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After the Israelites lost a battle against the Philistines, their elders gathered and decided that they needed something else: they needed the ark of God to go with them. But for these people who weren’t seeking the face of their God, who were lead by selfish, abusive priests, God wasn’t with them. And so they lost. And in many ways, God lost. But this is who our God is: The God who loves to win, even when he loses, and never more incredibly than on the cross of Christ.