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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 7
By Manuel Hernandez-Carmona copyright 2008

Within the Kingdom of God , there is peace, justice, joy and
power, but it takes a giant leap of Faith to live a kingdom life without
“naturally” seeing where you are going. The natural and ordinary in all
of us wants us to see and touch; the supernatural strives to reveal
itself and encourages us to receive and believe beyond what is
physically tangible. God told Abraham, "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 .” (Genesis 12:1-4, N.I.V.). Without naturally seeing, Abraham
obeyed His Father. God is like that; he demands obedience. Living the
Kingdom requires obedience.
The Kingdom of God is gained through Faith. Abraham received
ever-lasting and eternal blessings because he believed, walked and lived
by Faith. It is not a matter of when and how, but a matter of now. When
Jesus resurrected, he gave a command (mission) to his disciples, “Then
Jesus came to them and said, All authority in heaven and on earth has
been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy
Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And
surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew
28:18-20). If God’s children are to receive His ever-lasting and eternal
blessings, it is not difficult for you and me to understand what we need
to do. But to do that, we must go beyond the ordinary four walls in
which we have enclosed ourselves.
God’s children today dwell on programs, rituals and man-made
positions that stray away from His mission. His children cannot be
constrained by traditional paradigms that foster spiritual immobility.
Daniel was a prophet and advisor to a world leader. Esther was queen of
the most powerful nation in her time. Mordecai, Esther’s cousin became
the second most powerful man on earth. Abraham never had one home and
lived like a pilgrim but was feared by Kings and Queens alike. David was
a Pastor and became Israel ’s most beloved King. How about us? The
Apostle Paul traveled around the world and fulfilled God’s mission even
when physically imprisoned and exiled. Close to 50 percent of what God’s
children read (The Bible, New Testament) today was written by a man who
had to have an encounter and make a leap of Faith and bury his
self-righteous and religious past.
For some inexplicable reason, we have misconstrued the mission.
Millions of dollars are spent in constructing coliseums while millions
of children die of hunger and malnutrition every year. The Kingdom of
God is not physical but spiritual. We are looking into ourselves instead
of “making disciples” in the nations. This is not about a cult or a
sect; it is about moving and doing and carrying out His will. Jesus
himself taught us how to live the kingdom when he said, “Going a little
farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if
it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as
you will."(Matthew 26: 39).