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Open the Bible UK presents engaging and accessible Bible teaching from Pastor Colin Smith. This programme is the radio broadcast also available on our website (www.openthebible.org.uk) and at 7:30pm each weekday evening on Premier Christian Radio.
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Hear, you heads of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel! Micah 3:1 The Bible has a great deal to say about leadership. Some positions of leadership are elected. That is, people make a choice through a process of voting, by which they trust the task of leadership to people who are willing to take that responsibility. This is what happens in a dem…
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In today's broadcast, we delve into the complexities of enduring long-term trials and the profound impact it has on our souls. Pastor Colin emphasises that the hardest trials aren't necessarily those that hurt the deepest but those that last the longest. Drawing wisdom from Psalm 13, Colin explores how this scripture speaks directly to our struggle…
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“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” Hebrews 4:7 God is speaking. And He says two things that He will do: Some time ago, Professor Don Carson was asked to speak at Cambridge University. When he had finished his presentation on biblical Christianity, one of the faculty got up and asked: “So what you’re saying is… if God is a ta…
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“Do not preach”—thus they preach— “one should not preach of such things; disgrace will not overtake us.” Micah 2:6 When Micah spoke the Word of God, there were strong voices in the community that did not want to hear it. The first marker of the false prophet is that he or she brings comfort to people who are still in their sins: “Micah, you talk ab…
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In today's episode, we continue our discussion on “What is the Church and Why Does it Matter?” Pastor Colin reminds us that the Church is not a man-made institution but a divine gathering initiated by God and meant to honour Christ. We explore the powerful concept that the Church, as mentioned by Jesus, refers to the entire body of believers throug…
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Therefore, thus says the LORD… Micah 2:3 “I am devising disaster.” He is explaining the action that He is about to take against those who take advantage of the vulnerable: “against this family I am devising disaster” (2:3). A society that follows the path of exploitation will not survive for long. God says that those who have taken the land will be…
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In today’s broadcast, we tackle the important topic: What is the Church and Why Does It Matter? Pastor Colin explores the significance of the church through the eyes of Jesus, reminding us how Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her. We will dive into Matthew 16 and 18 to uncover what Jesus meant by 'church' and why it holds such immense v…
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Woe to those who devise wickedness and work evil on their beds! Micah 2:1 These people are intentionally pursuing the wrong path. Their plan is to make money by taking advantage of vulnerable people: 'They covet fields and seize them, and houses, and take them away; they oppress a man and his house, a man and his inheritance” (2:2). In farming comm…
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Welcome to Open the Bible with Pastor Colin Smith. All this month we're showcasing the most requested and downloaded messages from the past year in a series called Listener Favourites. Today's message is from our Christmas Stories series, where we explore the Christmas narrative through the eyes of key participants like Mary, Joseph, the Wise Men, …
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For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man’s gospel. For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. Galatians 1:11-12 “Revelation” is the word that we use to describe how the invisible, incomprehensible God has made Himself known. You c…
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Today's broadcast explores how our faith is tested when we don't feel the presence of Jesus, just like when the disciples faced a storm on the Sea of Galilee. Join us as Pastor Colin delves into Matthew 14, reminding us that the presence of fear doesn't mean the absence of faith, and that Jesus rules not only the day but also the night and the stor…
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I declared them to you from of old, before they came to pass I announced them to you, lest you should say, “My idol did them, my carved image and my metal image commanded them.” Isaiah 48:5 A large part of the world’s religion is precisely this: speculation about the nature of God. Men (and women) have thought, talked, meditated, and written about …
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Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Psalm 34:8 How can we come to know the sovereign God of the Bible? We can’t see Him, hear Him, taste Him, touch Him, or smell Him. God is invisible. More than that, He is incomprehensible. This really is about the most fundamental question a human being can ever ask: How can I know God? How could we, a small…
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Make yourselves bald and cut off your hair, for the children of your delight; make yourselves as bald as the eagle, for they shall go from you into exile. Micah 1:16 Shaving the head was an act of mourning before the Lord. When one sees a disaster happening in the land that he loves, that person will mourn for himself and for his loved ones. Disast…
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Today's broadcast centres on how the disciples of Jesus found themselves suddenly plunged into a challenging situation that tested their faith in new ways. What does it look like to exercise faith in an unexpected storm? Join us as we explore this question. Pastor Colin helps us understand the storm the disciples faced without Jesus in the boat, dr…
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The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever. Deuteronomy 29:29 In America, where I have been a pastor for many years now, some people are confident that they know why God sends disasters. Some would say it is because of abortion. Some would say it is because of America’s po…
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Today, Pastor Colin delves into one of life's profound truths: "sorrow is often God's back door to joy". Through a heartfelt message, he challenges the belief that joy is unattainable after experiencing great sorrow. Drawing from the book of Isaiah, he addresses those who feel trapped in their grief and shows them the path to restoring joy through …
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“Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips. Job 2:10 Job was the righteous man who suffered incredible loss in a terrorist attack and a natural disaster on the same day. We know Satan’s hand was behind what Job suffered, but the Bible does not allow us to think for a moment that Satan …
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In today's broadcast, Colin delves into Isaiah 54, highlighting that joy in Jesus Christ can lift us up even when we are in the depths of sorrow. If you’ve faced challenges, be they personal crises, relationship heartaches, or societal disruptions, this message shows how joy rooted in Christ transcends your circumstances. Listen in as Colin explain…
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Disaster has come down from the LORD. Micah 1:12 We must affirm that God is in control not only of good things but also bad. This isn't easy. In fact, it is so difficult that some Christians have felt that it would be better to keep God at a distance from disasters altogether. Back in the eighteenth century there was a movement called deism. Deists…
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Will you spend the rest of your life blaming others and end up under the wrath of God, or will you embrace what God offers you in Jesus Christ? Today we'll be delving into Deuteronomy 1 to explore this crucial decision. We all know people who blame others for their problems, and sometimes we do it ourselves. But as Colin mentions, we can move forwa…
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For this I will lament and wail... Micah 1:8 Notice Micah’s response to his own message! Here is a man with the Word of God, who also shares the heart of God. Micah says that the wound in the Northern Kingdom is “incurable” (1:9), and that Samaria’s resistance to God has essentially reached the point of no return. Micah cannot change the course of …
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In this episode, Pastor Colin delves into Deuteronomy Chapter One, highlighting six impulses that naturally occur within us all. These include rebellion against God, treating God's grace with contempt, blaming others, resisting truth, refusing to believe, and ultimately, being under God's wrath. The sermon raises an urgent question: How can we ente…
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For behold, the LORD is coming out of his place, and will come down and tread upon the high places of the earth. Micah 1:3 Micah begins with a terrifying scene: God rises up from His dwelling place and comes down to the earth. And He is coming to make His case against the peoples of the earth (1:2). We are given a description of the terror of what …
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The word of the LORD that came to Micah of Moresheth in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah… Micah 1:1 Who is Micah? What education does he have? What does he understand about the complexity of city life, or business, or international politics? What does he know about the psychological roots of dysfunction in the family? What doe…
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The word of the LORD that came to Micah of Moresheth in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah… Micah 1:1 In Old Testament times, Micah was a common name, rather like Smith today. We are told that Micah was from Moresheth, a tiny little farming village about 20 miles from Jerusalem. It was about as obscure a town as you could imagin…
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Today we're continuing our series with a message entitled "A New Beginning". We're diving into the Book of Ezra, and Colin will shed light on how God's people, exiled in Babylon, felt a stirring in their hearts to return to Jerusalemand how this relates to us today. God's people faced immense hardship and displacement, but Ezra chapter 1 reveals a …
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He trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel, so that there was none like him among all the kings of Judah after him, nor among those who were before him. 2 King 18:5 Some people have been blessed with a wonderful upbringing. Your father loved you, spent time with you, and was a role model for you. But others have had a very different experience. Perh…
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In today's episode, we explore the ebb and flow of spiritual life through the lens of the book of Ezra. Pastor Colin draws a parallel between the tides of the ocean and the spiritual highs and lows that Christians often experience. Just as the tide goes in and out, there are seasons of spiritual vibrancy and times of decline. However, the message o…
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The word of the LORD that came to Micah of Moresheth… Micah 1:1 If you had lived at the time of King Ahaz, you would probably have felt everything was lost. But God did a new thing through King Hezekiah. You can apply this to any great crisis in your family, your business, or your nation: God can bring a great revival from the worst disaster. A res…
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Today's topic is one many of us find difficult: waiting. Colin Smith delves into Psalm 130 to explore what it truly means to wait on the Lord, especially during life's darkest moments. In a culture where everything is rushed, this lesson teaches us the importance of patience and trust in God's timing. Colin discusses how waiting is not about having…
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The word of the LORD that came to Micah of Moresheth in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem. Micah 1:1 Micah’s ministry spanned a period of about 50 years (750-700 BC). He lived and preached at the same time as the prophet Isaiah. During this time, Israel was divided in two—the North…
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In today's episode, "Trusting in the Darkness," Pastor Colin addresses the challenging seasons known as the "dark night of the soul." As Christians, many of us have felt immense inner pain even when our bodies are healthy. This episode highlights how Scripture doesn't encourage us to put on a brave face during these tough times but rather to acknow…
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There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. Job 1:1 Job was the most righteous man of his time. Yet he suffered a terrorist attack and a natural disaster on the same day. The Sabeans came and murdered his servants and animals, and then a hurricane came a…
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In today's show, we'll be diving deeper into our series, "Give Yourself a Break – How to Enjoy God's Gift of Rest". It's a fascinating topic that resonates with so many of us seeking balance in our busy lives. As we explore Matthew Chapter 11, Colin Smith helps us understand the seemingly paradoxical concept of finding rest in taking on the yoke of…
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“The wolf and the lamb shall graze together; the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent's food. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain,” says the LORD. Isaiah 65:25 The great promise of the Bible is not just that God will restore His people, but that He will restore creation. There will be a new heaven and a…
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“They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be.” Isaiah 65:21-22 The important point here is that people will settle down in heaven. In this world, many people find a …
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“No more shall there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not fill out his days, for the young man shall die a hundred years old, and the sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed.” Isaiah 65:20 Taking the last part of this verse first. Isaiah is telling us that death will be no more. He is using the analogy of wha…
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Ever wondered how you can end your life with a sense of fulfilled purpose and accomplishment, entering into God's eternal rest? Join us on "Open the Bible" with Pastor Colin Smith as we explore this question. Discover why only Jesus Christ could declare, "It is finished," and how His completed work on the cross enables us to find peace and joy. In …
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“Behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy, and her people to be a gladness. I will rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in my people; no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping a…
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Today’s episode dives into a profound message from Isaiah chapter 57, where we reflect on the notion that "there is no peace for the wicked." Pastor Colin discusses the dire warning that a life lived in opposition to God can never find true rest. Through vivid illustrations and relatable metaphors, we uncover why the wicked can never say they've fo…
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“They shall go out and look on the dead bodies of the men who have rebelled against me. For their worm shall not die, their fire shall not be quenched, and they shall be an abhorrence to all flesh." Isaiah 66:24 When Jesus spoke about hell, He used these words from Isaiah 66:24 to describe its awful reality: “Their worm does not die and the fire is…
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In today's message titled "Why the Wicked Never Rest," we delve into the pressing and often unsettling question: "How could a loving God ever send anyone to Hell?" Pastor Colin brings insight from Isaiah 57, highlighting that there is no rest for the wicked both in this present life and in the hereafter. We explore what it means to be "wicked" acco…
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Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, my servants shall eat, but you shall be hungry; behold, my servants shall drink, but you shall be thirsty; behold, my servants shall rejoice, but you shall be put to shame; behold, my servants shall sing for gladness of heart, but you shall cry out for pain of heart and shall wail for breaking of spirit.” Isaiah 65:…
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Pastor Colin explores the importance of rest in our lives, drawing wisdom from Genesis. We often find ourselves overwhelmed, trying to fit in shopping, bill payments, house cleaning, and office work within our packed schedules. But God’s example in creation teaches us to balance work and rest, highlighting the need to appreciate our accomplishments…
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They shall bring all your brothers from all the nations as an offering to the LORD to my holy mountain Jerusalem.” Isaiah 66:20 What a marvellous picture: People from all the nations are gathering before the Lord. In Jesus Christ, they have become brothers and sisters. And the missionaries who proclaimed God’s glory in distant lands will have the j…
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In this episode, Pastor Colin delves into the nature of true rest. In this broadcast, you will explore what it means to find rest not just for your body but for your soul, as reflected in biblical teachings. Ever felt more exhausted after watching TV for hours? Struggled to find peace even on a beautiful beach? You’re not alone. Colin explores how …
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“They shall declare my glory among the nations.” Isaiah 66:19 There is an old (but profoundly unhelpful) phrase that is often quoted: “Preach the gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words.” How in all the world can you communicate the gospel without words? You can convey love without words, but love is not the gospel. You can bring hope with…
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“And from them I will send survivors to the nations… to the coastlands far away, that have not heard my fame or seen my glory.” Isaiah 66:19 Notice that there are two descriptions of the people to whom God sends His missionaries. First, God sends His missionaries to those who “have not heard my fame.” We would call them “unreached” peoples. People …
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“They shall come and shall see my glory…And from them I will send survivors to the nations. Isaiah 66:18-19 Some years ago, John Piper coined a memorable phrase: Missions exist because worship doesn’t. That’s true. The reason we send missionaries is that across the world there are millions of people who do not see Christ’s glory. The great purpose …
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