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Professor Manuel Hernández
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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.

Living the Kingdom 3
By Manuel Hernandez-Carmona copyright 2008

Living the kingdom is a way of life. It is a daily interaction with colleagues, co-workers, family and friends. It is caring for the sick, visiting those in need and just being there for our brothers and sisters at all times. From the beginning of the creation of mankind, God was interested in imparting His Kingdom life to us. To add to this fact, He created us according to “his image and liking” planting His genes and likelihood in all of us. Because man disrupted momentarily His relationship with God, that sonship relationship needed another Man to follow through on God’s forthcoming and eternal kingdom. Jesus not only followed through on His Father’s plan but set an example of how we should “complete” ourselves by living the kingdom life every day of our lives
Jesus never wanted a kingdom made of brick walls and high fences. He was, is and will always be King, forever and forever again. His Kingdom is reflected on how we treat our neighbor and how we children of the Lord transcend the natural world around us. Jesus wants us to learn to be grateful for what he did, has done and will do. When he came across ten men who had leprosy, they called to Jesus at a distance asking him for mercy. Instead of healing them, he asked them to present themselves to the High Priest. During their walk to town, they were healed miraculously but only one came back to give thanks to Jesus, “One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? “(Luke 17:15-17). The Kingdom is giving thanks to Him for everything---no matter what.
Jesus wants us to live the life that He lived, pun intended. It is recognizing His sovereignty in the processes that we all affront every day. It is living a life that goes beyond human expectations and reaches supernatural dimensions. We may not know it all, but He requires that we obey and serve Him in Spirit and Truth. The Apostle Paul forewarned us that the kingdom meant toils and hardships. In Hebrews 12, sonship is only deferred to those who accept His discipline…in other words…to become a son/daughter of God; a disciple must live a disciplined life.
Jesus wants His children to interact with Him. That in itself is a journey. The kingdom way of life is a non-stop spiritual adventure that encourages us to live each day as if it were the first and last at the same time. Once we are guided by His Spirit, it is one step at a time, one day at a time, yet there are no comebacks in the pathways towards His never-ending and eternal purposes in our lives. Live the kingdom life and your life will continue to have meaning and ever-lasting joy---which will have a generational effect for us children of the Lord.