the formidable evil that is in sin, expresses it thus. He could find nothing more evil and odious to express sin by—than itself. Sin is so great an evil, that it cannot have ... read more

The devil's logic
       "Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we who are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" Romans 6:1, 2 To argue from God's mercy to sinful liberty—is the devil's logic—and such logicians do ever walk as upon ... read more

The devil's logic
      "What should we say then? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may multiply? Absolutely not! How can we who died to sin still live in it?" Romans 6:1-2 Certainly to argue from gospel mercy to sinful liberty, is the devil's logic. The m ... read more

The devil's tennis-ball
      "We urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle!" 1 Thessalonians 5:14 The hour of idleness is the hour of temptation. An idle person is the devil's tennis-ball—tossed by him at his pleasure. Among the Egyptians idleness was a capital ... read more

The devil's tennis-ball
      "Warn those who are idle." 1 Thessalonians 5:14 Take heed of an idle and slothful spirit. An idle life and a holy heart are far asunder. By doing nothing men learn to do evil things. It is easy slipping out of an idle life into an evil and wic ... read more

The devil's tennis-ball
      "Warn those who are idle." 1 Thessalonians 5:14 Take heed of an idle and slothful spirit. An idle life and a holy heart are far asunder. By doing nothing men learn to do evil things. It is easy slipping out of an idle life into an evil and wic ... read more

The diamond in that ring!
      The whole Scripture is but one entire love-letter, all written in golden letters, dispatched from the Lord Christ to His beloved spouse on earth. In it, there is so much to be read of . . . the love of Christ, the heart of Christ, the kindn ... read more

The dirty lane
      "For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." Phil. 1:21 Look upon your dying day as a gainful day. There is no gain compared to that which comes in by death. A Christian gets more by death, than he does by life. To be in Christ is very goo ... read more

The dregs of old age!
      "Let me die the death of the righteous, and may my end be like theirs!" Numbers 23:10 Many desire to repent when old age comes—when . . . their wits are cracked, their souls distracted, their senses stupefied, their hearts astonished, ... read more

The dumb sinner
      "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened." Matthew 7:7-8 The threefold promise annexed to th ... read more

The envy of devils
      "For surely it is not angels He helps, but Abraham's descendants." Hebrews 2:16 Stand still, and admire and wonder at the love of Jesus Christ to poor sinners—that He should rather die for us, than the fallen angels! They were creatures of a m ... read more

The eye of heaven
      "All things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do." Hebrews 4:13 Each believer has the presence of a WISE God, of an omniscient God. God fills all things, He encompasses all things, and He sustains all things—and the ... read more

The eyes of the Lord
      "Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account." Hebrews 4:13 God is . . . all ear to hear, all hand to punish, all power to protect, ... read more

The first step towards heaven
      "It is not the healthy who need a physician, but the sick." Matthew 9:12 If you would be truly godly, then you must see how bad you are, how vile, how sinful, how wretched you are. No man begins to be good until he sees himself to be bad. Ah ... read more

The foolish Indians
      The foolish Indians preferred every toy and trifle, before their mines of gold. Just so, many foolish professors prefer the trifling vanities of this world, before the glorious treasures and endless pleasures which are at God's right hand. Witne ... read more

The fool's bauble, the fool's fiddle
       "The wicked freely strut about, when what is vile is honored among men." Psalm 12:8 "They love to indulge in evil pleasures." 2 Peter 2:13. "Their souls delight in their abominations." Isaiah 66:3 Proverbs 10:23, "A fool finds pleasu ... read more

The funeral
      A Christian knows that death shall be the funeral of all . . . his sins, his sorrows, his afflictions, his temptations, his vexations, his oppressions, his persecutions. He knows that death shall be the resurrection of all . ... read more

The funeral of all your sorrows!
      At death, you shall gain full freedom and liberty from all your enemies within and without—namely, sin, Satan, and the world! Death will free you from the indwelling power of sin. In this present world, sin plays the tyrant; but in heaven ther ... read more

The gate of heaven!
      The best and sweetest flowers of Paradise God gives to His people when they are upon their knees. Prayer is the gate of heaven, a key to let us into Paradise. God hears no more than the heart speaks; and if the heart be dumb—God will certainly be ... read more

The golden link of love!
      It was the golden link of love that fastened Christ to the cross! Certainly the more Christ has suffered for us, the more dear Christ should be unto us. The more bitter His sufferings have been for us, the more sweet His love should be to us, and ... read more

The graces which are in Christians
      "As He is—so are we in this world." 1 John 4:17 To be a holy person is to know a holy Christ, to be in love with a holy Christ, and to imitate the virtues of a holy Christ. "Indeed, we have all received grace after grace from His fullness. ... read more

The great master-scar of the soul
      "I hate pride and arrogance!" Proverbs 8:13 Take heed of pride and haughtiness of spirit. Pride is the great master-scar of the soul; it will bud and blossom—it cannot be hidden. Pride is the leprosy of the soul, which breaks forth in the ve ... read more

The great work of the ministry
      I have always looked upon the great work of the ministry to consist in two things: first, in making unholy men holy; and, secondly, in making those who are already holy to be more and more holy. First to beget holiness, and then to nurse up holiness ... read more

The greatest evil in all the world
      Sin is the greatest evil in all the world. Sin is the only thing— which God abhors, which has brought Jesus Christ to the cross, which damns souls, which shuts heaven, and which has laid the foundations of hell. Oh, sin is the pricking ... read more

The greatest thief
      Sin is the greatest thief, the greatest robber in the world. It robbed the angels of all their glory. It robbed Adam of his paradise and felicity. Sin has robbed all mankind of five precious jewels, the least of which was more worth than heaven an ... read more

The guts and garbage of the earth
      God is an incomparable portion. All the gold of Ophir, and all the silver of the Indies, which are but the guts and garbage of the earth, are nothing, yes, less than nothing, compared with God. God is a portion more precious than all those thing ... read more

The happy exchange
      I heartily wish that all who are concerned in this sad loss, were more taken up in minding the happy exchange which Mary has made, than with your present loss. She has exchanged: earth—for heaven, a wilderness—for a paradise, a prison—fo ... read more

The heaviest burden in all the world!
      "My sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me." Psalm 40:12 "For my sins have flooded over my head; they are a burden too heavy for me to bear." Psalm 38:4. Of all burde ... read more

The hell of hell
      And as there are a diversity of torments in hell, so the torments of hell are everlasting. "Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels!" Mt. 25:41 The sentence which shall be passed upon th ... read more

The highest heavens and the lowest hearts
      "For this is what the high and lofty One says—He who lives forever, whose name is holy—I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the cont ... read more

The hoary head
      "The hoary head is a crown of glory—if it is found in the way of righteousness." Proverbs 16:31 A white head, accompanied with a holy heart, makes a man truly honorable. There are two glorious sights in the world: the one is, a young man w ... read more

The honey and the sting!
      "For He does not willingly (or as the Hebrew has it, 'from His heart') bring affliction or grief to the children of men." Lamentations 3:33 Christians conclude that God's heart was not in their afflictions, though His hand was. He takes no ... read more

The hottest and the darkest place in hell
      "Woe unto you, scribes, Pharisees, and hypocrites, for you devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers; therefore you shall receive the greater damnation." Matthew 23:14 Hypocrites shall be double damned! The hottest and the ... read more

The humble man's heart
      "For thus says the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy—I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones." ... read more

The hypocrite's bane
      ("Touchstone of Sincerity") "The Pharisee took his stand and was praying like this: God, I thank You that I’m not like other people—greedy, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of everythi ... read more

The hypocrite's hope
      "For what hope do the godless have, when God cuts them off and takes away their life?" Job 27:8 "When the wicked die, their hopes all perish." Prov. 11:7 That assurance is but presumption, which allows men . . . to play with sin, to be ... read more

The hypocrite's only care
      The hypocrite's only care is to keep his outward life from defilement. But the sincere Christian's care is mainly to keep his heart from defilement; for he very well knows, that if he can but keep his heart clean—he shall with more ease keep his lif ... read more

The Jews
      "What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?" Pilate asked. They all answered, "Crucify Him!" "Why? What crime has He committed?" asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, "Crucify Him!" Mat. 27:22-23 "Him . . . you hav ... read more

The Land of Cabul
      "An incorruptible inheritance." 1 Peter 1:4 All earthly inheritances are liable to corruption; they are true gardens of Adonis—where we can gather nothing but trivial flowers, surrounded with many briars, thorns and thistles. Oh, the hands, ... read more

The meritorious cause of all our sorrows and sufferings
      "Why should any living man complain when punished for his sins? Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord." Lamentations 3:39-40 "I will be patient as the Lord punishes me, for I have sinned against Him." Micah 7:9 ... read more

The Midas touch
      Faith is the most useful grace. It is a Christian's right eye, without which he cannot see for Christ; it is his right hand, without which he cannot do for Christ; it is his tongue, without which he cannot speak for Christ; it is his very vital s ... read more

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