Footprints of God DVD’s

IMG_8578 Today my wife and I traveled through the Palestinian West Bank discovering the birthplace and the tomb of the Prophet Elisha.

We are scouting and preparing for our next Footprints of God DVD on Elijah-Elisha. Hope you enjoy the video of our adventures today.

Do you remember the story in 2 Kings 13:21 where a dead man was thrown into a shallow grave and his body touch the bones of the light show the prophet? As soon as the corpse touched the bones it came back to life. Elisha did miracles during his life and even in his death (Sirach 48:13-14).

We found the tomb in Sebaste Samaria that was even mentioned by Saint Jerome in the late 300s. Miracles took place here according to his account. Eventually the bones were moved to Alexandria Egypt and then out to St. Macarius Monastery.

Tomorrow morning we leave for Egypt to discover the final resting place of the bones of John the Baptist and Elisha. I  will post a video of that too so you can join and share our adventures.

I just love being the Catholic adventurer, the Indiana Jones of the Catholic Church and the Crocodile Hunter for the Faith :-)

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St. Polycarp’s name does not mean “many fish”

by Steve Ray on February 23, 2017

Today is the Feast Day of the Great Bishop and Saint Polycarp on February 23. When we converted to the Catholic Church my son Jesse chose St. Polycarp as his patron saint because of his great heroism.

We filmed the whole life of St. Polycarp on location. I feel like I know him.

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 Christian parents named him Polycarp along with a prayer that he would bear much fruit for the Kingdom of God — which he did.

To learn the whole story of St. Polycarp, on location, watch our new DVD “Apostolic Fathers: Handing on the Faith” along with a 28-page Study Guide.

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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!

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The Apostolic Fathers faced Emperors, heretics and lions but these heroes of the Catholic faith never lost courage. Chains, prisons and blood-soaked arenas did not stop the early Christians from witnessing for Christ and handing on the Apostolic Tradition.

Strap on your sandals and step back in time to discover the “Apostolic Fathers, Handing on the Faith”

Comprehensive 28-Page Study Guide
Behind the Scenes: The Making of Apostolic Fathers, Handing on the Faith
Bloopers and Outtakes
Conversation with Steve Ray and Fr. Benedict Groeschel

English and Spanish subtitles
Feature running time: 90 minutes, extras 30 minutes

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Link to Eyewitness Account of his martyrdom. Link to Letter he wrote to Philippians. Link to letter St. Ignatius wrote to Polycarp.

Fascinating Quote from St. Irenaeus about St. Polycarp

“When I was a boy . . . I remember the events of that time more clearly than those of recent years. For what boys learn, growing with their mind, becomes joined with it; so that I am able to describe the very place in which the blessed Polycarp sat as he discoursed, and his goings out and his comings in, and the manner of his life, and his physical appearance, and his discourses to the people, and the accounts which he gave of his [interaction] with John and with the others who had seen the Lord.

And as he remembered their words, and what he heard from them concerning the Lord, and concerning his miracles and his teaching, having received them from eyewitnesses of the ‘Word of life,’ Polycarp related all things in harmony with the Scriptures. These things being told me by the mercy of God, I listened to them attentively, noting them down, not on paper, but in my heart. And continually, through God’s grace, I recall them faithfully (Irenaeus quoted in Eusebius, History of the Church 5, 20 in NPNF 2nd, 1:238-139).

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Finding Elijah’s Brook Cherith in Gilead Jordan

by Steve Ray on February 12, 2017

IMG_6600Today we embarked on an adventure to find the place where Elijah was fed by ravens at Brook Cherith. You can read 1 King’s 17:1-7 for the story.

In Arabic the river is named Wadi el-Yubis. It is up north in Jordan in the Gilead mountains not far from Elijah’s hometown of Tishbe (which we also found).

The Wadi Cherith is way out of the way and we had a good challenge to find it. Even our lifetime Christian Jordanian guide did not know where this was.

I hope you’ll enjoy seeing what we did today in preparation for our next Footprints of God movie on Elijah-Elisha. It will be shot in June in Jordan, Israel and Egypt  we will have it finished by the end of this year  pray for us!

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Knights of Columbus Interviews Steve Ray with excerpts from his Footprints Movies

September 20, 2016

This was a fun interview. Starts with my conversion and continues to discuss and show portions of Steve’s documentaries on St. Paul and also Apostolic Fathers. Enjoy! If you would like to help us continue the series — and finish the last two episodes please make a contribution at www.FOGHelp.com. Thanks.

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Catholic World Report Interviews Steve Ray about the Footprints of God DVD Series

July 25, 2016

The Joys and Challenges of Filming the Story of Salvation History July 05, 2016 CWR Staff Steve Ray, who has been working for 16 years on the ambitious “Footprints of God” series, discusses his vision, describes the difficulties, and asks for assistance as the project nears the finish line. Author and apologist Stephen Ray (CatholicConvert.com) […]

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

June 1, 2016

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 […]

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He Circumcised Himself! Ouch!

August 21, 2015

I received this e-mail from a priest friend of mine. Not sure what to think about it :-) “I have to share a short  inspirational story.  My brother has been involved in a prison ministry for many years in our home parish area.  They recently watched the Footprints of God program on Abraham.  “One of […]

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Me Preparing for the Coming Persecution :-)

August 17, 2015

Our documentary on King David-Solomon and our DVD on Apostolic Fathers who were martyred for the truth of Christianity required that I rent a lion for some of the scenes. I was so close I could smell the lion’s breath. What a terrifying thing to fall into the jaws of such a powerful beast. I […]

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Steve’s Podcast on Catholic Book Blogger – and maybe win my new Abraham DVD

July 21, 2015

Recently I had a delight time with Pete Socks of the Catholic Book Blogger. We discussed the making our our latest Footprints of God DVD entitled Abraham: Father of Faith and Works. You can visit his site and listen to the interview here or by clicking on the image to the right.  You can get […]

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Catholic World Report Interviews Steve Ray on his new Documentary “Abraham, Father of Faith & Works”

June 5, 2015

This was a very comprehensive interview with Carl Olsen. Enjoy! To get the movie, visit SteveRaysStore.com. Click on the image below to go to the full article.  

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Steve’s Fun Podcast Show on “Catholic Vitamins” with Deacon Tom Fox

May 18, 2015

Greetings and Graces. Just a note to let you know we posted the (awesome) interview with Steve Ray on our Catholic Vitamins Podcast today. Our time centered on the new ABRAHAM DVD but we covered so much more.   The show can be downloaded via iTunes for play on an iPod or similar MP3 device. Or, […]

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NOW SHIPPING: Steve’s Brand New Abraham DVD in the Footprints of God Series

March 24, 2015

After eight years of waiting — ABRAHAM, FATHER OF FAITH & WORKS is now shipping! You can order it HERE! Filmed on location in Iraq, Turkey, Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Learn things you never knew about our Father of Faith.  Camels, donkeys, goats and sheep — sacrifices, typology, flint knives and ancient temples. How […]

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Abraham Footprints DVD Premier Showings

March 20, 2015

Abraham, Father of Faith & Works is now for sale!  We have had a great time this week showing it to very different audiences — and to rousing applause and rave reviews.  First, we showed it to the wonderful Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist at their convent in Ann Arbor Michigan. I was […]

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Finally Here! Pre-Order Abraham DVD – Order all 8 DVDs and get a signed book for free (Links fixed)

February 18, 2015

 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 […]

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World Premier of Abraham a Great Success!

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. […]

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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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