I've heard many wise pastors say that the time to prepare for a crisis is before it happens. When faced with a sobering diagnosis, the loss of a job, the rejection of an unbelieving friend, the criticism of a non-Christian culture — these are not the times you want to dig deep into your faith only to discover shallow roots. Crisis management is not the time to do an in-depth study on God's character, lovingkindness, and sovereignty over our lives. You have to have that kind of knowledge ready on tap for the day of crisis.
That's an excerpt from article I wrote titled, "Crisis Prep 101," that Eternal Perspectives Ministries is running in their Summer newsletter. If you are not familiar with author Randy Alcorn and his EPM organization, I recommend you check out the newsletter, which is posted online in full. There you will find a Q&A with Randy on reconciliation, a fantastically sensitive piece from Randy on giving comfort to hurting people (with a list of resources for grieving people), a piece about heaven by Charles Spurgeon with commentary from Randy and much more.