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Pastor Elvis?!

Thu, Feb. 25, 2016 Posted: 04:01 PM


The other morning while excercising, I did what I often do, namely, listen to a podcast or MP3 message related to the Bible, missions, theology, Christian living, business or leadership. That day it happened to be a challenging message on missions. When the message was over, my iPod immediately began playing the next item in my 5000+ list of songs, messages and podcasts. It was a message about marriage. The preacher proferred some pretty profound thoughts in a poetic and pithy fashion:

Maybe I didn’t treat you
Quite as good as I should have
Maybe I didn’t love you
Quite as often as I could have
Little things I should have said and done
I just never took the time

You were always on my mind
You were always on my mind

Tell me, tell me that your sweet love hasn’t died
Give me, give me one more chance
To keep you satisfied, satisfied

Maybe I didn’t hold you
All those lonely, lonely times
And I guess I never told you
I’m so happy that you’re mine
If I make you feel second best
Girl, Im sorry I was blind

You were always on my mind
You were always on my mind

Tell me, tell me that your sweet love hasn’t died
Give me, give me one more chance
To keep you satisfied, satisfied

Little things I should have said and done
I just never took the time
You were always on my mind
You are always on my mind
You are always on my mind

You may have heard of this particular preacher. It’s not King Jesus. Neither is it King Solomon. But they do call him “the king.” He attained a certain amount of fame during his lifetime. His name was...Elvis Presley! (Did you think I was going to say Willie Nelson?! Michael Bublé?! Yeah, their versions of “Always on My Mind” are alright, but they just don’t compare to “the king’s”!) Okay, okay, I can hear you grumbling something like, “That guy was no preacher!” And, of course, you are right. At least not in the traditional sense. But he could “preach” a message right up there with the best of them. And in this case, it may not be far-fetched to say that it rivaled any other I’ve ever heard on this subject. For as I listened, my heart and mind embraced many of these sentiments as their own. And they were bittersweet. On the one hand I rejoiced and thanked God for the absolutely incredible wife He has given me. (How many times have I been told that I married out of my league?! In Brazil they tell me that she is “too much sand for my dumptruck!”) But on the other hand, all of my shortcomings as a husband began to claw their way into my merry world. I asked the Holy Spirit to transform me more and more into a Christ-like groom, for the sake of my bride and for the sake of His Bride. I desire nothing more than for my life and my marriage to reflect the glory of Christ:

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Cor. 3:18)

Needless to say, when I got home that night, my bride and I had one of those special conversations that occur all too infrequently; the Lord had already begun answering my prayers, and those of my princess, too, for that matter.

By the way, did I say that Michael Bublé’s version of “Always on My Mind” wasn’t as good as “the king’s”? Well, let me qualify that. “The king’s” version is better for listening. Bublé’s version is better for dancing! Slowly, in the kitchen, to the light of the iTunes screen on your iPad. (But be aware that it may freak your kids out. Or gross them out, depending on their age!)

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I'm João, but you can call me John. Since meeting Christ at age 16, my driving passion has been to glorify Him! I’m a “Great Commission Entrepreneur,” passionate about starting and leading anything — mission agencies, churches, businesses — that helps fulfill the Great Commission. I also love to speak, teach, preach and write about God's glory in all areas of life and among all peoples of the world.

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