Resources by Jerry McFarland

Jerry comes to Tenth with over 20 years of pastoral experience as well as having served as Dean of Students at Westminster Seminary for 12 years. His primary role is to provide pastoral oversight of Tenth staff and to assist the church officers.

Proverbs 31:30

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

What is the true beauty of a woman that can never be taken away? That kind of beauty comes primarily from within, and the source of it must be the fear of the Lord. The theme of the scriptures is more about our inward character…

Proverbs 31:28

Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her.

To read this verse for many wives and mothers is a painful thing. It can bring up emotions of guilt and frustration. The challenge of motherhood is a precious yet heavy burden. So many times messages from the children are not blessings but disappointment and even rebellion.

Proverbs 31:27

She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.

This Proverbs 31 excellent wife is not some writer’s concocted ideal of the “Barbie Doll” woman that is totally unrealistic. She is a real woman with real challenges. She is also a woman of real character.

In this brief description we see a godly…

Proverbs 31:23 and 26

Her husband is known in the gates
when he sits among the elders of the land.
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

Have you ever been complimented by someone for an impact you had on their lives and been surprised? It could have been a small gesture of kindness or the…

Proverbs 31:17 and 25

She dresses herself with strength
and makes her arms strong.
Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.

Once again, how do Christian women not read this and feel woefully out of shape in every way? This Proverbs woman looks intimidating in body and spirit!

Ladies, if you look at this description through Hollywood lenses…

Proverbs 31:13-16

She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
She rises while it is yet night
and provides food or her household
and portions for her maidens.
She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a…

Proverbs 31:10-12

An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.

Here’s the section of scripture that puts most married women on a guilt trip. Who can live…

Proverbs 31:8-9

Open your mouth for the mute, 
for the rights of all who are destitute.
Open your mouth, judge righteously;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.

This first section of the last chapter of Proverbs concludes with the effects of godly wisdom. In this case words of a mother to her son.  Some more parental advice!

When the…

Proverbs 31:1-2

The words of King Lemuel.

An oracle that his mother taught him:
What are you doing, my son?
What are you doing, son of my womb?
What are you doing, son of my vows?

The book of Proverbs started with wise words from a Father to his son and now concludes with the godly wisdom of a mother to…