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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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February 1. Homage
      "When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea ... Magi (wise men) from the east came to Jerusalem, and asked — Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him." Matthew 2:1-2 That was the mos ... read more

February 10. The Coming of the Lord
      "Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him." Matthew 3:3 The Lord is always coming to us, or is always ready to come to us — if the way is open for him. Yet no doubt we are continually losing heavenly visitations, because the road is ... read more

February 11. The Wrath to Come
      "John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him — You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?" Luke 3:7 There are a good many people who want to flee from God's wrath — but are not willing to give up that which draw ... read more

February 12. Evidence of Repentance
      "Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance." Matthew 3:8 There is only one way to prove that we have truly repented. It will not be enough to tell people that we have repented; they will wait to see the evidence in our lives. Suppose a wicked ... read more

February 13. The Divine Patience
      "The ax already lies at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire!" Matthew 3:10 The picture is very suggestive. The axe at the tree's root, or raised in the woodman's hand to strik ... read more

February 14. Our Every-Day Life
      The people asked, "What should we do?" John replied, "If you have two coats, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry." Even corrupt tax collectors came to be baptized and asked, "Teacher, what should we do?" "Sh ... read more

February 15. Self-Renunciation
      "John answered them all: I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire!" Luke 3:16 There is something very fine in John's b ... read more

February 16. Baptism
      "I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire!" Luke 3:16 Baptism with water is right. It is one of God's appointments, an ... read more

February 17. Wheat or Chaff?
      "His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn — but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire!" Luke 3:17 The illustration which the preacher of the desert here uses is very striking. The ... read more

February 18. The Divine Patience
      "Even now the axe of God's judgment is poised, ready to sever your roots. Yes, every tree that does not produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown into the fire!" Matthew 3:10 The picture is very suggestive. The axe lying at the tree's root, or ... read more

February 19. The Baptism of Jesus
      "At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan." Mark 1:9 One meaning of Christ's baptism was that it was His consecration to His public ministry. For thirty years He had dwelt in the quiet home at Nazareth, do ... read more

February 2. The King of Kings
      "Where is the one who has been born King of the Jews? We saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him." Matthew 2:2 Surely it was strange, that the Jews did not know of the birth of their own King. Usually when kings are born, the whole realm ... read more

February 20. The Shadow of the Cross
      "Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness." Matthew 3:15 One meaning of Christ's words here is that, as man in the place of sinful men, He must take upon Him all the conditions of humanity. He had no sins of His own ... read more

February 21. The Spirit like a Dove
      "As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw Heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove." Mark 1:10 Even Christ with all His divine power needed the anointing of the Holy Spirit to set Him apart for His life-work, and to ma ... read more

February 22. Enduring Temptation
      "Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil." Matthew 4:1 The time is to be noted. It was just after the wonderful scenes of our Lord's baptism. The heavens were opened, and the Spirit descended and abode upon hi ... read more

February 23. Our True Life
      "Man shall not live by bread alone — but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God." Matthew 4:4 There are other needs of life besides those which bread supplies. Sometimes we hear it said as a pretext for doing wrong or debasing things, "W ... read more

February 24. Scripture with Scripture
      "Jesus said unto him: It is also written." Matthew 4:7 Christ is our example in all things. Here we see how He met the tempter so as to conquer him. We see just what weapons He used in His victorious conflicts. He used His Bible as a quiver, and He dre ... read more

February 25. The Lamb of God
      "When he saw Jesus passing by, he said: Look, the Lamb of God!" John 1:36 This was the first gospel sermon, and it is a model for all preachers and teachers. The preacher pointed his own followers away from himself — to Christ. This same beautiful un ... read more

February 26. What Do You Want?
      "When John saw Jesus passing by, he said, "Look, the Lamb of God!" When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, "What do you want?" John 1:36-38 Here we see how easy Christ makes it ... read more

February 27. Begin at Home
      "The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, 'We have found the Messiah!' And he brought him to Jesus." John 1:41-42 Nobody told Andrew to go after his brother; it was the impulse of his own heart that sent him so quickly awa ... read more

February 28. Finding Christ
      "We have found the Messiah!" John 1:41 We must notice the kind of argument Andrew used with his brother. He just went to him with a great joy in his heart, 'the joy of discovery and of satisfaction,' and told him about it. An English preacher gives in ... read more

February 29. The Wedding Feast
      "A wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding." John 2:1-2 Jesus approved, sanctified, and adorned marriage by attending this wedding feast. The Bible from the beginn ... read more

February 3. Offering Gifts
      "On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh." Matthew 2:11 Those who follow the light — wil ... read more

February 4. When Earth's Wine Runs Out!
      "When the wine ran out, Jesus' mother said to Him: They have no more wine." John 2:3 This incident is a very fitting illustration of the failure of all this world's joys. The wine ran out at a wedding-feast. There was not enough of it to last through t ... read more

February 5. Heavenly Guidance
      "An angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying: Get up! Take the child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you." Matthew 2:13 All our movements should be under the direction of God. In very olden times, God ... read more

February 6. The Nazareth Home
      "He came and dwelt in a town called Nazareth." Matthew 2:23 In that little village, until ready for His public ministry, Jesus made His home. It is a sweet thought that the Son of God dwelt for so many years in a home on earth. His pure and sinless lif ... read more

February 7. The Mother of Christ
      "And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him." Luke 2:40 One of the chief influences in molding Christ's life, was His mother. When God wants to prepare a man for a great mission, He first prepares ... read more

February 8. Rock of Salvation
      "Jesus Christ, the Son of God." Mark 1:1 Mark does not intend that there shall be room for mistake concerning the person of our Lord. Each of the names he here uses, represents one particular phase of Christ's character. Jesus means Savior. "You sha ... read more

February 9. Repentance
      "Repent!" Matthew 3:2 This was John the Baptist's gospel. At first it seems very unlike the story of love which Jesus preached — and yet it is part of the same story. Repentance must always come before forgiveness and peace. Perhaps we need to be rem ... read more

      One of the most inspiring of truths, is that God has a distinct plan for each one of us in sending us into this world. Not only does He create us all to be useful, to take some part in the world's affairs, to honor and glorify him in some way—but he des ... read more

Finding the Way - Part 1
       Finding the Way J. R. Miller, 1904 Finding the Way Does God condescend to show people the way through this world? He guides suns and planets in their orbits, so that they never wander from their course. He directs them so carefully, so accur ... read more

Finding the Way - Part 2
       Finding the Way J. R. Miller, 1904 In the Love of God A scriptural counsel bids us to "keep ourselves in the love of God." This does not mean that we should keep ourselves loving God. Of course, we should always love God. He should ever have ... read more

Finding the Way - Part 3
       Finding the Way J. R. Miller, 1904 The Duty Waiting Without It was a glorious privilege for the disciples to be with their Master on the Holy Mount. They carried the impression of the Transfiguration in their hearts, as long as they lived. Pe ... read more

First Missionary Journey: Antioch in Pisidia--Acts 13:14-52
      A change in the relative place of the two missionaries appears about this time. It was Barnabas and Paul when they were sent out—Barnabas, the leader, Paul, the associate. Now it is Paul and Barnabas. The reason for this change no doubt was that Paul, b ... read more

Fleeting earthly comforts and worldly trinkets!
      "Unto Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think!" Ephesians 3:20 God often does better for us — than we ask. We go to Him — with our little requests. We are in need — and ask for temporal relief. We are suffe ... read more

For Better or Worse
      One of the saddest things about life—is the waste of its blessings. Hearts go hungry—while close by, within easy reach, lies the bread which would satisfy their craving. The fainting fall in the struggle—while close at hand are strong arms which cou ... read more

For the People Who Fail
      It is quite time some helpful words should be spoken for the people who fail. There are enough to sing the praises of those who succeed. When a man is valiant, and overcomes in the battle, and stands a victor at the close of strife, there are enough to sh ... read more

Forward, and Not Back
      It is a good thing always to face forward. Even nature shows that men's eyes were designed to always look forward—for no man has eyes in the back of his head, as all men certainly would have—if it had been intended that they should spend much time in ... read more

Friendships in Heaven
      "The family of God!" 1 Peter 4:17 There is a story of a ship whose crew were rendered unfit for their duties, by coming in sight of their home-land. For many years they had been sailing in foreign waters. At last they came near their native hills. From ... read more

From the Creation—to the Exodus
      Devotional Hours with the Bible J. R. Miller, 1908 Volume 1. From the Creation—to the Exodus In the Beginning God The First Temptation The Story of Cain and Abel The Story of Enoch The Story of the Flood The Call of Abraham Abraham and ... read more

From the Exodus—through the Life of David
      Devotional Hours with the Bible J. R. Miller, 1909 Volume 2. From the Exodus—through the Life of David The Giving of Manna The Ten Commandments Worshiping the Golden Calf The Tabernacle Nadab and Abihu Journeying Toward Canaan Report ... read more

From the Psalms
      Devotional Hours with the Bible J. R. Miller, 1912 Volume 3. Gleanings from the PSALMS PREFACE The Book of Psalms is wonderfully rich in devotional matter. It would be easy to extend the one volume to many. The few readings that are given, ... read more

Garden of the Heart - Part 1
       Garden of the Heart J. R. Miller, 1906 A Heart Garden A writer tells of an old woman who said: "My heart is a little garden—and God is planting flowers there." Every heart should be a little garden. We should keep it always clear of weeds†... read more

Garden of the Heart - Part 2
       Garden of the Heart J. R. Miller, 1906 The One Thing to Do We have but one thing to do in any circumstances—to obey Christ. We have nothing to do with the question of our desires. Peter thought he knew all about fishing—but when his Maste ... read more

Garden of the Heart - Part 3
       Garden of the Heart J. R. Miller, 1906 Guarding Our Trust We cannot change yesterday–that is clear, Or begin on tomorrow until it is here; So all that is left for you and for me— Is to make today as sweet as can be. There is a serio ... read more

Getting Acquainted with Christ.
      Many young Christians do not get to know Christ as a personal friend for a good while after they have begun trusting him as their Savior. This is natural; for we cannot see Christ, nor hear his voice, and it is only through experience that we can get acqu ... read more

Getting along with People.
      One of the earliest experiences of life, is the realizing that there are other people. It comes to the child when it first discovers that its freedom is limited by the will of another. It cannot always have its own way. It finds its will opposed, and its ... read more

Getting Help from People
      We receive help in our Christian lives, through many channels. But more, perhaps, than we are aware of, does God use other human hearts and lives as his agents in blessing and helping us. Every true Christian is sent among men to be an interpreter of Chri ... read more

Getting Help from the Bible
      Oftentimes young Christians say, "I cannot find the beautiful things in the Bible, nor can I acquire a taste or relish for it. I want to love it and to use it so as to receive help from it—but it does not open its riches to me. I appreciate the wealth a ... read more

Giving What We Have
      "And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is your pound, which I have kept wrapped up in a napkin." Luke 19:20 There always are those who wrap their talent for service, in the napkin of not-worthwhile. They feel that they could not do much, because ... read more

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