Short pithy gems from the Puritan Thomas Brooks!

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Christian! Consider that the trials and troubles, the calamities and miseries, the crosses and losses that you meet with in this world are all the Hell that ever you shall have!

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There is the seed of all sins the vilest and worst of sins are in the best of men!

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He who will play with Satan's bait will quickly be taken with Satan's hook!

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Deliver me, O Lord, from that evil man Myself!

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There is more evil in the least sin than in the greatest affliction.

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God has in Himself . . .
  all power to defend you,
  all wisdom to direct you,
  all mercy to pardon you,
  all grace to enrich you,
  all righteousness to clothe you,
  all goodness to supply you, and
  all happiness to crown you!

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The greatest and the hottest fires that ever were on earth are but ice in comparison to the fire of Hell!

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Worldly pleasures seem solid in their pursuit but are mere clouds in the enjoyment.

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A preacher's life should be a commentary upon his doctrine.
Heavenly doctrines should always be adorned with a heavenly life.

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The two poles could sooner meet than the love of Christ and the love of the world.

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It is not the bee's touching of the flower that gathers honey but her abiding for a time upon the flower that draws out the sweet. It is not he who reads most but he who meditates most who will prove to be the choicest, sweetest, wisest and strongest Christian!

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The first step toward Heaven is to see ourselves near Hell!

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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!

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Christ is lovely, Christ is very lovely, Christ is most lovely, Christ is always lovely, Christ is altogether lovely! "Yes, He is altogether lovely! This is my Beloved, and this is my Friend!" Song of Songs 5:16

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There is no little sin because there is no little God to sin against.

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Grace and glory differ very little.
The one is the seed the other is the flower.
Grace is glory militant glory is grace triumphant.

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The world and you must part or Christ and you will never meet.

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Afflictions are but as a dark entry into our Father's house!

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Prayer is nothing but the breathing that out before the Lord what was first breathed into us by the Spirit of the Lord.

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God looks not . . .
  at the oratory of your prayers how elegant they may be;
  nor at the geometry of your prayers how long they may be;
  nor at the arithmetic of your prayers how many they may be;
  not at logic of your prayers how methodical they may be;
but He looks at the sincerity of them.

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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 all His payments are made in pure gold!

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Sin in a wicked man is like poison in a serpent it is in its natural place.

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Those sins that seem most sweet in life will prove most bitter in death!

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Every man obeys Christ as he prizes Christ, not otherwise.

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He is the best preacher not who tickles the ear, but who breaks the heart!

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Repentance is the vomit of the soul.

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Though true repentance is never too late yet late repentance is seldom true.

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Saints thrive most internally when they are most externally afflicted. Afflictions are the mother of virtue.

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How many threadbare souls, are to be found under silken cloaks and gowns!

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Sin is bad in the eye, worse in the tongue, worse still in the heart but worst of all in the life!

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Until men have faith in Christ their best services are but glorious sins.

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The best and sweetest flowers of paradise, God gives to His people when they are upon their knees. Prayer is the gate of Heaven.

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Everything that a man leans upon but God will be a dart that will certainly pierce his heart through and through. He who leans only upon Christ lives the highest, choicest, safest, and sweetest life.

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An idle life and a holy heart is a contradiction.

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There are three things that earthly riches can never do:
  they can never satisfy divine justice,
  they can never pacify divine wrath, nor
  can they every quiet a guilty conscience.
And until these things are done man is undone.

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In a storm there is no shelter like the wings of God.

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Secret sins commonly lie nearest the heart.

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The giving way to a less sin, makes way for the committing of a greater sin.

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Cold prayers always freeze before they reach Heaven.

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Get Christ and get all!
Miss Christ and miss all!

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Faith is the champion of grace.
Love is the nurse of grace.
Humility is the beauty of Grace.

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Solomon got more hurt by his wealth than he got good by his wisdom.

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Whatever sin the heart of man is most prone to, that the devil will help forward.

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A well-grounded assurance is always attended with three fair handmaids: love, humility and holy joy.

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Ah, believer, it is only Heaven which is above all winds, storms, and tempests. God did not cast man out of Paradise, that he might find another paradise in this world.

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Satan paints sin with virtue's colors.

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The sovereignty of God is that golden scepter in His hand by which He will make all bow either by His mercies or by His judgments.

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When God's hand is on your back let your hand be on your mouth; for though the affliction is sharp, it shall be but short. "I was silent; I would not open my mouth, for You are the one who has done this!" Psalm 39:9

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The least sin should humble the soul but certainly the greatest sin should never discourage the soul, much less should it work the soul to despair. Despairing Judas perished whereas the murderers of Christ, believing on Him, were saved!

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All a believer's present happiness, and all his future happiness springs from the eternal purpose of God.

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There is great danger, yes, many times most danger, in the smallest sins. Greater sins sooner startle the soul, and awaken and rouse up the soul to repentance, than lesser sins do. Little sins often slide into the soul, and breed, and work secretly and indiscernibly in the soul until they come to be so strong, as to trample upon the soul and to cut the throat of the soul.

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Your life is short,
your duties are many,
your assistance is great,
and your reward is sure.
Therefore faint not!
Hold on in ways of holiness and Heaven shall make amends for all!

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Selfish ambition is a gilded misery, a secret poison, a hidden plague, the engineer of deceit, the mother of hypocrisy, the parent of envy, the original of vices, the moth of holiness, the blinder of hearts turning medicines into maladies, and remedies into diseases!

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Look! As a painted man is no man, and as painted fire is no fire so a cold prayer is no prayer.

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The lazy Christian has his mouth full of complaints when the active Christian has his heart full of comforts.