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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 4
By Manuel Hernandez-Carmona copyright 2008

Living the kingdom is not only a visual experience but an interactive encounter with the Word of God intertwined with an intimate relationship with the Spirit. When we are born, our natural eyes are awakened and we begin to come in contact with the outside world. But the only way to activate our spiritual eyes is to enter and experience the kingdom of God. HIS mirror (God’s Word) will provide us with the keys to the kingdom. There is no Kingdom entrance without responding personally and spiritually into HIS mirror. For forty years, Moses led the people of Israel through the dessert and unto the gates of the Promised Land, but it was Joshua who had the experience of not only seeing but entering the Kingdom.

The Word of God is meant to be lived and experienced daily through The Spirit of God. His Kingdom is depicted in the way we talk, walk and share who we are as children of the Lord. Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council came to Jesus at night and questioned him concerning His power and authority. Instead of directly answering him, Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth; no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” Being born again goes beyond the normal understanding of a religious experience. Nicodemus did not have a logic explanation for what Jesus was talking about. Living the Kingdom is a way of life that for many may seem illogical, but its results are ever-lasting.

From the very beginning, Jesus wanted us to live a kingdom life. He was misunderstood then, and even today people misconstrue His vision. When Jesus defined the kingdom, he spoke about living a life of peace, justice, joy and authority. He never mentioned a kingdom in the clouds or up, up and away but always wanted His disciples to live the kingdom now, tomorrow and forever. It is much more than an escapist mentality. Living the kingdom transcends time constraints and sends you into a journey of eternal life.

After Jacob’s passing away, Joseph’s brothers sent messengers to reclaim his forgiveness. They thought he would take revenge. Joseph cried his heart out once more. They never understood that his forgiveness was unconditional. Joseph’s journey through life exemplified the kingdom life. Those that captured tortured and physically murdered Jesus thought that His reign ended with his death. They never realized that his sacrifice perpetuated His Kingdom for eternity. Living the Kingdom is a fast-forward Truth that will take us to live within the boundaries of His Glory. Let us continue to foresee a kingdom life and our legacy will be guaranteed forever.