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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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As I Have Loved You
      Jesus called his commandment of love—a new commandment. Why new? There was an old commandment which ran, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Some people suppose that this is the same as the commandment Jesus gave to his disciples. But there are ... read more

As unto the Lord
      "Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord." Ephesians 5:22 A great deal is said in the Scriptures, about serving the Lord. But how are we to serve him? What kind of work comes under the head of service? There are wrong impressi ... read more

August 1. Crumbs from the Master's Table
      "Even the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their master's table!" Matthew 15:27 Both the humility and the quick, eager faith of this woman — appear in this response. She was not offended by the language our Lord had used. She was willing to ... read more

August 10. Self-Denial
      "Then Jesus said to His disciples: If anyone would come after Me — he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me!" Matthew 16:24 There are few things at which people enact greater farces — than in their feeble and foolish efforts at self ... read more

August 11. No Cross, No Crown!
      "Then Jesus said to His disciples: If anyone would come after Me — he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me!" Matthew 16:24 The cross is to be taken up — not simply borne when laid upon the shoulder. This implies willing, cheerful s ... read more

August 12. Lost — yet Found
      "Whoever will save his life — shall lose it; and whoever will lose his life for my sake — shall find it." Matthew 16:25 It would appear that saving one's life would be — to avoid self-denial and sacrifice — and to live to gather as much as poss ... read more

August 13. An Unanswered Question
      "What is a man profited — if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?" Matthew 16:26 That is putting the case in its most favorable light! The whole world is the largest possible gain. But supp ... read more

August 14. Christ's Special Friends
      "Jesus took Peter, James, and John" Matthew 17:1 These three disciples belonged to the inner circle of our Lord's friends. There must have been something in them which peculiarly endeared them to Him. We know . . . that Peter was a leader among the ap ... read more

August 15. Heavenly Messengers
      "Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus." Matthew 17:3 These two heavenly messengers were conversing with Jesus; they were talking with Him about His death. Several thoughts are suggested by this. One is, that the dea ... read more

August 16. Duty After Privilege
      "Peter said to Jesus: Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters — one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." Matthew 17:4 We would know that it was Peter who said this — even if his name were not given; it i ... read more

August 16. Duty After Privilege
      "Peter said to Jesus: Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters — one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." Matthew 17:4 We would know that it was Peter who said this — even if his name were not given; it i ... read more

August 17. Bright Clouds
      "While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said: This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!" Matthew 17:5 The cloud was a symbol of the Divine presence. One of the writers says t ... read more

August 18. Failures
      "I brought him to your disciples — but they could not cure him" Matthew 17:16 There are a great many teachers in our Sunday schools who have had similar experiences. Children have been brought to them, possessed by evil spirits — and they have fail ... read more

August 19. The Unfailing Helper
      "Bring the boy here to Me." Matthew 17:17 The disciples had failed in their effort to cast out the demon — but there yet was hope. The Master Himself was now at hand, and He could not fail. There should be a great deal of encouragement in this, for a ... read more

August 2. Divine Sympathy
      "He looked up to Heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, 'Ephphatha!' (which means, 'Be opened!')." Mark 7:34 How it must have saddened the heart of Jesus to walk through this world — and see so much human misery! There is a story of a sculptor who ... read more

August 20. Desire for Place and Power
      "They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, "What were you arguing about on the road?" But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest." Mark 9:33-34 Something is wrong when we have done that thro ... read more

August 21. The Child in the Midst
      "He called a little child and had him stand among them. And He said: I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children — you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child — is the grea ... read more

August 22. For His Sake
      "He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, He said to them, "Whoever welcomes one of these little children in My name welcomes Me" Mark 9:36-37 This saying of Christ is rich enough to be studied long and deeply. To re ... read more

August 23. Little Deeds of Love
      "I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in My name because you belong to Christ — will certainly not lose his reward!" Mark 9:41 It seems indeed astonishing — that God should keep note of such a little thing, as the giving of a c ... read more

August 24. Mortifying Sin
      "If your hand or your foot causes you to sin — cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled — than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire!" Matthew 18:8 Our life is so full of temptation ... read more

August 25. The Joy Set before Him
      "As the time approached for Him to be taken up to Heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem!" Luke 9:51 There were a great many painful steps to take before our Lord could reach this blessed hour and be received up to Heavenly glory. The immediate ... read more

August 26. Go Forward
      "Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem!" Luke 9:51 We do not know what lies before us in life. Some great sorrow or anguish may be awaiting us tomorrow; but it casts no gloom over our spirits today — because we are ignorant of it. So us not knowing ... read more

August 27. An Open Fountain
      "If any man thirsts — let him come unto Me, and drink." John 7:37 Every word here is full of meaning! "If" marks the one condition to which the Savior's invitation is addressed. Of course, if we do not thirst — then we will not care to come to t ... read more

August 28. Words of Life
      "No one ever spoke the way this man does!" John 7:46 In all of literature — there are no words like those which Christ spoke. We remember what wonderful power his words had. One of them dropped upon the wild sea — and quieted it in a moment; an ... read more

August 29. Experience the Best Evidence
      "Does our law condemn anyone without first hearing him to find out what he is doing?" John 7:51 Nicodemus asked for justice for Jesus, and pleaded that He should not be condemned without a fair hearing. The same principle of justice should appeal now t ... read more

August 3. Deaf and Dumb
      "At this, the man's ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly!" Mark 7:35 It is a great thing to have deaf ears opened. In many places in the Bible we find the words, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear." This suggests ... read more

August 30. No Longer Captives
      "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32 Even among the followers of Christ, there is still much bondage because of ignorance of the truth. Superstitious people are in terror of certain imagined dangers — but their ter ... read more

August 31. Christ's Yoke True Freedom
      "We are Abraham's descendants and have never been slaves of anyone." John 8:33 The illusion of freedom, while one is really in chains, is not altogether rare. A great many people living in sin imagine they are the only free people there are. They have ... read more

August 4. The Lord will Provide
      "I have compassion for these people; they have already been with Me three days and have nothing to eat." Mark 8:2 This word of Christ shows first, how earnest the people were in their desire to be with Christ. They had been three days with Him, and eve ... read more

August 5. Help in Time of Need
      "Do you have eyes — but fail to see, and ears — but fail to hear? And don't you remember?" Mark 8:18 There is nothing unreasonable in expecting a man with two eyes, when walking through an art gallery — to see the beautiful pictures that hang upo ... read more

August 6. Divine Guidance
      "He took the blind man by the hand, and led him outside the village." Mark 8:23 That was a very gentle thing to do. Let us look very closely at the picture — Jesus is leading a poor blind man along the street. What thoughts does it start in our minds ... read more

August 7. What Do You Think of Christ?
      "But what about you? Who do you say I am?" Matthew 16:15 It is to us a great deal more important question what we think personally about Christ — than what the world thinks about Him. We may be able to state the doctrines of all the creeds of Christe ... read more

August 8. The Shadow of the Cross
      "He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again." Mark 8:31 Peter had made a noble confession of h ... read more

August 9. Peter Rebuked
      "Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him: Oh no, Lord! This will never happen to You! But He turned and told Peter: Get behind Me, Satan!" Matthew 16:22-23 It was Peter's love for Christ which made him so rebel at the thought of such a dire f ... read more

Be a Blessing
      God gives us nothing to keep altogether as our very own. What he gives us, is still his, and we have only the use of it. It is merely lent to us. This means that it is to be returned again to God, when we have ended our use of it. It is not to be returned ... read more

Beautiful Old Age
      This may scarcely seem a fitting theme to introduce in a book meant chiefly for the young, and yet a moment’s reflection will show its appropriateness and practicalness. Old age is the harvest of all the years that have gone before. It is the barn into ... read more

Beautiful Old Age
      This may scarcely seem a fitting theme to introduce in a book meant chiefly for the young, and yet a moment’s reflection will show its appropriateness and practicalness. Old age is the harvest of all the years that have gone before. It is the barn in ... read more

Beginning a Christian Life.
      Every young person should be a Christian. All the heart's truest instincts would lead the soul to God. Christ alone can answer our cravings and satisfy our longings. In him alone, can anyone reach the things that are true and right and lovely. How may ... read more

Being a Comfort to Others
      Just after the death of Queen Victoria, this beautiful story was told: She was visiting the wounded soldiers who had been brought back from South Africa. She was specially distressed by the suffering of one man who had been terribly hurt. "Is there nothin ... read more

Being Christians on Weekdays
      How to carry our religion into all parts of our life, is the question which perplexes many of us. It is not hard to be good on the quiet Sundays, when all the holy influences of the sanctuary and of the Christian home are about us. It is not hard, in such ... read more

      At first we would be disposed to say that no blessings can come out of bereavements. But the grace of God has such wondrous power, that even from the saddest desolating of a home—good may come. One blessing from the breaking of a home circle is that ... read more

Books and Reading
      "The wish falls often warm upon my heart—that I may learn nothing here, that I cannot continue in the other world; that I may do nothing here, but deeds that will bear fruit in heaven." Richter It is said, that it would require hundreds of years to r ... read more

Books Worth While
      Much is said in commendation of books. But, as in other matters, there is need for wise discrimination in what one reads. Not all books are worth reading. There are many that are utterly empty of anything that is noble or worthy. One might read them conti ... read more

Broken Lives
      There are few entirely unbroken lives in this world; there are few men who fulfill their own hopes and plans, without thwarting or interruption at some point. Now and then there is one who in early youth marks out a course for himself and then moves strai ... read more

Brothers and Sisters
      One warm spring day, a gentleman tore down an outbuilding that had stood for thirty years. When all the rubbish had been cleared away, the spot looked very bare, like a bit of arid dessert in the midst of the rich garden that surrounded it. But soon rain ... read more

Catching the Upper Currents
      Earth always needs heaven. Without sunshine and rain, no plant will live or grow. Human lives need God; not to get his blessing—is to shrivel and perish. It is indeed the love of God that this poor old world needs. Yet, though this love breathes everywh ... read more

Causes of Failure
      Sometimes, near the ocean shore, one sees a green flag, in shreds and tatters, bearing the word "Wreck," floating over the mast or some other part of a vessel, just visible above the water. The flag is to warn other craft of the wreck that lies there. Ove ... read more

Cheerful Counsel for Christians Philippians 4:1-13
      The Epistle to the Philippians is full of cheer and inspiration. Although written in a prison, a sweet song sings though it all. No other of the churches established by Paul, seems to have given him so much comfort—as did this church at Philippi. His ch ... read more

Choosing Our Friends
      We all need human friends, not only in the days of our gladness and joy — but still more in the days of our sorrow and suffering. We need a human hand to hold ours, when we are passing through experiences of anguish. We want someone beside us, in the da ... read more

Choosing to Do HARD Things
      "I labor, struggling with all His energy, which so powerfully works in me!" Colossians 1:29 The man who seeks only easy things—will never make much of his life. One who is afraid of hard work—will never achieve anything worth while. In an art ga ... read more

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