Episode 1: What's the Walk Daily Podcast?

April 16, 2021

1:15 - 3:17

INTRO: What’s the idea behind the Walk Daily podcast? What inspired it? What’s the heart behind it?

PASTOR PAOLO: This is an opportunity to have a conversation, more than a download, a teaching, or a preaching. Our desire is to have that conversation about things that we go through every single day. The topics will be varied–from timely and circumstantial ones like the pandemic, or the more timeless ones about how to grow in our relationship with the Lord. The reason why it’s called Walk Daily is because we want to know how the daily walk with God looks like, what the Scripture has to say about that.

PASTOR BRANDEL: I like that the title Walk Daily talks about journeying. There are times that walking may be difficult but we’re still walking nonetheless. And sometimes, even if it’s challenging, there are actually things that we like and enjoy about following Jesus Christ.


3:18 - 4:03

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT FOLLOWING JESUS CHRIST?

PASTOR PAOLO: The main thing I love about following Christ is that He is somebody who is always with us, walking alongside us. Psalm 16:8 says, “...because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.” I think that’s a powerful metaphor, that the Lord walks with us even through the pandemic we’re going through right now, and for the rest of our lives. That’s something we can look forward to and be excited about, that through the highs and the lows, that is something we can all expect as followers of Christ.


4:04 - 6:36

WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART?

PASTOR PAOLO: I’ve been walking with the Lord for more than two decades and it’s been an absolute delight for me. But the closer you get to Christ, you understand all the more how wicked and rotten your heart is. When we get closer to the light, all the blemishes in our bodies are seen, in our face and everywhere else. And though I would say, “Lord, I want to know You more, I want to walk with You every single day. And yet, the closer I get to You, the more I realize I don’t understand everything, and there are things in my life that still need to change.” I’m still a work in progress and so I cling to the promise that He who began a good work in me will complete it.

PASTOR BRANDEL: Most of the time we think about how being closer to God can benefit us, but I love the implication that there are times we need to obey even when we don’t understand. That’s why it’s important to go back to the truth that this is about a relationship with God, a daily journey with Him.  


6:37 - 10:15

WHAT’S THE HARDEST QUESTION SOMEONE ASKED YOU ABOUT FOLLOWING JESUS?

PASTOR PAOLO: Because of the global health crisis, I get a lot of difficult questions nowadays. One of the questions I’ve encountered recently is “Is the vaccine the Mark of the Beast?” I’ve also received questions about the injustice happening in different parts of the world, and the corruption in this nation. How do we respond to these issues? There are also questions about learning to live with mental health issues. These are all complex questions, which is why we’re having this podcast. And as Pastor Brandel said, this is not an expert download, but real talk that allows for conversation to happen. Instead of each one of us searching on our own for answers, we wrestle with hard questions together as a community. We walk together in search for what the Bible says about certain topics.

“It’s the MISSION that BRINGS us together; it’s RELATIONSHIP that KEEPS us together; THEOLOGY is WORKED OUT together; EXPERIENCES are JUDGED together.” – Pastor Steve Murrell, Every Nation President and Co-founder

PASTOR BRANDEL:  Walking daily with Christ is not a straight and smooth path; it looks more like a road full of twists and turns and feels like a roller coaster ride. But the great thing about that is we learn to really trust and depend on God more together as we wrestle with these hard questions as a community.


This podcast is hosted by Pastor Paolo Punzalan. In this episode, he is joined by the podcast’s main researcher, Pastor Brandel Manalastas.


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