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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 9
By Manuel Hernandez-Carmona copyright 2008
mannyh32@puertoricans.com

The kingdom of God stems from the root of all wisdom: God Himself. To live the kingdom means not only to accept Him as the Almighty God but also to receive Him as Father, Lord and Owner. When we go through the gates and enter God’s presence, a seed is planted in our hearts. We become family of God and partakers of His generational blessings. By calling Gideon brave and courageous, God was planting a seed of identity in his heart. God as the Tree plants seeds in His children…seeds of justice, peace, power and joy.
In times such as these, God told Isaac, “Now there was a famine in the land—besides the earlier famine of Abraham's time—and Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines in Gerar. 2 The LORD appeared to Isaac and said, 'Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. 3 Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham.” (Genesis 26:1-3) Isaac’s seed of obedience granted him the entrance to the kingdom of God forever and ever. There are too many children roaming the kingdom and going from one city to another. God urges his children to “stay in the land” and receive His blessings even when famine and economic crisis knock on our door.
God called the Prophet to go and see the potter at work (Jeremiah 18:2-6). God compares Himself with a potter at work with his clay (his children). The clay depends on the potter’s skills and craftsmanship to be molded and formed into a majestic piece of art. There is total dependency on the potter. God is like that. Once he sows a seed in us, He starts to mold and grind His image and liking in all of us. It will take time and effort, but the results will be everlasting. God has us in the palm of his hands, and the seed will grow into the fulfillment of His Purpose.
God transforms the possible from the impossible. There is literally nothing that He cannot do on our behalf. His seeds have been planted in us so that we can reign with Him in-spite of the natural circumstances that we may be living or going through right now. The only requirement is that we “walk by Faith not by sight”. Allow God’s seeds to grow in you and become a recipient of His eternal and generational blessings.