This week’s sermon title is “Beloved Refugees.” One of the most frequently quoted verses of the Bible is Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you . . . plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. What great words to hear. We often forget their context. Jeremiah is writing to refugees carried captive to Babylon from Jerusalem in 597BC. They were as discouraged and beaten down as a people could be. They felt abandoned by God. After Jesus’ ascension, it would have been easy for the early Christians to feel the same way. They didn’t. Nor should we. We are beloved refugees.