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Summary: MAN HAS SOMETHING THING DEEP INSIDE. AN IMPERCEPTIBLE, INVISIBLE SOMETHING THAT GIVES HIM SUPREMACY OVER ALL OTHER LIFE ON THIS PLANET. HELD WITHIN THE BONDS OF HIS CONSCIOUSNESS IS THE THING THAT MAKES MAN "ALIVE".

• THE VULCAN STATUE IS THE LARGEST CAST IRON STATUE IN THE WORLD, HE IS THE SYMBOL OF THE CITY BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA,

• ONCE KNOWN AS "STEEL CITY", VULCAN PAYS TRIBUTE TO BIRMINGHAM'S ROOTS IN THE IRON AND STEEL INDUSTRY.

• DESIGNED BY ITALIAN SCULPTOR GIUSEPPE MORETTI, IT'S MADE OF 29 CAST-IRON SECTIONS FASTENED TOGETHER FROM THE INSIDE.

• THE HEAVIEST SECTION IS HIS HEAD. IT WEIGHS OVER 5 TONS.

• IRON WORKERS DESIGNED THE CONNECTIONS FOR THE STATUE, WHICH HAS NO INTERNAL FRAMEWORK AND CAN STAND ON ITS OWN.

• THE COMPLETED WEIGHT OF THE FIGURE IS 50 TONS.

• WHEN YOU FACTOR THE ANVIL, BLOCK, HAMMER, AND SPEAR POINT, THE WHOLE THING WEIGHS A TOTAL OF 60 TONS.

• HE STANDS ATOP RED MOUNTAIN ON A PEDESTAL 123-FEET HIGH.

• HIS CHEST MEASURES 22 FEET 6 INCHES. HIS WAIST 18 FEET 3 INCHES.

• IN THE 1990'S I HAD A CHANCE TO SEE THE VULCAN STATUE WITH MY SON WHILE WE VISITED MY PARENTS IN BIRMINGHAM.

• I HAD RECENTLY BECOME A CHRISTIAN.

• LOOKING UP AT THE STATUE I REMARKED TO MY SON, "THAT SURE IS A BIG STATUE."

• KURT LOOKED AT THE STATUE, UNIMPRESSED, THEN AT ME AND SAID, "THAT'S AN IDOL DAD."

• THE DIMENSIONS OF THE VULCAN STATUE CAN BE FOUND ONLINE ALONG WITH THE STORY OF HIS CONSTRUCTION.

• EVERYTHING YOU'D WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THIS NATIONAL TREASURE.

• AND IT YOU'RE EVER IN BIRMINGHAM, I'M SURE HE WOULDN'T MIND IF YOU STOPPED BY.

• I'M JUST KIDDING BECAUSE IN REALITY, HE WOULDN'T KNOW.

• FOR ALL HIS HISTORY, HIS HERITAGE AND GREAT SIZE, VULCAN IS JUST A STATUE.

• HE HAS A BODY BUT NO LIFE, NO MIND, SOUL OR SPIRIT.

• THIS IS MAN 1.0.

• CREATED BY GOD THE FATHER IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN.

• EACH MAN HAS 206 BONES MAKING UP A FRAME CALLED A SKELETON.

• HE CAN WEIGH ANYWHERE FROM 2 POUNDS AT BIRTH TO 1,000 POUNDS OR MORE WHEN FULL GROWN.

• MAN HAS ORGANS THAT PROVIDE FOR HIS NOURISHMENT AND MAINTENANCE.

• HE IS POWERED BY THE HEART.

• A FIST SIZED PUMP THAT FORCES BLOOD THROUGH THE 60,000 MILES OF ARTERIES, CAPILLARIES AND VEINS IN HIS BODY.

• MAN HAS A SELF CONTAINED ELECTRICAL SYSTEM CALLED THE NERVOUS SYSTEM.

• THIS SYSTEM IS DRIVEN BY HIS BRAIN.

• A GELATINOUS MASS PRODUCING ELECTRIC IMPULSES THAT GIVE MAN ANIMATION AND THE ABILITY TO THINK AND REASON.

• THE AVERAGE LIFE EXPECTANCY OF THIS VERSATILE BODY IS A LITTLE MORE THAN 70 YEARS.

• AND MAN HAS ONE MORE THING DEEP INSIDE.

• AN IMPERCEPTIBLE, INVISIBLE SOMETHING THAT GIVES HIM SUPREMACY OVER ALL OTHER LIFE ON THIS PLANET.

• LOCKED INSIDE, HELD WITHIN THE BONDS OF HIS CONSCIOUSNESS IS THE THING THAT MAKES MAN "ALIVE".

• THIS MORNING WE BEGIN A THREE PART SERIES ON "THE DIMENSIONS OF YOU".

• THIS MORNING - YOUR SOUL.

• BUT, BEFORE WE START THAT PART OF THE LESSON, LETS PRAY.

• DO AN INTERNET SEARCH OF THE SOUL AND YOU’LL FIND MANY DEFINITIONS.

• ONE SOURCE DEFINES THE SOUL AS A CURRENCY TO TRADE WITH THE DEVIL.

• ANOTHER SAYS THE SOUL IS THE INTANGIBLE IMPRINT OF YOUR BODY IN THE MATERIAL WORLD.

• I EVEN FOUND ONE SITE THAT SAYS “SOUL” IS THE GODSON OF JAMES BROWN AND ARETHA FRANKLIN.

• IN THE BIBLE THE SOUL IS GIVEN TO MAN BY GOD.

GENESIS 2:7 - AND THE LORD GOD FORMED MAN OF THE DUST OF

THE GROUND, AND BREATHED INTO HIS NOSTRILS THE BREATH

OF LIFE; AND MAN BECAME A LIVING SOUL.

• IT IS DEFINED AS THE IMMATERIAL, INVISIBLE PART OF MAN.

MATTHEW 10:28 - DO NOT BE AFRAID OF THOSE WHO KILL THE

BODY BUT CANNOT KILL THE SOUL. RATHER, BE AFRAID OF THE

ONE WHO CAN DESTROY BOTH SOUL AND BODY IN HELL.

• THE SOUL IS THE SEAT OF MAN’S INTELLECT BY WHICH WE HAVE DESIRE, FEELING, UNDERSTANDING AND REFLECTION.

LUKE 1:46 – MARY SAID, “MY SOUL REJOICES IN THE LORD.”

• THE SOUL OF MAN IS ALSO VERY COMPLEX.

• JUST AS A SOUL CAN REJOICE, A SOUL CAN BE TROUBLED.

JOHN 12:27 – JESUS SAID, "NOW MY SOUL IS TROUBLED, AND

WHAT SHALL I SAY? 'FATHER, SAVE ME FROM THIS HOUR'? NO, IT

WAS FOR THIS VERY REASON I CAME TO THIS HOUR.

• A SOUL CAN BECOME DAMAGED.

JOB 10:1 - “I LOATHE MY VERY LIFE; THEREFORE I WILL GIVE

FREE REIN TO MY COMPLAINT AND SPEAK OUT IN THE

BITTERNESS OF MY SOUL.

• A PERSON CAN DESTROY HIS OR HER OWN SOUL.

PROVERBS 6:32 - THE ONE WHO COMMITS ADULTERY WITH A

WOMAN IS LACKING SENSE; HE DESTROYS HIS OWN SOUL.

• BUT ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT A SOUL IS THAT IT CAN BE RESTORED…BY GOD.

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