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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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June 17. Profitable Hearing
      "Take heed what you hear!" Mark 4:24 This is a very important counsel. "Take heed what you hear." The things we hear enter into our souls and become part of our being; they give form and color to our character. There have come infinite blessings from t ... read more

June 18. Christian Growth
      "All by itself, the soil produces grain — first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head." Mark 4:28 Yet not without certain other influences upon it. If the sun does not shine upon it, and if there is no rain from Heaven — the se ... read more

June 19. Progress
      "First the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head." Mark 4:28 We understand this well enough in nature; but do we in spiritual life? The beginnings of Christian life are very feeble and imperfect. We must not expect in young converts, t ... read more

June 2. The Friend of Sinners
      "When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee's house — she brought an alabaster jar of perfume" Luke 7:37 It is wonderful how genuine goodness draws to itself the unfortunate, the troubled, the ... read more

June 20. Dropping Seeds
      "The kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade." Mark 4:31 ... read more

June 21. The Other Side
      "He said unto them: Let us pass over unto the other side." Mark 4:35 Christ is continually saying the same to us, though with varying meaning in his words. He is ever calling us to pass over some line — into new fields, with their new experiences, ne ... read more

June 22. Life's Storms
      "Then He got into the boat and His disciples followed Him. Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat!" Matthew 8:23-24 Had the disciples put out sea without Christ's bidding — they would not have had ... read more

June 23. Faithless Fear
      "A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped! Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him: Teacher, don't you care if we drown?" Mark 4:37-38 These words imply tha ... read more

June 24. The Hearer of Prayer
      "He got up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea: 'Silence! Be still!' The wind ceased, and there was a great calm!" Mark 4:39 Jesus did not hear the roar of the storm in His sound sleep; but the moment there was a cry from His disciples for help — ... read more

June 25. Christ in the Storm
      "He rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea: Peace, be still!" Mark 4:39 He spoke to the storm and to the tossing sea — as if they were intelligent creatures — just as a man would speak to his servants. The truth we learn here, is that He is Lord o ... read more

June 26. Depart from Us
      "Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region." Mark 5:17 This is one of the saddest sentences in the Gospels. We can scarcely conceive of any person asking Jesus to go away. He had come to their coast to bring them rich blessings. H ... read more

June 27. Those Who Are Sick
      "Those who are whole have no need of the physician — but those who are sick." Mark 2:17 That was the answer of Jesus, to the murmuring about his presence among the disreputable people at Matthew's feast. The Pharisees thought He was compromising Hims ... read more

June 28. Joy in the Lord
      "How can the guests of the bridegroom fast — while he is with them? They cannot, so long as they have him with them." Mark 2:19 This was our Lord's answer to those who thought His religion was too sunny and joyous — that it had not fast-days enough ... read more

June 29. A New Garment
      "No man sews a piece of new cloth on an old garment." Mark 2:21 Christ did not come into this world to patch up an old religion, merely to mend a hole here, and beautify a spot there, and a touch to this part or that. He came to make all things new. An ... read more

June 30. At the Point of Death
      "One of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at His feet and kept begging Him: My little daughter is at the point of death!" Mark 5:22-23 There is nothing like trouble — to drive people to Christ. So long as thing ... read more

June 4. Free Forgiveness
      "Neither of them had the money to pay him back — so he canceled the debts of both." Luke 7:42 All of us are in debt. Of course there is a difference in the amount of our debts. Some have sinned far more than others. But whether our debt is little or ... read more

June 5. Peace with Pardon
      "Your faith has saved you; go in peace!" Luke 7:50 Saved! This poor, shame-soiled, sin-ruined thing, whom the Pharisee would have thrust out of his house into the street — saved! Never to go back any more to her old life! An heir of Heaven now, desti ... read more

June 6. Right Enthusiasm
      "When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said: He is out of his mind!" Mark 3:21 Even our Lord's relatives did not understand Him. His life was so unworldly, that it could not be measured by the ordinary standards. T ... read more

June 7. A Beacon-Light
      "But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin!" Mark 3:29 Few words in the Bible have caused more anxiety and fear than these. Learned men do not agree in their idea as to what it is to blaspheme ... read more

June 8. Christ's Relatives
      "Who are my mother and my brothers?" he asked. Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God's will is my brother and sister and mother." Mark 3:33-35 This seems too good to be tru ... read more

June 9. Always on Duty
      "As He was speaking, a Pharisee asked Him to dine with him. So He went in and reclined at the table." Luke 11:37 Our Lord was not ashamed to be the guest of publicans and sinners — but neither did he reject the invitations of the rich and influential ... read more

Keeping One's Life in Tune
      Pianos have to be kept in tune. Every now and then the tuner comes and goes over all the strings, keying them up, so that there will be no discords when the instrument is played. Our lives have a great many more strings than a piano, and much more easily ... read more

Kindness That Comes Too Late
      I have always been glad that there was one who brought out her alabaster vase, and anointed the Lord beforehand for his burial. Most people would have waited, keeping the vase sealed, until he was dead, and would then have broken it to anoint his body whe ... read more

      Knowledge, when wisdom is too weak to guide her, Is like a headstrong horse that throws the rider. —Quarles One of Paul's pithy sayings is, "Knowledge puffs up—but love builds up." He does not mean to depreciate knowledge. He is not glorifying i ... read more

      Mary Magdalene's devotion to Christ, is one of the most beautiful stories in the Gospels. Tradition has branded her as a great sinner—but there is really nothing in the New Testament to prove that the tradition is true. It is said that Jesus had cast se ... read more

Learning Contentment
      Not many people are contented. Not many seem to think that discontentment is a sin. Not many appear to understand that contentment is a grace which should shine in every Christian character. Yet no grace adds more to the beauty and the comfort of a life, ... read more

Learning Our Lessons
      We are all scholars at school. In our present life, we never get out of our classes; our real living lies on beyond the grave, and here in this world—all is education. We are at school not merely when we are bending over our Bibles, listening to sermons ... read more

Learning the Lessons of Love at Home
      Home life should be happy. Yet it requires thought, care and effort, to make it so. We sometimes forget that love's lessons have to be learned. We think they should come naturally, and so perhaps they should. But the fact is, that it takes a great deal of ... read more

Learning to Be THOUGHTFUL.
      One of the finest things in a complete Christian character, is thoughtfulness. It gives a wondrous charm to a life. It makes one a blessing wherever he goes. It tempers all his conduct, softening all natural harshness into gentleness, and giving a spirit ... read more

Learning to Pray
      "Lord, teach us to pray!" Luke 11:1 We would say that we do not need to be taught how to pray. Anybody can pray. It is only talking to God, and anybody can do that. It does not require the learning of a new language in order to speak with God, for all ... read more

Life as a Ladder
      "Beauty and truth, and all that these contain, Drop not like ripened fruit about our feet: We climb to them through years of sweat and pain." "When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the ston ... read more

Life's Byways and Waysides
      Many of the best things of life are found in the byways. The map-makers show us the great thoroughfares, but they pay no heed to the country roads and the paths that run through the meadows, forests, and gardens, and climb the mountain sides. Yet many of ... read more

      A twofold influence attends and follows every life: the one is planned and intentional, the other is unpurposed and unconscious. A man lives fifty years of active life in a community, growing from poverty to wealth; and there are two classes o ... read more

      "Time was, is past—you can not it recall. Time is, you have—employ the portion small. Time future, is not—and may never be. Time present—is the only time for thee." "As your days—so shall your strength be." Deuteronomy 33:25 It is li ... read more

      If our best intentions continually dominated our whole life, we would all live well. We all mean to live well; at least, there are times with all of us when we resolve to do so. New Year's days, birthdays, communion Sundays, and other times, when the real ... read more

      "Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Philip ... read more

Living Victoriously
      Life is conflict. Every good thing lies beyond a battlefield, and we must fight our way to it. There must be struggle to get it. This is true in physical life; from infancy to old age, existence is a fight with infirmity and disease. In mental life, the s ... read more

Living Without Worry - Part 1
       Living Without Worry J. R. Miller Living Without Worry One meets few unworried people. Most faces bear lines of care. Men go anxious to their day's duties, rush through the hours with feverish speed, and bring a hot brain and tumultuous pu ... read more

Living Without Worry - Part 2
       Living Without Worry J. R. Miller The New Kind of Love Why should Jesus have called his commandment of love a new commandment? There was an old commandment that ran, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Some people suppose that this i ... read more

Living Without Worry - Part 3
       Living Without Worry J. R. Miller The Ministry of Suffering Sooner or later, affliction and sorrow come to every Christian. Where is the life, unless it be among the very young, which has experienced no trial? We ought, therefore, to have tru ... read more

Looking at the Right Side
      Very much heart-pain is caused, by looking at the wrong side of God's providences. If we could only see the strange things of our lives in their true light, perplexity would vanish and the darkest experiences would be brightened—as night is brightened b ... read more

      There is no other loss, in all the range of possible losses, that is so great as the breaking of our communion with God. I know that this is not the ordinary estimate. We speak with heavy hearts—of our earthly sorrows. When bereavements come and our hom ... read more

      Our Lord's teaching is that only the life which is lost in love—is really saved. The illustration is in the little parable of the grain of wheat. "I tell you the truth, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. ... read more

Loyalty to Christ
      Loyalty to Christ begins in the heart. We must love him supremely. "He who loves father or mother more than me—is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me—is not worthy of me." Nothing makes worthy discipleship, if love is lacki ... read more

Making a Living and Making a Life
      Governor Russell, of Massachusetts, in addressing a graduating class, said, "There is one thing in this world better than making a living — and that is making a life." The words are worthy of most careful pondering. It is the duty of everyone to make a ... read more

Making or Marring Beauty
      "Little things make perfection." In nothing is this more true than in character and conduct. There are many people who in great matters of principle, and in the cardinal virtues — are without fault; yet the luster of whose life is dimmed by countless li ... read more

Making the Most of Life - Part 1
       Making the Most of Life by J. R. Miller, 1891 A Word of Introduction. To have the gift of life is a solemn thing. Life is God's most sacred trust. It is not ours to do with as we please; it must be accounted for—every particle, every pow ... read more

Making the Most of Life - Part 2
       Making the Most of Life by J. R. Miller, 1891 Chapter 13. Without Axe or Hammer. We read of the temple of Solomon, when it was being built, that it was built of stone made ready in the quarry, so that neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of ir ... read more

Manly Men
      The Christian life is more than a tender sentiment. Christian character is more than gentleness, patience, meekness, humility, kindness. There are some men who have these qualities—who lack the more robust characteristics of manhood. They are weak, nerv ... read more

March 1. 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

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