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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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Prayer - We come now to the close of another week, our Father
      We come now to the close of another week, our Father, and wait for its last morning blessing. We have failed in many ways, and with humility and penitence, we confess our failures. We ask for grace to make this last day of the week, better than any of the ... read more

Prayer - We come to Your feet, our Father, to receive
      We come to Your feet, our Father, to receive Your blessing as we go out into the world. We want to make this a beautiful day. Help us to be diligent. Cover us with Your wings of love. Let us not lean to our own understanding, nor follow the devices and de ... read more

Prayer for Divine Searching
      "Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life." Psalm 139:23-24 This is an intense and deeply earnest prayer for divine searching! If we mak ... read more

Praying for Our Friends
      It is good to pray for one's friends. Indeed, the friendship that does not pray--is lacking in one of its most sacred elements. We have also a good index of the character of the friendship, in the things that one asks for one's friends. To seek for them o ... read more

Presenting Men Perfect
      "That we may present everyone perfect in Christ." Colossians 1:28 We are each others' keeper, in a more serious sense than we think. When a new friend is given to us—we come under very sacred obligation to do him good, not evil, to guard his interest ... read more

Putting Away Childish Things
      There is a wide difference between childlikeness — and childishness. Childlikeness is commended as very beautiful in life and disposition. The Master exhorted his disciples to become as little children, and said that until they would do so, they coul ... read more

Putting Away PAST Things
      One of the most serious problems of life—is the laying down of things with which we have nothing more to do. It is hard for us to let go of interests and affairs, for which we have been responsible for a time—but the responsibility for which is now an ... read more

Redemption in Christ Romans 3:19-26
      After a trial and conviction, before the judge utters the sentence, he asks the prisoner if he has anything to say, why sentence should not be pronounced upon him. So every human soul is tried at the bar of divine law and convicted and stands speechless. ... read more

Refuge from Strife of Tongues
      "Life and death are in the power of the tongue!" Proverbs 18:21 "The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. All kin ... read more

Religion in the Home
      Much is said and written on religion in the home, and yet it may be, that there is not always a clear conception of the meaning of the term. It is sometimes supposed that the requirement is fully met when family devotions are regularly maintained. This is ... read more

Religion in the Home
      A German sculptor occupied eight years in making a marble statue of Christ. When he had worked two years upon it, the work seemed to be finished. To test his success, he called a little child into his studio, and, showing her this statue, asked her, "Who ... read more

      "Do this in remembrance of Me." 1 Corinthians 11:25 Our Master craved to be remembered. None of us want to be forgotten. We want to live in the hearts of those we love. But this was not the only reason why Christ wished to be remembered. He had come to ... read more

Remember the Way
      There is a Scriptural exhortation which bids us to remember all the ways by which the Lord has led us. This exhortation is always timely — but at the close of a year, it has special timeliness. Memory is a wonderful faculty. If we did not remember, o ... read more

Remembering Christ's Words
      Memory is a wonderful faculty. It is a hand that writes down on an invisible scroll--a record of all the things we do, all the thoughts that pass through our mind, all the impressions that are made upon us. Memory is meant to give us great pleasure. It wo ... read more

Satisfaction—Not Repression
      Thirst is characteristic of humanity. Wherever you find a human soul, you find in it longings, desires, and yearnings. Then it is only commonplace to say, that in all this world there is nothing to satisfy a human soul. There has been no lack of searching ... read more

Saved by Grace Ephesians 2:1-10
      The passage on which this chapter is based begins with a look backward at the condition from which the Ephesians has sprung. They had been raised from the dead. Jesus Christ came into a world of dead men. He himself was the only living man in the world. H ... read more

Secrets of Contentment
      "I am glad to think I am not bound to make the world go right, But only to discover, and to do with cheerful heart, The work which God appoints." Someone has said, that if men were to be saved by contentment, instead of faith in Christ, most people ... read more

Secrets of Happy Home Life
      by J. R. Miller, 1894 Home is among the holiest of words. A true home is one of the most sacred of places. It is a sanctuary into which men flee from the world's perils and alarms. It is a resting-place to which at close of day the weary retire to gat ... read more

Seeds of Light
      "Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart." Psalm 97:11 The figure of the seed is very common in the Scriptures. All natural life begins in germs, and develops into fullness of form and strength. The same law prevails in t ... read more

Self-Denial Romans 14:1-21
      We are not done with life as we live it; we shall meet it again, every act of it. We are not answerable to men. But we must never forget that there is One to whom we are all answerable. "Everyone of us shall give account of himself to God." The only true ... read more

September 1. Servants of Sin
      "Whoever commits sin — is the servant of sin" John 8:34 So the people who boast so of their freedom — are really slaves after all. They look upon a Christian with a sot of pity, because he cannot do the wicked things they do. "Oh, I forgot! You can ... read more

September 10. Green Pastures
      "I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture." John 10:9 The shepherd takes care that his sheep are well fed. Christ also feeds His people, and leads them out to find pasture. The Bible is His ... read more

September 11. Christ Knows His Own
      "I am the Good Shepherd. I know My own sheep — and they know Me!" John 10:14 The Jewish shepherds had certain marks by which they knew their own sheep. Even in this country, the farmers put "brands" on their sheep — their own initial, or an "ear-ma ... read more

September 12. The Home of Bethany
      "Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha." John 11:1 This home at Bethany was wondrously favored. The family seems to have been somewhat wealthy. It was a loving home, the three members named ... read more

September 13. The Sister's Message
      "So the sisters sent word to Jesus: Lord, the one You love is sick!" John 11:3 In their trouble — the first thought of the sisters was of Jesus, and they sent at once to Him. This lesson we should not overlook. No doubt they sent for the physician; b ... read more

September 14. Martha Going to Jesus
      "When Martha heard that Jesus was coming — she went out to meet Him" John 11:20 The coming of Jesus to this Bethany home was never so welcome as on that day. It is the same still, in people's homes, even in those where He is most loved: Christ is nev ... read more

September 15. Unbelieving "Ifs"
      "Lord, if you had been here — my brother would not have not died!" John 11:21 Would Lazarus not have died — if Jesus had been there? Do we not read that because Jesus loved the Bethany family, and because He learned of the sickness of Lazarus — t ... read more

September 16. Life in Christ
      "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me — will never die!" John 11:25-26 Martha believed in the resurrection at the last day; but that seemed far away, while her ... read more

September 17. The Seeking Savior
      "Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?" Luke 15:4 Does the shepherd care when one of His sheep has left the fold? He has a hund ... read more

September 18. Brought Home
      "And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home!" Luke 15:5-6 He does not drive the poor weary sheep home. This is not the way of the gentle shepherd. He stoops down and lifts it up, and lays it on his own shoulder and carries ... read more

September 19. The Far Country
      "The younger son got together all he had, set off for a far country and there squandered his substance in wild living." Luke 15:13 It is not long after a man has shaken off his subjection to God — before he begins his departure from Him. He first get ... read more

September 2. Passing By
      "A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side." Luke 10:31 We must not suppose that all priests were thus cold and heartless. Ministers are generally warm-hearted men; they all ought to be so ... read more

September 2. The Beggar's Escort
      "The beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom." Luke 16:22 Nothing is said about his funeral. Of course, if he had one — it was only a pauper's funeral. Earth had no honor for the beggar, no splendid coffin, no flowers. But the ... read more

September 20. The Prodigal's Return
      No matter how far we have wandered! (J.R. Miller, "Daily Bible Readings in the Life of Christ" 1890) "But while he was still a long way off — his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him a ... read more

September 22. Continue in Prayer
      "Men ought always to pray, and not give up." Luke 18:1 A great many people get discouraged in praying, because the answer does not come at once. It should be settled in the mind, first — that God always hears the true prayer, and that He will always ... read more

September 23. Two Prayers
      "God, I thank you, that I am not as other men are!" "God be merciful to me, a sinner!" Luke 18:11, 13 Here we have two kinds of prayer set side by side for our instruction. The first really is no prayer at all; it is only a bit of self-congratulatio ... read more

September 24. The Children's Friend
      "Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them." Matthew 19:13 Those children must have been glad in after days, to remember that Jesus had laid His hands upon their heads and blessed them. Sometimes th ... read more

September 25. Forbid Them Not
      "Jesus said: Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these." Matthew 19:14 The love of Christ for children, was one of the most beautiful qualities in His life. It revealed His true human ... read more

September 26. The Rich Young Ruler
      "As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. "Good teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Mark 10:17 This was a young man, with all his abilities fresh and full. He was rich, with all the ho ... read more

September 27. Not Far from the Kingdom
      "Jesus looked at him and loved him. "One thing you lack," He said. "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in Heaven. Then come, follow me." Mark 10:21 Our Lord's answer to the young man's question is very instruc ... read more

September 28. Serving Others
      "The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." Matthew 20:28 The art of photography is now so advanced, that a whole page of a newspaper can be taken in miniature so small — as to be carried on a ... read more

September 29. Jesus Passing By
      "When he heard that it was Jesus — he began to cry out." Mark 10:47 No doubt the blind man had been wishing that Jesus would come to Jericho. He had grown to believe that if he would only come — He could open his blind eyes. What a burst of joy fil ... read more

September 3. My Neighbor
      "A certain Samaritan … had compassion on him, and went to him, and bound up his wounds" Luke 10:33, 34 Now we must not conclude that the half-heathen Samaritans were better as a class, than the highly-favored Jews. Our Lord uses a Samaritan in His pa ... read more

September 30. Faithfulness
      "Well done, my good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities!" Luke 19:17 It is remarkable how much the Word of God makes of faithfulness — simple faithfulness. It is not great things which God require ... read more

September 4. Spiritual Blindness
      "As Jesus went along, he saw a man blind from birth." John 9:1 The blind man illustrates every person's natural condition. For one thing, he had never been able to see. So men are born in a state of sin. Whatever we may say about the sweetness, innocen ... read more

September 5. The Night Comes
      "As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent Me. Night is coming, when no one can work." John 9:4 Even Jesus felt the pressure of time's brevity, and the necessity for doing promptly and quickly, the work which had been given Him to do. H ... read more

September 6. Sight to the Blind
      "Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man's eyes. 'Go,' he told him, 'wash in the Pool of Siloam' (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing." John 9:6-7 It is related t ... read more

September 7. The Blind Man's Obedience
      "So the man went and washed — and came home seeing!" John 9:7 We must mark the promptness of this blind man's obedience. See him rising from his place, and led by some attendant, walking along the street with the patches of mud upon his eyes. People ... read more

September 8. The Good Shepherd
      "The sheep listen to His voice. He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out." John 10:3 There is a great difference between the care which the owner gives — and that which a servant or hireling gives. There is a difference between the way a tru ... read more

September 9. Following Jesus
      "The sheep listen to His voice. He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out. When He has brought out all his own, He goes on ahead of them, and His sheep follow Him because they know His voice!" John 10:3-4 The shepherd does not drive his sheep â ... read more

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