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Old 04-28-2017, 06:01 PM   #1
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They called down Fire from Heaven and broke the chains that bound them.

Yeah well that sounds a little dramatic.

When I was a little kid, the First Baptist Church of Mountain View took out a mortgage on the property and remolded the sanctuary. Looked real nice. Cost a lot of money.

Well, they worked and scraped and paid that mortgage off early. Way early. Announced one Sunday morning the place was paid for and debt free, no longer beholden to the bank or anyone else. So proud, they were, they said after the morning service we'd all go outside and "Call down fire from heaven" and burn the mortgage papers.

Being only about 6 years old, I wanted to see this. Really. This is Old Testament stuff and I wanted to see these guys pull it off.

So after the preacher wound up his sermon we all gathered outside, and after some prayer, one of the deacons produced a huge magnifying glass, and after a few minutes the document began to smoke, and smoke some more, and finally "Poof!" actually caught fire. The flaming papers were waved around a bit, then dropped into a waiting bucket.

I thought it right clever.

So I think the next time we take the camper out, I'll bring along a magnifying glass, (a copy of) the loan papers, and invite anyone who'd care to, to come over to our campsite for some Dutch oven peach cobbler and ice cream, and watch me call down fire from heaven and destroy the "Chains that bound me" because today I went to the bank and rearranged some money.

And paid off the camper 3 years early.

Now it's mine and can't be taken away. And I am free of that payment. And I'll drag that thing around behind me till it rots to the frame before I ever have another payment!
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Old 04-28-2017, 06:04 PM   #2
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You GO.

The day we paid off ours was a great day indeed.
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I do not have the skills to express in writing what I want to say but here goes...

Far freaking Out Brother.

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Old 04-28-2017, 06:14 PM   #4
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Pretty dramatic post title - but appropriate at the end.

Congratulations on the payoff,but a word of caution. Don't go to the next RV show and see one that you can't live without thinking Well ours is paid off etc.
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Don't go to the next RV show and see one that you can't live without thinking Well ours is paid off etc.
It helps if you have the opinion that the new rigs are too expensive, too fancy, too heavy and kind of ugly.

I saw a guy pulling an obsolete old Sunline with a smoky, rusty old 3/4 ton with the bed all full of bicycles and such. Dude had like 8 grandkids with him, and likely this was the same rig their parents camped in years ago.

They had a blast all weekend long. We shared our cobbler and ice cream with them (we make it nearly every trip)

That guy is my hero, and I want to be just like him.
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I can't wait to try the peach cobbler when I am camped next to you for the solar eclipse. Don't disappoint me. Well done on the pay off, I felt the same when I got the S&B paid off.
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Good for you!

Every time I go inside a new trailer I come out wanting to upgrade. However not having a payment is enough to hold me back on getting a new TT.
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Yeah well that sounds a little dramatic.



When I was a little kid, the First Baptist Church of Mountain View took out a mortgage on the property and remolded the sanctuary. Looked real nice. Cost a lot of money.



Well, they worked and scraped and paid that mortgage off early. Way early. Announced one Sunday morning the place was paid for and debt free, no longer beholden to the bank or anyone else. So proud, they were, they said after the morning service we'd all go outside and "Call down fire from heaven" and burn the mortgage papers.



Being only about 6 years old, I wanted to see this. Really. This is Old Testament stuff and I wanted to see these guys pull it off.



So after the preacher wound up his sermon we all gathered outside, and after some prayer, one of the deacons produced a huge magnifying glass, and after a few minutes the document began to smoke, and smoke some more, and finally "Poof!" actually caught fire. The flaming papers were waved around a bit, then dropped into a waiting bucket.



I thought it right clever.



So I think the next time we take the camper out, I'll bring along a magnifying glass, (a copy of) the loan papers, and invite anyone who'd care to, to come over to our campsite for some Dutch oven peach cobbler and ice cream, and watch me call down fire from heaven and destroy the "Chains that bound me" because today I went to the bank and rearranged some money.



And paid off the camper 3 years early.



Now it's mine and can't be taken away. And I am free of that payment. And I'll drag that thing around behind me till it rots to the frame before I ever have another payment!


Great short story I enjoyed reading it.
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Old 04-29-2017, 12:43 PM   #9
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Hallelujah! Testify, Camper Brother!!!
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Old 04-29-2017, 02:01 PM   #10
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Great story. Thanks for sharing that with us!
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