Southern Gospel Weekend


Creekside Gospel Music Convention

September 11, 2001: Where were you on 9/11?

Written by Staff on September 11, 2018 – 8:33 am -



9/11. The day the twin towers fell and our world changed.

I remember that morning. My sisters and ii were walking into Cracker Barrel at the NQC in Louiseville, Kentucky, and wondered why everyone seemed agitated and all the TVs were focused on a city skyline.

We hadn’t had the TV on in our hotel room and didn’t know what was happening. We heard about it all inside  the restaurant and watched the TVs while we tried to eat breakfast…

It was scary and sobering and we felt isolated, since we were from Canada and the borders were closed. We had planned to leave early but ended up staying an extra night as we couldn’t go home.

Rob Patz asks: Are you free?It was a very strange atmosphere. Louisville was so quiet because all the planes were grounded. Traffic was reduced and people seemed to even walk more quietly.

The NQC exhibit hall that night was muffled and all TVs were tuned into the news. We heard many rumors about what was happening. The flights crashing into the Pentagon and in that field in Pennsylvania …everyone was speculating on where the next target was.

We were relieved when we were finally able to go home, but very sad at the events happening to our neighbors to the south. It was like it happened to us.

And it did. Many Canadians were also killed that day.

Whenever it comes around to 9-11 every year, I pray for our countries and for peace.

Where were you on 9/11?

Tags: , , ,
Posted in Christian interest | Comments Off on September 11, 2001: Where were you on 9/11?

September 11, 2001: Fifteen Years Later

Written by Staff on September 11, 2016 – 3:17 pm -


September 11 2001. The attack on the twin towers, NYC. Origin of picture unknown.

9/11. A date that lives on in the minds of those who were affected by it…and anyone alive was affected by it. Homeland Security was birthed and many security issues were changed. Wars were begun and more lives were lost. But for those who stared at their tv screens in horror that day, there were scenes etched on our brains that we will never forget. But let our readers tell you what they remember…

I recall getting a phone call from a coworker while wrapping up the night shift, that he had heard on a radio that New York was just hit with an attack of some sort. On my commute home I continued to listen to this tragedy unfold. It was difficult to fall asleep that morning with this on my mind because I turned on the TV. I also recall the deafening silence due to the absence of aircraft because of the “No-fly” order in place. — Rudy Hiebert
I was living in Ardmore, OK at the time. I was splitting my time between working at the office and home. I had been diagnosed May 2 of that year with Ovarian Cancer and was going thru chemo, so I was splitting my time to manage the side effects from it.That day happened to be a work at home day. I still remember watching the plane fly into the second tower live. It still seems surreal to this day. My employer’s main office was in Westbury,NY which is on Long Island,so there were concerns about their safety. I didn’t lose anyone directly but I believe we all were changed that day. — Annette Wilson
My husband and I were at the NQC in Louisville when we got the news. We checked on our kids and headed back home to TN to be with friends. — Mary Barnes
9/11 affects me because I am a Fire Fighter and I take it hard because of all of the brothers that were lost that day. — Haven Hester
American_flag-2. September 11Saw a lot of people in church the next few weeks. But didn’t see a lot of repentance. It’s slowly coming around but is it too late as we see the US crumbling because we’re dependent upon the government instead of turning to God. Psalms 118:9 — Stephen Widener
The uncertainty of what was next. Fear. The unknown of the tomorrows. — Brenda Wampler
For some the immediate danger and terrifying implications of that attack removed an innate sense of security.
9/11 Effects: Not good ones that is for sure.. IT set me on a downward spiral for over ten years..spiritually, mentally, emotionally Then physically. Anxiety, panic, depression. Which in turn led to chronic physical illness but Praise God that I have been delivered from all of that!!! I am no longer bound! He has set me free! — Dee White of Anderson, SC
How can we help those who lost someone on that tragic day?
Ground Zero: September 11

Ground Zero:

I had just arrived at a friends house to babysit her 2 kids. Her husband greeted me at the door and just said come in and sit down. Like many people I just sat in silence, seeing it, but not really registering the magnitude of it at that time. It kind of made everyone numb. There was a mass turning to God across America. That has been forgotten and people have turned their backs on God. I was not involved in it neither did I have any connection to anyone involved it. What affected me was hearing the stories later on about the reasons that some people who were supposed to be in the building that day weren’t. One person had a flat tire, one person spilled their coffee and had to go home to change. The one that touched me the most is the interview with the pilot who was supposed to be flying one of those planes that day. He knows the Lord and he explained how schedules got mixed up, and turned around and he ended up not being the pilot. I still have that interview on my computer. I can’t answer why it happened, but there are many things in life we don’t understand, but I know who we can trust in the difficult times. God is not an uncaring God, where an epic loss like this would lead some people to believe. I am saddened by the loss. The thing that sticks with me today, is the people having to call their loved ones and say goodbye. How many knew the Lord? My Pastor preaches a lot about how everything is a preparation, and there is a reason for it. It reminded me of how much we take for granted that when we leave the house in the morning, will we return. How many of us have been frustrated over looking for something, or a flat tire, or something that delays us. God could be preventing us from an accident ahead. I will never forget 9/11. Thank Him for each day and always be kind to others. You don’t know what kind of battle they are fighting. Those people who lost loved ones, are still grieving. Grieving is an individual journey, while a tragedy happens everyone rallies around but as time goes on their lives go back to normal but the one who experienced the loss doesn’t. Keep remembering their loved one over the years. They want to know you didn’t forget. — Mary Johnson (For those who want to check out that pilot’s story: You Tube Video… In My Seat, A Pilot’s Story of Sept 10-11th)

There are many heart-wrenching You Tube videos that recount further stories. We cannot post them here, but we encourage you to watch In My Seat.
At SGNScoops, our thoughts and prayers are with those who were affected personally by the events on September 11, 2001.
For another article on SGNScoops regarding 9/11 click here.

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in sgn scoops magazine | Comments Off on September 11, 2001: Fifteen Years Later


Written by Staff on September 11, 2016 – 10:14 am -

Silent Resolve and the God Who Let Me Down

9/11 – Silent Resolve and the God Who Let Me Down


Stanley Rylon Hall, April 14, 1933—September 11, 2001.

SILENT RESOLVE AND THE GOD WHO LET ME DOWN (a 9/11 Story) by Susan Van Volkenburgh

Review by Vivian Belknap

Within her book, Silent Resolve and The God Who Let Me Down, Susan Van Volkenburgh shares her heart and bears her soul as she is taken on a journey she did not plan. On September 11, 2001 Susan’s world was forever changed as she and her family learned of the loss of her father, Stanley R. Hall, from the tragic events of 9/11. He was on board American Airlines flight 77, the plane that crashed into the Pentagon.
It’s apparent from the first page that Susan loves and reveres her father so much. This book is very well written; after 10 years of attempting to put into words the roller coaster ride of emotions she experienced, the reader will actually feel her grief and despair as she realizes her children will grow up without their grandfather, and she will never hear her dad’s bass voice singing in church again, and her dad will never grow old.
Susan’s honest questioning of her faith and the God who seemed to have let her down, turned His back on her, and became totally silent is helpful to all of us as we deal with tragedies in our own lives. She continually goes back to the Bible where she reads how Job dealt with his losses. And she quotes Proverbs 12:21, “…no harm befalls the righteous, but the wicked have their fill of trouble,” and Psalms 91:11, “For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.” If that’s true, then Susan ponders, “How then did this happen? Where was God in all this?”
Susan comes to the realization that none of us have a right to demand anything from God. He’s not obligated to answer any of our questioning. She reminds us that our God is sovereign; Job 38:1-2, 4, 6-7.

“For the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.” Psalms 37:23. Susan reminds all of us that since this scripture is truth, “therefore each step taken must pass before the sanction of God”, and “It is a strange comfort to know that nothing can befall you without God’s approval.” She reminds us of Romans 8:28 , “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Susan believes she would never have written about her father’s life had it not ended so tragically on 9/11, and she believes that some “good” has come from this tragedy. I believe her writing of Silent Resolve, and The God Who Let Me Down has brought healing to her; is there still an empty place in her heart and life? Yes of course, but she is stronger today and her faith has been renewed.
All of us have suffered grief during our lives, and because of God’s love and grace through those times we are able to comfort others as we’ve been comforted. There is much comfort in the words of Susan Van Volkenburgh. “Evil may have caused the day, but love ruled it.”

By Vivian Belknap, Director of Marketing for KKGM AM 1630

For more Gospel music news and features read the latest SGNScoops on the Scoops website. 

Tags: , , ,
Posted in announcements | Comments Off on 9/11: SILENT RESOLVE AND THE GOD WHO LET ME DOWN

9/11: We need to hear from you!

Written by Staff on September 10, 2016 – 6:50 pm -

American_flag-2 9/119/11. The day that changed so much about our lives across the world.

The twin towers fell. The Pentagon attacked. Flight 93 diverted and crashed in rural Pennsylvania. Thousands of travellers diverted to Gander, Newfoundland as airports were closed across the U.S.

At the fifteenth anniversary of that fateful day, we need to hear from you. Do you remember that day? Where were you and what were you doing? Who were you with? Do you know anyone directly affected by a loss or an injury? Were there any repercussions for you or anyone you know following that day?

Who was at NQC in Louisville KY?

Please email me at or send us a note on Facebook. We will post them tomorrow.

We will not forget.

For more news click here.


Tags: , , ,
Posted in announcements | Comments Off on 9/11: We need to hear from you!

TBN Lineup Commemorates 9/11: Special Programming, Airing this Weekend, Marks Historic Anniversary

Written by SGN Scoops on September 10, 2011 – 1:50 pm -

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 9, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ — On the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) — the world’s largest religious broadcaster and a favorite with millions of viewers across six continents — will honor September 11th with special programming. Numerous shows will air throughout the weekend. Here are some highlights:

A Reason to Remember is a tribute to 9/11 and this country’s ability to unite and triumph over adversity. Narrated by Joni Sledge with interviews from emergency workers at 9/11, survivors and families of victims share how even in the worst of times God is in control and watches over his children. It airs Saturday, September 10th from 8:00PM until 9:00PM and Sunday, September 11th from 2:00AM until 3:00AM.

Heroes Among Us — Miracles Around Us examines the true stories of survival that defy explanation, and some of the heroic deeds that have moved the world to tears. Firsthand accounts from survivors bring these miraculous stories to life, and cause even skeptics to believe that the world is still filled with wonderful possibilities. It airs Saturday, September 10th from 11:00PM until 12:00AM and Sunday, September 11th from 10:00PM until 11:00PM.

Heroes of Flight 93 tells the story of the heroic passengers who took back their plane in an effort to stop a 9/11 terrorist attack. Ordinary people became extraordinary through their love, sacrifice and faith. This is the untold story that was finally been pieced together after years of investigation. Many asked, “Where was God on September 11th?” Heroes of Flight 93 helps to uncover the answer. It airs Sunday, September 11th from 7:00PM until 8:00PM. Read more »

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in Christian interest | Comments Off on TBN Lineup Commemorates 9/11: Special Programming, Airing this Weekend, Marks Historic Anniversary