Footprints of God DVD’s

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 – and I was living like they did for a few days :-)

This segment will be in our Abraham video to be released by Christmas.

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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 elude us.

Imagine God making the first human brain from the chemical compounds he had already created as part of the earth. The intelligent design of the brain is beyond our comprehension, immensely complicated with intricate and precise electronics, hormones, connections, blood passageways, molecules, minerals, living cells and more.

And this amazing “machine” is able to learn, process and recall information, and even heal itself. It is more than a brain—it is also a “mind.” 

 Then God moves to the heart that will pump 40 million times in a year, 2.5 billion times in a lifetime of 70 years—without maintenance and without missing a beat. Right now, as I write this book, my heart has beat over 2,000,000,000 times since my birth.

Then on to the lungs which will take in necessary oxygen produced by the plants. Since my birth until now I have breathed 629,000,000 times! Then God shaped the liver, the kidneys, the glands, the reproductive organs, the stomach with its incredibly fine-tuned and intricate digestive system . . . 

 God did not just form a “machine” or an animal. He took this incredible body he had fashioned from clay and with his own breath he breathed into the nostrils the breath of life—like divine CPR. This is face–to–face, warmly personal, almost as the intimate kiss of God.

The body of clay came alive; it was animated. The created object was now a Man with body and soul; he became a living, spiritual being (CCC 362–363, 704).

The Man was dual in nature: body and soul, related to earth and heaven (1 Cor 15:45). The potter has made a Man for glory out of the clay of the earth! Man is the crown of the creation! The drama of salvation is under way, being directed and controlled by God himself. 

 Remember what Jesus does to the Apostles in the Upper Room (Jn 20:22)? How does this signify the creation of the new being—the Church?

Remember also that the wind of the Holy Spirit blew on Pentecost at the birth of the Church! You can already see a pattern forming: “For God so loved . . . that he gave” (cf. Jn 3:16)—an act of self–giving as well as of making; God invests himself in his new creation. This passage is rich with symbolic and typological meaning, ripe for the picking.

Pray for me as I work on finalizing this manuscript which is almost done! It will be published by Ignatius Press and available on Verbum Catholic Software.

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Me drinking milk from the goat in a Bedouin camp in the desert. Click on image for the video.

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 up on the roof of the Machpelah in Hebron above the tomb of Abraham — are among some of our highlights.

I will try to add some more pictures soon and maybe some video clips.

We visited places few ever see, share stories new to everyone and show what it was like back in Abraham’s time. Iraq, Israel and Turkey. This will be a unique video — nothing else like it anywhere. The Bible will come alive.

But here a few video clips of me drinking milk from a goat in the Bedouin Camp in the desert, riding the camel and sacrificing a ram. These will be fun scenes for our movie.  

Crossing the Euphrates River where Jacob crossed with his flocks, herds and family

 

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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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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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