'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.

Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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The incoming Biden administration plans to waste no time in overturning much of the progress achieved by President Donald Trump.

On his radio program Monday, Glenn Beck ran through 10 executive orders President Joe Biden plans to announce on "day one" of his time in office — including rejoining the Paris climate accord, canceling the Keystone pipeline, mask mandates on federal land and during interstate travel, and a proposed federal minimum wage of $15 an hour.

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Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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