Footprints of God DVD’s

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 After 8 years, the new DVD in the Footprints of God series is now completed! We are taking pre-orders with a special offer. DVDs will ship at the end of March 2015!

ABRAHAM: FATHER OF FAITH & WORKS along with a Comprehensive Study Guide. 

The story of salvation from Abraham to Augustine he left his home and the false gods of his fathers to follow the God of glory. Mount your camels and journey back in time to discover Abraham, the only man called the “friend” of God. Born of a pagan family among ziggurat temples and foreign gods, Abraham obeyed the call of God. Leaving is homeland he journeyed to a far-off land. 

When required to sacrifice his only son, Abraham held his course, plunging absolute trust in God.

Join the adventurous Stephen Ray, best-selling author and popular Bible teacher, who takes you on an exciting journey through Iraq, Turkey, Palestinian territories and Israel. You’ll see Abraham’s hometown near Baghdad, where he offered Isaac as a sacrifice and the tomb of the patriarchs were Abraham is buried.

Learn how Abraham was justified before God by faith, obedience and good works. Join the sweeping saga, all in a fast-paced, entertaining biography, travel documentary, Bible study, apologetics course in church history study rolled into one remarkable adventure! Comprehensive study guide included.

Documentary filmed on location in Iraq, Turkey, Palestinian Territories and Israel

WRITTEN, HOSTED AND PRODUCED BY STEVE & JANET RAY  – PUBLISHED BY IGNATIUS PRESS 

ABRAHAM    $20.00

ALL EIGHT FOOTPRINT DVDs:  $160 with a free signed book offer.

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World Premier of Abraham a Great Success!

by Steve Ray on January 15, 2015

Last night almost 300 people arrived at the $25 Dinner and Movie for the premier at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in their huge hall. We showed Abraham, Father of Faith & Works for the first time since we filmed and produced it. 

The movie was filmed on location in Iraq, Turkey, Israel and the Palestinian Territories. It is 90 minutes long and shows Abraham and Sarah like they have never been portrayed on the screen before. It puts their whole lives in their historical and biblical context and demonstrates their importance to the whole story of salvation history.

It is available now for showings in theaters, churches and schools. For information contact Diane at dhanson@ignatius.com. It will be available for purchase on DVD starting March 17 (watch my website for a great introductory price).

This is not a “talking head” documentary but full of images, on-location footage, deep theology and rollicking fun. It was gratifying to hear the bursts of laughter at all the right places and expressions of approval at important points. It was a great premier and an entertaining, fast-paced movie.

At the end of the showing Diane Hanson from Ignatius Press read this review written by Ave Maria Radio CEO and Radio host Al Kresta:

Steve Ray’s Abraham: Father of Faith and Works is the latest installment in his groundbreaking Footprints of God: Salvation History from Abraham to Augustine film series. Although just produced, in design it is the first episode of the series.

It may also be, dramatically speaking, number one – the best. It overflows with rich detail and engrossing drama and is driven by God’s design for Abram/Abraham, carefully unfolded over decades and highlighted with care and enthusiasm by Steve in ninety minutes. Throughout Steve keeps before our eyes the truth that God acts in space and in time. He has a long term plan: Salvation. And He accomplishes it in the medium of history and matter not in spite of it.

 The filming is quickly paced and keeps the harsh, inclement conditions of the Middle East before our eyes reminding us again of God’s willingness to use the least promising conditions to fulfill his greatest promises. The pace serves the drama of Abraham’s life and mission well by heightening suspense and leading the viewer to say, “And then what happened?”

 The storytelling is fascinating and fleshed out by colorful artifacts taken from archaeological sites and Iraq’s royal tombs and museum.

 The architecture is stunning: a temple solidified in Abraham’s time, the interior of the Dome of the Rock, the tomb of Rebecca, ancient ziggurats to name a mere few.

 The drama is sustained by the ironies and paradoxes of Abraham’s life. The unsettling divine call to a settled man. The unwelcome command to circumcise a household of adult males. The promise of a child to a couple well past childbearing years. The impatience to fulfill God’s will apart from God’s way and the taking of Hagar and the birth of Ishmael. The command to execute the child of divine promise.

Steve keeps the wonder and marvel of these twists and turns throughout. If anything, the movie seems too short.  As we’ve come to expect, Steve also has a number of playful instances of comic relief reminding us that Sara’s laughter is a delightful detail of the story. Sara, in fact, is given unusual prominence in accord with Scripture’s high estimate of her role. She is not merely a utensil for Abraham to get the job done.  

 In pacing, dramatic suspense, theological and biblical content and the sheer joy of storytelling this episode is outstanding. I’ve said for years that this series should be in every Christian household- Catholic and non-Catholic both. Steve is undeniably ministering as a Catholic apologist. But the films are so well grounded in Scripture and history that all Christian brothers and sisters will find them faith-building and an occasion to sing how great is our God whether or not they can fully agree on all doctrinal points.

Midland Team: Rays, Joe Reed, Colliers, Diane Hanson, Sweeney's

In these films, Steve channels the spiritual energies and meanings pulsating through these geographical locations, intriguing personalities and the eternal, hallowed truths that God directs and we act out in the theatre of history.

I plead with you: Gift your church or town library with this series. Every DRE and catechist should have it. Above all, make these films part of your family culture and your children’s upbringing. With each succeeding year they will find more and more truth jumping off the screen.

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Friends in Midland – AGAIN – Help Toward Making the Next “Footprints” Movie a Reality

January 14, 2015

Last night at the Parish Mission here in Midland Texas a man walked up handed us a check for $30,000 toward our next DVD, Elijah/Elisha. He did not want accolades or recognition. He just wanted to help. This was even before we showed the Abraham movie for the World Premier.  Tonight we have the World [...]

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World Premier of our Latest Documentary in the Footprints of God series: Abraham, Father of Faith and Works

January 9, 2015

World Premier of our Abraham movie next week in Midland Texas http://westexmissioner.blogspot.com/2015/01/in-news-documentary-abraham-to-premier.html

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Dangerous Camels and the Mess they Leave Behind

July 7, 2014

Dangerous living the Bible in the lands of the Bible. This is a fun 30-second video of me messing with the camel in Haran Turkey where Abraham lived for a while before leaving for Canaan. It is also where Isaac got his wife Rebekah and where Jacob lived for twenty years. They all had camels [...]

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Finalizing My Book on Genesis…Here are a Few Favorite Paragraphs about Creation

July 5, 2014

Here are a few paragraphs from my new book on Genesis which is nearly done. Genesis 2:7 is foundational and crucial to the whole story of the cosmos, Man and salvation. God takes dust or clay from the ground and like a potter he fashions a human being. The scientific formulas used by God still [...]

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Got Home Exhausted, Drinking Milk from the Goat, Riding Camel, Sacrificing Ram

June 20, 2014

We just got home yesterday after a long and grueling filming trip to Israel and Turkey. It will take us a few days to recover and catch up on everything. We got great footage and I think Abraham might be my favorite DVD yet. Being bitten by a camel five times, sacrificing a ram, getting [...]

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One Thing I Know About Abraham: He was Sweaty all the Time!

June 15, 2014

We flew from Israel to Istanbul and then from Istanbul Urfa. We then boarded the van for the one hour drive to Haran. It was 100° and the van didn’t have air-conditioning or windows that opened. It was a stifling trip but paid off with what we found.  Haran is mentioned 19 times in the [...]

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Spent the Day in a Bedouin Camp…

June 8, 2014

…riding camels, donkeys, drinking goat milk right from the goat’s teat, cooking lentils in their tents, giving camel a Coke to drink and more. Our filming for Abraham is going well and ahead of schedule. Tomorrow and Tuesday we have rare access into two hot spots; very sensitive political and religious sites: the Tomb of [...]

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Planting a flag in the Holy Land

June 6, 2014

Today we stood where Abraham first arrived in Canaan 4000 years ago. I built an altar and talked about Abraham and how that altar he built was like marking his claim in this land, putting his flag in the ground. In our DVD I’m going to show the astronauts planting the flag and the moon [...]

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Apostolic Fathers Timeline – Today is St. Justin Martyr’s Feast Day

June 1, 2014

Feast Day of St. Justin Martyr, June 1 Download a Free copy of the Apostolic Fathers Timeline This amazing Timeline drives home the point of how close these men were to Jesus and the Apostles. It demonstrates how Catholic the first Christians really were! The Apostolic Fathers faced Emperors, heretics and lions but these heroes of [...]

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Feverishly Working on Abraham Script for our Next DVD; please pray for me :-)

April 14, 2014

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 [...]

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Interesting Insights While Working on Abraham Script: Tent vs. Altar, Jews Sent Back to Square One

March 31, 2014

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

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Ziggurat of Abraham in Ur (Naziriyah Iraq)

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. Your browser does not support the video tag

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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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