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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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Serving Our Generation
      "David served his own generation by the will of God." Acts 13:36 It gives dignity and also sacredness to our life--to think as serving our generation. Every true-hearted person, realizing this truth, will seek to work out God's thought in his own chara ... read more

Shall We Worry?
      "The little worries which we meet each day May lie as stumbling-blocks across our way, Or we may make them stepping-stones to be Of grace, O Lord, to Thee." A. E. Hamilton When you are inclined to worry—don't do it! That is the first thing. ... read more

Shut In
      "A little bird I am, Shut from the fields of air, And in my cage I sit and sing To Him who placed me there, Well pleased a prisoner to be, Because, my God, it pleases Thee." —Guyon In a midsummer business-letter to a lady whose pen writes m ... read more

SILENT TIMES
      "Come with Me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." Mark 6:31 In Wellesley College, a special feature of the daily life of the household is the morning and evening "silent time." Both at the opening and closing of the day, there is a brief ... read more

Some Indirect Ways of Lying
      There are many forms of untruthfulness. One may be by a tone of voice, or by an emphasis, so playing with the words he uses, as to make them give an impression altogether different from that which the same words would give if written or printed. It is sai ... read more

SORROW IN CHRISTIAN HOMES
      Sooner or later, sorrow comes to every home. No conditions of wealth or culture or social standing, or even of religion, can exclude it. When two young people come from the marriage-altar, and set up their new home, it seems to them that its joy never can ... read more

Spices for Christ's Grave
      "When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus' body." Mark 16:1 Sometimes in a night of storm and darkness, there will appear for a moment a little rift in the heavy ... read more

Steps on the Stairs
      The years ought to be ascending steps in the ladder of life. We should always be going upward. Heaven is high—a place of perfect beauty and holiness. When we begin to live truly—we begin to climb toward heaven. It looks far away, so far that it seems ... read more

Sticking to One's Calling
      The wandering habit is not a good one. It is apt to breed restlessness of mind, which is not a wholesome spirit in any life. Besides, one never can do one's best work, as a nomad. Going from place to place gives, no opportunity for leaving a deep and abid ... read more

Strength and Beauty
       Strength and Beauty Shallow Lives Crowding Out the Best Things to Leave Undone Fruit in Its Season True Religion The Beauty of the Imperfect How to Meet Temptation At the Full Price The Blessing of Hardness The Ministry of Hindrances In Tim ... read more

Strength for a New Year
      We ought to make something of every year. They should be like new steps on the stairs, lifting our feet a little higher. We ought not to live any two years on the same plane. To be content with any attainment even for two days, is not living at our best. ... read more

Taking Cheerful Views
      "I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or ... read more

TAKING GOD INTO COUNSEL
      "I will commit my way, O Lord, to Thee, Nor doubt your love, though dark the way may be, Nor murmur, for the sorrow is from God, And there is comfort also in Your rod. I will not seek to know the future years, Nor cloud today, with dark tomorrow's ... read more

TAKING GOD INTO COUNSEL
      "I will commit my way, O Lord, to Thee, Nor doubt your love, though dark the way may be, Nor murmur, for the sorrow is from God, And there is comfort also in Your rod. I will not seek to know the future years, Nor cloud today, with dark tomorrow's ... read more

TALKING ABOUT ONE'S SELF
      "Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and o ... read more

Tempted like as We Are
      "For we do not have a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." Hebrews 4:15 No human soul has ever escaped temptation. There have been fierce and terrific a ... read more

That Will Do!
      Someone says that the sentence, "That will do!" has done more harm than any other sentence in the English language! It indicates the acceptance of a standard below the highest — a person has done something which is not his best. He recognizes the fact; ... read more

The Advantage of Keeping One's Temper
      Some people will scarcely admit that bad temper is sinful. They call it an infirmity, and apologize for it or seek to excuse it on the ground that they cannot help it. This, however, is a too self-indulgent view. Bad temper is sinful. It is an infirmity w ... read more

The Art of Living with People
      Life's best school—is living with people. It is there we learn our best lessons. Someone says, "It is better to live with others—even at the cost of considerable jarring and friction, than to live in undisturbed quiet alone." It is not ideally the eas ... read more

THE BEATITUDE FOR SORROW
      A great preacher has said, "It is worth our thought how small that audience must be that would assemble, life through, to listen to a gospel that said nothing to sufferers, nothing to sorrow." An old theological professor said to his students, "Never go t ... read more

The Beauty of Christ
      We have no picture of Christ. There are many pictures of him which artists have painted, some of which are wondrously winning. But these are only men's conceptions of him whose life is so loving, so pure, so gracious, so true. And after all, it is not his ... read more

The Beauty of Every Day
      The Beauty of Every Day J. R. Miller, 1910 While We May The Glory of the Common Life Seeds of Light He Calls Us Friends Not Counting God Perfection in Loving Shut Your Door Getting Away from Our past Thomas' Mistake Friends and Friendshi ... read more

The Beauty of Quiet Lives
      Many people measure a man's power or effectiveness—by the noise he makes in the world. But this standard is not always correct. The drum makes vastly more noise than the flute—but for true, soul-thrilling music and soothing power—the flute is a thou ... read more

The Beauty of Self-control - Part 1
       The Beauty of Self-control Part 1 J. R. Miller Chapter 1 The Beauty of Self-Control All of life should be beautiful. God is a God of beauty. He never made anything that was not beautiful. Paul, in designating certain qualities of chara ... read more

The Beauty of Self-control - Part 2
       The Beauty of Self-control Part 2 J. R. Miller Chapter 11 What Christ's Friendship Means When then Master first looked upon Simon, he saw him as he was, and saw him through and through. When a stranger comes into our presence, we see only ... read more

The Best Things in Life - Part 1
       The Best Things in Life J. R. Miller Chapter 1. For the Best Things We should seek only the best things in life. If everyone did, this would be an ideal world. The trouble is, however, that many knowing the good—yet choose the evil. What sh ... read more

The Best Things in Life - Part 2
       The Best Things in Life J. R. Miller Chapter 8. Christ in Our Every Days One of the later Old Testament prophets predicts a coming golden age when the bells of the horses shall be as sacred as the garments of the high priest, and the common ... read more

The BIBLE in the Prayer-Closet.
      We are continually reminded of the necessity for secret prayer. We are taught that we should both begin and end each busy day at the Master's feet. This is all very well. Not a word too much can be said on the importance of prayer. We cannot live a spirit ... read more

THE BLESSEDNESS OF LONGING
      At first thought, a condition of longing would seem to be undesirable, and far from blessedness. Longing suggests unhappiness, discontent, the absence of that peace which seems to us to represent the loftiest state of blessedness, and the highest ideal of ... read more

THE BLESSING OF NOT GETTING
      There is one class of mercies and blessings, of which we are not sufficiently ready to take note. These are the things that God keeps from us. We recount, with more or less gratitude, the good gifts that we receive from him; but there are many blessings t ... read more

The Blessing of Quietness
      Quietness, like mercy, is twice blessed: it blesses him who is quiet, and it blesses the man's friends and neighbors. Talk is good in its way. "There is a time to speak," but there is also "a time to be silent," and in silence many of life's sweetest bles ... read more

THE BLESSING OF SIMPLE GOODNESS
      After all, there are few ways in which most of us can do better service for Christ in this world—than just by being good. Sir Walter Scott's farewell to Lockhart contained wise counsel: "Be a good man, my friend." Cleverness shines more brightly in soci ... read more

THE BLESSING OF SIMPLE GOODNESS
      After all, there are few ways in which most of us can do better service for Christ in this world—than just by being good. Sir Walter Scott's farewell to Lockhart contained wise counsel: "Be a good man, my friend." Cleverness shines more brightly in soci ... read more

The Blessing of Work
      Some people have the impression that work is part of the curse which sin brought into the world. They imagine that if our first parents had not fallen into sin, that they would never have had anything to do, that they would have walked about forever among ... read more

The Building of Character
      The building of character is the most important business of life. It matters little what works a man may leave in the world; his real success is measured by what he has wrought along the years in his own being. True character must be built after divine ... read more

The Children's Part
      "What would I not give," said Charles Lamb, "to call my dear mother back to earth for a single day, to ask her pardon, upon my knees, for all those acts by which I grieved her gentle spirit!" Many another sensitive heart, has felt the same pain when st ... read more

The Christian as a Garden-Maker
      God must love flowers—for he has strewn the earth with them! Everywhere they grow—not only in the garden and conservatory, where they are cultivated by human hands—but in the fields, in the meadows, in the forests, on the mountains, in deep canyons, ... read more

The Christian Husband
      Each member of the household has a part in the family life, and the fullest happiness and blessedness of the home can be attained, only when each one's part is faithfully fulfilled. If any one member of the family fails in love or duty, the failure affect ... read more

The Christian Wife
      It is a high honor for a woman to be chosen from among all womankind, to be the wife of a godly and true man. She is lifted up to be a crowned queen. Her husband's manly love laid at her feet, exalts her to the throne of his life. Great power is placed in ... read more

THE COMING OF THE KING
      It was only five days before the crucifixion. This day Jesus was the people's idol. Was He Himself deceived by this popular outpouring and acclaim? Did He suppose that at last, after their rejection of Him for so long—that they were now going to accept ... read more

THE COMPASSION OF CHRIST
      Every revealing of Christ, showed His sympathy with the weak and the wronged. That is not the way of the world in His day. The strong oppressed the weak. No provision was made for the feeble, the destitute. All that we see in the world today of pity, of s ... read more

The Conversion of the Persecutor Acts 9:1-27
      The first mention of Saul is in Acts 7:58, at the close of the story of the death of Stephen, the first Christian martyr. We are told that when the witnesses who had given testimony against Stephen were about to cast the first stone at the condemned man, ... read more

THE COST AND WORTH OF SYMPATHY
      The true nature of sympathy is not always understood; it is more than tears, which often lie near the surface, and flow easily at the touch of any external experience. Some natures are wonderfully sensitive to the expressions of joy or sorrow in other liv ... read more

The Cost of Being a Blessing
      Preachers sometimes tell us, in urging us to live a useful life, that it costs but little to do good. In a sense this is true. Without large outlay of money, and without great expenditure of strength—one may do many helpful things and make one's life a ... read more

THE COST OF HELPFULNESS
      Every blessing that comes to us—is made sacred by its cost. To us it may be given freely; but, before it could be given, a price was paid for it! One cannot be truly helpful to another, except through a consuming of self. Thus the healings wrought by Je ... read more

The Cost of Reaching the Best
      Someone has been making a little calculation which is interesting. A bar of iron of a certain size, in its rough state, is worth five dollars. If it be made into horseshoes, it is worth twelve dollars. When it has been put through certain processes and th ... read more

The Cure for Care
      There is no life into which do not come many things calculated to cause anxiety and distraction of mind. There are great sorrows; there are perplexities as to duty; there are disappointments and losses; there are annoyances and hindrances; there are chafi ... read more

The Cure for Care
      There is no life into which do not come many things calculated to cause anxiety and distraction of mind. There are great sorrows; there are perplexities as to duty; there are disappointments and losses; there are annoyances and hindrances; there are chafi ... read more

The Danger of Talking Too Much
      Many people talk too much. There are scarcely any of us by whom are spoken no words which it were better to have left unspoken. All unkind words belong to this class. We talk too much when we speak angrily, when we say a word that hurts another. Some peop ... read more

The Devotional Life of the Sunday School Teacher
      The Devotional Life of the Sunday School Teacher by J. R. Miller (1840-1912) Table of Contents Chapter 1. Sacredness of the Teacher's Work Chapter 2. The Teacher's Aim Chapter 3. The Teacher's Preparation Chapter 4. The Spiritual Element in T ... read more

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