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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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      Perhaps no other great picture ever painted is richer in its spiritual teachings, than Holman Hunt's "Light of the World." It is a gospel in itself. The Savior of men stands before us in imposing beauty, masterful and kingly in his strength. He is clad in ... read more

Christian Character
       Character Reputation is what a man's neighbors and friends think of him. Character is what the man IS. Character is personal. It is not a possession we can share with someone else. We can give a hungry person part of our loaf of bread; we can d ... read more

Christian Essentials 1 Thessalonians 5:14-24
      "We urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle!" There is a duty of warning others. We may not always speak words of commendation and approval. When people are living in a disorderly way, that is, not in harmony with the Word of God—they are to be admo ... read more

Christian Liberty Galatians 4:1-16
      When Paul sent his message to the Christians of Galatia, he emphasized emphatically the great doctrine of justification by faith, for this was the preaching they most needed. After saying that all Christians, without regard to nation, were children of God ... read more

Christian Liberty Galatians 4:1-16
      When Paul sent his message to the Christians of Galatia, he emphasized emphatically the great doctrine of justification by faith, for this was the preaching they most needed. After saying that all Christians, without regard to nation, were children of God ... read more

Christian Living Romans 12:1-15
      Paul's philosophy of Christian living, is compactly stated in these fifteen verses. "I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God; which is your reasonable service." God wants us to b ... read more

Christian Self-Restraint 1 Corinthians 9:19-27
      Paul taught this lesson in verse 19, "I made myself servant unto all." We are not our own. We are Christ's. But we are Christ's for love and service. He does not want us to spend our time merely praising him in words and songs. He wants us to go out into ... read more

Christlike Living in a Sinful World
       Character Reputation is what a man's neighbors and friends think of him. Character is what the man IS. Character is personal. It is not a possession we can share with someone else. We can give a hungry person part of our loaf of bread; we ca ... read more

Close of Paul's Second Missionary Journey Acts 18:1-22
      Nobody noticed a plain man walking along the streets of Corinth, one day, travel-stained and weary. Yet his coming into Corinth meant more for that city than the entrance of any other man in the city's whole history. He brought the gospel there, and the g ... read more

Close of Paul's Third Missionary Journey Acts 21:1-17
      Life is full of parting and meetings, of letting go things that are past and laying hold of things in the future. The missionaries and these friends had been together but a week, and yet they had become so attached to each other, that their parting was te ... read more

Comfort in Christ's Knowledge of Us
      To many people, the thought of Christ's perfect knowledge of them is an unwelcome one. It frightens and troubles them. But if we are living as we should live, if we are true to our purpose and sincere in our striving, the consciousness that Christ knows a ... read more

Coming to the End
      We are always coming to the end of something; nothing earthly is long-lived. Many things last but for a day; many, for only a moment. You look at the sunset-clouds, and there is a glory in them which thrills your soul; you turn to call a friend to beho ... read more

Compensation in Life
      Every shadow—has its light; every night—has its morning; every pang of pain—has its thrill of pleasure; every salt tear—has its crystal beauty; every weakness—has its element of strength; every loss—has its gain. So all through l ... read more

      Nothing is more striking to a close observer of human life, than the almost infinite variety of character which exists among those who profess to be Christians. No two are alike. Even those who are alike revered for their saintliness, who alike seem to we ... read more

Counsel and Help
       CHOICE EXCERPTS A living, loving, personal Savior We are in the habit of saying that Christ saved us by dying for us on the Cross. In an important sense this is true. We never could have been saved, if He had not died for us. But ... read more

      We are not apt to think of discouragement as either dangerous or sinful. Some people seem to think it rather a pleasant experience than otherwise; at least, they appear to find a sort of relief and satisfaction in dropping down now and then, into a depres ... read more

      It takes courage to look our own sins in the face, and to deal with them as we would counsel another to do, if the sins were his. It was one of the old psalm-writers who said, "I thought on my ways." It is not likely, that even he found it an easy thing t ... read more

December 1. The Sacred Garments
      "And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get." Mark 15:24 We love to think of those sacred garments which our Savior had worn. Perhaps they had been made by His mother's hands, or maybe by the hands of som ... read more

December 10. It Is Finished!
      "He said, It is finished!" John 19:30 This was the sixth saying of the Savior on the cross. His allotted life-work was done; all His task was ended, all things set for Him to do were done, and nothing more remained for Him — but to die. Many peopl ... read more

December 11. Last Words
      "Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit." Luke 23:46 This was the seventh and last of Savior's sayings on the cross. Christ's work as Redeemer was now altogether done; His last word, "It is finished," marked its completion. Now He is ready to go b ... read more

December 12. The Rent Veil
      "At that moment, the veil of the temple was rent in two from top to bottom!" Matthew 27:51 The veil was the symbol of separation from God. In the Holy of holies behind it — was the place where God's presence dwelt. Men could not pass the veil. The te ... read more

December 13. Ministering Women
      "And many women were there beholding from afar, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto Him" Matthew 27:55 These were the earliest of a great and noble army of holy women — attached to Christ by deep, personal love — following and min ... read more

December 14. Joseph of Arimathea
      "Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body." Mark 15:43 Joseph had been a disciple of Christ for some time before — but had lacked the coura ... read more

December 15. The Descent from the Cross
      "When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb" Matthew 27:59, 60 According to the Roman custom, the bodies of those who were crucified were left hanging until they were eaten by birds and wild be ... read more

December 16. The Sepulcher
      "In the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulcher. There they laid Jesus." John 19:41, 42 As we stand by this garden-tomb, many thoughts are suggested. Christ touched life at every point. Beginning at infancy, H ... read more

December 17. Love and Sorrow
      "Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid." Mark 15:47 It was a loving watch — but a hopeless one, which those devoted women kept. No stars shone through their cypress trees that afternoon. To their faith, their Christ was lo ... read more

December 18. The First at the Sepulcher
      "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. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb" Mark 16:1-2 Not ... read more

December 19. The Stone Rolled Away
      "They asked each other, 'Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?' But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away!" Mark 16:3-4 We are all alike. Even these holy women on this most sacred ... read more

December 2. The King of the Jews
      "Above his head they placed the written charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS." Matthew 27:37 There was no other crime charged. He had done nothing amiss. Pilate had satisfied himself of that. He had examined Him, and could find no fa ... read more

December 20. The Empty Tomb
      "The angel said to the women: Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified." Matthew 28:5 It must have been a glad errand to the angels who were sent to minister at the grave of the Redeemer, to roll the stone away, to ... read more

December 21. Go and Tell Peter
      "Go your way, tell his disciples and Peter." Mark 16:7 Why "and Peter"? Why was Peter named — and none of the other disciples? Had Peter been the most loyal and faithful of all the Master's friends, that he deserved such a mark of distinction as this ... read more

December 22. Mary Magdalene
      "At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus." John 20:14 The story of Mary Magdalene is one of very tender interest. Jesus had wrought for her a very wonderful deliverance, casting out the seven d ... read more

December 23. Why are you crying?
      "Why are you crying?" John 20:15 There really was no cause for tears; for Jesus, whom she mourned as dead — was living. Does not Jesus ask the same question now of many a mourner, "Why are you crying?" We cannot restrain our tears when a dear friend ... read more

December 24. Rabboni!
      "She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" John 20:16 Jesus had not forgotten Mary's name in His experience of death. It was the ancient heathen belief that death washed from the soul all memory of the earthly life — its loves, its s ... read more

December 25. True Christmas Joy
      "Jesus said to her, "Mary." John 20:16 On this Christmas day, we come to the hour of restored joy, which is even richer and deeper, because it is fuller than the joy of the Savior's birth. Christmas tells of the first coming of Christ to earth, with bl ... read more

December 26. The Walk to Emmaus
      "As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them" Luke 24:15 These two friends, as they walked along with heavy hearts, had only one theme: they were talking of their sore loss and of Him whom ... read more

December 27. Abide with Us
      "They constrained him, saying, Abide with us." Luke 24:29 If the two disciples had not constrained Jesus to stay with them, He would have passed on, and they would have missed the blessed enjoyment of His company, and the disclosure of Himself which He ... read more

December 28. Prize Present Blessings
      "Their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight." Luke 24:31 All along the way, Jesus had walked with these disciples, pouring the warmth of His spirit upon them; but they did not recognize Him — until the moment of His ... read more

December 29. Rejoice in the Lord
      "Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord." John 20:20 Christ's death had caused them great sorrow; to have Him back again from death — gave them unspeakable joy. Indeed there never would have been and Christian joy — if Jesus had not r ... read more

December 3. Divine Forgiveness
      "Father, forgive them — for they know not what they do." Luke 23:34 This was the first saying spoken by our Lord on His cross. It was uttered just when the soldiers were in the act of crucifying Him — driving the cruel nails through His hands and f ... read more

December 30. Do You Truly Love Me?
      Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?" "Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my lambs." Again Jesus said, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me?" He answered, "Yes, Lord, you ... read more

December 31. Follow Me
      "When he had spoken this, he said unto him, Follow me!" John 21:19 We have come now to the last day of the year. For a whole year in these daily readings, we have been walking with Christ. Is there any better word with which to close this book and clos ... read more

December 4. Self-Sacrifice
      "The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said: He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One." Luke 23:35 It was because He would save others — that He could not save Himself. The soldier ... read more

December 5. At Home with the Lord
      "Today shall you be with Me in paradise!" Luke 23:43 This was the second saying of the Savior on the cross. Something touched the heart of one of the robbers — may it not have been the Savior's prayer for His murderers? He became penitent in his dyin ... read more

December 6. The Divine Legacy
      "When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, 'Dear woman, here is your son,' and to the disciple, 'Here is your mother.' From that time on, this disciple took her into his home." John 19:26-27 ... read more

December 7. The Dark Valley
      "It was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour." Luke 23:44 It was a mysterious and supernatural darkness. We may say, and we can say no more — that it was nature sympathizing with the crucifixion of it ... read more

December 8. Christ's Cry on the Cross
      "My God, my God — why have You forsaken Me?" Matthew 27:46 This was the fourth saying of the Savior on the cross. It is too mysterious for explanation, and we may only ponder it with hushed hearts for a little. "My God, my God — why have You forsak ... read more

December 9. Divine Thirst
      "Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said: I thirst!" John 19:28 Here we have the fifth saying of the Savior on the cross. It was just before the end. All things belonging to His work as Redeem ... read more

Doing, and Not Doubting
      Some good people talk altogether too much in a doleful strain. Indeed any doleful talk in a Christian is too much. We have no right to go about airing our fears and doubts. In the first place, we need not have fears and doubts, if we have truly committed ... read more

      "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your Master's happiness!" Matthew 25:21 No higher praise can be given to any life--than to say it has been faithful ... read more

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