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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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March 10. He sat on the well
      "Jesus therefore, being wearied from his journey — sat down on the well." John 4:6 In all the gospel story, there are few more tenderly suggestive pictures of Jesus, than that which we have in these words. He has been traveling all day in the hot sun ... read more

March 11. Give Me a drink
      "A woman of Samaria came to draw water. 'Give Me a drink,' Jesus said to her." John 4:7 This illustrates to us how full the world's common walks are of Christ. This woman went out from her home on a very ordinary and commonplace errand, to draw a littl ... read more

March 12. Earthly Joys
      "Whoever drinks of this water — shall thirst again!" John 4:13 That is just as true of all of earth's springs of joy — as it was of Jacob's well. Men and women drink of them today — and find a measure of satisfaction for a little while — but so ... read more

March 13. A Living Spring
      "But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again — ever! In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up within him for eternal life!" John 4:14 The soul was made for God, and when it re ... read more

March 14. True Worship
      "God is a Spirit: and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth." John 4:24 God loves to be worshiped — to have the praise, the adoration, and the homage of His children. In the olden days, burning incense was the symbol of worshi ... read more

March 15. Bread from Heaven
      "I have food to eat that you know nothing about." John 4:32 The disciples had left Jesus hungry, when they went away to buy bread; they came back to find His hunger departed, and in these words we have the reason He gave for it. He was intently engaged ... read more

March 16. Doing the Father's Will
      "My food is to do the will of him who sent me." John 4:34 Thus Jesus explained to His disciples how He had been nourished during their absence. He had been laboring in His Father's work, and this labor had revived Him. There is for all of Christ's peop ... read more

March 17. Fruit unto Life Eternal
      "He who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit unto eternal life" John 4:36 Those who work for this world — often fail of reward; but those who do God's work — are sure of good wages and of glorious harvest. "The wages of sin — is death." ... read more

March 18. Sowing and Reaping
      "One sows, and another reaps." John 4:37 This word of Christ is ofttimes illustrated in its literal sense. Many a man sows a field of wheat — and before the harvest, lies in his grave. Many a man plants a tree, and does not live to taste its fruits; ... read more

March 19. Trials Leading us to Christ
      "When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to Him and begged Him to come and heal his son, who was at the point of death." John 4:47 The trouble in his home — sent this man to Christ. Perhaps he would have never have g ... read more

March 2. The Lord's Time
      "My hour has not yet come." John 2:4 He meant that His time for beginning to work miracles had not yet come. With all divine power slumbering in His hands — He would do nothing at any bidding but His Father's. Even His human mother's request, He coul ... read more

March 20. Death, the Gate of Life
      "When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to Him and begged Him to come and heal his son, who was at the point of death!" John 4:47 This man's son was just on the edge of death — just at its door! The point of death i ... read more

March 21. The Return to Nazareth
      "He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up." John 4:47 It was a hard place for Him to visit and to preach in. He had lived there from infancy. The young people knew Him as schoolmate and playfellow, and then as the village carpenter. One day He ... read more

March 22. Church Attendance
      "As his custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day." Luke 4:16 There are many evidences that Jesus had fixed religious habits. Here we have a hint of His attending the synagogue worship on the Sabbath. This had been His custom from child ... read more

March 23. Now is the Accepted Time
      "He has anointed me … to preach the acceptable year of the Lord." Luke 4:18-19 Then there must a be a year or a time which is not the "acceptable year." We know that this "acceptable year" closed for the Jewish nation when they nailed their Messiah o ... read more

March 24. Christ the Great Healer
      "The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to heal the broken-hearted, and recovery ... read more

March 26. Fishers of Men
      "Follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." Matthew 4:19 Personal attachment to Jesus is the very beginning of all Christian life. Believing a creed does not make one a Christian. We may believe every word we find in the Bible about ... read more

March 26. The First Disciples
      "As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen." Matthew 4:18 When Christ wants men for important positions — He never lo ... read more

March 27. At the Call of Christ
      "Follow Me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." Matthew 4:19 "They immediately left their nets, and followed Him." Matthew 4:20 Their nets were probably all they owned. It was with these, that they earned their living. Yet at the call ... read more

March 28. Serving Christ
      "Now Simon's mother-in-law was sick in bed with a high fever. They told Jesus about her right away. So He went to her bedside, took her by the hand, and helped her up. Then the fever left her, and she prepared a meal for them." Mark 1:30-31 That is jus ... read more

March 29. Communion with God
      "Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed." Mark 1:35 Jesus would always find time for prayer — or make time for it. If His days were full of excitement and toi ... read more

March 3. Obedience
      "Whatever He says unto you — do it." John 2:5 "Whatever He says." We belong to Christ because He has redeemed us. He is our only Lord and Master. "Whatever He says." We may not choose some of His commands for obedience and some for neglect, inatte ... read more

March 30. He Went about Doing Good
      "Jesus replied, 'Let us go somewhere else — to the nearby towns — so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.' So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons." Mark 1:38-39 Jesus went about doing go ... read more

March 31. Healing Sickness
      "Jesus traveled throughout the region of Galilee, teaching in the synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom. And healing every kind of disease and illness." Matthew 4:23 It is sometimes charged that religion is only for people's souls — that ... read more

March 4. Co-Workers with Christ
      "Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water"; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, "Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet." John 2:7-8 The servants' part in this miracle was important: they had to carry th ... read more

March 5. Silent Change
      "And the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew." John 2:9 Christ wrought this miracle without noise or ostentation. He said not ... read more

March 6. More and More of Blessing
      "Everyone brings out the choice wine first . . . But You have saved the best until now!" John 2:10 The world gives its best first — and the worst comes afterwards! It is so in all sinful pleasures: first exhilaration — and then bitter remorse. ... read more

March 7. The First Miracle
      "This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory" John 2:10 The glory was there before; it had been slumbering in His lowly, human life all along those quiet years of toil and service at Nazareth; but it was now ... read more

March 8. Secret Discipleship
      "Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night . . ." John 3:1-2 It was better to come by night, than not to come at all — though we usually think that it showed timidity on the ... read more

March 9. The Gospel
      "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish — but have everlasting life!" John 3:16 This verse is a little Bible in itself — for it contains the whole gospel. It shows us the so ... read more

May 1. Secret Prayer
      "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. But when you pray, go into your closet, shut the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father ... read more

May 10. Do Not Worry
      "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?" Matthew 6:25 Of course we are to think about these ... read more

May 11. A Lesson of Trust
      "Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns — and yet your heavenly Father feeds them! Are you not much more valuable than they?" Matthew 6:26 Are we to draw the inference that since the birds neither sow nor reap †... read more

May 12. Useless Worries
      "Who of you by worrying, can add a single cubit to his height?" Matthew 6:27 So it is useless to worry! A short person cannot, by any amount of anxiety, make himself an inch taller. Why, therefore, should he waste his energy and fret his life away — ... read more

May 13. Lessons from Lilies
      "And why do you worry about clothes? Consider how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is ... read more

May 14. God Will Provide
      "Seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33 We are to take no anxious thought for our own life, for food or clothing; because that is God's responsibility, not ours. There is one th ... read more

May 15. One Day at a Time
      "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own!" Matthew 6:34 This last reason our Lord gives against anxiety for the future, is that we have nothing to do with the future. God gives ... read more

May 16. Judging of Others
      "Do not judge — or you too will be judged." Matthew 7:1 Few faults are more common than this 'judging of others'. It would not be so bad if we were disposed to look at people charitably; but we are not. Our eyes are far keener for flaws and blemishes ... read more

May 17. Finding Fault with Others
      "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye — and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?" Matthew 7:3 It is strange how oblivious we can be of our own faults and blemishes — and how clearly we can see those of other peopl ... read more

May 18. A Self-Righteous Spirit
      "How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?" Matthew 7:4 But is it not a kindness to a friend to take the speck out of his eye? If we met a neighbor with a speck in his ... read more

May 19. Begin at Home
      "You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye!" Matthew 7:5 Begin at home — that is the teaching; not at home in the general sense, with other members of your famil ... read more

May 2. Our Father
      "Our Father in Heaven!" Matthew 6:9 This is the 'golden gate' of the temple of prayer! When our Lord taught His disciples how to pray — it was thus He said they should begin. They were not to come to infinite power, or to unknowable mystery, or to ... read more

May 20. The Prayer Promise
      "For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened." Matthew 7:8 These are very positive promises — and yet they must be read intelligently, in the light of other scriptures which explain and qualify t ... read more

May 21. Good Things from God
      "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children — how much more shall your Father who is in Heaven, give good things to those who ask him." Matthew 7:11 No father will answer his hungry child's cry for bread — with a stone; ... read more

May 22. Our Duty to Others
      "So in everything, do unto others — what you would have them do unto you." Matthew 7:12 This is a wonderfully comprehensive rule of action! It bids us to consider the interests of others — as well as our own. It bids us to set our neighbor alongsid ... read more

May 23. Two Roads and Two Gates
      "Enter in at the strait gate." Matthew 7:13 All truly valuable things cost much. Such a glorious privilege as the Christian's, therefore, cannot be gotten without effort. To open the way, and to purchase for us the privilege of becoming children of God ... read more

May 24. In Sheep's Clothing
      "Watch out for false prophets! They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves!" Matthew 7:15 There is something fearful in the eagerness of the devil to destroy souls. He sends his agents and messengers in forms and garbs ... read more

May 25. Doing the Father's Will
      "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in Heaven. Matthew 7:21 It is not enough to believe in Christ intellectually, even to be quite orthodox in creed. It is not ... read more

May 26. The Safe Foundation
      "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice — is like a wise man who built his house on the rock." Matthew 7:24 Everything turns on the doing or not doing of Christ's words. Both these men heard the words — but one ... read more

May 27. Christ the Great Counselor
      "Calling two of them, John sent them to the Lord to ask: Are you the one who was to come — or should we expect someone else?" Luke 7:18-19 John the Baptist was in perplexity about certain matters. There were some things that were baffling him, that h ... read more

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