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Professor Manuel Hernández
Essays Collection

Email: josejosue24@gmail.com
Address: : 2012 Ernest St. Kissimmee, Florida 34741

Manuel Hernandez was born in Sleepy Hollow, New York in 1963. He completed undergraduate studies at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus and finished a Master�s in Education from Herbert H. Lehman College (CUNY) in the Bronx in 1994. He has coordinated symposiums, produced and coordinated television interviews on the literature written by Puerto Rican and Latino/a writers from the Diaspora. He has done numerous presentations, workshops and seminars on how to integrate latino/a literature in the English classroom. In 2014, he participated in a TedxTalk (Connections) at Southern New Hampshire University. He is the author of three books, , Latino/a Literature in the English Classroom (Editorial Plaza Mayor, 2003), The Birth of a Rican (Imprenta Sifre. 2008) and Living the Kingdom with purpose (Imprenta Sifre, 2013). He is a Language Arts teacher at Osceola School District in Florida.
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Living the Kingdom 2
By Manuel Hernandez-Carmona copyright 2008
mannyh32@puertoricans.com

Jesus himself acknowledged that the kingdom was not to be recognized by virtue of a position but a daily interaction with God Himself through His Purposes for each and every one of us. From the very beginning of the creation of mankind, God was interested without a doubt in forming a kingdom mentality in His creation. As a matter of fact, He created us according to “his image and liking” sharing and imparting His DNA to all of us. Because man disobeyed, that image was tarnished and shattered our identity in Jesus Christ.
Jesus never wanted a physical kingdom. He was, is and will always be King, no doubt. His Kingdom is beyond the visible and transcends the natural world. When Jesus learned that He was sought to be King, he quickly scattered, “Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone” (John 6:15, New King James Version). When King Saul died, David could have taken Israel’s throne by storm, yet he mourned, wept and stayed in his position until it was God’s time.
Jesus has his children literally in the palm of His Hands. Modern culture and religious institutions have shifted the importance to manmade positions and so-called ladders of success that encourage Christians to compete and lobby against each other rather than focusing on His Purposes and living the kingdom. A decade ago, I was lured by a religious institution that urged me to study theology abroad and become a manmade religious leader. More than a few of the top leaders encouraged and motivated me to make the trip to the United States Mainland and complete an M.A. in Divinity. The Spirit of God in me was not convinced. Living the Kingdom does not necessarily mean to be “institutionally ordained”. It is living a life that surpasses human expectations and reaches supernatural dimensions.
Jesus wants His children to really get to know Him. That in itself is a process of intimacy and relationship. Daniel was sent as a captive to a foreign land but never surrendered his principles to the adversary’s principalities-and precisely because of that---God established His Kingdom through him wherever he went. Living the Kingdom is not abdicating the throne but receiving and being a humble, just and peaceful child allowing others to see God through you. Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. All of God’s children have the same assignment (to make a difference in people’s lives). Let others view God through you; that is what living the kingdom is all about.