Footprints of God DVD’s

The story of Abraham is not only seminal and foundational, but very interesting and full of typology and lessons for our own day. I just finished the section of Abraham’s hospitality when visit by unknown strangers who the Church sees as the Trinity coming down to visit Abraham. I think it was to meet the man on whom the whole story of salvation is built.

Now Isaac has just been born and weaned at about three years old. With infant mortality at about 30% it is a time of great rejoicing. A weaned child has survived the fragile stage of infancy and can now eat solid food rather than breastfeed from his mother.

Next God is going to demonstrate what it was like for Him to give his only begotten Son whom He loved – as a sacrifice. We will see the drama played out in real human history in advance when God tells Abraham to go up Mount Moriah to offer up his only begotten son whom he loves. Ah, what a scene this will be in our new movie!

Pray for me. Time is short, the pressure in on. We will be leading pilgrimages to Rome and Israel and then spending the month of June in Israel and Turkey filming the rest of this movie (we shot the scenes in Iraq in January).

 

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Two things struck me today as I am feverishly writing the script for our upcoming Abraham DVD (Footprints of God series).

Jews sent into exile in Babylon in Mesopotamia

First, when God punished the Jews by sending them into exile in Babylon it was the ultimate punishment and insult. Babylon was the site of Bable and the confusion of languages. It was also in Mesopotamia, the homeland of their forefather Abraham. He was a pagan in a pagan land until the God of Glory called him and brought him to the promised land – Israel.

But the Jews rebelled against God and served pagan gods like the nations around them. So God sent them back to Square One, to Babylon where their forefather Abraham originally came from. They were sent as exiles back to their pagan beginning.

It was like God saying, “OK, you want to be pagans and worship false gods, then go back to your ancestors, lose your land and your blessings I promise to Abraham when HE lived in Mesopotamia– when he abandoned the foreign gods and chose to follow me. We will start over again.”

Very interesting thing to meditate on. 

Even though the tent is transitory, the altar of God remains permanently

Second, there is a contrast between tent pegs and altars in the story of Abraham and the patriarchs. Here is how I am wording it in the script (to be shot at Bethel in Israel in June):

“Abram pitched his tent somewhere here. The patriarchs lived in temporary shelters—they never built houses. Tents were dismantled; stakes were pulled up and they were again on the move.  Abram was a pilgrim and a model for us. We know our life on this earth is temporary. We are not citizens here— we are travelers too, awaiting our true citizenship in heaven.

“But the altar is permanent. The altar is not dismantled. The altar represents the permanence of God. When the tent comes down and moves, the altar still stands. Though our journey through this live is temporary God and the altars remain firm and steadfast. They are always there and we can always return to them.”

Pray for me as I work every free minute to get this script prepared for filming in June when we go with our filming crew to Israel and the Palestinian territories and also Turkey to get the footage for this video. Thanks.

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Ziggurat of Abraham in Ur (Naziriyah Iraq)

by Steve Ray on January 8, 2014

I’ve added a short video clip so you can get an idea of the Ziggurat. I also added a few pictures. Great day shooting footage for the Abraham movie with brick makers, the temple that Abraham saw with his own eyes, and a lot more.

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Discovered the place where Jacob fell asleep and saw the ladder sending to heaven

January 6, 2014

It was off the beaten track and in a Jewish settlement in the Palestinian area. This is the traditional place where Jacob fell asleep with his head on a stone and had a dream of a ladder going to heaven with angels ascending and descending.  St. Chromatius wrote, “The Ladder is the Cross of Christ: [...]

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In Israel, Heading to Iraq and Turkey: Preparing to Shoot New Movie on Abraham

January 4, 2014

Janet and I have been in Israel the last 10 days working on the script for our new Footprints of God DVD on Abraham. It will be entitled “Abraham, Father of Faith and Works.” Besides writing we have been driving around Israel and the Palestinian areas to review all of the places related to Abraham, [...]

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Two Day Sale on my DVD’s and more

December 1, 2013

This weekend only, big discount on the Footprints of God DVD’s, The Story of Salvation from Abraham to Augustine  Other items on sale as well.

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BIG NEWS: Green Light to Begin our next DVD: Abraham!

August 23, 2013

Last week we had a long conference call with Ignatius Press and they approved our next DVD entitled Abraham, Father of Faith &Works. We are planning our flights to film in Iraq where Abraham’s life began. Then to Turkeyand Israel for the rest of his story. This was possible because of many donations. Please pray for us. Our life is already [...]

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What Kind of Music Did Abraham Listen To?

May 30, 2013

Our next DVD in the Footprints of God series will be entitled “Abraham, Father of Faith & Works.” We will begin filming in Iraq — in Ur of Chaldees — which is the home of Abraham, just south of Baghdad (Gen 11:28-31). Thanks to the Biblical Archaeology Society to which I subscribe, we can now listen to music [...]

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Last Footprints of God DVDs in the Plans – Pray for Us!

May 20, 2013

Just got off the phone with Ignatius Press. Looks like we will begin rolling out the last three DVDs in our Footprints of God series. We are tentatively planning to start production in 2014 for a Christmas release. We have 7 done and 3 to go. We have done a little fundraising which has made [...]

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Working on New Pilgrimage Videos in Phoenix

July 6, 2012

The last two days Janet and I have been working at Skyline Video Studios to edit new pilgrimage videos. In the picture I am recording Voice Overs for some of the scenes. We finished up two DVDs today and will send them to replication shortly. They are 1) Bethlehem and areas surrounding Jerusalem and 2) [...]

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Catholic Answers Live & other Radio Shows this Week

January 23, 2012

Steve will join Sean Herriott on Relevant Radio on Monday to celebrate the Feast of St. Paul’s Conversion (January 25). In anticipation of my radio shows I am posting my St. Paul Timeline so everyone can get the big picture. When I was teaching my series on Acts of the Apostles (see the audio CDs here) I decided [...]

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Can You Help Us Finish the Footprints of God DVDs

January 15, 2012

Emails arrive weekly “When will the last three Footprints of God DVDs be available?’ I usually answer, “I don’t know, ask Ignatius Press.” (Click on brochure to right for download) Ignatius had sold over 120,000 copies, but the project was put on hold because of the economy and the large cost to produce–about $200,000 each. [...]

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Our “Mary: Mother of God” DVD on EWTN January 1

December 31, 2011

Usually EWTN shows my documentaries broken up in half hour segments but on Sunday, January 1 at 5 PM Eastern they will show the whole documentary from beginning to end. Hope you enjoy it! If you want to buy a copy to own click here.

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Immaculate Conception and Falling in the Mud

December 8, 2011

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception Today is a Holy Day of Obligation Make sure to get to Mass today! If you want to understand the Immaculate Conception, or let’s say, if you want your young kids to understand it — then get my DVD Mary, Mother of God. In this movie I fall into a [...]

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Steve Visits Magdala

July 22, 2011

Several years ago we joined Fr. John Solana on a visit to Magdala, home of Mary Magdalen. Fr. John was appointed head of the Notre Dame Center in Jerusalem by the late Pope John Paul II. We went up to Galilee to shoot a TV show at the ruins of the old city of Magdala — home [...]

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Polycarp does not mean “many fish”

February 23, 2011

In honor of the Feast Day of the Great Bishop and Saint Polycarp on February 23, we are doing special shows with Drew Mariani on Relevant Radio. The name Polycarp sounds funny to our English ears, but in Greek it comes from two words “poly” meaning many or much, and “carp” meaning fruit. Obviously his [...]

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