GODSPEED Digital Magazine Proclaims the Gospel with Fervor

GODSPEED Digital Magazine Proclaims the Gospel with Fervor

While the secular media continues its onslaught on God and His Word, it’s always exciting when pro-God voices rise in media circles. Jeremy T. Lamont is doing just that, proclaiming the name of Jesus with a fervor with his online magazine, GODSPEED.

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Episode Notes

The Strang Report

With Stephen Strang

Guest: Jeremy T. Lamont

While the secular media continues its onslaught on God and His Word, it’s always exciting when pro-God voices rise in media circles. Jeremy T. Lamont is doing just that, proclaiming the name of Jesus with a fervor with his online magazine, GODSPEED.

Introduction

Stephen Strang: Everyone knows that the media world is changing and a lot of it not for the good. But I'm going to talk to a young man today who is making a difference in media. His name is Jeremy Lamont and he has started a new online magazine called GODSPEED. Hello everyone, I'm Stephen Strang. Thank you for listening today to the Strang Report. I'm always excited when I hear about new ways that we're sending out the Word of God, in ways that people can relate to. I'm excited about this new online magazine which I have just downloaded the app myself. So tell me and my listeners what you're doing.

Jeremy Lamont: Stephen thank you so much for having us on the program today and thank you for continuing to lift up the body of Christ and all the things you do I personally appreciate you and just want to thank you for both. GODSPEED magazine is really not something I ever thought of doing. But in 2012, while in prayer, God specifically said that this is what I was to do. So, I started following the footsteps because he specifically said it had to be a digital magazine. In the seven years since then, it has turned into exactly what He promised. Just as an example, He said it would look like Time magazine, and we now have David Aikman who, as you know, was a senior news correspondent from Time magazine for 23 years, as our editor in chief. So, it's really truly God that has the glory on this one. I wasn't headed this way, I just was completely devoted to obeying what God asked me to achieve for him.

 

·         Click here to get The Freedom Issue of GODSPEED and to download the free app

 

Stephen Strang: Well that's exciting. As most of my listeners would know, you're someone I can relate to. Because I also started a magazine. It was many years ago. I probably sound like a dinosaur. But Charisma magazine was started before the personal computer was on the market. It was under development, but it was not on the market. We didn't even computerized until the mid-1980s. That was long before the Internet. Now, so much has changed and of course, we're doing things online as well. When I heard about your digital magazine, I was fascinated especially because of David Aikman, who I have known since the late-1970s. He was the senior correspondent at Time magazine at the time. He was in New York City and I made an appointment to visit him and a friendship ensued that is continued down through the years. Our lives have intersected in so many different ways. It is just really a coup, I guess you would say, for you to get someone of his stature. How in the world did you pull that off?

Jeremy Lamont: It's impossible to describe the things God has done with GODSPEED magazine without going back to what God did. I specifically was told in another prayer later that I would have a partner who is the granddaughter of the founder of the Pentecostal movement or one of the founders, Charles Parham. His granddaughter's name is Roberta Parham Hromas; everyone calls her Bobby. He said she would be my partner, and I couldn't imagine that. A week later, after having met her only once ever at a friend's doctoral dissertation graduation, a week after God told me she was going to be my partner, she emailed me and asked me to come to her house. I thought I wasn’t even supposed to be on the list. I went anyway, just hoping that maybe they would have grace on me since they figured out that I wasn't supposed to be on her list. I arrived there to find all sorts of people from CBN and ORU and Billy Graham's team. I even more so, at that point, thought I shouldn't be there. What ended up happening at the end of the night was that Roberta walked up to me and asked what God was doing with this magazine that we'd only discussed once when we met the one time before. I said, God said you're going to be my partner. And she said, we have to do that. A little later, I mentioned to her that God described the magazine as looking like Time magazine and she picked up her cell phone and called David Aikman and put the cell phone in my ear and said talk to him. In a little while, maybe a year or so after that, David said what can I do for you? I just I love that you keep following God's footsteps. What can I do to help you? I said you can become my editor. I was half serious thinking he would just say no. He said, OK. Not long after David was on payroll. All of GODSPEED magazine, the common theme is I literally cannot take credit for any of it, but rather He has made it very clear that it's His will and that my primary role is to follow and do exactly where He takes me. So, our method is we take big clipboards and fill them with information and planning, and then God somewhat swats them out of my hand and fills the clipboards with His information and then we follow His planning. My whole team has become very aware that's what we do and how we work.

Stephen Strang: That's exciting. At one time, David Aikman was possibly the highest-ranking spirit-filled person in American journalism. As you know there, are relatively few believers in journalism and often they will be fairly quiet about it because frankly the press is so left wing now and, in many ways so anti-God that people don't speak up. David Aikman was always clear about his faith and where he stood. He wrote many stories about famous people like Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Mother Theresa. I don't have a list in front of me, but he wrote the Man of the Year story many times; he was a correspondent at different times in Hong Kong and Beijing in Berlin and in Jerusalem. In fact, when he was bureau chief in Jerusalem, I actually visited him on one of my trips over there. When he was in Hong Kong, he and his wife attended the church that my brother-in-law founded; my brother in law was an Assemblies of God missionary and founded this church. It's a thriving church called the International Church of Hong Kong. It continues today and it was through my brother-in-law that I connected with him. But let's also talk about Roberta Hromas because I had the privilege of meeting her several times over the years. She's highly respected, as was her mother, her late mother, Pauline. Because I am a student of history, and especially Pentecostal history. I'm very familiar with Charles Fox Parham, who had a small Bible school for just a couple of years in Topeka, Kansas, where there was the first known example of speaking in tongues. Now, if you know anything about history, and we're not wanting to get bogged down in history, but I do think it's germane … there were a lot of people in what was then called the holiness movement that were praying for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. They would use that term. Nobody really knew what that meant. Then on New Year's Eve in 1900, going over into 1901 … I just thought it was significant that on the first day of the new century this student named Alice Osmond prayed in other tongues just like in the book of Acts. People started getting excited and the word got out and it went around. Later on, Charles Parham influenced the life of William Seymour who is the one who started the Azusa Street Revival, which is really when Pentecostalism took off around the world. Parham actually lived until around 1930 and his ministry continues. Of course, his family continues that heritage and it's a great heritage. She's a very good partner for you to have.

Jeremy Lamont: This entire experience with GODSPEED magazine has been just radically humbling. I feel like the larger GODSPEED magazine gets the smaller I get. And, the farther he takes me, the less visible get. I feel like I need to be around both Roberta and Les, her husband. Our family has spent a lot of time with them. They're just such exceptional people and their belief system, all the way back to granddad as she calls him, is that when a miracle happens and in all things that we do that are miraculous, like if we looked at business, we do anything, that all the glory goes to God, and the miracle needs to be announced. But that the person who was used to do the miracle doesn't need to be even mentioned. So, if you heal somebody, it's like, wow, glory to God. Here's what happened. The miracle did this. Praise God. And that's sort of the end of the report. I bring that up because I've watched their family do things inside the White House from firsthand experience out in D.C. with them, I've watched their family do incredible things that they absolutely would not take credit for and did not want to be mentioned. They just wanted to do it for God. It's humbling to watch. I spent most of my life in the secular world producing large event shows and special events. To see someone go the exact opposite direction of the world in such dramatic fashion that they don't want credit in any way, shape or form for helping influence the White House from the inside, it just stops you in your tracks and leaves you sitting there sort of humbled, reduced to just a huge praise for God. It's been amazing to me to learn and absorb what I had no idea I was getting the blessing of being given.

Stephen Strang: That's a great experience. And I'm just so happy for you. But let's talk a little bit about GODSPEED magazine. That was the purpose of this podcast. I've just signed up, it’s $5 a month. There is a very nice app you can download. I have a Samsung so I downloaded it on Google Play. I think it's also on iTunes and people should download it. What are they going to get when they get your online magazine?

Jeremy Lamont: The beauty of the app, it is available, as you mentioned, in the App Store, Google Play, and Amazon. You can download the app for free. There's two issues that are unlocked in there, the freedom issue and the breakthrough issue. You don't pay anything to read them. So, you can get a really solid sense of the way we are editorially focused. But if people do choose to subscribe for $5 a month, our entire editorial focuses is on God in action. For example, one of our stories a long time back, Anne Graham went to India. The friend said, do what the story of Anne Graham going to India? I said, I don't know. They said, what do you mean? You're nobody and Anne Graham is Anne Graham. I said the thing is, we cover God in action. So, unless there's something about how God moved, we're still not covering people. It's not about people, even though we mention people and the way God uses people. It's about God. And so they said, OK, we'll look into the story a little more. It turned out 500,000 people showed up at India's Day of Prayer. Then we said absolutely yes, it sounds like there's this huge move of God. The more we listened to the actual writing of the story that was turned in and saw the pictures, it was an absolute move of God. So, we immediately were incredibly grateful to have the story. But that's what GODSPEED magazine is. We cover freedom from the point of view of how God is using people right now to protect the freedom to worship Him. If we cover Infant Lives Matter, we're really covering how is God protecting the right only He could give, which is life. Only God can give the right to life, and so we're going to protect how God is moving people to protect the right to life that He gave us. Our perspective is always editorially focusing back and slanting back towards what did God do, and it's in some ways a big media redemption because as you mentioned with David Aikman. When he would turn in stories, he covered the Pentecostal movement in Korea. He went to this huge convention and when he got back, he had covered in exactly …  I mean taking pictures … I stood there and witnessed a woman who had a radical healing where her leg grew right in front of David Aikman. He got all the pictures, wrote it all down. I witnessed the whole thing and his superior basically said, I don't think Time magazine really wants to cover miracles. So, they literally shut down his story and it never appeared that the miracle happened. But he did cover the Pentecostal conference. So, the general information may make the media, but God in action, which is what our editorial focus is, it doesn't make the media. So, our goal with GODSPEED magazine is to connect the body of Christ by the digital device in their pocket with a single click.

For the rest of Stephen’s interview with Jeremy Lamont, please visit cpnshows.com.

 

Connect with Jeremy Lamont

·         On Facebook

·         On Twitter

·         On Instagram

·         On godspeedmag.com

Where to Find Stephen Strang on the Internet

·         The Strang Report on Charismamag.com

·         The Strang Report on cpnshows.com

·         On Twitter

·         On Facebook

Episode Notes

The Strang Report

With Stephen Strang

Guest: Jeremy T. Lamont

While the secular media continues its onslaught on God and His Word, it’s always exciting when pro-God voices rise in media circles. Jeremy T. Lamont is doing just that, proclaiming the name of Jesus with a fervor with his online magazine, GODSPEED.

Introduction

Stephen Strang: Everyone knows that the media world is changing and a lot of it not for the good. But I'm going to talk to a young man today who is making a difference in media. His name is Jeremy Lamont and he has started a new online magazine called GODSPEED. Hello everyone, I'm Stephen Strang. Thank you for listening today to the Strang Report. I'm always excited when I hear about new ways that we're sending out the Word of God, in ways that people can relate to. I'm excited about this new online magazine which I have just downloaded the app myself. So tell me and my listeners what you're doing.

Jeremy Lamont: Stephen thank you so much for having us on the program today and thank you for continuing to lift up the body of Christ and all the things you do I personally appreciate you and just want to thank you for both. GODSPEED magazine is really not something I ever thought of doing. But in 2012, while in prayer, God specifically said that this is what I was to do. So, I started following the footsteps because he specifically said it had to be a digital magazine. In the seven years since then, it has turned into exactly what He promised. Just as an example, He said it would look like Time magazine, and we now have David Aikman who, as you know, was a senior news correspondent from Time magazine for 23 years, as our editor in chief. So, it's really truly God that has the glory on this one. I wasn't headed this way, I just was completely devoted to obeying what God asked me to achieve for him.

 

·         Click here to get The Freedom Issue of GODSPEED and to download the free app

 

Stephen Strang: Well that's exciting. As most of my listeners would know, you're someone I can relate to. Because I also started a magazine. It was many years ago. I probably sound like a dinosaur. But Charisma magazine was started before the personal computer was on the market. It was under development, but it was not on the market. We didn't even computerized until the mid-1980s. That was long before the Internet. Now, so much has changed and of course, we're doing things online as well. When I heard about your digital magazine, I was fascinated especially because of David Aikman, who I have known since the late-1970s. He was the senior correspondent at Time magazine at the time. He was in New York City and I made an appointment to visit him and a friendship ensued that is continued down through the years. Our lives have intersected in so many different ways. It is just really a coup, I guess you would say, for you to get someone of his stature. How in the world did you pull that off?

Jeremy Lamont: It's impossible to describe the things God has done with GODSPEED magazine without going back to what God did. I specifically was told in another prayer later that I would have a partner who is the granddaughter of the founder of the Pentecostal movement or one of the founders, Charles Parham. His granddaughter's name is Roberta Parham Hromas; everyone calls her Bobby. He said she would be my partner, and I couldn't imagine that. A week later, after having met her only once ever at a friend's doctoral dissertation graduation, a week after God told me she was going to be my partner, she emailed me and asked me to come to her house. I thought I wasn’t even supposed to be on the list. I went anyway, just hoping that maybe they would have grace on me since they figured out that I wasn't supposed to be on her list. I arrived there to find all sorts of people from CBN and ORU and Billy Graham's team. I even more so, at that point, thought I shouldn't be there. What ended up happening at the end of the night was that Roberta walked up to me and asked what God was doing with this magazine that we'd only discussed once when we met the one time before. I said, God said you're going to be my partner. And she said, we have to do that. A little later, I mentioned to her that God described the magazine as looking like Time magazine and she picked up her cell phone and called David Aikman and put the cell phone in my ear and said talk to him. In a little while, maybe a year or so after that, David said what can I do for you? I just I love that you keep following God's footsteps. What can I do to help you? I said you can become my editor. I was half serious thinking he would just say no. He said, OK. Not long after David was on payroll. All of GODSPEED magazine, the common theme is I literally cannot take credit for any of it, but rather He has made it very clear that it's His will and that my primary role is to follow and do exactly where He takes me. So, our method is we take big clipboards and fill them with information and planning, and then God somewhat swats them out of my hand and fills the clipboards with His information and then we follow His planning. My whole team has become very aware that's what we do and how we work.

Stephen Strang: That's exciting. At one time, David Aikman was possibly the highest-ranking spirit-filled person in American journalism. As you know there, are relatively few believers in journalism and often they will be fairly quiet about it because frankly the press is so left wing now and, in many ways so anti-God that people don't speak up. David Aikman was always clear about his faith and where he stood. He wrote many stories about famous people like Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Mother Theresa. I don't have a list in front of me, but he wrote the Man of the Year story many times; he was a correspondent at different times in Hong Kong and Beijing in Berlin and in Jerusalem. In fact, when he was bureau chief in Jerusalem, I actually visited him on one of my trips over there. When he was in Hong Kong, he and his wife attended the church that my brother-in-law founded; my brother in law was an Assemblies of God missionary and founded this church. It's a thriving church called the International Church of Hong Kong. It continues today and it was through my brother-in-law that I connected with him. But let's also talk about Roberta Hromas because I had the privilege of meeting her several times over the years. She's highly respected, as was her mother, her late mother, Pauline. Because I am a student of history, and especially Pentecostal history. I'm very familiar with Charles Fox Parham, who had a small Bible school for just a couple of years in Topeka, Kansas, where there was the first known example of speaking in tongues. Now, if you know anything about history, and we're not wanting to get bogged down in history, but I do think it's germane … there were a lot of people in what was then called the holiness movement that were praying for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. They would use that term. Nobody really knew what that meant. Then on New Year's Eve in 1900, going over into 1901 … I just thought it was significant that on the first day of the new century this student named Alice Osmond prayed in other tongues just like in the book of Acts. People started getting excited and the word got out and it went around. Later on, Charles Parham influenced the life of William Seymour who is the one who started the Azusa Street Revival, which is really when Pentecostalism took off around the world. Parham actually lived until around 1930 and his ministry continues. Of course, his family continues that heritage and it's a great heritage. She's a very good partner for you to have.

Jeremy Lamont: This entire experience with GODSPEED magazine has been just radically humbling. I feel like the larger GODSPEED magazine gets the smaller I get. And, the farther he takes me, the less visible get. I feel like I need to be around both Roberta and Les, her husband. Our family has spent a lot of time with them. They're just such exceptional people and their belief system, all the way back to granddad as she calls him, is that when a miracle happens and in all things that we do that are miraculous, like if we looked at business, we do anything, that all the glory goes to God, and the miracle needs to be announced. But that the person who was used to do the miracle doesn't need to be even mentioned. So, if you heal somebody, it's like, wow, glory to God. Here's what happened. The miracle did this. Praise God. And that's sort of the end of the report. I bring that up because I've watched their family do things inside the White House from firsthand experience out in D.C. with them, I've watched their family do incredible things that they absolutely would not take credit for and did not want to be mentioned. They just wanted to do it for God. It's humbling to watch. I spent most of my life in the secular world producing large event shows and special events. To see someone go the exact opposite direction of the world in such dramatic fashion that they don't want credit in any way, shape or form for helping influence the White House from the inside, it just stops you in your tracks and leaves you sitting there sort of humbled, reduced to just a huge praise for God. It's been amazing to me to learn and absorb what I had no idea I was getting the blessing of being given.

Stephen Strang: That's a great experience. And I'm just so happy for you. But let's talk a little bit about GODSPEED magazine. That was the purpose of this podcast. I've just signed up, it’s $5 a month. There is a very nice app you can download. I have a Samsung so I downloaded it on Google Play. I think it's also on iTunes and people should download it. What are they going to get when they get your online magazine?

Jeremy Lamont: The beauty of the app, it is available, as you mentioned, in the App Store, Google Play, and Amazon. You can download the app for free. There's two issues that are unlocked in there, the freedom issue and the breakthrough issue. You don't pay anything to read them. So, you can get a really solid sense of the way we are editorially focused. But if people do choose to subscribe for $5 a month, our entire editorial focuses is on God in action. For example, one of our stories a long time back, Anne Graham went to India. The friend said, do what the story of Anne Graham going to India? I said, I don't know. They said, what do you mean? You're nobody and Anne Graham is Anne Graham. I said the thing is, we cover God in action. So, unless there's something about how God moved, we're still not covering people. It's not about people, even though we mention people and the way God uses people. It's about God. And so they said, OK, we'll look into the story a little more. It turned out 500,000 people showed up at India's Day of Prayer. Then we said absolutely yes, it sounds like there's this huge move of God. The more we listened to the actual writing of the story that was turned in and saw the pictures, it was an absolute move of God. So, we immediately were incredibly grateful to have the story. But that's what GODSPEED magazine is. We cover freedom from the point of view of how God is using people right now to protect the freedom to worship Him. If we cover Infant Lives Matter, we're really covering how is God protecting the right only He could give, which is life. Only God can give the right to life, and so we're going to protect how God is moving people to protect the right to life that He gave us. Our perspective is always editorially focusing back and slanting back towards what did God do, and it's in some ways a big media redemption because as you mentioned with David Aikman. When he would turn in stories, he covered the Pentecostal movement in Korea. He went to this huge convention and when he got back, he had covered in exactly …  I mean taking pictures … I stood there and witnessed a woman who had a radical healing where her leg grew right in front of David Aikman. He got all the pictures, wrote it all down. I witnessed the whole thing and his superior basically said, I don't think Time magazine really wants to cover miracles. So, they literally shut down his story and it never appeared that the miracle happened. But he did cover the Pentecostal conference. So, the general information may make the media, but God in action, which is what our editorial focus is, it doesn't make the media. So, our goal with GODSPEED magazine is to connect the body of Christ by the digital device in their pocket with a single click.

For the rest of Stephen’s interview with Jeremy Lamont, please visit cpnshows.com.

 

Connect with Jeremy Lamont

·         On Facebook

·         On Twitter

·         On Instagram

·         On godspeedmag.com

Where to Find Stephen Strang on the Internet

·         The Strang Report on Charismamag.com

·         The Strang Report on cpnshows.com

·         On Twitter

·         On Facebook

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