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Tree's mysterious cross image discovered at Escondido church

November 23, 2011 |  9:00 am

A pine tree trunk that appears to be embedded with the shape of a cross was discovered at an Escondido church, making national headlines as people clamor to buy the wood.

The cross marking was discovered by landscapers who were chopping down a tree that was leaning and about to fall. Segments cut from the tree seem to be engraved with tree sap in the shape of crosses.

"I was like, wow, we stumbled on something here," said Jim Rants, owner of Star Landscaping. "It's God and Mother Nature working together."

Pastor Phil Corr of the First Congregational Church of Escondido said that the tree seems to be "more than a coincidence" -- particularly because it was found on church property around Thanksgiving.

He plans to show the logs during the church service on Sunday and display them during the church's upcoming 125th anniversary party.

"I think these kinds of things can be caused by God to encourage believers by pointing them to the real cross with the real Jesus," Corr said.

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-- Juliette Vara, Fox 5 San Diego

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