I have heard that Elvis Presley originally wanted to sing Gospel Songs. I have a video where J.D. Sumner says he used to let young Elvis in to their concerts through the back door, because he couldn’t afford to pay to get in. When I was in Africa, I had almost all his religious records.
1. Only believe
This has been my favorite since I was young. Somehow it has been burned into my spirit.
He points out that it is only when we are in trouble that we call on the Lord. I saw a car sticker that said: “God wants to be your steering wheel, not your spare tire.”
I remember singing this song at a beach in East London, trying to reach the lost.
These are far better words than: “There goes my everything!”
I wish I could feel His hand in mine right now.
Jesus said that he is the vine and we are the branches. That without him we cannot bear any fruit. We need to be always plugged into Jesus.
Although this is a real old one, it still keeps running through my head every now and then.
I had this record by Elvis Presley.
I loved this gospel song so much when I was young.
11. By and by
This morning as I was waiting for a man to work on the house, I went to this page. I got so carried away that I listened to lots of videos, so I am adding on a whole lot more.
As I listened to him singing, it was like I was having fellowship with him.
When I was little, I remember going to a youth meeting, and they were sitting around a fire singing and playing music. This was one of the choruses they sang. Such wonderful memories.
14. Why me Lord
This gospel song is done by Elvis Presley, and J.D.Sumner.
16. Who am I
I first heard this gospel song by Jimmy Swaggart.
I always associate this song with Porter Wagoner.
18. Stand by me
When I’m growing old and feeble, stand by me. Amen.
19. Help me
I have a record of this song by Yan Venter, but I first heard it by Kris Kristofferson.
20. In the garden
Recently, I read the story of how this song was written. A man had a vision of Mary Magdalene by the garden tomb. Peter and John visited the tomb and left, and she was alone crying, when Jesus came to her, and comforted her. It adds a whole new meaning to the song.
21. Amazing Grace
An old song, but he makes it feel new.
I read a long time ago of how a guy was on a train and they were going through a peaceful valley. It was just before the second world war, and he was inspired to write this song.
Jesus said He will never leave us.
24. Somebody bigger
We are so small compared to the universe that God has made.
25. I asked the Lord
I had never heard this song before. It seems like a home recording. On TV one time they said he did recordings in the “Jungle room.” I have been there when I visited Graceland.
26. Where could I go
I was influenced by his recordings, and so I recorded this one on my LP many years ago.
Glory, glory, hallelujah.
28. Run on
Tom Jones sings this song too now. I guess was also influenced by E.P.
29. You’ll never walk alone – different pictures
32. I believe
When I was young I had this record, but I thought it was a nonsense song. However, recently we were at a meeting with Kathy Walters, and she said that many times in her meetings people take trips in heavenly chariots.
The other week we were listening to a story by John Paul Jackson telling how when the Israelites entered the promised land they had to fight 10 nations who were stronger than them. He called it 10 giants. When he studied their names, they are all problems that each of us face in our lives. You can see him on this website under: ‘Preachers of the gospel.’
37. Milky white way
38. I asked the Lord
It seems like Elvis is singing: “Elijah saw a mighty number, way up in the middle of the air.” It makes me think of a story of Elisha, when he was surrounded by the enemy. He asked the Lord to open the eyes of his servant, and he saw they were surrounded by angels with fiery chariots. Check it out in 2 Kings 6.
40. So high
Before we saw Elvis in Reno, back in 1996, we were up on a mountain near the Ponderosa Ranch, and it was so beautiful. I got out the car and walked among the pines singing the second verse of this song: “When through the woods and forest glades I wander, and hear the birds sing so sweetly in the trees. When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur, and hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze….. Then sings my soul…”
48. Mansion over the hilltop – different pictures
I hope Elvis made it through the pearly gates. You know, everybody dies. The most important thing is to be saved. Receive Jesus now as your Savior, and ask Him to forgive all your sins. God bless you.
My wife requested this song in church the other day. I tried to pull it out of my memory box from 40 years ago. I remembered the first verse and the chorus, then she said “Job” and that got me remembering the second verse.