Why a Cedar Log Church?

The Cedar tree seems to be God’s favorite tree. 28 verses in the Bible refer to cedar.

David had King Hiram of Tyre build his palace out of cedar timber (2 Samuel 5:11). Although David knew his son, instead of himself, would build God’s Temple, he provided “innumerable cedar logs”, “vast amounts of cedar” for the project. (1 Chronicles 22:4).

This is an example of the type of construction that will be used in Trails End Log Church.

This is an example of the type of construction that will be used in Trails End Log Church.

Solomon’s Temple

Cedar was used extensively in the construction of God’s temple:

  • After completing the Temple structure, Solomon put in a ceiling made of cedar beams and planks
  • Solomon built a complex of rooms along the sides of the building, attached to the Temple walls by cedar timbers
  • The entire inside of the Temple, from floor to ceiling, was paneled with wood, and the walls and ceilings were paneled with cedar
  • The inner sanctuary, the Most Holy Place, was paneled with cedar from floor to ceiling
  • Cedar paneling completely covered the stone walls throughout the Temple

1 Kings 6:9-10, 15-18 (NLT)

Mighty and Noble

The mention and use of cedar in the Bible goes well beyond the building of Solomon’s Temple:

  • The description of “the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon”, one of the buildings in the complex of Solomon’s palace, is described in 1 Kings 7:2. This large building had four rows of cedar pillars, and on the pillars rested “great cedar beams”.
  • It was also used for ships’ masts (Ezekiel 27:5).
  • In 2 Kings 14:9, the cedar tree is described as ‘mighty’, obviously because of its size and strength.
  • Song of Solomon 5:15 refers to the cedars of Lebanon as ‘noble’.
  • The Psalmist (104:16-17a) says the trees of the Lord, meaning the cedars of Lebanon that the Lord planted, are well cared for and birds make their nests in them.

This is an example of the type of construction that will be used in Trails End Log Church.

Cedar Logs

For these reasons and more, Trails End Log Church will be built using cedar logs. According to E. W. G. Masterman, cedarwood is sturdy, takes a high polish, and is full of resin, which preserves it from rot and from worms.  When tornadoes or high winds come against log structures or earthquakes and environmental challenges threaten them, or even when fires attacks, log buildings outperform all other wood-built structures.

The finished building will be beautiful and sturdy, a unique and attractive worship center, place of prayer, and center for evangelism built of the same type of wood used in God’s Temple.

People Are Like Cedars

In the Psalms, godly people are compared to “the cedars of Lebanon”:

But the godly will flourish like palm trees

and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon.

Psalm 92:12 (NLT)

This is an example of the type of construction that will be used in Trails End Log Church.