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J.R. Miller

J.R. Miller (1840 - 1912)

Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker J.R. Miller in text and pdf format. Prolific author and pastor of Presbyterian churches in Pennsylvania and Illinois, Rev. James Russell Miller served the USCC as a field agent in the Army of the Potomac and Army of the Cumberland.

J.R. Miller began contributing articles to religious papers while at Allegheny Seminary. This continued while he was at the First United, Bethany, and New Broadway churches. In 1875, Miller took over from Henry C. McCook, D.D. when the latter discontinued his weekly articles in The Presbyterian, which was published in Philadelphia. J.R. Miller D.D.'s lasting fame is through his over 50 books. Many are still in publication.

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Paul a Prisoner: The Voyage Acts 27:1-26
      Paul's voyage to Rome was interrupted by a furious storm. It is recorded that "there arose . . . a tempestuous wind." The winds seemed to be fighting against Paul. We must not always decide, however, that opposition, difficulty, or hindrance shows divine ... read more

Paul's Advice to Timothy 2 Timothy 1:1-7-3:14-17
      It is very interesting to study Paul's friendships. Evidently he was a man of very warm and tender heart, with deep sympathies. He needed Christian companionship and his heart hungered for love. In the Acts and Epistles we can trace the story of many of h ... read more

Paul's First Missionary Journey: Cyprus--Acts 13:1-13
      We have here the beginning of foreign missions. It was at Antioch, the church which had been built up by Barnabas and Paul, which proved a center of holy influence, reaching out widely. This church was blessed with an unusual number of earnest and efficie ... read more

Paul's First Missionary Journey: Iconium and Lystra--Acts 14
      The healing of the lame man at Lystra, made a great stir in the town. Lystra was a wild place. The traditional meaning of the name was Wolf-land, and the character of the people corresponded to this designation. They were easily excited and knew no self c ... read more

Paul's Last Words 2 Timothy 4:1-18
      It is the year A.D. 64, and the great apostle is lying in a damp Roman prison cell waiting for his final trial. Two charges are filed against him; one, taking part in the burning of Rome, July 19, A.D. 64; the other, treason, in attempting to change the e ... read more

Paul's Own Story of His Life 2 Corinthians 11:22-12:10
      More than twenty years after the conversion of Saul the Persecutor, further facts were added to the biography when Paul (as he was known during the years of his ministry) wrote his second letter to the church at Corinth. Charges of weakness and cowardice ... read more

Paul's Preaching 1 Corinthians 1:17-31
      The First Epistle to the Corinthians was written from Ephesus in the spring of A.D. 57. The apostle had heard that dissensions were troubling the church at Corinth, and he wrote to them giving many exhortations and commands. Early in the letter he stated ... read more

Paul's Second Missionary Journey: Antioch to Philippi--Acts 16:6-15
      Paul was "forbidden by the Holy Spirit from preaching the Word in the province of Asia". We would say there is no place where one should not be glad to preach. But we see here that sometimes, even where there are people who need the Word, it may not be ou ... read more

Paul's Second Missionary Journey: The Philippian Jailer--Acts 16:16-40
      As Paul and Timothy were going to the place of prayer at Philippi, they were attracted by an unfortunate girl possessed by a demon. She was used by her owners to make money for them. "She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling." Th ... read more

Paul's Second Missionary Journey: Thessalonica and Berea--Acts 17:1-15
      The passage begins with an account of the passing of Paul and his company from Philippi to Thessalonica. These missionaries never rested. They went on continually from place to place. They were men with burning hearts. They had a great mission, and were i ... read more

Paul's Second Missionary Journey: At Athens--Acts 17:16-34
      Paul did not go to Athens as a tourist, nor as a student of art; he went there as a missionary, carrying the gospel of Christ. "He was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols!" No wonder his spirit was stirred within him. Among others he ... read more

Paul's Third Missionary Journey: Ephesus--Acts 19:8-29
      From the beginning, Christianity sought the cities as great centers of influence. Ephesus was an important city. It was a great center of heathenism, having in it the magnificent temple of Diana, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. As usual, Paul began ... read more

Paul's Third Missionary Journey: Farewells--Acts 20:22-38
      Paul was on his way to Jerusalem. The ship which bore him stopped at Miletus. There he sent for the elders of the church at Ephesus and spoke to them some earnest farewell words. He spoke first of his journey to Jerusalem as leading him into suffering. "A ... read more

Paul's Third Missionary Journey: The Riot at Ephesus--Acts 19:23-20:1
      The gospel does not interfere with business—unless the business is sinful. When it is right, it is really a part of Christian living—as is attendance at prayer meetings. We may serve God as acceptably on Monday at our common work—as we do on Sunday ... read more

People as Means of Grace
      "As iron sharpens iron—so one man sharpens another." Proverbs 27:17 There are pairs of pictures which show some Indian children: first—as they appeared when they came fresh from their barbarism, with the dress and all other marks of their savage s ... read more

People Who Fail
      There are many people who fail. Yet there are two standards by which success and failure may be measured: there is the world's standard, and there is God's standard. Many whom men set down as having failed—are successful in the higher sense; while many ... read more

Peril in Life's Changes
      There is always peril in change. The more suddenly the change comes, and the greater it is, the more is the danger that hurt will result. There is danger in the ordinary changes of life, from infancy to childhood, from childhood to youth, from youth to ma ... read more

Personal Beauty
      The desire to be beautiful, is natural and right. Holiness is beauty. The human form, when it first came from the Creator's hands, was perfect in loveliness. It was the embodiment of all that is noble, graceful, winning, impressive and charming. We cannot ... read more

PERSONAL FRIENDSHIP WITH CHRIST
      "Yes, He is altogether lovely! This is my Beloved, and this is my Friend!" Song of Songs 5:16 On several sides, we are in danger of superficial and shallow conceptions of a true pious life. One of these is, that it consists in correct doctrinal beliefs ... read more

Pictures in the Heart
      Niebuhr, the distinguished traveler, became blind in his old age. But, having traversed many lands, amid the fairest and loveliest scenes of the world, he had stored away in his memory, countless pictures of landscapes, mountain-scenery, valleys of rare b ... read more

Possibilities of Friendship
      The subject of friendship never wears out. Human hearts are the same in all ages. We all need love. There is a story of a captive in the Bastile, long immured in a lonely dungeon, whose heart, craving friendship in some form, found it in a little spider w ... read more

Practical Consecration
      "I used to chafe and fret when interrupted in favorite pursuits—but I have learned that my time all belongs to God, and I just leave it in his hands. It is very sweet to use it for him when he has anything for me to do—and pleasant to use it as I desi ... read more

Practical Lessons from the Story of Joseph
       JOSEPH AND HIS DREAMS They said one to another, "Behold, here comes that dreamer!" Genesis 37:19 When a story of providence begins—we never know what the end will be. In seven chapters will be retold the story whose beginning we have here a boy ... read more

Prayer - Almighty God, our Father, another day has opened for us,
      Almighty God, our Father, another day has opened for us, and we would begin it with You. If we have a little talk with You, we shall be ready to go forth to our work. If we can look into Your face and have You look into our face — we shall not be afraid ... read more

Prayer - Almighty God, our heavenly Father, grant us access
      Almighty God, our heavenly Father, grant us access to You in our prayer, for we come in the name of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ. You have invited us to come to You, and we come boldly to Your throne of grace to find mercy and to obtain help in time of ... read more

Prayer - As we begin this holy Sunday, our Father, may
      As we begin this holy Sunday, our Father, may You give us indeed a Sunday blessing. On this day which reminds us of our Savior's rising from the grave — may we rise anew to a holier, truer, and heavenlier life. May we walk in the sunshine of Your own lo ... read more

Prayer - Father, as the brightness of a new day has come to us
      Father, as the brightness of a new day has come to us, we wait before You to get Your blessing. We desire to make this a new beginning of life. We would forget the things that are past. We would forget . . . our past mistakes and sins, our past sorrows ... read more

Prayer - Father, bless to us the word we have read
      Father, bless to us the word we have read this morning together. We thank You that here in this world we can read the very words of Heaven, and hear the voice of our Father speaking to us in human speech. Help us to reverence Your word and love it. Help u ... read more

Prayer - It is a great comfort, our Father, to be able always to come
      It is a great comfort, our Father, to be able always to come to You with our needs. It is a comfort to know that You are really our Father. We know something of what fatherhood means to a child, and it is sweet to know that You are our divine Father, not ... read more

Prayer - Lord, You have been our dwelling-place in all generations
      Lord, You have been our dwelling-place in all generations. Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. We desire to make You, our heart's home. We are not at home in this poor world, for we are not secure here. All things pass away. The mountains s ... read more

Prayer - O God of Bethel, God of our fathers
      O God of Bethel, God of our fathers, be our God. Bless us, make Your face to shine upon us, and be gracious unto us. Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, and give us Your peace. We would not dare go out into the great world this morning, if we d ... read more

Prayer - O God, as Enoch walked with You
      O God, as Enoch walked with You, we desire to walk with You this day. The world is full of danger, and we cannot get on safely without Your protection. The paths are tangled — and we could never find the way alone. We need Your companionship, to make th ... read more

Prayer - O God, our Father, bless us as we go out for the day.
      O God, our Father, bless us as we go out for the day. Without your blessing, life has nothing truly beautiful or good. As children wait for a father's blessing — so we wait to get Your blessing. Grant to us Your peace. Give us health, and make us strong ... read more

Prayer - O God, our Father, we thank You for this bright morning
      O God, our Father, we thank You for this bright morning. We would catch something of the gladness which everywhere abounds. All Your works praise You. We also would praise You, not simply with our lips — but also with our hearts. We desire to make our l ... read more

Prayer - O God, our Father, we Your children come to You
      O God, our Father, we Your children come to You for a blessing. As the earth needs the sun and the rain from Heaven — so do our lives need Your grace and love and life. We cannot live without You. Without blessings from You — our souls would die. Pour ... read more

Prayer - O God, our Father, we Your children wait for Your blessing
      O God, our Father, we Your children wait for Your blessing before we go forth to the work and the care of this new day. We thank You for the blessings You have given to us in our sleep. You have renewed in us our exhausted strength, and built up again tha ... read more

Prayer - O God, our heavenly Father, we cannot go into the day
      O God, our heavenly Father, we cannot go into the day without Your blessing and help. We are blind, and cannot see where to set our feet, and we need to be led by the hand One who knows all the paths. We put our hands in Yours this morning. Show us the wa ... read more

Prayer - O Jesus, our Savior and Redeemer
      O Jesus, our Savior and Redeemer, hear our prayer. Lamb of God, who by Your bitter anguish redeemed us from eternal Hell, have mercy on us, and bless us. We adore You, we praise Your name, we worship You, Son of God, who sits and reigns with Your Father i ... read more

Prayer - O You who dwell in the heavens, we lift our eyes to You
      O You who dwell in the heavens, we lift our eyes to You. The morning calls us again to worship You, and we gladly come to Your feet with our homage. It is fitting that we should bring You our hearts' praise. We have been called from death, as it were, for ... read more

Prayer - O You who dwell in the heavens, we lift our eyes to You
      O You who dwell in the heavens, we lift our eyes to You. The morning calls us again to worship You, and we gladly come to Your feet with our homage. It is fitting that we should bring You our hearts' praise. We have been called from death, as it were, for ... read more

Prayer - Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be Your name
      Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be Your name. May Your kingdom come. May Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. This is our prayer this morning. We would have Your kingdom come into our own hearts so fully, that everything in us shall submit to You ... read more

Prayer - Our Father in Heaven, we Your children gather
      Our Father in Heaven, we Your children gather at Your feet this morning, to begin the day with You. We seek a Father's blessing before we go forth. We are not of ourselves, able for the duties of the coming day — and we seek strength from You. We cannot ... read more

Prayer - Our Father, bless us this morning. Lay Your hand on each
      Our Father, bless us this morning. Lay Your hand on each of our heads as we bow before You, and give us a Father's blessing. Then we can go out into the great world without fear. Keep us from evil all the day. Let us not wander from Your side. Hold us wit ... read more

Prayer - Our Father, breathe upon us and give us a morning blessing
      Our Father, breathe upon us and give us a morning blessing. For keeping us through the night, we thank You. For the blessings which came to us in our sleep, we thank You. As a new day has dawned upon us, may new divine light and peace be poured upon us. M ... read more

Prayer - Our Father, we thank You for our home
      Our Father, we thank You for our home. Many people are homeless in this great world, and they are very lonesome. You have given us a home with many comforts. We are grateful for it, and pray that we may have Your blessing in our home life. We thank You ... read more

Prayer - Our hearts are glad this morning
      Our hearts are glad this morning, our Father, as we greet this new Sunday. All that is within us rejoices and praises You. May our lives rise from their prisons of death — into beauty and blessedness. We thank You for all that the resurrection of Jes ... read more

Prayer - Our heavenly Father, as the light of this new day
      Our heavenly Father, as the light of this new day streams over the earth, so may the light of Your love stream upon us, into our hearts and all about us. We cannot live without You! Manifest Your grace and mercy to us. We are not worthy — not worthy to ... read more

Prayer - Son of God, this is Your day, and we would give it all,
      Son of God, this is Your day, and we would give it all, and altogether to You. On this day You rose from the grave, vanquishing death and bringing life into the world. We thank You for Your victory. We thank You for this day, which by its weekly return, k ... read more

Prayer - We are beginning another work-day week
      MONDAY MORNING We are beginning another work-day week, our Father, and we desire Your blessing. Sanctify to us the Sunday's rest, and may its lessons not be forgotten. May we carry them with us into the busy days. We shall have so much to do that we ma ... read more

Prayer - We begin this Sunday with You, our Father
      We begin this Sunday with You, our Father. It is Your day. You claim it for Yourself, and we desire to make it Yours indeed. You have given it to us, not as a hardship, a burdensome observance — but a day of blessing. We need its rest that we may keep w ... read more

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