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Professor Manuel Hernández
Essays Collection

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 6
By Manuel Hernandez-Carmona copyright 2008

Living the kingdom is acknowledging the fact that, “he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved” (King James Version, Ephesians 1:4-6). As human beings, all of us have potential, but it is limited by natural resources. But the children adopted by Jesus Christ have been given the keys to unlimited supernatural resources. We are God’s stewards of our heavenly father’s kingdom.
The kingdom of God is a titanic clash between our old and new way of thinking. Joseph (Abraham’s great-grandson) was appointed Pharaoh’s Steward only after his vision went through a journey of “growing pain” experiences which encouraged him to focus on his assignment rather than back lashing to his dream. The old way is filled with inconsistencies and lack of identity. The new way is determination and knowing who you are and where you are going. As God’s inheritors and Jesus’ co-inheritors, we are required to enter a new level of maturity to become HIS stewards today. The Spirit of Revelation and Wisdom is imparted once we focus, letting God’s Purpose come to us. Even when Joseph lived thirteen years as a slave, God’s blessings never abandoned him; he (mentally) never walked or acted like who he was for others and aligned himself with where he was going (God’s Purpose).
Although there are outside forces that are going to huddle against the Lord’s children, it is mind “warfare” that is going to determine our place in History. Joseph knew that he was getting closer to the vision, but God made him wait another two years before the Pharaoh was disturbed by a dream that only Joseph was capable of interpreting. God’s blessings are conditioned to the level of consistency that God Himself demands of His children. When Jacob’s beloved son was taken to Pharaoh, Joseph had a God-given strategy that literally landed him the greatest promotion of all time.
The kingdom of God is experienced through a series of processes that elevate our way of thinking and place us on a different level of understanding. When Joseph became the second most powerful man in the world, he knew that it would take him at least another seven years plus before he could reunite with his family. Yet he walked, reigned and fulfilled God’s Purpose without sending carriers to rescue his family from worldwide famine. In today’s world, we can no longer speak about church without speaking about ecology and economy. That was exactly what Joseph was doing---protecting the environment and balancing the budget, not only for him but for generations to come. That is what living the kingdom is all about.