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One Race

Today it’s hard to go a night watching television without hearing about some ancestry company that promises to give you some keys into your personal lineage. The suggestion is that most of us don't know where we have come from and therefore don't know why we do the things we do. When we do know our lineage it makes us more rooted and aware of who we are. Lineage has always been an important part of telling stories. We see it used in Matthew 1 and Luke 3 to show us where Joseph and Mary came from and that they were both in the line of King David. Several places in the Old Testament the lineage of Israel (Jacob) are shared because after Genesis 11 the focus is no longer on the whole of the human race but specifically focused on Israel's roots. Now you may come to 1st and 2nd Chronicles and suggest that it is not important, mostly just a bunch of names and certainly not as entertaining as 1st and 2nd Samuel and Kings. But consider that the writer is penning this book after the …

Freedom

Although it seems that freedom is free that is not the case. Freedom was acquired by our forefathers with their lives, their fortunes being spent and their sacred honor destroyed. Notes from the day that the delegates to the constitutional congress voted for independence from England describe the moment after the vote was completed: "In the silence that followed the announcement of the vote of twelve to none, the magnitude of what they had done began to weigh upon them, and they realized that they and their countrymen were no longer Englishmen, but citizens of a fledging nation barely a few minutes old. Many stared out the window. Some wept openly. Some, like Witherspoon, bowed their heads and closed their eyes in prayer. John Hancock broke the silence by saying, 'Gentlemen, the price on my head has just been doubled!'" Samuel Adams rose and said, "We have this day restored the Sovereign, to Whom alone men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and …from the ri…

Counterfeit

In Thailand next to the law offices of Tilleke & Gibbins stands their Museum of Counterfeit Goods. It has over 4,000 examples of goods that infringe trademarks, patents, and copyrights. There are over 14 broad categories including clothing, footwear, watches and eyewear, accessories, cosmetics and perfumes, food and household products, drugs, alcohol and cigarettes, copyrighted works, stationery and office supplies, automotive parts, tools, electrical devices, and assorted others. It is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Begun in 1989, its purpose is to dispel the myth that IP infringement is a victimless crime and stifles innovation and damages overall economic development. It reveals that fake products jeopardize the health and safety of both consumers that buy them and workers that make them. All of these are a part of the world wide counterfeit industry that includes money, watches, art, vehicles and well you might say even spies who do their work by acting like someo…