Boyd, thanks for your comments. I am greatly encouraged to know that I am not alone in my observations. I am not totally against miracles, signs and wonders to draw a crowd, since Jesus performed miracles and drew large crowds. The result was more people heard the Gospel. Big events in our day can also be useful in this way.
The problem is when we depend upon them as believers who should be learning to live in the love of God, the grace of Jesus, and the comfort of the Holy Spirit every day of their lives.