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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 5
By Manuel Hernandez-Carmona copyright 2008
mannyh32@puertoricans.com

In Romans 14:17, the Apostle Paul defines kingdom as”for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” In simple words, the kingdom of God is a living encounter with righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit; three elements that are the backbone of how we as children of the Lord should live our lives every day. Righteousness is God's gift through grace. It is a God-given attribute. To live in righteousness is to behave and act the way Jesus did—it is thriving to live a Jesus-like way of life. To have peace is much more than to be “calm”---it is eternal and contagious. Those in dire need of peace will receive it through us—if we are God’s embodiment of peace. Joy reaches beyond the greetings, smiles and verbal expressions. It is a daily living experience that transcends the natural realm. In-spite of situations and circumstances that life shares with us all---joy is ever-present.
Once the Kingdom becomes a Truth in our lives, God’s blessings are received by default. But His blessings are conditioned to the level of obedience that God Himself demands of His children. In Genesis 12:1-4,”The LORD had said to Abram, Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you. So Abram left, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Haran.” At his age, most human beings are in retirement or thinking very seriously about it. Yet he obeyed and was bathed forever in the Lord’s blessings. He was so rich and powerful that kings and queens alike feared his presence. The so-called father of Faith became one of the fore founders of the Kingdom because he did what His Father asked him to do---no questions asked.
The Kingdom of God is meant to be lived and experienced through a series of processes that elevate our way of living from Glory to Glory. It is going through turmoil and recognizing His sovereignty in-spite of how difficult and inexplicable things get. It is not looking for answers but being the solution. It is believing what God has stated that we are—priests, His sons and daughters, kings, queens and His chosen nation. It is accepting His mentorship through those who God has chosen to disciple us. It is living the dream, understanding HIS Vision and “obeying” what HE has “told” us to do. Live the Kingdom and participate in HIS eternal blessings---you and your generations to come.