In 2001, Steve Schneibner was pastoring a church in Maine. He was also a pilot for American Airlines. On the morning of September 11th, he should have been in the cockpit of American Airlines Flight 11— but he was not. Another pilot had taken his place.
In 2011, Schneibner recounted what took place on September 10th. With strong faith and a biblical worldview, Schneibner shared his feelings about 9/11. And with humble respect, he honored the pilot of Flight 11, who sat in his seat when the American Airlines plane crashed into the north face of the World Trade Center’s Tower 1 at 8:46 on September 11, 2001.
This is a heart-wrenching video. It’s also a profound testimony of faith. Do NOT miss the last two minutes. It will warm your heart, stir your soul, and inspire you to live with confidence and hope in the Lord Jesus Christ. Do NOT miss our 9/11 Tribute song below. It will make you cry and move you to pray to God for protection from the evil in the world that seeks to destroy.
Video clipped for teaching purposes from a 55-minute message by Steve Schneiber. Watch full video here.
Take a minute to remember the victims of 9/11 and pray for their families and friends who still feel the pain of their absence in this life. Then read about the importance of rightly remembering.
Do You Remember Or Do You Forget?
Excerpt from Why the Butterfly? A Book About Remembering
There are events that are forever etched in our memories, and yet there are others that quickly vanish. If asked where you were at the moment you heard about the events of September 11, 2001, it’s likely you would quickly respond with details. You would tell of where you were when it happened and the people with whom you shared your shock and sadness concerning the horrific events of that day. Those who were alive on December 7, 1941 remember another attack on American soil. In fact, Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed the attack on Pearl Harbor as “a date which will live in infamy.” Events such as those are easily remembered, largely due to memorials held on their anniversaries. So also, other events that have occurred on the world stage are easily remembered because of historical records.
Advancements in technology and extensive media coverage have now brought news and images of world events into our own living rooms, unfolding in real time. It’s almost as if we are there and personally experiencing it. Such “up close and personal” experiences can etch the details in our minds and strengthen our remembrance of them.
Equally, if not more important than remembering national and world news, is remembering the events, people, places, etc. that touch our lives personally. They might never be recorded in print or on video, but they have greater impact on us and far more influence in directing our paths.
Consider the people, places and events that you hold dear, those that you count as important and memorable. Perhaps they evoke precious memories that bring joy to your heart, or maybe they bring to mind memories of pain or sadness. Whichever it may be, it’s likely those memories continue to have an affect on your life and significantly alter your path.
Why is Remembering Important?
Our minds are a precious gift from God and we are to use them to reason in God honoring ways. Our ability to remember directs our lives, and by allowing our memories to reveal God’s presence and faithfulness we will remember rightly. Then, when we experience difficult times, or times of feeling distant from God, we will remember that He is always there. He is faithful and true, and is creating a beautiful mosaic of our lives—a mosaic designed according to His plan, and for His purposes.
Learn the skills of rightly remembering, clear vision, and a devoted heart: Why the Butterfly? A Book About Rightly Remembering
Do not be anxious about anything. (Phil 4:6)
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must rightly remember who is in control. Our God is sovereign over all things, including COVID-19. As Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) said, “The sovereignty of God is a soft pillow on which weary people lay their heads.”
Remember also God’s gracious promise, and that it is true and He is faithful to keep it: Hebrews 13:5 …”I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” The next verse remind us of the power that comes in trusting God and how we can live: Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man [or COVID-19] shall do to me.
God loves us, and in Christ we find confidence and calm in times of uncertainty and trouble. When we trust in God, fear is replaced with faith, stress is replaced with strength, anxiety is gone and hope abounds, problems become opportunities, and we are able to receive the blessings God has for us in the midst of difficult circumstances. Turn to Jesus. He will lead you to the still waters and give rest for your troubled soul.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…Hebrews 6:19
Be Ready Always...
to give a reason for the Hope that you have (1 Peter 3:15). When you can’t share the gospel with your words, share it by leaving tracts that tell people about God's grace.
When leaving a tract, always be diligent to pray about the short gospel message. Pray that it be found by someone who is in need of Jesus’ saving grace, and pray that the person will have a tender heart and open ears to receive the gift Jesus desires to give them.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, even a small tract can help in turning a broken sinner from darkness to light.
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