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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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The Disciple Whom Jesus Loved
      "One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to Him." John 13:23 One of the most tender pictures in the gospel, is that which shows us one of Christ's disciples leaning on the Master's bosom. No name is given. We are told that it was ... read more

The Duty of Being Always Strong
      It is always a duty to be strong. Weakness is never set down as a virtue. Yet there is abundant proof of divine sympathy with weakness. God is the friend of the weak. Weakness draws his help in an especial degree. It is so in the realm of human affection. ... read more

      There is a duty of being strong. Strength is not a mere happy gift that falls to the lot of certain favored people, while others are doomed to weakness. Never is weakness a duty. Over and over again in the Scriptures are men urged to be strong—but they ... read more

      There is a duty of being strong. Strength is not a mere happy gift that falls to the lot of certain favored people, while others are doomed to weakness. Never is weakness a duty. Over and over again in the Scriptures are men urged to be strong—but they ... read more

The Duty of Encouragement
      There are few things to which we need to train ourselves more diligently and conscientiously than to the habit of giving cheer and encouragement. To many people life is hard. It is full of struggles. It has more of shadow than of sunshine. Its duties are ... read more

The Duty of Encouragement
      "Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." 1 Thessalonians 5:11 "But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness." Hebrews 3:13 ... read more

      It is a great thing to learn to live in the future. Paul put the lesson in very plain words when he said, "Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are ahead, I press toward the mark!" To get the full force of t ... read more

The Duty of Forgetting Sorrow
      Sorrow makes deep scars; indeed, it writes its record ineffaceably on the heart which suffers. We really never get over our deep griefs; we are really never altogether the same after we have passed through them—as we were before. In one sense, sorrow ... read more

The Entanglements of Love
      "Owe no one anything, except the continuing debt to love each other. For he who loves his fellow man, has fulfilled the law." Romans 13:8 There are other people — we are not the only ones. Some of the others live close to us — and some farther away ... read more

The Ethics of Home-decoration
      This is not an essay on household taste or on the artistic principles which relate to the adornment of homes—but there is an ethical side to this subject on which I have a suggestion or two to offer. It is trite to say that every home influence works ... read more

The Everlasting Arms
      "The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms!" Deuteronomy 33:27 "For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope." Ro ... read more

The Every Day of Life - Part 1
       The Every Day of Life J. R. Miller, 1892 The every-day of life Perhaps the every-day of life is not so interesting, as are some of the bright particular days. It is apt to be somewhat monotonous. It is just like a great many other days. It ... read more

The Every Day of Life - Part 2
       The Every Day of Life J. R. Miller, 1892 Loving the Unseen Friend "The world sits at the feet of Christ, Unknowing, blind, and unconsoled; It shall yet touch his garment's fold, And feel the heavenly Alchemist Transmute its very dust t ... read more

The Every Day of Life - Part 3
       The Every Day of Life J. R. Miller, 1892 The Blessing of Patience Patience and passion are near of kin. A fragment of etymology will shed light on the meaning of the words. Says Crabb, in his English synonyms: "Patience comes from the acti ... read more

The Folly of Drifting into Marriage
      Among the other drifts of life, many young people merely drift into marriage. The childhood friendships, or the casual associations of youth, are nourished until at length the potent spell of love falls upon the young man and maiden, and by and by there i ... read more

The Glory of the Commonplace
       Parables and Illustrations from the Books of J.R. Miller, 1913 FOREWORD How was Dr. Miller able to write so as to reach the hearts of the hundreds of thousands who bought his books? The question has been asked many times by those who have noted ... read more

The Golden Gate of Prayer
      The Golden Gate of Prayer Devotional Studies on the Lord's Prayer J. R. Miller, 1900 "After this Manner, Pray" "Our Father" "Who is in heaven" The First Note in Prayer The Hallowed Name "Your Kingdom Come" How the Kingdom Comes "Your Will ... read more

      We look for the glory of the life of Jesus, in His manhood's years. Then He wrought great miracles, revealing His divine power. Then He spoke His wonderful words which have touched the world with their influence of blessing. Then He went about doing good, ... read more

The Grace of Being Obliging
      There is a great difference in people in the matter of obligingness. Some are always ready to do a good turn, to be of service, to be accommodating. Others are always lacking in this grace. They never show a relish to confer a favor, to do a kindness, or ... read more

      "I didn't think!" is what people say ofttimes when they suddenly become aware of the pain which some heedless act or careless word of theirs has given to a gentle heart. Too often our thoughtfulness is an afterthought; the problem is to get it to its true ... read more

      The Cross was the culmination of divine love. The life of Christ was all love. He was the love of God come down to earth, interpreted in a human life, so that all could understand it. At last, on the Cross, this love found its highest expression, when the ... read more

The Greatest Love
      "May you have the power to understand, as all God's people should--how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love really is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it!" Ephesians 3:18-19 LOVE i ... read more

      We miss much, by not giving heed to the marginal readings in our reference Bibles. Ofttimes a new light falls upon a verse or a word, when we have noted the alternative rendering which is thus given. These marginal readings give us other shades of meaning ... read more

The Hidden Life
      "Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart!" 1 Samuel 16:7. In a sense, all life is hidden. The blood courses through the veins as the heart keeps throbbing, throbbing, day and night. You can lay your finger on your wrist and fe ... read more

      Few things are more important in a home, than its conversation—yet there are few things to which less deliberate thought is given. We take great pains to have our house well-furnished. We select our carpets and pictures with the utmost care. We send our ... read more

The Home-life
      In a quiet nook among the hills, where great forest trees interlock their branches and form a deep shade—a little stream takes its rise. As it springs out from among the rocks, and goes rippling over the stones, only a tiny thread of silver at first as ... read more

      Perhaps the home-life should present no problem for young people. It would not — if homes were perfect. But the best homes on earth are only schools, with the lessons only-partially learned. It is important that careful attention be given to these lesso ... read more

The Human-heartedness of Jesus
      There is a natural tendency to think of Jesus as different from other men in the human element of his personality. Our adoration of him as our divine Lord, makes it seem almost sacrilege to place his humanity in the ordinary rank with that of other men. I ... read more

The Inner and the Outer Life
      We are not merely bodies. There is a life within our body which goes on when the body has ceased to exist. The inner man does not wear out—as the body wastes away. It does not grow old, nor become feeble with the years. The inner life is not dependent o ... read more

The Interweaving of the Days
      It is a good thing to learn to live by the day. We should devote all our strength to the doing well of each day's tasks — and then should disengage ourselves altogether from its entanglements. Emerson puts it well: "Finish every day — and be done with ... read more

The Joy of Service
      The Joy of Service J. R. Miller, 1902 The Joy of Service The Duty of Joy Thunder—or Angel's Voice? Belonging to God Our Deposit With Christ Christ's Deposit with Us Ministries That Bless Mistaken Ministering The Curse of Uselessness The ... read more

      Jesus in His teaching, spoke much of His kingdom. On the evening of the day He died, however, it did not seem probable that He would found a kingdom, or leave anything behind Him in this world, which would endure. But three days after His death and burial ... read more

The Law of Sacrifice
      "I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship." Romans 12:1 We are taught to present our bodies, as a living sacrifice unto God. Ancient offeri ... read more

The Law of Use and Disuse
      "He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it. "The first one came and said, 'Sir, your pound has earned ten more.' "'Well done, my good se ... read more

The Lesson of Love
      The Lesson of Love J. R. Miller, 1903 PREFACE To learn how to love—is to learn how to live. The lesson is a long one—but it is the great business of life to master it. The Master not only taught the lesson in words—but also set it down f ... read more

      "I am among you as one who serves." Luke 22:27 Serving is not an easy lesson to learn. But it is a lesson we must learn—if ever we would become like our Master. He did not come to be served—but to serve. He served to the uttermost, just as He loved ... read more

      Jesus taught that we should live, "not to be served—but to serve" This is a lesson that it is very hard to learn. It is easy enough to utter sentimental platitudes about the nobleness of service—but no one can truly live after this heavenly pattern, u ... read more

The Living Christ
      It always does us good, to focus on the gospel of a risen, living Christ. We need it in our life of care and struggle. It is an old truth--but it is one we forget; one, at least, whose power over us needs constant renewal. The women were heart-broken w ... read more

      "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep!" John 10:11 The shepherd is a favorite Scriptural picture of the divine love and care. In the Old Testament, the twenty-third Psalm gathers the whole wonderful truth in exquis ... read more

The Making of a Man.
      This world is not a place merely to live in, nor a place in which to do certain kinds of business; it is a great workshop in which to make godly men. It is not easy for us to be holy and to grow into beautiful life and noble character. It is not hard t ... read more

The Manliness of Jesus
      The question has been raised, whether Christianity is not a religion for women, rather than for men. It has been claimed by some that the virtues it inculcates are feminine, rather than masculine; that it does not appeal to the manly instincts and sentime ... read more

The Marriage Altar—and After
      The preparations are all at last made. The bridal dress is completed. The day has been fixed. The invitations have been sent out. The hour comes. Two young hearts are throbbing with love and joy. A brilliant company, music, flowers, a solemn hush—as the ... read more

      Most young people can talk. They begin it quite early. One of the first things a baby does, is to learn a language, meanwhile acquiring the use of its vocal organs. From that time, until the voice is silenced in death — the talking goes on. Some people ... read more

The Matter of Social Duties.
      There are two extremes in the matter of sociability. One is to want to be with others all the time, never to be alone. There are girls who must either always have company, or be company. They do not seem to themselves to be living, unless they are chatter ... read more

The Ministry of Comfort - Part 1
       The Ministry of Comfort J. R. Miller, 1898 Glimpses of Immortality Consciousness of immortality is a mighty motive in life. If we think only of what lies in the little dusty circle about our feet, we miss the glory for which we were made. ... read more

The Ministry of Comfort - Part 2
       The Ministry of Comfort J. R. Miller, 1898 Jesus as a Comforter It is interesting to study Jesus as a comforter. The comfort He gave to His friends was strong and true. We have an illustration of this in the Bethany home. The sorrow was very ... read more

The Ministry of Comfort - Part 3
       The Ministry of Comfort J. R. Miller, 1898 The Secret of Serving Before we can do people good, we must love them. There is no other secret of real helpfulness. The weakness of many schemes for the relief of distress and the amelioration of ... read more

The Ministry of Encouragement
      "Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." 1 Thessalonians 5:11 "But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness." Hebrews 3:13 ... read more

The Ministry of Kindness
      "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved—clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." Colossians 3:12 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, g ... read more

The Ministry of Sorrow
      A book that treats even fragmentarily of Christian culture, would be incomplete without a chapter on the ministry of sorrow, for this is an experience through which sooner or later every life must pass. It is part of the earthly education for the heavenly ... read more

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