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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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The LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice. He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no one to intercede; then his own arm brought him salvation, and his righteousness upheld him. Isaiah 59:15-16 Do you see what Isaiah is saying? God is going to fight for our salvation. He comes to us and He stands with us as …
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In today's broadcast, we delve into a fascinating conversation about worship and mission, exploring how they intertwine and fuel each other in a church's life. Whether you're a church leader, a member of a congregation, or simply curious about the connection between a church's dedication to worship and its commitment to outreach, this episode will …
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Justice is far from us, and righteousness does not overtake us; we hope for light, and behold, darkness, and for brightness, but we walk in gloom. Isaiah 59:9 What hope is there for believers who have neglected justice? The answer is God: “Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear” (59:1). B…
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We delve into the curious concept that religious places, including evangelical churches, can be spaces where people inadvertently hide from God. Pastor Colin goes on to explain how even amid ritual and routine, God recognises those who are concealing themselves within the congregation. We take an insightful journey through Isaiah Chapter 65, where …
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The LORD saw… that there was no justice. Isaiah 59:15 Isaiah 59 paints an astonishing picture of the world in his day and of our culture today, using three broad brushstrokes. 1. Truth. “Truth has stumbled in the public squares, and uprightness cannot enter. Truth is lacking” (59:14–15). Isn’t that right where we are? Our whole culture has been tak…
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Pastor Colin tackles a surprisingly comforting truth: even those who don't seek or even acknowledge God are not overlooked by Him. Contrary to what some might think, God actively reaches out to the indifferent, the non-believers, and the secular hearts in our world. With a deep dive into Isaiah chapter 65, we explore the nature of God's compassion …
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“Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.” Isaiah 58:8 See what happens when God’s people get a fresh vision for justice: “Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedi…
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“Is such the fast that I choose, a day for a person to humble himself? Is it to bow down his head like a reed, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? Will you call this a fast, and a day acceptable to the LORD? Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, a…
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“Declare to my people their transgression, to the house of Jacob their sins.” Isaiah 58:1 God says to Isaiah, “Declare to my people…” (58:1). Notice what God says about His own people and see if you think this describes Christians today. These people were diligent about their personal relationship with God, serious about worship and serious about s…
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Facing a sense of personal unworthiness can be a barrier to prayer for many. As we delve into Isaiah's heartfelt appeal to God, Pastor Colin addresses the critical topic of prayer despite feeling unclean, unrighteous, dried out, and unstable. It's a lesson in understanding that our approach to God relies on grace, not our merits. In today's broadca…
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Do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? Romans 2:4 Repentance begins with a sense of God’s mercy. The natural inclination of your sinful heart will always be to run and hide from God, but when you are persuaded of God’s mercy, you will gather the …
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Delve into the fascinating topic of prayer; something many of us find challenging. We'll be encouraged to discover that prayer is something we can learn and improve upon. Pastor Colin takes us through the prayer life of Isaiah the Prophet and examines how he approached God, what he asked for, and what we can learn from this one significant prayer. …
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“Because of the iniquity of his unjust gain I was angry, I struck him; I hid my face and was angry, but he went on backsliding in the way of his own heart. I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will lead him and restore comfort to him.” Isaiah 57:17–18 How does God make a stubborn heart contrite? The stubborn heart is not changed by judgemen…
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We delve into the profound concept of the Jubilee, the year of the Lord's favour, as proclaimed by Jesus Christ himself. Discover the compassionate laws intended for the Old Testament people and how Jesus embodies the fulfilment of what was never enacted throughout history. Join us as Pastor Colin shares the significance of the Jubilee, touching on…
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“I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes.” Ezekiel 36:26–27 We need to pray for repentance. But you may be asking, “Isn’t repentance something God tells us to do?”…
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We explore a fascinating aspect of God's law that, despite its profound compassion for the poor, has never been enacted in history. Join us as we unpack the reasons behind this and discover the person anointed to finally bring this divine proclamation to fruition. In the programme, Pastor Colin takes us through a powerful message titled "Restore Ho…
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You were wearied with the length of your way, but you did not say, “It is hopeless”; you found new life for your strength, and so you were not faint. Isaiah 57:10 Isaiah is describing the stubborn heart. If you are battling an addiction, or you love someone who is, you know exactly what Isaiah is talking about here. You know this is killing you, bu…
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In today's episode, we delve into a deeply relevant discussion on truth, justice, and how society is grappling with these concepts in a post-modern era. As Pastor Colin navigates through Isaiah chapters 58 and 59, he invites us to contemplate the poignant imagery of God donning the armour of salvation—armour that Christ wore for us and that we, as …
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“Because of the iniquity of his unjust gain I was angry, I struck him; I hid my face and was angry, but he went on backsliding in the way of his own heart.” Isaiah 57:17 The natural inclination of the human heart is not to come to God, but to hide from Him. That goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden, where you find God coming into the garden …
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“I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.” Isaiah 57:15 Look at what God is saying and try to take it in: “I dwell… with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit” (57:15). God dwells with the person who is contrite. Contr…
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“I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit.” Isaiah 57:15 In the year 722 BC, right in the middle of Isaiah’s ministry, the northern kingdom was overrun by the Assyrian army. The people were deported, forcibly relocated to foreign lands, and they would never see Jerusalem again. Then 150 years later…
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We delve into the heartfelt cries of believers who, despite their devout worship, prayer, Bible reading, and fasting, find themselves frustrated with God. They're left wondering why they're grappling with unanswered prayers and trouble befalling their nation. We'll explore the profound message of Isaiah, chapter 58, and the vital concepts of truth,…
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Thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place…” Isaiah 57:15 God is present everywhere-but where can you find Him? One place is in heaven: God says, “I dwell in the high and holy place." If you could ascend to heaven, you would find God there. God’s people in Old Testamen…
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Pastor Colin challenges common misconceptions about revival as he unfolds the true biblical meaning of a contrite heart and a genuine encounter with the Spirit of God. Learn about the kindness that leads to repentance and the divine process of restoration that can bring new life, peace, joy, and hope into our being. Join us as we delve into Isaiah …
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“Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live… Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” Isaiah 55:2–3, 7 T…
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Have you ever felt a sense of distance from God, as if your faith has gone cold and your heart's leaning towards spiritual barrenness? Well, you're not alone, and today's message aims to gently guide you back to a place where you can polish off the slate and rekindle that warm, near presence of God once more. Pastor Colin delves into Isaiah Chapter…
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Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price… Seek the LORD while he may be found.” Isaiah 55:1, 6 Seven hundred years after Isaiah, our Lord Jesus took up these words: “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink” (John 7:37). This is somethi…
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Today, we unravel the comforting truth that through sorrow, we may very well discover the backdoor to joy—an experience that intertwines with our spiritual growth and our deeper longing to be like Jesus. Through Isaiah chapters 54 and 55, Pastor Colin reveals that in times of despair, when happiness seems unattainable, there lies a profound opportu…
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“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat!” Isaiah 55:1 The ones who find joy in God are the people who have discovered a deep thirst in their own souls: “Come, everyone who thirsts” (55:1), and those who feel that they are bankrupt: “Come… he who has no money” (55:1). They realise they don’t have w…
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Today's episode focuses on finding joy amidst our most challenging experiences – a theme that resonates with many. Pastor Colin delves into Isaiah chapters 54 and 55, painting vivid scenes of human sorrow: the barren woman, the deserted wife, and the afflicted city reeling from storms. Yet, in these images of despair, Isaiah identifies an unexpecte…
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"O afflicted one, storm-tossed and not comforted, behold, I will set your stones in antimony, and lay your foundations with sapphires. I will make your pinnacles of agate, your gates of carbuncles, and all your wall of precious stones.” Isaiah 54:11–12 The ruined city is being rebuilt, not with brick and mortar, but with sapphires and precious ston…
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“You shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:12 You might expect that the barren woman, the deserted wife and the people who live in the ruined city are the unhappiest people in the world. But Isaiah sees j…
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“For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord. Isaiah 54:10 Isaiah 54 paints three scenes of sorrow in verses 1, 6, and 11. The choice of these scenes is significant because our natural inclination is to seek happiness in three p…
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Welcome to today's broadcast of Open the Bible with Pastor Colin Smith. Today's message, "Restore Faith", is part of the series Restore My Soul, and dives into the practice of internalising the truth of God's Word among the lies of the world. In this episode, Pastor Colin discusses the crucial habit that every Christian needs to develop—preaching t…
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Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame. Hebrews 12:2 The desire for joy is universal. One thing that unites us all is that we want to be happy. The famous mathematician and physicist Blaise Pascal said, “All men seek happiness. This is without exceptio…
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In today's broadcast, we delve into our existence as eternal beings through Christ's sacrifice! For those of you in Christ, think how seemingly enduring sufferings of this world pale in comparison to the joyous eternity that awaits you. This perspective is not just comforting; it's transformative. Pastor Colin will lead us today in the first of our…
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“I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.” Genesis 45:4-5 If you look at the story of Joseph through the frame of unbelief, it is a catalogue of disasters: 1. He was born into a dysfunctional family, where his bro…
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"Is assurance confidence before God not presumptuous"? This is a vital question that many who believe in Jesus wrestle with as they navigate their faith. Can one truly have assurance without seeming presumptuous? How can sinners be confident before a righteous God? This broadcast delves into these deep spiritual waters with clarity and compassion. …
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They still did not believe in him, so that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “Lord, who has believed what he heard from us, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” John 12:37-38 When a picture is put in a new frame, that same picture can look entirely different. Before it was placed in the new frame, you barely n…
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for those lamenting the fragility of their faith, today's broadcast promises to be a beacon of hope. Pastor Colin shares some comforting insights - if you ever feel alone in your doubts, remember, you are in good company. Reflect on the disciples' journeys, their doubts and the patient, guiding hand of Jesus. In our exploration of Romans Chapter 5,…
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Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. Psalm 42:5-6 The psalmist models for us what it looks like to address our own souls. Notice, he does not simply listen to his own feelings and thoughts, he speaks to himself. He asks himself questions, and he e…
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In today's broadcast, we learn that our earthly journey towards obedience and holiness is a reflection of the divine destiny that awaits in heaven. Pastor Colin illuminates the powerful connection between faith and obedience, emphasising that genuine faith inherently propels us towards a life led in step with God's will. In a world punctuated by th…
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Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? Isaiah 53:1 Who believes the gospel message? That is Isaiah’s question: “Who has believed what he has heard from us?” He’s asking God’s people, those who are known by God’s name. Then he asks a second question: “To whom has the arm of the LORD been reveal…
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Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied. Isaiah 53:11 You are an eternal being. And if you have faith in Jesus Christ, the suffering you know in this world is the only suffering you will ever know in your entire life. Think about your eternity. What part is 10, 20, or 30 years in the light of eternity? Isaiah is telling us that…
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But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed Isaiah 53:5 What kind of heaven would it be if there were no cancer, but there was still human trafficking? What kind of hope would it be to have no death, but still to have sexual abus…
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In today's broadcast, Pastor Colin addresses two prevalent misconceptions that many believers confront. On one hand, there are those who, after deciding to follow Jesus, might live recklessly, underestimating the importance of their actions. On the other hand, some are burdened by the weight of repeated failures and a feeling of unworthiness. But t…
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The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. Psalm 23:1-3 How does God restore your soul? By leading you to Jesus Christ. This is what He was doing through the ministry of Isaiah 700 years before the birth of Jesus, and this is what He wants to do in your li…
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We're excited to delve into the richness of prayer together with you today. Pastor Colin offers a vivid picture—prayer as a means to unearth the buried treasures found within the promises of God. Imagine walking through a field laden with hidden gems beneath your feet, yet never taking a moment to dig. Such is our situation when we neglect the powe…
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“This people draw near with their mouth and honour me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me.” Isaiah 29:13 The London underground system is a marvellous way of getting around the city. However, some of the station platforms are on a curve, which means that there is a gap between the edge of the platform and the side of the train. If y…
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What does it mean to pray with faith? Pastor Colin illuminates this by exploring the duality of faith-filled prayer. He explains that when God's will is known, we can pray with confidence, but in uncertain situations, we must pray with a heart of submission. Through the story of Elijah and the scriptures in James chapter 5, we learn that praying wi…
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