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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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      It was Pilate's last appeal. He hoped that the spectacle of Jesus wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe would so move the people to pity, that they would cry out for His release. But the appeal was in vain. While the Holy Sufferer stands befo ... read more

      One of the saddest elements in the Gethsemane experience, was our Lord's disappointment in His disciples. He chose the three best loved of them all, and asked them to be near Him during His great agony. He hoped to get strength from their sympathy. While ... read more

"Do the Next Thing"
      DUTY never is a haphazard thing; it does not come to us in 'bundles' from which we may choose what we like best. There are never a half dozen things, any one of which we may fitly do at any particular time; there is someone definite and particular thing i ... read more

      Those who was one of the strangest nights of our Lord's life. In the evening He sent the disciples out upon the sea alone. Then He went up into the mountain and spent the night with His Father. A storm came on, and the little boat was wildly tossed in the ... read more

      This is a charming story. Probably Jairus had not sought to know Jesus hitherto. Probably he would not have sought Him now—but for his distress. Trouble turns to Christ, many a heart that otherwise would never have gone to Him. This little girl was the ... read more

      Pilate's was a most unenviable distinction. No doubt he felt honored when he was made procurator of Judea. But the honor brought him a responsibility which left him weighed and found lacking. Pilate did not know when he was roused so early that April morn ... read more

      "When Elkanah and all his household went up to make the annual sacrifice and his vow offering to the Lord, Hannah did not go and explained to her husband, 'After the child is weaned, I'll take him to appear in the Lord's presence and to stay there permane ... read more

A condition of Divine Blessing
      There is a secret of living which, if people knew it, would make all life easier for them. It may be stated thus—that as we take up any duty and go forward with it—we shall receive the strength which we need to do it. There are several divine promises ... read more

A devotional study of the Beatitudes
      The Master's Blesseds A devotional study of the Beatitudes by J. R. Miller, 1905 (J. R. Miller's genius is seen at its best in this book, and many as have been the expositions of that wonderful discourse of our Lord's, 'The Master's Blesseds' ... read more

A Girl's Questions
      Every girl has questions. Her brain teems with them — her heart too. She ought to have questions. If she had not, she would not be a living girl, at least she would be living to very small purpose. Questions are the keys which open doors within, which w ... read more

A High Sense of Honor
      Everything that is beautiful in life, should be most earnestly coveted by every young person. Youth is the time for the building of character. What we expect to be when we are out in the world in mid-life — we must begin to be when we are in school. If ... read more

A Talk about Disposition
      You are a Christian. You have confessed Christ before the world. You say that Christ is the dearest Friend you have. You say he is the noblest in his character, the fairest in his beauty, the sweetest in his spirit, the gentlest in his disposition, the ri ... read more

A Word about TEMPER
      "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." Ephesians 4:32 More than half of us are bad-tempered—at least an English social scientist tells us so. He claims that this is no mere general stateme ... read more

      No word is more frequently used by young people in these days than the word consecration. Indeed, it is used so frequently, and falls from the lips so glibly, that there is danger of its true meaning not being always appreciated. Precisely what do young C ... read more

      Almost everyone prays. At least almost everyone is taught in childhood to kneel before God, and with the first lispings of speech to say, "Our Father." And all Christians maintain the habit of prayer with more or less faithfulness. What is prayer? It i ... read more

About Your FATHER.
      Perhaps fathers have been neglected. Volumes have been written and countless sermons have been preached about mothers. Their devotion and self-sacrifice have been commented upon without stint. Children are taught to honor their mother, to remember always ... read more

About Your FRIENDS.
      Friendships begin very early. Little children form tender associations which mean much to their happiness, and which sometimes last through their life. We all need friendships. In solitary confinement, men have been known to make friends of insects and li ... read more

About Your MOTHER.
      Your mother is the first friend you ever had. When you came into this great world as an utter stranger, not knowing anyone, never having looked into any face — you found her love waiting for you. Instantly you had . . . a friend, a bosom to nestle in ... read more

About Your Shadow
      There is in the New Testament a beautiful story which tells of the power of a good man's shadow. The people brought out their sick, and laid them along the sides of the road when the apostle Peter was to pass, that his shadow might fall upon them; and we ... read more

      There is a wondrous power of explanation in that word, "afterward." Things do not seem to us today—as they will seem tomorrow. This is the key which the Scriptures give us for the solution of the strange mystery of affliction. "No chastening for the pre ... read more

      "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do—do it all for the glory of God." 1 Corinthians 10:31 "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed—do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Colossians 3:1 ... read more

April 1. Make me Clean
      "While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him: Lord, if you are willing — you can make me clean." Luke 5:12 This prayer shows a beautiful fai ... read more

April 10. Immediately made Whole
      "Here a great number of disabled people used to lie — the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there — had been an invalid for thirty-eight years!" John 5:3-5 "Then Jesus said to him, 'Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.' At once the man was ... read more

April 11. The Sabbath
      "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath" Mark 2:27 The Sabbath was not made for man merely as an arbitrary law which he must observe. It is as much a law of his nature, or in harmony with his nature, as is the night which bids him ce ... read more

April 12. The Great Physician
      "For He had healed many, so that those with diseases were pushing forward to touch Him." Mark 3:10 Though the plots of His enemies drove Jesus out of the city — they did not stop His doing good. Though some rejected His love — His heart was not clo ... read more

April 13. They Came to Him
      "Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to Him those He wanted — and they came to Him." Mark 3:13 That is the way Jesus is doing continually — standing and calling men to come to Him. And here we see the way everyone who hears His voice should ... read more

April 14. Transforming Power
      "These are the twelve He appointed: Simon (to whom He gave the name Peter)" Mark 3:16 In an are gallery in Europe are shown, side by side — the first and the last works of a great artist. The first is very crude and most faulty; the last is a masterp ... read more

April 15. The Beatitudes
      "Blessed . . . Blessed . . . Blessed . . . Blessed . . . " Matthew 5:3-10 The Blesseds of the Scriptures shine all over the inspired pages — like stars in the midnight sky! The Bible is a book of beatitudes and blessings. God's mercy lies everywhere. ... read more

April 16. Humility
      "Blessed are the poor in spirit — for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven." Matthew 5:3 This beatitude is not pronounced upon the poor in earthly condition; for one may be very poor — and yet very proud; or one may be rich in worldly goods — and yet ... read more

April 17. Comforted
      "Blessed are those who mourn — for they shall be comforted." Matthew 5:4 We do not usually regard sorrowing people as blessed. Here, however, is a special beatitude for mourners. In particular, Jesus probably meant penitent mourners. In all this worl ... read more

April 18. Meekness
      "Blessed are the meek — for they shall inherit the earth." Matthew 5:5 Meekness is not a popular quality. The world calls it a cowardly spirit — which leads a man . . . to remain quiet under insult, to endure a wrong without resentment, to be tr ... read more

April 19. Spiritual Hunger
      "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness — for they shall be filled." Matthew 5:6 It strikes us somewhat strangely at first, that there should be a beatitude for dissatisfaction. We know that peace is promised to the Christian, an ... read more

April 2. The Master's Touch!
      "While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, 'Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.' Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. ... read more

April 20. The Golden Rule
      "Blessed are the merciful — for they shall obtain mercy." Matthew 5:7 People get back in this world — just about what they give. If we think the world is hard with us — the probability is that the hardness is in ourselves, and that it is . . . t ... read more

April 21. Purity of Heart
      "Blessed are the pure in heart — for they shall see God." Matthew 5:8 There is no beatitude in the Bible — for anything unclean. We are told also that there is no room in Heaven — for anything that defiles. Therefore if we hope to enter Heave — ... read more

April 22. Peacemakers
      "Blessed are the peacemakers — for they shall be called the children of God." Matthew 5:9 This seems to be a much overlooked beatitude. There are many people who are really strife-makers rather than peace-makers. They do not seek to heal estrangement ... read more

April 23. Let Your Light Shine!
      "You are the light of the world." Matthew 5:14 Every true Christian is a candle shining in this dark world. The Bible speaks of the spirit of man as the candle of the Lord. Proverbs 20:26. In the natural state, before regeneration — we are unlighted ... read more

April 24. The Two Testaments
      "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them." Matthew 5:17 There are not two Bibles in the one. The Old Testament and the New Testament are not two distinct books — but two pa ... read more

April 25. Promises and Prophecies
      "I tell you the truth, until Heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished." Matthew 5:18 Christ referred here primarily to the promises and ... read more

April 26. Little Sins
      "Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same — will be called least in the kingdom of Heaven." Matthew 5:19 A great many people are careful about breaking large commandments and committing heinous sins â ... read more

April 27. True Righteousness
      "For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law — you will certainly not enter the kingdom of Heaven!" Matthew 5:20 In place of abolishing or destroying the law — Jesus put new meaning into ... read more

April 28. Angry Without Cause
      "But I tell you — that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of Hell!" Matthew 5:22 We ought to learn to read the commandments, with the light of our Lord's ... read more

April 29. Acceptable Worship
      "Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you — leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift!" Matthew 5:23 ... read more

April 3. He Could Not be Hid
      "The news spread quickly that He was in the house!" Mark 2:1 Whenever Jesus enters a home — it never can be kept quiet for long. He cannot be hidden. The neighbors will soon find out that He is there! The people cannot keep the secret. They will let ... read more

April 30. True Charity
      "But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing!" Matthew 6:3 There are some people who want every good thing they do, to be well advertised. If they give money to some good cause — they want to have it n ... read more

April 5. Bearing One Another's Burdens
      "Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While he was preaching God's Word to them, four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat." Mark 2:2-3 That was a very touching sig ... read more

April 6. Faith Seen in Our Works
      When He saw their faith." Luke 5:20 So far as we know, no one had spoken a word to Jesus about the sick man — but there really was no need for words. The pains at which the friends had been to get this poor sufferer into the presence of Christ, told ... read more

April 7. Strength Bestowed
      "Jesus said to the paralytic: Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home! He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all." Mark 2:10-12 That was surely a very strange command to give to a paralyzed man. He could not get up. He could not t ... read more

April 8. Blessed by Sickness
      "Here a great number of disabled people used to lie — the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there — had been an invalid for thirty-eight years!" John 5:3-5 That was a long time to be sick! It is very hard to be an invalid year after year! ... read more

April 9. Even So Send I You
      "I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred." John 5:7 Are there not many unsaved people in every community who might also say, "I have no man to bring me to Christ"? There are many lost souls, for whom no one is caring. Christian ... read more

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