Professor Manuel Hernández
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
By Manuel Hernandez-Carmona copyright 2008
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.