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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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May 28. Loss of Faith
      "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 prison — it certainly was not a very cheerful place to be in. We ought scarcely to be ... read more

May 29. Needless Doubts
      "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 did not doubt the Messiahship of Jesus that day beside the Jordan, when from the cloven heavens, the radia ... read more

May 3. Glorifying God
      "Hallowed be your name." Matthew 6:9 While the name "Our Father" over the gate of prayer assures us of loving welcome and of all tenderness, thoughtfulness, and care; the words "in Heaven" remind us of the surpassing glory and majesty of God. We should ... read more

May 30. Jesus Always Answers
      "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?" "Then Jesus answered" Luke 7:18-22 John was perplexed, and sent from his prison to ask Jesus if He were indeed the promis ... read more

May 31. Footprints of Christ
      "Go and report to John the things you have seen and heard: The blind receive their sight, the lame walk, those with skin diseases are healed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor are told the good news." Luke 7:22 John wanted to know whethe ... read more

May 4. Heaven Brought to Us
      "May Your kingdom come." Matthew 6:10 This is a very comprehensive prayer. It pleads for . . . the extension of God's spiritual realm in this world, His power over men's hearts and lives, the subjugation of earth's kingdoms to His sway. It is a ... read more

May 5. Doing the Will of God
      "May Your will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven." Matthew 6:10 Many people always quote this petition as if it meant only submission to some painful providence. They suppose it refers only to losing friends or money, or being sick or in trouble — ... read more

May 6. Day by Day
      "Give us this day our daily bread." Matthew 6:11 This seems a very small thing to ask — only bread for a day. Why are we not taught to pray for bread enough to last a week, or a month, or a year? For one thing, Jesus wanted to teach us the lesson of ... read more

May 7. A Forgiving Spirit
      "Forgive us our sins — as we have forgiven those who sin against us." Matthew 6:12 The first part of this petition, "forgive us our sins" is not so hard to say. Most people are willing to confess, at least in a general way — that they have sinned. ... read more

May 8. Enduring Temptation
      "Lead us not into temptation — but deliver us from evil." Matthew 6:11 It is impossible to live in this world — and escape temptation. In olden times, Catholic monks fled away from active life and from human companionships, hoping thus to evade ent ... read more

May 9. The Love of Money
      "No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one — and love the other; you will be devoted to one — and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Mammon!" Matthew 6:24 We had better look very carefully into the meaning of these words, re ... read more

Miller's Year Book - JANUARY to JUNE
      Miller's Year Book—a Year's Daily Readings J. R. Miller, 1895 JANUARY to JUNE A verse of Scripture in the morning, may become a blessing for all the day. It may sing in the heart as a sweet song, from morning until evening. It may become a l ... read more

Miller's Year Book - JULY to DECEMBER
      Miller's Year Book—a Year's Daily Readings J. R. Miller, 1895 JULY to DECEMBER A verse of Scripture in the morning, may become a blessing for all the day. It may sing in the heart as a sweet song, from morning until evening. It may become a ... read more

More than Food
      The most important thing about us, is not our condition or our circumstances — but our life itself. Experiences are only incidents; the reality in all of us is ourselves. The house is not the family. The rough weather may tear away the roof, or fire may ... read more

Mutual Forbearance
      Among all Christian duties, there are few that touch life at more points than the duty of mutual forbearance, and there are few that, in the observance or the breach, have more to do with the happiness or the unhappiness of life. We cannot live our lives ... read more

Mutual Forbearance
      "Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love." Ephesians 4:2 "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each oth ... read more

Nevertheless Afterward
      Things are not finished—as we see them today. Tomorrow they will appear larger, greater. The bud you see one morning in the garden—will be a full-blown rose in a little while. The brown seed you dropped in your window-box, will be a beautiful plant by ... read more

Night, and Jesus Absent
      A whole picture lies in a sentence, or part of a sentence. Thus John describes a scene on the Sea of Galilee, "It was now dark--and Jesus had not yet come to them." The disciples had been sent out on the sea alone. Evening was drawing on. Moreover, a stor ... read more

No True Work Is Vain
      No true work for God ever fails. Was there ever in this world such other apparent failure as there was in the life of Jesus, at the close of the day he died? Nothing seemed to be left. The Cross had buried in black floods of shame all that was beautiful a ... read more

Not to Be Ministered Unto
      There are many people who want to be useful, who want to live to help others—who find insuperable obstacles in the way. There are some to whom they find it quite easy to minister—to those of lovely character, to those who are their friends and who rea ... read more

November 1. Light Behind the Cloud
      "But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you." John 16:7 The disciples thought that Christ's going away would be an irretrievable loss for ... read more

November 10. The Man of Sorrows
      "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death!" Matthew 26:38 We ought often to sit down with our Lord in the garden of Gethsemane — and look upon Him while He suffers. We never can understand more than a very little of the anguish of tha ... read more

November 11. Watch With Me
      "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death! Stay here and keep watch with me." Matthew 26:38 This request shows the humanness of our Lord. As He entered the darkness — He craved sympathy. He wanted His dearest friends near to Him. It w ... read more

November 12. May Your Will Be Done
      "O My Father, if it is possible — may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will — but as you will." Matthew 26:39 Among other lessons which we learn from our Lord's prayer in Gethsemane is this: that all our crying to God — should close in acq ... read more

November 13. Watch unto Prayer
      "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak." Matthew 26:41 We must learn both to watch and pray. It is good to watch. There is danger everywhere. An army in an enemy's country never rests a mo ... read more

November 14. Lost Opportunities
      "Returning the third time, he said to them: Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners!" Mark 14:41 The time for watching is past. Jesus had now passed through His agony, an ... read more

November 15. Never Despair
      "Rise up, let us go!" Mark 14:42 There seems to be a voice of hope in this call. The disciples had sadly failed in one great duty: they had slept — when the Master wanted them to watch with Him. He had just told them that they might as well sleep on, ... read more

November 16. Pray Without Ceasing
      "Jesus often resorted there with his disciples." John 18:2 These words give us a glimpse of Jesus' devotional habits. The deep quiet of the Olive garden was His prayer closet. Here He had been accustomed to go for seasons of prayer. There were other pl ... read more

November 17. The Traitor!
      "Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. So Judas came to the grove, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns ... read more

November 18. The Traitor's Kiss!
      "Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, 'Greetings, Master!' and kissed him!" Matthew 26:49 The very reading of the words makes us shudder! A kiss has always been the token of affection, and the seal and pledge of fidelity. Judas' going up to Christ and k ... read more

November 19. God's Will is Best
      "The cup which my Father has given me — shall I not drink it?" John 18:11 The "cup" is our portion, embracing all the experiences of our earthly lives. Our Father gives us the cup — therefore it must be the very best that the wisest love can provid ... read more

November 2. The Comforter
      "But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Comforter will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you." John 16:7 Why did the coming of the Comforter depend on Christ's going away? We may say, fo ... read more

November 20. Peter's Fall
      "As Simon Peter stood warming himself, he was asked, "You are not one of his disciples, are you?" He denied it, saying, "I am not." John 18:25 For our own sakes, we should mark the steps which led to Peter's fall. 1. One was his self-confidence. Whe ... read more

November 21. The Great Denial
      "Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. 'You also were with Jesus of Galilee,' she said. But he denied it before them all. 'I don't know what you're talking about,' he said." Matthew 26:69-70 One thing that made Pet ... read more

November 22. A Lamb without Blemish
      "So Pilate came out to them and asked: What charges are you bringing against this man?" John 18:29 "Why? What crime has he committed?" asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, "Crucify him!" Matthew 27:23 That was a fair question. The Jews wan ... read more

November 23. Pilate's Indecision
      "Then said Pilate unto them: Take him, and judge him according to your law." John 18:31 Pilate wanted to evade the responsibility of trying and sentencing Jesus. But instead of honestly refusing to have anything to do with His condemnation, Pilate soug ... read more

November 24. Christ Our King
      "Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, 'Are you the king of the Jews?' 'Yes, it is as you say,' Jesus replied." Matthew 27:11 Jesus did not look much like a king as He stood there — His hands bound, a cord about His n ... read more

November 25. Behold the Man!
      "Pilate said unto them, Behold the man!" John 19:5 We cannot do better than obey Pilate's word, "Behold the Man!" and fix our eyes in loving gaze upon Jesus as He is led out from the palace and stands before the multitude. On His head He wears a crown ... read more

November 26. Power Belongs to God
      "Do you refuse to speak to me?" Pilate said. "Don't you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?" Jesus answered, "You would have no power over me — if it were not given to you from above." John 19:10-11 Authority is one of the entr ... read more

November 27. Fatal Decision
      "Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified." John 19:16 So we see the sad and terrible end of Pilate's weak struggles with his conscience and his sense of right. He first tried every way to avoid the issue; then he temporized, hoping in so ... read more

November 28. Take up Your Cross
      "Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha)." John 19:17 At first there was no one to help Jesus to bear His cross; though fainting from loss of rest and from the gashing and laceration of His bo ... read more

November 29. The Perfect Sufferer
      "There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it." Matthew 27:34 The offer was kindly meant. There was an association of women at Jerusalem, a compassionate sisterhood, whose work was to provide suc ... read more

November 3. Life-Giving Knowledge
      "And this is life eternal, that they might know you — the only true God; and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent" John 17:3 Anyone, therefore, who truly knows God — has eternal life. Knowing God, however, is more than knowing about Him. One may have a ... read more

November 30. The Crucifixion
      "They crucified Him." Mark 15:25 Here we come to the mount of our Redeemer's sufferings, and we should bow our heads in holy reverence as we stand in the silence of astonished love — and gaze upon Him on His cross. Many thoughts will come to us as we ... read more

November 4. Divine Protection
      "Holy Father, keep through your own name, those whom you have given me — that they that they may be one, as we are." John 17:11 There is matchless tenderness in the picture which these words in our Lord's intercessory prayer suggest. We think of a dy ... read more

November 5. Life Worth Living
      "I do not pray that you should take them out of the world." John 17:15 It would be a great deal safer, in one sense, for believers to be taken at once to Heaven — as soon as they are saved. They would then have no temptations, no enemies to fight, no ... read more

November 6. Our Great Intercessor
      "My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message" John 17:20 Thus in this wonderful intercessory prayer, our Lord reached out beyond the little circle of imperiled disciples who stood around Him that ... read more

November 7. Songs in the Night
      "And when they had sung a hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives." Matthew 26:30 This is the only record of our Lord's singing when He was on the earth. It is worthy of special notice, that it was just as He was starting out to Gethsemane, that H ... read more

November 8. The Baffled Tempter
      "Satan has desired to have you — that he may sift you as wheat." Luke 22:31 Peter was put through Satan's winnowing; but only the chaff in him was blown out. He was a smaller man after the winnowing, just as the bulk of the wheat pile is reduced when ... read more

November 9. Strength out of Weakness
      "But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers." Luke 22:32 Peter was not to be lost in the terrible experience through which he was to pass. Christ had made intercession for him ... read more

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