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After he purchases one, Bill accidentally ruins it when he sticks a magnet on it as part of a school project. Frank initially believes that the store sold him a lemon and has an outburst in front of all the employees and customers when they refuse to give him a refund, embarrassing Sue.
Bill eventually confesses, but after being gloated over by one of the store's employees when Frank and Sue take him to apologize, Bill uses his magnet to ruin every single television set in the store, and Frank gets refunded. At the end of the episode, the neighbors watch the match at Frank's house, while Vic watches it at his house "alone".
David Richardson. After finding out that Kevin is failing nearly every single one of his classes, Frank takes him to his job at the airport, where he's recently been promoted after his former boss was decapitated in a violent work accident, to demonstrate to him the responsibilities of caring for a family. Frank is torn between his underpaid, hard-working co-workers who are contemplating a strike, and his employer, who worries a strike will shut down Mohican Airways for good.
Although Kevin is initially unimpressed and spends most of the day hanging around with some pill-popping, underachieving airport staff, he realizes the difficulties of his father's job after he witnesses Frank being yelled at and insulted by an old woman, who accuses the airport of stealing her medication, and comes to appreciate how hard Frank works to put food on the table. Meanwhile, after his father puts him in charge of Maureen for the day, Bill struggles to keep her rebellious nature under wraps, while Sue begins to doubt her solitary role as a mother and wife.
Despite Kevin's promises to get back on track to improve his grades, Frank is outraged when he finds out that Kevin is still falling behind, and as a punishment, takes Bill to a football game where he was given corporate seats by the management at Mohican Airways, which Frank had initially promised Kevin to go to. While there, they meet Rodger Dunbarton, CEO at Mohican Airways, who speaks to Frank about talks of a strike and how he must no longer sympathize with his co-workers.
On the drive home, their car breaks down, and they are rescued by Rosie, one of Frank's colleagues, but when Bill innocently reveals they had been given tickets to a football game and his father's conversation with Dunbarton, Frank faces a hostile situation at work.
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Meanwhile, Sue goes to the mall with Maureen, where she is accosted by a talkative friend, and Maureen learns of her mother's underwhelming home life during a surprise outburst. Kevin hangs out with friends and gets high, reminiscing of the loving relationship he and his father had when he was young.
On Halloween, Frank attempts to dissuade Sue from a promotion, leading to tensions between them; Bill is reluctant to trick-or-treat due to his fear of being bullied by school greaser Jimmy Fitzsimmons. Bill tries to hide his recent suspension while Frank earns the ire of his co-workers for befriending the aloof CEO of the airline.
In addition, Frank struggles to make good on a promise to Kevin. When Christmas comes near, Frank is desperate to remedy the hostility of his co-workers and his supervisors at the airport while the family dog is missing.
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Kevin starts his part-time job selling christmas trees. Bill becomes an altar boy at the church and gets into trouble. Michael Price. Three weeks after he got fired, Frank is still unemployed. On a snow day, Sue decides to take the family sledding to get them out of their slump.
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Frank's old boss, Bob Pogo, calls him to offer him a job, only for things to turn out bad for Frank. Meanwhile, Sue ponders a change in her life. After bailing out of the unemployment office, Frank turns to Rosie's friend, Smokey, for a job, but not before helping Kevin move into the basement after he ditches school. Meanwhile, Sue gets a new job as a secretary, but is mistreated by the sexist heads of her company. Frank gets a job as a stocking man courtesy of Smokey, consequently sleeping through the day and ignoring Sue and his family. All the while, Kevin and his band try to get a gig and Sue has an idea for a new Plast-a-Ware product.
After Frank learns that Kevin and his band are performing on a school night, his attempts at halting it cause intense tension between him and Kevin. Meanwhile, Bill, having received money from his job as a paperboy, tries to buy a hockey-stick for hockey tryouts, but a run-in with the local bully, Jimmy, pushes him over the edge.
Also, when Sue pitches her idea, she still receives a lack of respect. When Frank's new job includes a stop at the airport, he ends up in a predicament with Bob. Although we are part of the Body of Christ, we may also be affected. Within our Christian communities we can still wrestle with the need to live up to the expectations of others.
Even in the workplace — whether Christian or secular — although we want to do everything for Jesus, objectives, deadlines and outcomes can become our focus instead of the One we are called to worship. We can easily fall into a performance mode that unfortunately turns our attention away from the living Lord. First, it requires a deep intimacy with Jesus. Time with the Lord in the secret place is non-negotiable. It is when we are hidden in Christ that we discover His unrelenting mercy and grace Hebrews Our hearts are captivated by His unfailing love Psalm Our identity is changed as we become rooted in the fact that we're a new creation 2 Corinthians Second, we gain understanding.
It is out of intimacy with Jesus that we can, without condemnation Romans , discover the hurts in our heart that can cause striving and low self-worth. We have to be intentional in pressing into the reasons that cause us to walk in mistrust or build up walls of defence. It is through divine revelation that we find ourselves convicted of our need to repent and are able to lay down our hurts and receive healing and restoration.
Third, we understand the value of hidden service.
It's so easy to measure our significance against worldly standards. We equate it with immediate results and recognition. We can overlook the potential God has placed in our everyday life — the possibility for every conversation, interaction and opportunity to speak life and encouragement into someone else's situation. By looking to God, we can discover areas that need to be covered in prayer and situations where spiritual warfare is vital Ephesians Living our lives for an audience of One allows us to walk securely Proverbs , speak freely 2 Corinthians and act justly Micah Instead of being conformed to the pattern of this world, the way we think is renewed Romans as we pour ourselves out for His pleasure — knowing we are part of the bigger picture that His plans and purposes provide Psalm Throughout the Bible are foundational values that we are urged to adopt into our everyday lives.
But is 'knowing' them enough? Studies have shown that learning values alone isn't enough to see a deep commitment to living them out. Children may 'know' that lying is wrong, but when asked if they have done their homework, they will lie about losing it rather than get in trouble with their teacher. King David 'knew' that adultery was wrong but, once Bathsheba was pregnant, he called her husband Uriah home in the hope that people would think Uriah was the father.
Uriah refused to leave his post and go home, so David, knowing Uriah would be killed, ordered that he be sent to the front line. He went from adulterer to liar to murderer in his attempts to cover up his wrongdoing 2 Samuel But wasn't this the same David that was referred to as a man after God's own heart 1 Samuel ; Acts ? So what was it about David that caused God to refer to him in this way?
His focus when facing Goliath was not the size of his enemy but rather on the promise and power of God 1 Samuel He repented. His choice to give into the passing pleasure of sin displeased the Lord 2 Samuel When confronted with what he had done, David humbled himself and cried out to God in repentance Psalm Though David faced the consequences of his sin for years to come, he continued to devote himself to the Lord through praise, worship and adoration.
God became the great longing of his soul. Although our struggles may not be as headline as David's, they still carry the danger of putting a wedge between us and Jesus.
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Cultural pressures such as double mindedness, impatience, conflict, busyness and materialism can influence all our actions. Social media, photo filters and celebrity blogs constantly challenge our identity and self-esteem as everything we look at reminds us of our less than perfect reality. The very real dichotomy between the blessing of online connection and our modern-day epidemic of loneliness screams loudly for the need for wisdom and discernment.
The narrow road is narrow for a reason.
It requires conscious awareness to stay on track. One of the finest lines we dare to tread is between living a godly life and falling into judgement of those that don't. It didn't work for the self-righteous Pharisees, whose hypocrisy blinded them from seeing their need for repentance and a Saviour.
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The words of Matthew NIV act as a harsh warning to us all:. You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but, on the inside, you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness. So how do we come to a place of deep commitment; authentically and vibrantly living the life to which He calls us?
John 14 reminds us of the promise that God will send a helper, the Holy Spirit, who will be with us forever and teach us all things. It is not by might nor by power, but by His Spirit Zechariah that we walk the narrow road. Why not invite the Holy Spirit to fill you afresh — awakening your spiritual eyes and ears to His promptings? As we seek God first and allow Him access to our whole heart, we find ourselves being transformed, becoming all that He calls us to be.
Oswald Chambers, in his book My Utmost for His Highest warns that, 'The most important aspect of Christianity is not the work we do, but the relationship we maintain [with God] and the surrounding influence and qualities produced by that relationship. That is all God asks us to give our attention to, and it is the one thing that is continually under attack. Unlike the Queen's speech, the Christmas story is the same every year.
We all recognise the manger, the shepherds and the kings. We read the Gospel accounts, sing the hymns and re-enact the story.
Is there a danger that we can become so focussed on the circumstances of the birth of Jesus that we fail to be impacted by the power of His incarnation? How do we ensure that the wonder of this transformative event doesn't become dulled by familiarity?