On Fateful Day of 9/11, God’s Hand Was Still There
American Pastors Network Welcomes Former Pilot Steve Scheibner, Who Was Scheduled to Co-Pilot American Airlines Flight 11 on Sept. 11
PHILADELPHIA—Every Sept. 11, Americans remember where they were when the nation suffered a history-altering terrorist attack.
With the 17th observation of 9/11 just a week away, the American Pastors Network (APN) is helping to tell the stories that show how God’s hand was indeed present that fateful day, even in the midst of incredible turmoil and tragedy.
Recently on APN’s new weekly television program, “Stand in the Gap,” host and APN President Sam Rohrer welcomed guest Dr. Steve Scheibner, who was scheduled to co-pilot American Flight 11 on Sept. 11, 2001.
“The attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, left indelible marks on millions of people,” Rohrer said. “Most Americans remember the horror and shock of 9/11 and every anniversary is a reminder of the shortness of life. But the larger overall picture also causes us to reflect on the sovereignty and love of God—not only to all of us, but also to one man and his family and how their response to the event has touched and brought the Good News to millions.
“Over the course of that day and the days after 9/11, the nation shared the collective violation of having our security shattered,” Rohrer added. “Immediately, most people knew they needed God. Church attendance surged, prayer meetings sprang up, and people for a while forgot their petty differences and became united as Americans. But others wondered where God was in this tragedy and ran from Him. Yet, we know from so many who have experienced great hardship and loss that even in the midst of tragedy—and this tragedy in particular—if we look, we can find the fingerprints of a loving God reaching out in mercy to all, welcoming them to come to Him in repentance.”
First Officer Steve Scheibner is a former pastor and pilot for American Airlines. Through an incredible set of circumstances, he was bumped from Flight 11, which was the first to be hijacked on Sept. 11. Today, Scheibner is president of Characterhealth Corporation, a ministry that equips parents to train a new generation of Christ-like, character-healthy problem solvers. His wife, Megan, is also active in Characterhealth.
Watch Scheibner’s video story here and view the recent “Stand in the Gap” TV programs on 9/11 below:
- 9/11 Remembered: God’s Fingerprints in the Midst of Tragedy” —Part I | View the full program
- 9/11 Remembered: God’s Fingerprints in the Midst of Tragedy” —Part II | View the full program
“Stand in the Gap” TV considers transcending cultural issues, seemingly difficult to navigate, from a biblical worldview perspective each Sunday afternoon. Programs air Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. ET and are rebroadcast at 8 p.m. Tuesdays and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays on WBPH-TV60, a station in the Philadelphia market that reaches a potential of 7 million viewers by cable, DirecTV, Dish Network, off-air antenna and online. “Stand in the Gap” TV also airs on WVCY TV-30 in the Milwaukee market. Learn more about the program here or view a promo for the show here.
Rohrer is also the host of APN’s popular radio program, “Stand in the Gap Today,” which considers news from a biblical and constitutional perspective and is heard daily on 425 stations around the country. The show can also be heard live online from noon to 1 p.m. EST at standinthegapmedia.org/radio or find a station here.
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