'I am living on borrowed time': Meet the pilot who should have been 'one of the first victims of 9/11'

On September 11, 2001, Steve Scheibner was supposed to be piloting American Airlines Flight 11. A last minute scheduling change had him replaced with Senior Pilot Tom McGuinness. Flight 11 was hijacked by 5 terrorists and crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

"I am living on borrowed time," Scheibner told Glenn on Thursday's Glenn Beck Program. "I can look at my calendar. 13 years ago today I should shave been one of the first victims of 9/11."

Glenn, who was unfamiliar with Scheibner's story until recently, asked him to describe the series of events that led up to him not getting on the plane that day.

“On September 10… it just so happened I was the only guy on reserve - on call - to fill in for another pilot,” he said. “In that instance, the computer will automatically assign your name to the trip. So at three o’clock in the afternoon, I went to the computer and… when I brought up the page, there was my name already assigned to the trip. Typically, within two or three minutes, they’ll call you and confirm the assignment. Once that phone call gets made, it’s a done deal.”

But Scheibner's phone never rang.

“What ended up happening was another fellow, a pilot by the name of Tom McGuinness, he was celebrating his 42nd birthday on September 10 with his wife and his children,” he explained. “Tom did what I did at about the exact same time. About three o’clock in the afternoon, he logged in to see if there was any unassigned flying. Because he was senior to me, he could bump me… and so just that quickly, they erased that name from the trip and they put Tom’s on it. And now, as we know, the rest is history.”

Scheibner, who is also a U.S. Navy pilot, ended up going to work on a local base on September 11. He was on the base when he learned of the attacks. At the time, however, he was unaware the hijacked plan was the one he was scheduled to be on.

"It didn’t really click with me that that was the flight that I was supposed to be on," he said. "Later that night, when I finally made it home… we had a little impromptu prayer meeting at our house… I snuck away afterwards to see if I could find the names of the crew that had been on that flight."

"When I brought the screen up in front of me, it looked exactly like it did the day before, where it had my name on it," he continued. "But now there were no names on it, and all it said was ‘sequence failed continuity.’ And what that means is, the flight never made it to its destination. And what an understatement."

Scheibner said the news hit him "like a ton of bricks."

"I can't be happy. I can't be sad," Scheibner said. "I still have an empty feeling after all these years."

That series of events led to a sobering change of perspective for Schneiber. As a father of eight, local pastor, pilot, and serviceman, Scheibner was a very busy man. As he explained, however, in the aftermath of September 11, he realized he needed to discover why his life was saved.

Schneiber has since discovered a calling to change the American culture one family at a time.

“On 9/11, we were passionate about our family. [With] eight kids, you have to be,” he said. “Now we’re passionate about the American family… We really feel like the American family is in crisis, so we started a nonprofit called CharacterHealth.com.”

Along with his wife, Megan, Scheibner created a course for parents called “The Nine Practices of a Proactive Parent,” which he based of a course he designed and implemented for the Navy a number of years ago.

“Our aim is to transform the American culture by equipping parents to train a new generation of courageous, Christ-like, what we call ‘character healthy’ leaders. And by that I mean problem solvers,” Schneiber said. “It’s transforming the culture one family at a time. Forget about the mainstream media. Forget about going toe to toe with liberals and their agenda. Go straight to people.”

Ultimately, Scheibner believes his life was spared that day so he could work to "change the American culture for the cause of Christ."

Learn more about CharacterHealth.com HERE.

The conditions in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule — for Americans, allies, Christians, women and more — continue to deteriorate, and the people there continue to plead that we will not forget them. On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck gave an emotional update on current evacuation efforts, including the tragic story of one girl — an American passport holder — who was not rescued in time.

"I have a pit in my stomach like I haven't had in a while. What is happening in Afghanistan is both miraculous and horrendous," Glenn began. "What's going on right now one of the most amazing things I've ever personally witnessed — the evacuation of Americans, those [Afghans] who helped us, Christians that are dying, women that are under incredible conditions. I see things that I can't show you. I see the pleadings from people who are in safe houses, 'Please, don't forget us.' I see what they're being sent by the Taliban.

"If I die today, my entire life will have been worth it for what you have helped get done, in just the last three weeks. You have saved well over 5,000 people," he continued.

Fighting back tears, Glenn added, "I ask that you pray for those in the Middle East, that are in the midst of doing work, that a Moses-style miracle will happen. ... There are several people that are in dire need of medical care. Friday, we told you — along with the congressman from Oklahoma [Rep. Markwayne Mullin] who had just returned — [about] a father and two daughters that were blue passport Americans, and a mother who had a permanent residence, a Green Card. The daughter was very ill. And they thought, that if we couldn't get her out of there, that she would lose her legs. I got a call on Saturday morning, that we were too late, that she didn't lose her legs. She lost her life, waiting. There are now two Americans, instead of three."

Glenn showered his audience with gratitude, repeating that "well over 5000" lives have already been saved because of their incredible generosity, but lamented that there are still thousands more people yet to be saved.

Watch the video clip below to hear more updates from Glenn:

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Megyn Kelly pulled her sons out of the private elementary school they attended after she learned that the boys were asked "weekly" if they were still sure they were boys. But that's not all that this "experimental transgender education program" taught.

Megyn joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to tell the story, which she thought had ended when the school apologized, and to talk about what's next for America as our leaders refuse to promote actual psychological support for our kids and instead "parade" transgenderism as the solution to their problems.

"When [my son] was in third grade, I found out they unleashed a three-week experimental transgender education program on these boys, with really inappropriate videos. The kids were confused. These are 8- and 9-year-olds, Glenn. They have no idea what the school is even talking about with the trans thing. They got really in-depth, with really in-your-face videos — and then parents complained. And the school did something it hasn't done in its 400-year history, which was they apologized. Even they realized they had done wrong," Megyn explained.

"But, then I said to my son a year later, so did they ever round back to the trans thing? Like, whatever happened with it? And he said ... they bring it up every week. ... [They ask] how many people here still feel confident that they're a boy? Do you still feel sure you're a boy?" she continued. "This is not support. This is not nonbullying. This is indoctrination. And it's deeply confusing to the children, and wrong."

Megyn went on to give examples of how she's seen trans ideology turn "support, nonbullying, kindness, friendship, allyship, on its head."

"The absolute surrender of the medical community to this insanity is a scourge on this nation. It's disgusting what is happening with our doctors," she added. "There are people who are legitimately transgender, or who have gender dysphoria. And for those people, we should be supportive and they should get the care that they need. But what we've done instead, is taken everyone who expresses any kind of gender confusion and said, you're trans. You're trans. And we have our psychiatrists doing this."

"It's crazy," Megyn asserted. "The fact that we're doing this so willy-nilly in the name of allyship and support, it's abusive. It's criminal."

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"Never forget" is not only a tribute to those we've lost, it's a warning that it could happen AGAIN. On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck looks back 20 years ago to the modern generation's Pearl Harbor moment. A day of infamy we're STILL feeling repercussions from.

But in remembering 9/11, we need to look toward the future because the Biden administration is setting us up for the NEXT 9/11. They bungled the Afghanistan withdrawal, and now we have video of top al Qaeda commanders — who served with Osama bin Laden — returning to the country. But could America survive another terror attack?

Glenn asks former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the leader who brought America back from the brink. He tells Glenn about the moment he learned the Twin Towers were struck, the actions he took to prevent more terrorism, and if he thinks NYC could survive another attack under Mayor de Blasio's leadership.

Glenn is also joined by Rev. Johnnie Moore, author of "The Next Jihad." He warns that Biden's policies in the Middle East are Obama 2.0, and "if you thought ISIS was bad, you haven't seen anything yet. We must keep our eyes on Iran."

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