The work of the Holy Spirit…


“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.  This is the spirit of truth.”  This passage is from the 14th chapter of John.  Christ is speaking of the Holy Spirit.

It is the Holy Spirit that rattles the sabre within our soul.  It is the Holy Spirit that leads people to faith.  It is the Holy Spirit that brings people to a community of faith and leads them to be baptized, join the church, lead bible studies and read to the children at the school.
God still speaks, Christ still reveals, the Holy Spirit still moves people to step out of their comfort zone and leads them to deeper levels of faith.  Speaking to us through this life that is oftentimes difficult, confusing, hard and beyond understanding at times.
It is the work of our God and of the Holy Spirit that beckons us to live intentional lives of faith.
Pastor Shawn, Seymour UMC
Author of Incomplete
shawnlarueorg.wordpress.com
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Eyes to see…


 

Two of Christ’s followers were walking to Emmaus.  They were discussing all that had happened when Christ began walking with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him.  Being blind to God’s presence happened in biblical times and still does today.  Mary Magdalene didn’t recognize him standing before her in the garden tomb and Cleopas and his friend don’t recognize him when he is walking alongside.
It was only when Christ opened their eyes that they saw him.  How blind we can be at times.  Blind to the pain and suffering of others, blind to our own actions and how they impact others.  We need to ask God for eyes to see and for his presence to soften hard hearts.
Pastor Shawn – Seymour Methodist Church, Seymour, IA
Author of Incomplete

13 SURPRISING WORDPRESS STATISTICS (UPDATED 2016!)


1. WordPress powers almost 27 percent of the entire internet.

As already stated in the beginning, WordPress is by far the most popular CMS on the web. However, you might not be aware just how popular the platform has become.

First of all, its market share among all content management systems is close to 60 percent. What’s more, its closest competitor Joomla (here is a comparison of the two CMS) is used by only 6.3 percent. Yes, that’s the second most popular content management system in the world!

usage statistics and market share of content management systems for websites october 2016

The bigger surprise, however, and by far the most impressive WordPress usage statistic is that 26.9 percent of all websites on the web now use WordPress. With more than one billion websites online today, I’ll let you do the math how many sites in total that is. I know, I was as surprised as you are!

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The Ultimate List of WordPress Statistics


WordPress usage and popularity

  •  WORDPRESS RUNS 4.5% OF THE ENTIRE INTERNET. [12]
  • 50-60% is WordPress’ share of the global CMS market – making it the most popular CMS of them all. [8][2][15]
  • New York Observer, New York Post, TED, Thought Catalog, Williams, USA Today, CNN, Fortune.com, TIME.com, National Post, Spotify, TechCrunch, CBS Local, NBC all use WordPress. [32]
  • 17 posts are published every second on WordPress sites around the world. [4]
  • 37 million global Google searches for “WordPress” are made per month. [4]
 Around 15,886,000 websites on the entire web use WordPress. [15]
  • 8% of the top 100 blogs according to Technorati are managed with WordPress. [7]
  • 2,645 of the top 10k websites on the web use WordPress. [15]
  • 22,111 of the top 100k websites use WordPress. [15]
  • 297,629 of the top 1M websites use WordPress. [15]

In 2014, non-English WordPress downloads surpassed English downloads for the first time. [8]22% of new domains in the US are run with WordPress. [6]WordPress as a CMS (47%) is nearly 12 times more popular than Drupal (4%) in India.

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